Why Would a Fertility God Be Interested in an Asexual Devotee?

Absolutely loved this!

Roving the Two Lands

As we close out Pride Month here in the US, I was reminded of something that puzzled me when I first encountered Sobek. Sobek was the first god to reach out to me when I made my very first offering to the gods; had it not been for Him, I may have remained an agnostic. I am deeply indebted to Him, and I’m honored to be oathed to Him.

But why was a fertility god interested in an asexual devotee like me?

Sobek, Bull of Bulls, Great Virile God

Sobek is an Ancient Egyptian deity Who almost always takes the form of a crocodile or a crocodile-headed man. He is primeval, arising from the pre-creation chaos of the waters of the Nun, and has a wide sphere of interest:

“He could be regarded as the strongest of the gods; […]  he was the most virile of the gods, able to…

View original post 2,509 more words

Why “Gods”? — A Reader Question

Gangleri's Grove

Recently I was asked why I used the term “Gods” instead of θεοι (Greek: Gods) or Reginn (Norse: Holy Powers), or some other term. My friend asked me if I would address this on my blog as I sometimes take questions from readers. I’ve been meaning to do it for a couple of weeks now, but end of term paper writing, of necessity, took precedence. Now that the term is officially over, however, I finally have time to address this.

Firstly, it goes without saying that since I’m working and writing in English, I’m going to use English terms. “Gods,” for instance, is simply the English translation of θεοι. Why wouldn’t I use the appropriate English term? I could write my blog in an ancient language, a couple of them, in fact, but what good would that do to my temper or the cognition of my readers? No one needs…

View original post 691 more words

Not All War Gods Are the Same

Neptune's Dolphins

animal zoo green predator Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com

Modern Pagans tend to regard the Gods as an aspect of a singular entity. For example, the Goddess religions treat the Goddesses of various pantheons as traits of the Great Goddess. Meanwhile, Nigel Pennick in “Pagan Book of Days” writes “The month of March is sacred to the Roman God Mars, whose equivalents are the Greek Ares and the old sky God of central and northern Europe, Tiu or Tiwaz. In northern and western Europe, this deity is known as the Celtic God Teutates and as the Norse God Tyr.” Pennick considers these disparate Gods to be the same “God of War.”

Lumping different Gods together is a long ingrained habit of modern thought. Living in today’s monotheistic culture indoctrinates people into thinking that only one God has ever existed.

Also, people have separated from the natural world through first Christianity and then by science…

View original post 651 more words

Happy Thomas Morton day!

The House of Vines

tumblr_lnsiccVgGa1qb4enoo1_500
From the Wikipedia article on Thomas Morton

Morton’s religious beliefs were strongly condemned by the Puritans of the nearby Plymouth Colony as little more than a thinly disguised form of heathenism, and they suspected him of “going native”. Scandalous rumours spread of debauchery at Merrymount, which they claimed included immoral sexual liaisons with native women during what amounted to drunken orgies in honour of Bacchus and Aphrodite, or as the Puritan Governor William Bradford wrote in his History of Plymouth Plantation, “They … set up a May-pole, drinking and dancing about it many days together, inviting the Indian women for their consorts, dancing and frisking together (like so many fairies, or furies rather) and worse practices. As if they had anew revived & celebrated the feasts of ye Roman Goddess Flora, or ye beastly practices of ye mad Bacchanalians.”

Morton had transplanted traditional West Country May Day customs to…

View original post 484 more words