I don’t have time to work on my own posts right now, but I’ve got one brewing on Shinto and Hellenism that I hope to post over the weekend, as well as one on systems theory and process theology (more inspiring than it sounds!). In the meantime, this is one of those weeks when greatness is popping up all over the pagan blogosphere, and I want to share some recent posts that I have found particularly inspiring. Happy reading!
Hrafnkell has a great post On Sacrifice: It is not about doctrine and dogma or about holy writings. It is about giving the Gods their just due, just as we give our parents their just due… we need to get back to a simpler religion ourselves, and we need to push aside this need for doctrine, this devotion to sacred writings, which only get in the way of a proper appreciation for who we are and where we are in the greater scheme of things. (γνῶθι σεαυτόν, baby!)
Sara Sutterfield Winn speaks on embodied spirituality, one of my favorite topics: But the need to be involved in religion at the visceral, physical level cannot ever be ignored. Sweat-faith. To create is to share life, to suffuse your spiritual world with your own blood and tears and muscles… This is the forge in which you are bound to the Mama.
Ule ponders relationship with the Earth Mother: Pagan religions are not lost as long as you bear all these things in mind- the essence of the wisdom of the Pagan world is found right here, in the ability to go outside and experience the sacredness of things. If you can do that, understanding the nature of the Goddess that you are directly touching, you are building a bridge between yourself and the past, which allows for many blessings to flood through.
And, finally, Sannion and the folks at Neos Alexandria have unveiled their new website. Check it out! From the site: To us, Alexandria never fell. The light of the Pharos burns just as brightly today as it did twenty-three centuries ago. We can still hear the chants of the priests in their temples, feel the brittle scrolls from the Library beneath our fingers, smell the salt sea of the Mediterranean as it washes against the shore, and dream of a world united by the bonds of universal brotherhood regardless of race, nationality, gender, political ideology, or religious creed. The foundations of the eternal city have been set in our hearts, and thus we are all citizens of the New Alexandria.