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Do you ever use Hellenic clothing in your practices?
hemlockroot

soloontherocks:

Absolutely not. That’s what I refer to as “glitter”: extra surface-level stuff not part of the actual religious duties, not requested or demanded by the Theoi, and purely for my own benefit.

Which is not to say it doesn’t have its uses. It — and similar “glitter”, like shrine decor, or using ancient Greek terms — can help you create a spiritual mindset, or get in touch with your ancestors, or go the extra mile (the comparison I use is an American businessman learning Japanese to deal with overseas clients; probably not necessary as the clients likely know English, but a clever sign of extra effort).

But it’s still glitter. Still surface decoration on top of the real structure of the religion. If you don’t have the underlying form, have fun with your pile of glitter because that’s all you’ll have.

Anyway, no, my practice involves very little decor. I have neither the time nor the patience for it, and Ares has been very dismissive and irritated in my personal experience on anything that focuses on glitter when there are better priorities to be had. Funds I spend on pretty stones for his shrine could be better spent on helping veterans. Hours spent learning Doric Greek could be spent achieving the things Ares actually wants for my life, or working to promote his interests. Effort spent putting together fancy outfits mean nothing if the actual work and devotion doesn’t exist.

Yeah. Glitter’s nice if the structure of your practice is perfect and needs absolutely no further work, but how many of us can claim that? Priorities matter, and Ares is a God of priorities.

There’s a reason the word “spartan” means bare of luxuries and unnecessary filler.

littledoomwitch:

littlewanderingthing:

Searching for a little help/clarification.
I’m being told by a local…pagan…that Kabbalah has two different forms. The Eastern Semetic version and the Western mystical version. And that tarot and it’s symbolism goes back to Kabbalah

I’m skeptical because I know her to be appropriative (Native American, primarily) but she’s claiming she was raised Jewish.

Anyways, I’d never heard of this 2 forms thing before and I think what she’s meaning is the closed religion and the appropriative stuff but it’s been a long while since I’ve read anything about Kabbalah.

here’s how it’s distinguished:

  • Kabbalah: Jewish, entirely. this is something that can be studied, but cannot be practiced outside Judaism.so, if you wanted to study tarot’s symbolism, that’s not a problem.
  • Cabbalah: Christian version. I don’t know much of this outside of the fact that it’s very similar and just uses Christian dogma instead of Jewish.
  • Qabbalah: this is the more “secular” version, as it’s called. you’ll find publications by ex-rabbis and people who’ve studied Kabbalah have broken off and sort of translated it into a version that’s more compatible with modern occult practice.

in a sense, your friend is right, but they just got the letters mixed up. referring to them as a cluster is generally called QKabbalah, KCQabbalah, etc.

Thank you! 

It’s just something I’m not educated on at all and was having trouble finding resources since I just didn’t know where to start.

Searching for a little help/clarification.
I’m being told by a local…pagan…that Kabbalah has two different forms. The Eastern Semetic version and the Western mystical version. And that tarot and it’s symbolism goes back to Kabbalah

I’m skeptical because I know her to be appropriative (Native American, primarily) but she’s claiming she was raised Jewish.

Anyways, I’d never heard of this 2 forms thing before and I think what she’s meaning is the closed religion and the appropriative stuff but it’s been a long while since I’ve read anything about Kabbalah.

Bring me warm rain and dried lavender and you. I want you most of all.

— Emery Allen  (via thatkindofwoman)

porcelaindoll-xo:

This is my crystal skull! Her name is Piebald. :) She’s a very lovely crystal skull! 
showslow:

Robert Auer
stonelions:

give yourself over to the wolf. let it eat the parts of you that are sick, that are damaged beyond salvage. let the wolf in and let it clean house, and let it leave again. the wolf knows which parts must be swallowed. you do not need what it takes, and where it bites you the wounds will heal. let the wolf in and let it eat you, and let it leave again.