So I’ve been doing a little bit of general paganism research about various gods/goddesses, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the gods I most want to work with right now are Dionysus and Loki, and the goddess I most want to work with is Bastet. Anyone know of good ways to get started with this or good offerings to make to them? Or if it’s weird at all that I wanna work with a bunch of different deities from different traditions?

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Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Phenomenal Photoshop where the latest discovery is Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov, who removes the subjects of classical paintings and flawlessly inserts them into photos of the streets and public transit of Kiev. Nymphs, satyrs, angels, gods and mortals alike ride buses and trains and wait for the subway. They muse in solitude over cups of coffee, dance on train station staircases and in the backs of buses, and snatch kisses before their train reaches its stop. Whole Bacchanals take place behind buildings while gods make out on city benches.

It might sound like an odd juxtaposition, but the combination works uncannily well. Kondakov was inspired to start the project during a museum visit when he noticed how the subjects of classical paintings behaved no differently than modern folk. And sure enough, as we can see from these altered photos, the drunken revelry of classical characters isn’t all that different from modern partygoers. And love and heartache haven’t changed much over the centuries either.

Visit Alexey Kondakov’s Facebook page to check out more pieces from this awesome series.

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The Signs as Roman Gods

Aries: Virtus - god of bravery
Taurus: Fontus - god of wells
Gemini: Silvanus - god of the forest
Cancer: Picumnus - god of agriculture
Leo: Sancus - god of honesty
Virgo: Vertumnus - god of the seasons
Libra: Orcus - god of broken oaths
Scorpio: Inuus - god of sex
Sagittarius: Mors - god of death
Capricorn: Caelus - god of the sky
Aquarius: Lupercus - god of wolves
Pisces: Somnus - god of sleep

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Ancient Nordic Pantheon

The faith originated in Atmora in the Merethic Era where Dragons ruled supreme. Their servants, the Dragon Priests established a ruling body known as the Dragon Cult and held power equals to kings.

Part of the cult’s beliefs was a faith focused on the worship of animal gods. The deified animals were the hawk, wolf, snake, moth, owl, whale, bear, fox, and the dragon.Bas reliefs found in ancient Nordic ruins have led scholars to believe that these deified animals were actually totemic representations of several Et'Ada, some of which are present in the pantheon of the Eight Divines. Of these bas reliefs; six are depicted as male and three as female.

The Vikings Sacrificed to the Gods in Rivers and Lakes

A doctoral dissertation from 2009 shows that the Vikings sacrificed valuable and beautiful objects to the Norse gods and their forefathers at bridges and fjords because they believed they were the boundary between the living and the deceased.

The thesis by Julie Lund, Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo – offers an insight into sacrificial customs of the Viking Age lasting from year 793 – 1066 AD.

Previously it was believed that this type of sacrifices came to an end in the Migration Period around year 500, but it turns out that the tradition continued into the Viking Age.

Bridges and Fjords

The Vikings used special places in the landscape for these rituals. Bridges and fjords were particularly important because they served as a boundary between the living and the deceased. Viking settlements and burial sites were almost always close to water or connected by a bridge.

Lund examined the findings from about thirty sacrificial sites in Scandinavia, from the River Thames in Southern England and the River Shannon in Ireland. Places that came under Scandinavian influence in the Viking Age. Many of the sacrifices or ritual closures took place at bridges.

Many of the sacrificial sites were named after Norse gods, such as Tissø in Denmark, i.e. Tyr’s lake – the god of war and the one who decided who won battles.

An important discovery is that these special places often are highlighted in Norse sources as central to how people perceived the world.

Keep reading

  • the Inquisitor being woken up at night, an urgent message is waiting, the advisers request their presence at the wartable 
  • Cullen, loose shirt, loose breeches, surprisingly messy with too much bare and pale skin, face tired, drawn, and hair curling at his temples
  • Josephine, all tidy and dressed in some fine Antivian clothing with ruffles and embroidery, long waves of dark hair spilling over her shoulders and a smile on her lips
  • Leliana, smelling of some expensive Orlesian cream, lavender and citrus, wearing a silky robe and slippers and her eyes are wide and awake, ready to face anything
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“An offering is an act of completion. So many things come to us from the gods. If we keep them, the flow ends there. By holding tightly to the gifts of the gods, we create an interruption in the natural rhythm of the world, a dead-end into which the universe flows and then stops.”

- Ceisiwr Serith
A Book of Pagan Prayer
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Image Credit: Astrid Dellair

WHICH FR GOD SHOULD YOU FIGHT?

