Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Every year the RSPB holds a Birdwatch event where you count the highest number of certain birds you see in an hour. It helps them gather data on the decline or (hopefully) rise of particular Bird species commonly seen in British gardens.
It’s good fun and free, so if you’re in the UK there’s still time to take part. Download the starter pack from the website, stock up the bird feeders and have fun! It’s this weekend, and only takes one hour. Great for children too.

This could also be turned into a devotional activity, especially to honour nature deities and those with bird forms.

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One Year On

  One year on, and while my physical health has fluctuated my love for the Old Ones has only grown. Sometimes when life forces you to take a step back it can be an opportunity to change focus. My research has come on in leaps and bounds, yet it seems that every time I find a connection to one of Them several more lines of enquiry follow; and so it continues. They are nebulous, and I find that fascinating.
My devotional work has also increased, and thanks to the help and information of others I am finding ever new ways to connect – Thank you. Finding ways to honour Them in my daily activities has become something of a personal mission. Something as seemingly simple as tidying and cleaning the home can honour the Goddesses of the homestead. Likewise, when writing poems I am connecting to the same energies as the Mead of Poetry, and thus to Kvasir and Odin, as well as Bragi. Even little things like letting the ladybirds hibernate down the inside of my windows connects to Freyja.

As you may have gathered from my posts so far, Loki and his family are prominent figures in my devotional life. Anyone who works with Loki knows that he can teach you lessons, and sometimes he does it the hard way. He can be like the wildfire that burns down anything in its path, yet there is always new life that springs from those ashes. I’ve learned a certain amount of resilience these last 12 months, and continue to learn more about myself in the process. Through it all my belief in Them kept me going, even when I was merely going through the motions because the connection was lost. Eventually the connections rebuilt. Please don’t give up if you find yourself in a similar situation.

So what does 2016 hold? I have several creative projects in the pipeline, and an ever-growing list of research books to pour through. I’ll also be moving house at some point, moving to a different area of our beautiful county, so that in itself will be an adventure.
One way or another 2016 will be a productive year, and I’ll continue my devotional work and watch it evolve.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has supported me in various ways. May the Old Ones hold you close to Their hearts.

Thoughts on Polytheism, Roots and Living History

Growing up in the UK I have been blessed with a strong cultural identity that is rooted in its past, and is the product of hundreds, if not thousands of years of evolution. Admittedly our modern culture differs significantly from that of our ancestors, but we are still products of that history.
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European polytheism: a personal look

Following recent discussions with other polytheists, which made obvious a divide in attitudes and perspectives between the two sides of the Atlantic, I’ve been considering the topic more extensively, taking into account the idiosyncrasies of the United States, western Europe in general and my country in particular. Things like History, politics, social dynamics and attitudes towards the State. And the more I thought about it, the more I kept going back to three points. So in order to clarify things, I wrote this post explaining where I stand as a European polytheist and in contrast with what comes across as a significant trend in US American polytheism.

This is a fantastic article by Helios on some of the (generalised) differences between the way polytheism is approached in Europe compared to the USA.
After feeling like I don’t recognise a lot of the mentality behind certain prominent blog posts by American authors the last week or so, reading this article made me sigh with relief. It does, however, make me realise just how important it is to read articles and books written from your own culture’s perspective, not just those that may be more readily available or more popular.