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There’s a great deal of needed dialogue going on in various polytheist, animist, Pagan, and associated communities right now. I have been part of this, on and off, and while I do deeply feel these things are necessary, I also think that reaching out to the folks coming into this fresh, or those looking at coming back to the polytheist, animist, and Pagan communities are needed as well. I have not seen a post like this make the go-arounds in a long while, at least on WordPress, so this post is made with these folks in mind.
Polytheism is defined by OxfordDictionaries.com as “The belief in or worship of more than one god”. That is it, in a nutshell. Most polytheists I know, and those I count among my co-religionists define polytheism in this manner. This is because polytheism, as a word, describes a worldview and…
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May is Mental Health Awareness month and I’m going to do some profiles. I’ll start with Alexander the Great. Obviously, his diagnosis can’t be proven, especially since there are no neutral sources as far as I know, on him.
Alexander was born in what is now Macedon, Greece, to King Phillip the II and one of his wives, Olympias. From birth, he may have been told that he was a demigod by his mother.He was highly intelligent and had the best tutors, He was just as athletic. His Nurse and servents raised him and at 13 he was sent to boarding school. He hardly saw his dad, who was off fighting, or his mother.
When he was 16 Alexanders father left him in charge of Macedon. The boy then proceeded to conquer the Maedi, a Thracian tribe from somewhere in SW Europe. Here he founded his first city.A short time after Phillip was assassinated, a former lover his was held responsible and killed.
At 20 Alexander became the head om his father’s empire. After which he put down the Greek rebellions and finished off the Balkans.That’s when he decided to take out the Persian empire, thus earning himself an arch nemesis.
Ironically many people Alexander’s army were Greek mercenaries Many of whom were Spartans.
Not that it worked.
Through cunning and the trust his men had in him, ALaxander took city after city of the Persians. Despite almost dying a couple times due to injuries from battle. Each place he won he founded a city, usually named after him and at least one named after his favorite horse, Bucephalus.
After a while, the Persians got tired of Darius and killed him themselves. This disappointed Alexander who ordered Darius be buried at the Persian capital with full honors. Alexander then hunted down and killed Darius’ usurper,Bessus.
The Persian empire was now his.
He didn’t stop there though.
After Persia, Alexander decided to keep going, much to the exhaustion of his men. This is the time the signs of his possible mental illness became most noticeable.
Alexander’s second found out the pointy way. His name was Parmerio, and Alexander thought his kid was plotting to kill him. Instead of just offing those believed to be involved, Alexander had Parmerio killed too. He didn’t do it himself though, he made a man named Polydamus do it. By taking the man’s sons hostage.
Then their was Alexander’s friend, Cleitus. Cleitus was peeved that Alexander was adopting the ways of the Persian. So he told his king off. Later that, he and Alexander got drunk and killed his friend. This triggered Alexander to go into a deep depression for three days.
After this Alexander kept making more bad decisions, like running his troops into the ground until they force him to stop his advance into Asia. Attacking place, leading to unnecisary loss of men.
Before these murders he showed signs like achoholism, unstable temperment, reckless behavior in battle, to the point of ignoring serious wounds in battle, impulsivity, Delusions, more than usual paranoia, Detachment.depression.
DOn’t remember Much before the crowded bus ride other than my dad, TV, aliens, and my clothes doing strange things. I took a walk and comic book stores kept appearing along the street.
Not sure how I got on the bus but I remember eating burritos and getting messy. I remember a dude making jewelry.He was going to a craft show or something and asked me about what it was like. He showed me some stones,a pink/orange one and green/blue one are the ones I remember. He was weaving some into some hemp string.
f people knew agoutThere was I guy behind me but I don’t know what he was doing. He talked a lot and showed me a stone. He then got off when the driver said something in code that a bunch of people knew about. This happened in a grocery store parking lot.
The bus got going and we reached lake Erie. There were seagulls, and terns everywhere.We got out and some gut bothered the Terns and ran. I told him to cover his head and lay still. It worked. A kid killed them after that and I got med. I pinned him to the ground after I resisted spanking him. I asked him who was going to care for their chicks.
After I get him scared I let him go and we goth got distracted by a old fashioned ship. They didn’t get out of the marina. A storm hit and all but one abandoned ship and we helped them out.
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The fires crackles along with the beat of the drum. The night is electric with energy as the people dance together. Gleaming bodies painted orange by the sacred flames as the spin and leap.
Beltane is celebrated May 1(Nov 1 in the S. Hemisphere). The Fae are more active in our reality during this time and offerings are left for them.
Sacred fires are lit on top of hills and livestock are driven between two bonfires made up of sacred herbs so they are hopefully protected and fertile. People jump the flames for luck in the coming year. The nights food is cooked on these fires.
Homes are decorated with flowers. Yellow flowers are placed over the doors, in the windows. The flowers are fastened to cows and cow related equipment.
Outside of each house a May Bush is decorated. The “bush” is a small tree or branch , usually from a Hawthorne, Sycamore, or Rowan. Mine is probably going to be a Maple branch. These are decorated with ribbons and flowers, among other things. There are often communal May Bushes too. These are decorated by the whole nighborhood. This occaisionally leading to compitition.
In some places the Maypole is erected. This is a pole on wich ribbons are hung. People wound take the end of each and dance around the pole in a way that would cause the ribbons to braid around the pole.
This is a time when pilgrimages are made sacred wells. While there, people pray for healing or health while circling from east to west. Offerings of coins and clooties, strups of fabrics, are left. Other than wells, dew is important. At dawn young women roll in the dewy grass, wash in it, or gather it. The idea is to increase sexual atractivness, cure skin ailments, or stay young.
It’s important to take the time on Beltane to appease the fea and other spirits of you land. This, in the case of the fea at least ment a libation of milk poured is poured onto the steps of your front door and/or at sites they hang out.
Walpurgusnacht or Walpurgus Night.
A Catholic Saint’s Night celebrating St Walpurga, an Abess who lived in Germany. Germanic pagans use her name or Hexenacht(Witch’s Night) The celibrations are simular to Beltane. On this night Freyja rides with “witches”, kids may prank thier nieghbors, and people confess their love. It’s kind of like a combo of Holloween and Valintine’s day.