Earthshaker: Why would you fight him.  Don’t.  Not only would you not win, but you’d just be humiliated by how little damage you could possibly do against him and how little it would take to crush you and your dreams.

Windsinger: Yeah, you’d win, but only because Windsinger wouldn’t put up a fight.  Like, at all.  What kind of victory is that?  You’re that desperate for a win?  I mean, he wouldn’t hold it against you; he’d probably laugh it off and invite you to a party, so even if you win you lose.  Don’t fight the Windsinger.

Flamecaller: Hoe, don’t do it.  She’ll give you a full second to run and then she’ll roast your dick off, and then the rest of your body, and then she’ll get her Exalt servants to sweep your ashes and bone fragments under the proverbial rug.  That bitch is the god of fucking FIRE.  Don’t do it.

Tidelord: This would be a depressingly easy fight.  He’d be too busy crying about how awful the future is to really do anything.  Why would you fight him?  It’s like fighting a baby.  It’s worse than fighting Windsinger, because he’d cry about it.  You made a god cry.  Con-gratu-fucking-lations.  I hope you’re proud of yourself.

Icewarden: That asshole uses frozen dragons as lawn ornaments.  You should absolutely fight him.  Not because you’d win, but because you’d probably end up being frozen in a really stupid pose and dragons can have a last good laugh before their execution.

Gladekeeper: You are going to vanish, and nobody is ever going to find out what happened to you.  Years later there’s going to be a skeleton that looks a lot like you, except now it’s a miniature greenhouse for the Gladekeeper’s plants.  You want that fate?  Be my fucking guest.  Or you could, I don’t know, not die a horrible death by not fighting the Gladekeeper.

Plaguebringer: If I honestly have to tell you why you shouldn’t fight the Plaguebringer, you are legitimately too stupid to live and you should absolutely fight her so that you no longer have an opportunity to contribute to the gene pool.

Shadowbinder: This honestly depends on whether or not you can actually get to her, which I strongly doubt.  I mean, nobody’s ever seen her, so it’s anyone’s guess whether you’d actually be able to take her on.  But I mean, she lives in a forest full of giant thorns.  You really wanna test her?

Stormcatcher: Fight him.  You won’t last more than a second once he takes his attention off his work and onto you, but that asshole deserves at least one punch in the schnozz and if you time it right you might just be the one to give it to him.  You won’t be able to enjoy the posthumous bragging rights, but at least you’d have ‘em.

Arcanist: Yes, you’d win.  You’d beat up the scrawniest of the pantheon and probably have an easy time of it.  He’d probably cry, you know, and try to go hide in the bookshelves to get away from you, because you’re really going to beat him up on top of all the shit he gets for destroying the Pillar?  Here’s your victory, you asshole.  I hope it was worth it.

Lightweaver: You can fight her and win, but you’d better be fast.  She might be a little flimsy, but she’s got tons and tons of guards, so you’ll need to haul ass if you want to hang on to your victory.  If you make it into the Shadowbinder’s domain, you might survive and be able to tell others, at least until Glittermom hunts you down and obliterates you.

Something we talk a lot about in the pagan community is hearing or feeling our gods. Some people may hear their deities in their mind - waking, meditating, or dreaming - clear as day while others may only sense vague feelings of contentment, anger, or encouragement. This communication also seems to be on a spectrum with a wide range of ways we communicate and hear our gods and some may even communicate in a multitude of ways.

I receive asks and scroll past conversations of new pagans worrying about not hearing their gods or trying to figure out how to be able to develop the ability to hear their gods. What I most often say or what others often explain is that everyone is different and we encourage new pagans to not worry about it. Some of us don’t hear or sense our deities at all and that is perfectly okay. Remember that divination methods are a great way to communicate with entities and may be a bit clearer than a simple sensation.

That being said, it’s recently occurred to me that in the past couple of years I seem to have become more in tune to sensing my deities. Over three years ago when I renewed my vigor in my exploration of paganism and my spirituality, I couldn’t make heads or tales if a deity was knocking on my metaphysical door and I certainly had no clue if a deity approved of an offering I selected for them, but today I quiet often feel soothed and comforted when I think of Morpheus and approval from Bast and amusement from Djehuty. It isn’t something I’ve attempted to make better since I primarily assumed it was what it was, yet this ability to sense our deities could be similar to our muscles in that the more that we use them the more tuned they may become.

When it comes to communicating with your deities, know that everyone is different. You may never hear your deities, you may start to immediately, or you may slowly grow closer to them. Your path is your own.