Amendment added to my ‘open letter’ – regarding Pop Culture Paganism + an apology

I realised after writing my ‘open letter to those who have theological concerns regarding the Marvel movies and their version of Loki’ (EDIT: NOW DELETED) that, in creating such a clear definition of those of us who don’t equate Marvel’s version of the Norse Gods with the Norse Gods Themselves, I may have inadvertently seemed like I was also denouncing Pop Culture Paganism. I mentioned PCP briefly but said I couldn’t comment on it. I don’t wish people to think it’s because I’m against it, so I have added an amendment to try to make things clearer:

*Amendment – I would like to make it clear that I do not feel I can comment on Pop Culture Paganism because I don’t know enough about it. It’s not that I oppose it as a practice. I am currently reading articles by and for PCPs to try to become better informed.

As you can see, I’m trying to become better informed. I can no longer allow myself to use ignorance as an excuse.

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Thank you

A little thank you to my readers 🌻

One hundred people to be thankful for,
One hundred people who share
A love for the Gods at their core.
One hundred people out there.

One hundred people I’m grateful to,
One hundred people who love
And honour Those above.
One hundred people strong and true.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk

Shared article: Statues of ancient Egyptian lioness deity Sekhmet uncovered in Luxor

Shared from Ahram Online. Article written by  Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 3 Dec 2017

A collection of 27 fragmented statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet has been uncovered during excavation work at the King Amenhotep III funerary temple at the Kom El-Hettan area on Luxor’s west bank.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the black-granite statues have a maximum height of about two metres. Some statues depict Sekhmet sitting on a throne, holding the symbol of life in her left hand, while others show her standing and holding a papyrus sceptre before her chest. The head of Sekhmet is crowned with a sun-disk, while a uraeus adorns her forehead.

The mission began excavation work in 1998, and about 287 statues of Sekhmet have been unearthed since then.

You can read the full article here: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/282656.aspx

Two types of energy put into devotions – love and fear

Although logically I was aware of the concept of different energies in devotional practice I didn’t fully, truly understand it until I experienced it for myself.
In fear (of a situation) we project a desperate energy, and we pray because we need something – security, love, reassurance, a sign, healing, etc. In love we project a far more balanced and open energy, and we pray because we love – because we’re grateful, because we feel blessed, abundant, secure or supported.
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One tip for devotional Polytheists – curiosity

If I could give one tip to devotional Polytheists it would be this: cultivate a sense of curiosity. Your Beloved Deities are multi-faceted Beings, so become curious about Them!
Read about Them, connect with Them, ask Them things, choose something about Their myths that interests/intrigues/baffles you and research the heck out of it.

It’s one of the best ways to get to know more about Them, to build a stronger connection, and shows that you honour, respect and love Them.
Be curious about your Beloveds!

(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2017

Is gratitude part of your practice?

It can be hard when we’re going through difficulties to remember to be grateful for what we do have in our lives, but it can make such a difference. When we are truly thankful for the small blessings in our lives it reminds us that the world is not ‘against’ us. It can be all too easy to forget the good when we’re caught up in the less-good.
This also applies to our practice as Polytheists. When things aren’t going so well do you still remember to thank the Gods for what is in your life? When that surprise gift/job/opportunity comes up do you remember to say, “thank you”?
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