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Greek research

It’s that time of year again, when the CMA festival is on it’s way. The Council of Magickal Arts is a non-profit religious organization, and they have two huge festivals each year to celebrate the Pagan wheel of the year (Beltaine and Samhain). I’m looking forward to the visit, again, because it’s a vacation from the mundane world and its stresses. On top of that, I’ve convinced a friend to come along, so we’ll have a rockin’ awesome time.

It’s been a tough year. I was keeping a blog on Myspace, but I’ve deleted mine and gotten a Facebook instead. Work has been up and down, just as most things in life. The muses haven’t whispered to me much, but then again, I may not have been listening very well. Stress and frustration had actually caught up to me so badly this past month that I’m on hiatus from my coven studies. I found myself acting completely horrid (i.e. bitchy, not witchy) and needed to take time to fix that.

My recent research has been into Greek mythology and worship. I found this amazing book called “Mysteries of Demeter”, found here. While I’m not a reconstructionist, I find myself inspired by the book and it’s in-depth look at ancient pagan practices. Recently, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a workbook on Greek (modern) paganism. There are workbooks for runes, tarot cards, goddesses, and self-discovery in the New Age section of our store, but you don’t find any books on Greek mythology and practice. There are books on Celtic paganism (because, let’s face it… Wicca started in Europe and was based more on the Celtic practices than anything else). The book above was in a local pagan store, Gaia’s Garden in Copperas Cove, TX. I’d like to see more books on modern pagan practices using the ancient Greek gods; if the Celtic gods are so popular, why can’t the Greeks be so too? I mean, we learn about the Greek gods in grade school, long before we hear about the Celtic gods (if at all, as far as school goes).

There’s an upside to this inspiration. To write such a book, I have to do research and experiment with some practices and minor rituals. I will have to take time to focus on them. I’ve always loved the idea, but I’ve never had any reason beyond a personal interest to look at any pantheon. Now, though, I feel like the muses are kicking me in the rear, trying to get me to write it out. And during this hiatus, I have a focus to keep myself from getting lazy. I’ve been so tired and stressed from work (our store just moved, and there’s lots of drama to go with that) that I just haven’t been able to get the energy to clean my house, let alone worship anyone for anything.

I’m going to try and blog here more than once a year… being a writer, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Next time I’ll share a few of the ideas (and possibly some test-it-out results) that I’ve gotten together for Demeter, Dionysus, and Gaia (just to name the first few I’ve brainstormed). Blessings!!

Author:

bookdragon, poet, witch

2 thoughts on “Greek research

  1. The only magickally oriented book I’ve found on the Greek pantheon is “Practical Greek Magic”, by Murry Hope. Published in 1985, and it may be out of print now. If you like, I can loan you my copy as long as you promise to take good care of it. 🙂

    Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to find books and references on the gods and myths themselves. Go to Hesiod’s “Theogony” and Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” for the closest thing to original source material as we can lay our hands on today. For a really good encyclopedia-in-brief reference book, check out “The Meridian Handbook of Classical Mythology” by Edward Tripp. Check college bookstores (new or used) for this one if you can’t/don’t want to find it online.

    Another book with an interesting approach is “The Gods of the Greeks” by C. Kerenyi. Published in 1951, so the language can feel a bit dense at times, but it’s written as if you’re talking to a Greek person “who recounts to us the mythology of his ancestors. All that he knows of it is what is to be read in the classics or to be learnt from the monuments. He calls it ‘our’ mythology, and when he says ‘we’ he means the ancient Greeks.” (quoted from the book’s introduction). It makes for a different style of read — a retelling, rather than an analysis.

    Hopefully this will help, let me know if I can point you toward anything else. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Megan! I’m going to look into those books, and I may want to borrow (lovingly) the “Practical Greek Magic” one. I love the mythology, and I’m working on collecting several classic sources like those two. It’s the lack of “these are ways we do it now” books that I’m noticing and wanting to fix. Other than a few books for Hellenismos (reconstructionists, kinda), there ain’t much. 😦

      When I get into writing, I might use you for some opinions and insight on whatever I’ve written. ^_^

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