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  1. Re: Any information on Apollo other than the myths?

    There's me! But I don't come here often and I'm not close to Apollo. I can recommend
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Hellenism
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    Re: About my path and journey

    I was very interested to read of your experiences. We have both moved in a similar direction: I too started as a member of the Church of England and went through a phase of actually identifying as a...
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    Re: I want to believe in the greek gods

    The answer is just do it! Worshiping gods is much the same whether you are a Hellenist or a Hindu. You have an altar, you pray, you make offerings, you talk to them. In a minute I'll go to my altar....
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    Re: Christian/ Pagan?

    If you look at the indigenous pagan beliefs, ancient or modern, many include a belief in a supreme being, a creator: most Africans, North and South (but not Central) Americans, modern Hindus, ancient...
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    Re: The Dichotomy Test

    As ever, I found myself constantly saying "Well, it depends on what you mean by that" but I suppose the result is mildly interesting:
    Spiritual 66%, Altruistic 54, Pragmatic 53, Ascetic 52, Moral...
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    Re: Finding your God/Goddess?

    I can only describe my own situation. I was confused for years, but some dreams indicated that I had to get over an obstacle so I made my mind up to commit to a religion. I knew I was a polytheist...
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    Re: Celtic reconstructionist?

    The web site linked to in post #2 has a section listing recommended books and, equally important, books to avoid. I'd certainly recommend Proinsias MacCanna and Marie-Louise Sjoestedt. The worship of...
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    Re: The Battle For The Word Pagan

    I'm quite aware of the history of anthropology, as I have a degree in it!

    The word "pagan" is naturally still used in its original sense by historians of the Ancient world, but it is also...
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    Re: The Battle For The Word Pagan

    If you use "pagan" in the academic sense of a primary religion, then only Hinduism counts. Jains and Buddhists are certainly not Vedic either: their founders rejected the Vedas. And Sikhism was...
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    Re: Where to start lol ...

    Hello and welcome!

    On your astrological question:

    1. Do not confuse the signs and the constellations. The equinox and solstice points divide the sky into four equal quadrants, each of which is...
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    Re: The Battle For The Word Pagan

    I could say, but I might get banned!

    Incidentally, no Greek ever called themselves, or anyone else, "pagan". Paganus is a Latin word meaning a villager: some-one who lives in a pagus. In army...
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    Re: any luciferians out there?

    Interesting! I'm amused to see that, of your seven points, I agree with LHP in four and I'n neutral on three. Does that make me LHP? I suspect that many Heathen might get a similar result.
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    Re: The Battle For The Word Pagan

    The "Pagan / pagan" distinction is very much confined to the sort of person who hangs out in places like this, I think!

    As for LaVeyan Satanism being a religion, this is really adopting the...
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    Re: any luciferians out there?

    This is a really useful and timely thread for me! I spent ages last week trying to find the difference between Satanism and Luciferianism and not getting very far. It seems that Luciferians should be...
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    Re: The Battle For The Word Pagan

    Not quite as "umbrella" as one might think, surely. After all, the pagan "religions" in the OED sense basically differ in their pantheons rather than in their underlying assumptions. That's why the...
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    Re: The Battle For The Word Pagan

    What Alice might also have asked was whether communication is possible if we all use words in different senses. The problem with the word "pagan" is that it has become a victim of what Margot Adler...
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    Re: Platonic Realism

    I'm a little late to the party — delurking after a year or so — but I can't resist this one. Exactly where does Plato equate the Good and the Sun. In Republic 6.508 he says that the Sun stands in...
  18. Re: i dont know if it would be ethical to still call myself a pagan,

    I see what you mean about myths. Joseph Campbell defined a myth as something that never happened but was always true. Clifford Geertz said that it was a story that was good to think with.

    The...
  19. Re: Can someone translate this Ancient Royal Egyptian for me?

    I can't translate it because it's not Egyptian! Nor is it North Semitic, Cretan, Brahmi, Siberian, or any other script known to me. I think that it's a safe bet that these are characters that someone...
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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    A World full of Gods, by John Greer
    Ancient Greek Cults, by Jennifer Larson
    Hellenic polytheism: Household Worship (Published by Labrys)

    Those cover the idea of paganism, the gods, and worship,...
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    Re: Ritual "Leftovers"

    For food offerings, I work on the "offer it and eat it' principle. I do pour wine into a bowl, though, and I empty that in the garden every morning. I'm not sure what I'd do if my flats didn't have a...
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    Re: Pagan History Book

    I've read Hutton and he's very good. He was raised a pagan and he's a professor of history, so you get the best of both worlds. I haven't read Prudence Jones's book, but she's good too; she used to...
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    Re: What does the sun (Sol) mean to you?

    I celebrate Heliogenna the day after the Winter Solstice, but that's about it.

    Surya is quite important for Hindus:...
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    Re: What does the moon (Luna) mean to you?

    I follow the lunar calendar for rituals. Every year, when I buy my new calendar, I go to the Nautical Almanac site and get all the naked-eye, first-crescent nights for the New Moon at London. But I'm...
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    Re: Embroidery Patterns

    This might be a useful site: it has some patterns you can download.
    http://www.needlenthread.com/
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