Lately, my Slavic polytheist practice has been feeling stagnant. Part of that is that I’ve been ridiculously overworked for the past two months (which is also why this blog has basically gone dark). I’ve been so busy that I’ve been neglecting religion, because at the end of each day I’m so exhausted that I can […]Read more "Slavic Polytheism: Updating my Prayers"
It’s been a while since I’ve written about my Slavic polytheist practice. That’s not because I’m not practicing! Things have just been on the quiet side. I still do regular devotionals (although I’d be lying if I said I kept up with a daily routine on that), I still have a relationship with Baba Yaga, […]Read more "Slavic Polytheism: Ideas That Aren’t Part of my Practice Anymore"
Pagan and polytheist theology is a lot more complicated than just “soft polytheism” versus “hard polytheism.” In this video, I discuss the ways in which gods relate to each other: how they’re different from each other, but also how (under some circumstances) we may see them as the same.Read more "Video: On the Schmidentity of the Gods"
I haven’t written about it in a while, but longtime readers of the blog may remember that I have a devotional relationship with Baba Yaga. This is, nominally at least, part of my practice of Slavic polytheism, but in many ways it’s its own sort of thing. I hadn’t really anticipated forming this relationship, and […]Read more "Baba Yaga and the Gods"
In my previous post, I talked a bit about Erich Neumann’s book The Great Mother and how, despite the various problems with it and the need for context-sensitive critical reading, it can provide a great theoretical framework in which to understand the Wiccan Goddess. Wicca is about experience, not theory, and a theoretical perspective like […]Read more "The Horned God, Schematized"
Some rambling thoughts about a popular theological viewpoint in Paganism, which I term the “Pratchett-Gaiman” theology: The idea that we create the Gods through our belief in and worship of them. I understand why this theology is appealing, but it doesn’t quite resonate with me, and I try to talk through the reasons why. Be […]Read more "Video: Do We Create the Gods?"
I don’t work with Baba Yaga, or at least I haven’t in the past. As a general rule, she’s a fearsome figure, and she does not like men; I’ve always thought it was most prudent to give her a wide berth. But I recently had a profoundly moving encounter with her, which has changed the […]Read more "A Visit to Baba Yaga"
There’s nothing else like this deck, and I am so very excited about it. The Slavic Tarot is a self-published deck from artist M.A.I. Murray, available through Etsy. It adapts the structure of a traditional Tarot deck to incorporate figures from Slavic mythology and folk tales. The Major Arcana in this deck each depict a […]Read more "A Review of the Slavic Tarot"
It’s the last week of the semester. I have a pile of student essays to grade, two large research projects of my own to finish,* a couple of seasonal parties (both Pagan and secular) to attend, and just a lot on my plate, generally speaking. But hey! It’s almost Yule. Even though there’s no snow […]Read more "Cards for Yule: The Fool, the Hanged Man, and Judgment"
This is part 3 of a post about my own practice of Slavic polytheism. Here, we get into the nitty-gritty of how I set up my shrine, how I do my daily devotional, what I do with my offerings, and the like. At the moment, half my things are in hibernation for the summer, so […]Read more "Slavic Polytheism, Part 3: Spirits and Praxis"