Wednesday, 31 August 2016

#MyPolytheism

#MyPolythesim is about me, the land and the Gods.

It is about the Gods and the Ungods, the primal spirits of the landscape and the Andedion that live beneath it.

There are many Gods, there are many spirits and my polytheism is about how I live and interact with them.

My Polytheism says the Gods arise from the landscape and the world at large. The Gods are as much a part of the ecosystem as I am, or a tree or a stag beetle. They are a part of the ecology of the land I live on. I am the landscape, the Gods are the landscape and the landscape is part of us. The three are as inextricably linked as the arms of the triskele.

Polytheism isn’t my religion. Polytheism is a handy word that describes how I see the world and the world behind it.

My Polytheism is about night-time cavorting and howling. It is burning herbs and smothering ecstatic ointments. It is about being with others, about a shared experience of the presence of the Gods and Ungods. It is about finding places to push aside this world and find a space in the one behind it and beneath it.

My Polytheism is about scratching away the patina of time and memory and bringing the Gods back into this world – Worlding them – again. About taking the forgotten, bringing them here and watching them spread like ripples over and over.


My Gods don’t seem to want regular offerings, hymns and prayers every full moon and libations poured out on specific times and specific days. I tried this but I am shit at keeping it up long term, nevertheless, the Gods speak and give signs and on occasion hit me with the hymns and rituals they want in their honour. They want to be Worlded and they want me to do this for them. Offerings of passage into this world, libations of words to be spread and shared. This is what they want from me.

I am a witch. I am part of a coven. I am part of a much larger extended family of witches all over the world. My witchcraft is a vehicle in which I World the Gods, bringing them thundering, dancing and galloping into this world. 


2 comments:

Lorna Smithers said...

Thanks for sharing. I can relate to a lot of this - particularly the gods striking me with words and hymns and worlding them into existence. I differ in that I do see my polytheism as religious. Powerful stuff.

Lee said...

I suppose it is a lot of semantics, so maybe I use polytheism with a small 'p'. I certainly useit more as an adjective rather than a noun. By and large though I dont think it really matters how we use it, suffice to say the difference doesnt get in the way of ho we interact and share our experiences :)