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I Don’t Mean to Brag, But I Cry a Lot by Trelawney Grenfell-Muir


It’s true. I don’t mean to make you jealous, but lately, I have at least one long session of really great crying most days. What I call the “lovely cry,” where my face gets all red and swollen and puffy, my nose runs, I drool, and I make all kinds of noises. I’m so proud of my crying, so proud of myself whenever I manage to accomplish a really good cry, and so relieved. I get a bit worried if a few days go by and I haven’t had a proper cry. I try to remind myself how important it is, and give myself time and space for a healthy crying session.

Again, not to blow my own horn, but it has taken some work—decades of practice and effort—to get good at frequent, healthy crying. Mostly, it takes two things: 1) the courage to feel your feelings, and 2) the…

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In last week’s open post, I noted that I didn’t have anything in particular planned for this fifth Wednesday of the month, and asked my readers what they wanted to hear about. Quite a few subjects got brought up for discussion—among others, the novels of Hermann Hesse, Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity, and the metaphysics…

via The Arc Of Our Future — Ecosophia

Devotional Art as Public Worship

Roving the Two Lands

Jason Mankey recently published a blog post on the subject of how worshiping the gods is not limited to reciting prayers or making physical offerings in a shrine. Art, writing, dance, and countless other forms of creativity can also count as worship, even if created by someone who didn’t believe in the gods as real independent entities. Mankey pointed out that:

“By the middle of the Fifteenth Century CE the Italian Renaissance was in full-bloom, and cities such as Rome were overrun with images from Pagan antiquity. Goddesses and Gods peaked out from behind nearly every street-corner, and statues and paintings featured the gods of Rome and Greece for the first time in nearly 1000 years. If you had walked through Rome in 1550 you would have assumed you were in the middle of a Pagan city, so prevalent were the images of Dionysus, Aphrodite, and Artemis. “

Mankey, J…

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Our Natures

21st Century Heathen

Goodmorning. 😊

So after processing yesterday I came to a very deep understanding I wish to share.

It pertains to our very natures, and the Gods we serve.

I have been seeing that we cant escape our very nature, and I feel that equates with our Ego.

As I believe our Ancestral Gods were indeed living people once, how they lived is in our Natures.

For example the Jountun were the indigenous peoples of the early landscapes, then the Vanir were those who still revered the wild places, yet they learned to harness the land and animals for thier own use.

Then came the Aesir, the folk of civilization, domination and war, and it’s with them we began to loose our connection with our Nature which is why Odin saw the need to be taught that connection through Freyas Earth magic, as he saw that disconnect would ultimately bring about…

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Keeping the fire burning

anima monday

There are many who have high hopes at the beginning of a crisis, that this will be the one that finally shocks people awake. Unfortunately, more often than not, a few weeks later most people have moved on to other things, and the opportunity seems lost. The latest examples are the corona-crisis and Black Lives Matter. Do we still dare believe a better world is possible?

This post concludes my series on the elements. My other posts contained advice from earth,air and water. For this week, let us talk to fire, and see what inspiration that might bring…

This is the fire of enthousiasm

I have a light side, as well as a destructive side, as does every manifestation of fire. And so it is very important that you understand this well, if you want to harness my energies in a constructive way.

Let me begin by pointing out…

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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…

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