Contemporary Polytheist Theology: Does Geography Curtail the Gods’ “Outreach”?

It’s not often that I begin my day composing a Facebook post asking for pensive responses to a theological question of mine, but that’s how my morning started. Twelve hours and 100+ comments later, I’m reflecting on my musings, my Facebook friends’ insights (to the ones that overlap as readers of this blog, thank you for your input!), and it’s time to craft a blog post around it all. This was my inquiry for discussion:

Serious theological question for my fellow devotional Polytheists: Do you believe that the Gods you serve are limited in Their ‘outreach’ based on geography? Case in point: during my years in Hawaii, my contact with worlds-wandering Hekate and the Kemetic Deities I serve never abated (the Latter Group loved Hawaii, from my experience), but, try as I might, neither Odin or the Vanir were accessible to me out there. However, whenever I visited Chicago, my ‘line’ to Them was instantly reestablished. Upon returning to Hawaii, the spiritual phone line ‘went dead’ again until I moved back home permanently.

What have your experiences been with Gods and spatial/temporal boundaries?

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The 2018 Spring Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal, “People of Prayer,” Is Now Available for Purchase

This is an exciting time! In the four years since I have inherited the mantle of Executive Editorship of Isis-Seshat, a quarterly, international journal of The Fellowship of Isis, this has been the favorite theme I’ve devised: Polytheists and Pagans as “People of Prayer.” Why did I choose this theme? Continue reading

Prayer to La Santa Muerte Blanca

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Shrine of La Niña Blanca in my home temple space. Prayer and photo (c) A. Applegate 2018.

Most Holy Death,

Glorious and Powerful

Sister of Mercy,

Stand firm as my Protector:

My unwavering shield

Against all foes,

Those known and those not known to me.

Be my guiding light

When all avenues seem dark,

Ensuring the safety of my body and

The wellness of my mind and spirit.

Lady of Purity,

Lady of Righteousness,

Seated at the Right Hand of the Father,

May I always find refuge in

Your mantle of Protection,

Granting me spiritual and physical protection and peace.

So shall it be.

(Pray the “Hail Mary” three times.)

(c) A. Applegate 2018

New Devotional Necklaces for Sale on JackalMoonDesigns!

I’ve had a spate of creativity with my hands lately, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve uploaded 5 listings of gemstone bead devotional necklaces to my Etsy site, JackalMoonDesigns! Check them out: devotional necklaces to Macha, Hekate (my pieces in honor of Her sell out quickly!), Odin, and Cernunnos! And a spiffy copper pentacle necklace with turquoise and amber rounds out the offerings.

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People of Prayer: A Call for Submissions for the Spring 2018 Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal

Seeking Submissions for the 2018 Spring Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal on the Theme of “People of Prayer”–Deadline: Friday, March 30

If meditation is the act of listening to the Divine, prayer is the art of speaking. It’s an under-discussed topic in Polytheistic and theistic Pagan communities, which is unfortunate, as it really is the most basic component of establishing and sustaining a devotional relationship to one’s Patron Deity or multiple Holy Powers. Many people who “come home” to a Pagan spiritual path may have an aversion to prayer because they associate the practice with the undesirable (Abrahamic) religion of their upbringing, but there are ways to overcome the negative perceptions and conditioning related to former religious experiences so that one can have a thriving, judgment- and distraction-free prayer practice that sustains the spirit. Those are the issues I’d like to explore in the Spring 2018 issue of Isis-Seshat journal, a quarterly journal of the worldwide Fellowship of Isis that is open to contributions from all theistic Pagans, Polytheists, animists, shamans, spirit-workers, and related practitioners besides FOI members (clergy and laity). Continue reading

Prayer to La Santa Muerte Dorada for Financial Well-Being

Prayer to La Dorada for Financial Well-Being

(c) Anna Applegate 2018

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This statue of La Dorada at my shrine has a robe with a fabric pattern meant to represent U.S. dollars. I love Her mirrored nimbus/crown.

La Santisima,

We will see You face to face sooner or later,

As You, without regard to age or riches,

Claim the old, the young, even the newly born

To come to Your feet at the appointed time.

Until that last day, hour, and second,

When Your Divine Majesty

Commands us to appear at Your feet,

Grant unto us Your favor

That our lives will be well lived:

Alleviate all financial insecurity,

All poverty and despair,

Bringing instead the health and joy

That comes in the wake of steady work and self-worth.

Let our businesses, our bank accounts,

And everything we do to provide for ourselves flourish.

Blessed and praised be Your Generosity,

Holy Death.

In God we believe but in You we trust.

Amen.

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La Santa Muerte Tres Metales (of the three metals), left, and La Dorada, right, at yet another of my shrines.