|Calmly by Olga Palma.|
I am doing this for reasons which I would like to make clear.
I take off this time to stand with my polytheist brothers and sisters. Though we do not share the same religion, though we often don’t share the same gods, we share a devotion to our many, individual deities. I support you all, I bless your deities, I bless your ancestors.
I share the sense of balancing on the razor’s edge between hope of the renaissance of our ways, and despair as monism, dualism, monotheism, archetypalism, and atheism erode our ways as surely as infiltration of mainstream monotheisms do. And often, many of us are surprised at just how thorough their work is done.
A few of us have even had difficulties within our own religious groups because of our devotion to the many gods *as* the many gods. Sometimes it isn’t just a matter of orthopraxy. How much does it matter that an individual does the right motions in a rite when they’re busy thinking, “This god doesn’t really exist”? How can a rite give homage to a god when the rite, even though done with correct conduct and action, is at its foundation insincere? Sincerity and respect are intimate companions of one another.
Polytheists, know that I stand with you, even when I’m not physically present. My voice isn’t the loudest by far, my pantheon little-known, my ways even less known, so I wonder how much my silence will be noted. I wonder how many of you will even know of my well-wishes for you. But here I stand, nonetheless, a small, firm, quiet hand of a sister in your own. You are not alone.
I seek to bring awareness that polytheists have been misunderstood, vilified, and undermined. For defining
|The Silence by Johann Heinrich Füssli, 1799-1801|
Even as I take this time off, I continue my devotions to the deities, meditating, and continuing to take note of my dreams, and contemplating. I pray to the deities that we will be strengthened, healed, made whole again, that we shall find and know community, and that we may always have enough abundance to continue our work. I hope that a few of us will be able to carve out a niche together in cyberspace, and I hope that one day a few of us may even meet.
If you wish me to pray to your deities, or to my deities on your behalf for the sake of our work and for the sake of polytheism, please feel free to email me. If you need to chat in the interim and hear a friendly voice, please feel free to contact me. Rest assured our deities are moving in to an active period.
Hail our deities, and hail our ancestors.
Let our devotion to our deities, and let art be both balm and challenge for the soul.