Hearthfire Handworks

Spiritual Tools: Prayer Beads

First off, this is not a post about the history of prayer beads in paganism, because the use of prayer beads is not a historically attested practic...

Facets of Deity

I am a polytheist, which means that I feel that each god is a unique entity with their own unique character, but I also consider the gods in their full complexity to […]

Answered Prayers: The Votive Formula

We can thank the Romans for a great deal of what we know about the gods of Britain, continental Gaul and Germania. Partly this has to do with surviving writings such as […]

Thoughts on the worship of little-known gods

I have a real fondness for little-known gods, gods whose names are known only from a handful of sites, or even those who make a single (known) appearance. There’s no way of […]

Why I Do What I Do

Back in another life, I studied technical communication; I’ve never actually worked in the field (due to a combination of factors including settling down so very far away from anywhere it’s a […]

Praying on Autopilot

Ideally we do all things mindfully and with full awareness. Less ideally but perhaps more frequently, we sometimes do things without that full awareness, particularly things that we do often. Like when […]

On the Evolution of Personal Polytheism

I’ve been pagan for over 20 years, and actively a polytheist for perhaps 17 of those years. My practice back then was quite a bit different from my practice now; some things […]

“I’m not really a joiner”

Except that, really, I sort of am. I genuinely like the idea of organizations that promote pagan and polytheist religion, that provide resources and information and training and community and networking. I […]

How to pray so that the gods will hear you

If you say your prayer out loud, it will be heard. If you say your prayer silently, in your head, it will be heard. If you say your prayer standing or kneeling […]

Basic Altar Maintenance

Having had an altar (or altars) of one sort or another for quite a while, I know too well that it can be much easier to set up an altar than it […]

A few thoughts about oaths

Something that may be new to someone starting out in a number of polytheistic religions is the idea of oaths. In the broader culture, oaths are significant in part for their rarity–if […]

Multifaith Issue #1: Not enough horizontal spaces

As I think I have mentioned, there is no such thing as too many gods. However, there might (might!) be such a thing as too many altars. Personally, when it comes to […]