Addition to Services

Valiel Elentári:

If anyone needs divination done by someone else than themselves lately, I recommend Laurel’s services. There’s professionalism and accuracy.

Originally posted on Queen of the Waiting Ones:

I don’t have a lot of time, so I’ll get straight to the point.  My family is deteriorating on a number of levels and I feel absolutely helpless to stop it, because the only real way to stop it is for me to renounce the Gods and become a good little Atheist.  That’s not going to happen, not because I don’t want to get along in my house, but because the Gods dwell in my heart and can not be removed.

The other factor in this deterioration is the fact that we’re pretty much flat broke, and are in need of a substantial amount of money for vehicle registration, as well as for replacing the tire that went flat yesterday (like we really needed that), and bills, bills, bills.  The ways in which I can help my family are quite limited, and one of the only things I’m truly good…

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Headspace Sacrifice

Valiel Elentári:

An interesting offering practice. I often dedicate a bite or a sip of my food/drinks to the Powers, but I never actually thought of the lack of sense as a proof of their receiving the offering.

Originally posted on From the Labyrinth:

I am a big fan of the bauhaus approach to spirituality. That is to say, I don’t tend to go for elaborate ritual, instead preferring practices that can be done anywhere, at a moment’s notice. It is a matter of individual taste and style, true, but I get more out of being able to do significant if short devotional practices whenever I have the opportunity than I do out of a set schedule of more elaborate practices. One of my favorites is the headspace sacrifice.

I usually do this when I am eating or drinking something, especially if it is tasty. It requires a trance state, particularly a low level spirit-awareness, but it’s something I can manage to do even in the middle of a busy workday. The procedure is simple: before taking a bite or a sip, I offer up a prayer to one of my gods or disir…

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Polytheist Meme

I’d would like to try and come back to this blog again… After having been silence for so long. It’s unusual to me. I keep practicing in my corner, and writing in my personal grimoires, but I have been unable to share some bits in the open. Whatever one says about Galina Krasskova, she still proposes many things that help us move forward and share. I found her meme on her blog, and I think it is a really excellent idea. So, I’ll try to answer to these questions in the coming future, one at a time, very slowly. It may bring me back.

1. What wealth have the divinities brought into your life?

2. What does your tradition do to increase the power and flow of blessings?

3. How have the divinities helped you in times of adversity and violent upheaval?

4. What are some of the ways that you communicate with the divinities?

5. If you could travel anywhere on pilgrimage where would it be and what would you do?

6. What does it feel like when one receives inspiration from the divinities?

7. What offerings do you make in your tradition and why?

8. What methods of inducing altered states of conscious does your tradition have?

9. How does your tradition handle wrathful, savage and destructive divinities?

10. Have you encountered any obstacles as a result of your religion?

11. What blocks to devotion have you had to overcome?

12. What sort of festivals, memorials or seasonal observances do you keep throughout the year?

13. Have you ever found it difficult to uphold your end of a bargain with the divinities?

14. What role does mystery play in your tradition?

15. What methods does your tradition employ for protection and the warding off of malign influences?

16. What devotional goals have you set for yourself?

17. What qualities should a leader in your tradition possess?

18. What does fertility mean to you?

19. How do you incorporate movement into your worship?

20. Does your religion help you to be a better human being?

21. Have you ever had dreams or visions sent by the divinities?

22. What customs are associated with the home and family in your tradition?

23. When did it first dawn on you that the divinities are real?

24. What have you inherited from your ancestors?

Banishing Guilt

Valiel Elentári:

A hypnotic mantra that I will keep very close.

Originally posted on Strip Me Back To The Bone:

2013 has been . . . a year. It has been a wretched year for many people I know and love dearly, and because of that I feel badly that, for me, it’s been a year of recovery and breathing, of holding still and letting the wretchedness of last year travel its course. I won’t lie — a decent amount of the beginning of this year was lost, to sleep and to wine. I’m not ashamed. My kind, we hibernate. I hibernated.

2012 came to a close and took my grandparents and one of our girls with it. We prayed that we would end 2013 with our household numbers stable, and so far it looks like we’ll be granted that — various tush troubles not-withstanding. (Anal sacs! The horrible, horrible things anal sacs can cause!)

I wrote a lot of material this year. More than I’ve written in any one…

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Note to Self, or a reminder to the aspiring polytheist

Valiel Elentári:

A poem to meditate.

Originally posted on Yew, Oak, & Apple:

Remember that your gods are alive
that they are not captured in stories any more
than you are captured as the girl who won the spelling bee
only to lose the next or the one who cried
over a boy who never wanted love.
If you cannot be easily summed up,
never expect it of Powers. Never
limit your knowing to the words of the long dead,
themselves captured in the instant of writing,
a slice thin enough for a microscope, too delicate
to hold more than one instant of a mortal
life. Do not blind yourself to what lives
in fatal reverence to what once was. Live
with them. That boy is forgotten for one who loves
and the spelling bee fades to a memory, a dusty trophy.
Do not make trophies of your gods.

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On Oracles and Diviners

Valiel Elentári:

Reminders about the work of oracles and diviners, precautions to take on both sides. It needed to be out there and spread ! It’s short and clear, something you have to read. It speaks a lot to my work and recent endeavors (trying to be conscious of my filter).

Originally posted on Queen of the Waiting Ones:

Oracles and Diviners do not carry the final word of any God.  They may only give you what they can translate through their own mental, emotional, and spiritual filters, which includes any tools of their trade.  First and foremost, an Oracle or a Diviner, is atranslator of a God’s Will.  The words are not theirs, and should not be followed by rote.

The Oracle’s interpretations of the words should be limited in the beginning, and only expanded upon by request of the querent.  If an Oracle or Diviner gives you unsolicited advice or interpretation, politely thank them, but hold onto your own interpretation first.  The words are addressed to the querent, not to the Oracle.

If an Oracle insists that you must follow their interpretation, despite your having to walk your very own path, and not theirs, then you have an example of a false Oracle.  Not false…

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