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A non-exhaustive list of the books that I own and/or have on my wishlist (more added with the help of those that shared their own lists.)
- Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds - Daniel Ogden
- The Orphic Hymns - Apostolos N. Athanassakis
- Hounds and Hunting in Ancient Greece - D B Hull
- The Hunt in Ancient Greece - Judith M Barringer
- The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece - Marguerite Rigoglioso
- Death and the Maiden: Girls’ Initiation Rites in Greek Mythology
- Ancient Greek Divination - Sarah Iles Johnston
- The Homeric Hymns - Diane Rayor
- Hekate’s Liminal Rites - Sorita D’Este
- The Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks - Jeremy McInerney
- Prometheus: Archetypal Image of Human Existence - Carl Kerenyi
- Death in the Greek World: from Homer to the Classical Age - M S Mirto
- Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion - Robert Parker
- Greek Mysteries: The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Secret Cults - Michael B Cosmopoulos
- The Seer in Ancient Greece - Michael Flower
- Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets - Fritz Graf
- Hekate Soteira: A Study of Hekate’s Roles - Sarah Iles Johnston
- Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times - Thomas Martin
- The Long Journey Home: Re-Visioning the Myth of Demeter and Persephone for Our Time - Christine Downing
- Guide to Greece: Central Greece - Pausanias
- Cult of Aphrodite: Rites and Festivals of the Golden One - Laurelei Black
- Queen of the Sacred Way: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- Religions of the Hellenistic Roman Age - Antonia Tripolitis
- Ancient Greek Religion - Jon D Mikalson
- Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times - Thomas R Martin
- The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World - John Boardman
- Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Collection of Ancient Texts - Georg Luck
- The Science of Mythology: Essays on the Myth of the Divine Child and Mysteries of Eleusis - C G Jung
- Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece - Joan Breton Connelly
- The Greek Way of Death - Robert Garland
- The Gods of the Greeks - Carl Kerenyi
- Religion in the Ancient Greek City - Louise Bruit Zaidman
- Religions of the Ancient Greeks - Simon Price
- Greek and Roman Sexualities: A Sourcebook - Jennifer Larson
- The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity - Stephanie Lynn Budin
- Worshipping Aphrodite: Art and Cult in Classical Athens
- The Cults of the Greek States - Lewis Richard Farnell
- Finding Persephone: Women’s Rituals in the Ancient Mediterranean - Maryline Parca & Angeliki Tzanetou
- A Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos - Timothy Jay Alexander
- Ancient Greek Cults - Jennifer Larson
- Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored - Sarah Kate Istra Winter
- From Cave to Sky: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Zeus - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- Aphrodite - Monica S Cyrino
- Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, Lore - Jennifer Larson
- Magic in the Ancient Greek World - Derek Collins
- Greek Religion - Walter Burkert
- The Works & Days - Hesiod
- The Theogony - Hesiod
- Artemis: Virgin Goddess of the Sun, Moon & Hunt - Sorita D’Este
- Goddess, Whores, Wives & Slaves - Sarah B Pomeroy
Near East & Mesopotamia
- Inanna - Samuel Noah Kramer & Diane Wolkstein
- Whisper of Stone: Natib Qadish - Modern Canaanite Religion
- Queen of the Great Below: An Anthology in Honor of Ereshkigal
- Anoited: A Devotional Anthology for the Deities of the Near and Middle East - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- The Epic of Gilgamesh - Penguin Classics
- Ancient Mesopotamia - Susan Pollock
- Sumer and the Sumerians - Harriet Crawford
- Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia - Jeremy Black
- The Sumerians: Their History, Culture and Character - Samuel Noah Kramer
- Dwelling on the Threshold: Reflections of a Spirit-Worker and Devotional Polytheist - Sarah Kate Istra Winter
- Voodoo in Haiti - Alfred Metraux
- New Orleans Voodoo Handbook - Kenaz Filan
Discernment; You, the Gods and what lies between
This is an article on my experiences with discerning the influences of the Gods and spirits that I work with, from my own self. Said Gods being Loki (primarily), Odin and, to a small degree, Tyr and Freyja. While I do refer largely to the Gods in this article, these experiences can also relate to other entities as well. Given that every brain, every mind, every person is different, I am not expecting other people to have the same experience as me, and I ask anyone who reads this to bear that in mind too.
