Life is busy, messy and some times filled with stress and illness. So why I try to get my act back together, please go back a year and enjoy my two posts from last year.
Holiday Traditions (alas I didn't get any holiday cards out this year and my mailbox has been woefully empty)
An Unexpected Visitor: A Modern Hellenic Tale of Winter Solstice Eve
May your holiday season be merry and bright!
I didn't grow up religious. My parents were raised in various denominations of Christianity, but they had both rejected it before I was even born. My parents do not disapprove of faith, but they discouraged it, regardless. I did not have an easy childhood, and by the time I was twelve, I was already searching for religion, longing to satisfy the need in myself I found to reach out to beings beyond my reach who could offer me something to hold on to. I investigated the common, major, religions and found them lacking. I can see the beauty in many of them now, but for my twelve year old self, they were passive and lacking in what I needed: structure, active Gods, and the focus on household worship.
I found Paganism and self-dedicated after a year and a day of reading and practicing. I was thirteen at the time, and while I did not believe in the God and Goddess I found int eh books, the concept drew me in enough to start performing the rites, to start celebreating the festivals and to find my peace there. It took me years until I truly believed in the Gods, at least four or five years of active practice. It wasn't something that happened overnight, but I did find myself looking back and thinking 'when did I start believing?'. For me, it wasn't a specific ritual, or a moment in time that cemented my faith. Once day, I realized that I believed, and that was that.
We’ve got the website for the Polytheist Leadership Conference up and running and are now accepting registrations.
We’ll be updating the blog portion of the site as time goes on with information such as directions and transportation options, the catered menu, details about presenters and so forth – so be sure to bookmark the page!
Speakers must submit a bio and description of their presentation by April 2nd.
All attendees must register by June 1st, especially if they want the discounted room rate.
If you have any further questions please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.