This article will contain firstly my thoughts and theories on how non-physical entities communicate and possible ideas on how it all works. Then, my experience on the different types of communication, what they are like and how I tell them apart.
This article will also cover the topic of ‘sockpuppets’, a term often used in communities of people who Listen to the Gods to refer to your own inner voice which can mimic or be mistaken for the voice of the Gods.
How They Comunicate
How to tell Them from you
Headaches when communicating
Types of communication
Levels of communication; Obvious vs subtle
KNOW WHO DOESN’T GET TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH?
LET’S DO THAT
HE IS A PRETTY AMAZING GUY
WISE AS HELL
AND WITH AN IMPRESSIVE STRENGTH OF WILL
THE MAN GETS SHIT DONE
AFTER LOKI AND ANGRBODA HAD FENRIR
AND HE ENDED UP IN ASGARD
KNOW WHO TOOK CARE OF HIM?
HE WAS THE ONLY ONE BRAVE ENOUGH TO APPROACH HIM
HOT DAMN, WHAT A BADASS
AS TIME WENT BY
EVERYONE WAS LIKE
THIS WOLF JUST –
WOW HE KEEPS GETTING BIGGER
AND HE’S PROPHESIED TO WRECK SHIT
MAYBE WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING?
THAT IS PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA
SO THEY WERE ALL TRYING AND FAILING TO BIND HIM
WITH THESE BIG CHAINS
AND FINALLY WENT AND GOT A NICE SHINY RIBBON
(HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO TEAR A RIBBON THAT SHIT IS FUCKING HARD)
ANYWAY AFTER THEY GOT SOME DWARVES TO MAKE GLEIPNIR
WHICH IS NOT JUST AN ORDINARY PAIN IN THE ASS RIBBON
IT’S MADE OF MAGICY SHIT
A BUNCH OF STUFF THAT YOU CAN’T FIND IN THE WORLD WENT INTO THE RIBBON
LIKE THE ROOTS OF MOUNTAINS
THE SOUND OF A CAT’S FOOTSTEP
BREATH OF A FISH
SINEW OF A BEAR
AND A WOMAN’S BEARD
(THOUGH SOMETIMES WOMEN CAN HAVE BEARDS
AND I AM PRETTY SURE WITHOUT SINEW BEARS WOULD NOT WORK
BUT MOSTLY THE STUFF IS NO LONGER AROUND)
TO MAKE DAMN SURE
IT COULD BIND THIS IMMENSELY STRONG WOLF
FENRIR WAS FEELING MIGHTY SUSPICIOUS
AND WAS NOT REALLY WANTING TO BE BOUND
NOT MUCH GLORY IN BREAKING A RIBBON AFTER THOSE BITCHIN’ CHAINS
HE WOULDN’T GET ANY STREET CRED
ALSO THE RIBBON WAS KIND OF SUSPICIOUS AFTER THE CHAINS
SHENANIGANS WERE AFOOT
BUT HE AGREED, IF SOMEONE WOULD PUT THEIR HAND IN HIS MOUTH
AS TO ENSURE THAT HE WOULD BE RELEASED IF HE COULD NOT BREAK IT
NO ONE REALLY WANTED TO DO THAT
BUT TYR STEPPED UP
DID WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE
PUT HIS HAND RIGHT INTO FENRIR’S MOUTH
WHEN FENRIR WAS UNABLE TO BREAK GLEIPNIR
AND THEY DIDN’T FREE HIM
HE BIT TYR’S SWORD HAND OFF
HE MADE A CHOICE
AND GAVE UP SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO HIM TO SAVE EVERYONE ELSE
AND BIND FENRIR UNTIL THE START OF RAGNAROK
THAT’S A PRETTY GREAT THING TO DO
HE’S THE GOD OF OATHS
IF YOU MAKE ONE TO HIM YOU BETTER KEEP IT
OR EXPECT TO PAY THE PRICE
HE VALUES STRENGTH
BOTH OF BODY AND OF WILL
DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
I LIKE TO GIVE HIM SOME PROTEIN DRINK
CAUSE IT IS BOTH DELICIOUS AND ALSO GOOD FOR MAKING YOU STRONG
HE SEEMED TO LIKE IT MORE THAN ANY OF THE ALCOHOL I HAD TRIED
SO NOW SUMBLE SOMETIMES HAS PROTEIN DRINK
IF YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DIFFICULT CHOICE
OR GIVE UP SOMETHING TO HELP A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER
MAYBE HAVE A CHAT WITH TYR
HE IS WELL ACQUAINTED WITH SELF SACRIFICE
AND ALSO WITH DECISION MAKING
SERIOUSLY HE REALLY LIKES WHEN YOU HELP OTHERS
AND COMING THROUGH WHEN YOU ARE NEEDED
HE IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH IRMINSUL, AND KEEPING ORDER
AND ALSO IS GOD OF THE THING
The Ten Fundamentals of Hinduism
1. According to Hinduism God is One, but also Many. The One becomes many and the many have to begin their journey finally towards the One as a process of creation.
2. Hinduism believes that man is divine in nature. The basic purpose of a human being is to realize this divine nature in him.
3. Hinduism firmly declares that the ego or ahamkar is the root cause of all suffering. If an individual has to escape from suffering he has to cease to be his egoistic self and identify himself with his limitless inner self.
4. Hinduism believes unquestionably that the world is an illusion or maya. Attachment with it is the cause of birth and death. When a person overcomes this illusion through detachment and withdrawal of senses he will become qualified for self-realization.
5. The Hindus believe in reincarnation or rebirth, according to which each individual lives many lives because of his ignorance and the play of maya before he attains liberation.
6. Hinduism believes that all beings have souls, are equally important in the scheme of creation and that they all evolve continuously till they achieve final freedom. Man is but one stage in this evolution of life and in the soul’s upward journey towards such liberation.
7. Hinduism believes in the concept of dharma or righteous duties.
8. Hinduism has given to the world the concept of karma, according to which all actions produce positive or negative reactions and effect our lives. Hinduism offers the best way to live a life devoid of anxieties and worries. It says, “Live your normal life, offering all your actions and possessions mentally to God in the spirit of sacrifice without bothering about the results of your actions.”
9. Hinduism gives immense freedom to each individual to choose whatever path he or she wants to choose. It does not believe in super imposition of faith from outside, nor changing of ones faith to another because it is more attractive. Each has to pursue the path of God according to his or her inner nature and evolution. Hinduism says, “Follow your own self, live according to your own dharma and discover your own truth that is in harmony with yourself.”
10. Finally Hinduism does not believe in converting people from one faith to faith in an organized way (proselytization). If an individual want to change his religion that is his inner choice. But no one should force him or tempt him to change. Hinduism strictly prohibits teaching of the scriptures to people who are not inclined to understand them or follow them. There are many ways in which one can approach God. All paths in the end lead to Him only.
I know this isn't necessarily true, but I feel really dumb a lot.
When I’m so busy comparing myself to other people - scholars, specifically; people with degrees - I forget that I bring something to the table [of Kemetics, of polytheists] too.
So, for everyone who has ever felt this way before?
Just fucking stop it.
Comparing yourself to anyone else does nothing for us.
We’re all fucking awesome in our own way.
PSA: Here's the thing . . . and it's not going to be nice.
If you don’t want to work with a god, fine. You don’t have to work with gods period. There’s nothing wrong with being secular or having an exclusive set of deities you work with.
But, how about not taking a shit on that deity and their followers in public?
I do not approve of this circle jerk of “Oooh Loki’s bad, let’s treat him like his some fucking garbage and doesn’t deserve even a percent of the respect that we’d show for another humanoid”. When you shit on a god, you shit on their devotees, godspouses, godchildren, and path followers.
I am very proud of the achievements I’ve made under Loki’s banner. I love my god. I acknowledge that the path gets dark, that it gets hard and that it’s not for everybody, but I also acknowledge that it’s my own strength that is being nurtured and that it’s my own weakness that bites me in the ass.
So fuck you.
Stay out of my LOKEAN posts. Don’t take my LOKEAN advice. Don’t benefit from my LOKEAN post offerings. Don’t accept my LOKEAN exercises. Do not confuse me for being secular, because I’M LOKEAN!
I fly Loki’s colors and I’d appreciate it if you either respected that or kindly fucked off.