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« Topic Start: April 29, 2007, 07:47:29 am »

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Hi all,

I've been attracted to Hellenic polytheism for some time now, and I'm developing closer relationships with certain deities, but I'm still very much at sea as to what to DO. I'm a solitary, and I don't care to change that, but it does make planning rituals more of a challenge. I live in an apartment, making offerings a challenge too (no balcony or yard to "grill" in).

I'm not particularly interested in the "recon" angle of doing things exactly the way they were done in the past.  I also recognize that if that is what the gods prefer, it may well not matter what I think.  I'm simply not sure where or how to go about splitting the difference, so the reformed slant of this board seems to be exactly what I'm looking for.

What accomodations to modernity, city life, etc., have others made that the gods seem to deem OK? How can I worship ancient Greek deities in contemporary Louisiana without offending them? Suggestions for answering these questions myself would be great too--should I ask for help in dreams? Meditate? Research? All of the above?

The upshot is this: I've had some major life changes for the better since I decided to explore this path. I owe the gods. I truly believe they've noticed little old me and I can't help but feel that leaves it up to me to, well, bump it up a notch.

Thanks, and hoping that made something like sense,
Laurel
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« Reply #1: April 29, 2007, 08:42:14 am »

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What accomodations to modernity, city life, etc., have others made that the gods seem to deem OK? How can I worship ancient Greek deities in contemporary Louisiana without offending them? Suggestions for answering these questions myself would be great too--should I ask for help in dreams? Meditate? Research? All of the above?

This is exactly what we are trying to work out here as what worked great in ancient Athens isn't going to work well in Louisiana today -- chances are much of it would not even be possible there today.

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« Reply #2: April 30, 2007, 05:31:52 am »

Thanks for the warm welcome.   Smiley  I'll look around.
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« Reply #3: April 30, 2007, 10:31:57 am »

Thanks for the warm welcome.   Smiley  I'll look around.
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« Reply #4: April 30, 2007, 03:22:29 pm »

And thank you.   Smiley

Your sig (?) makes me channel Homer Simpson.  "Mmmm....Celtic condiments...drool."

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« Reply #5: April 30, 2007, 03:28:52 pm »


Laurel,

Just a note...  When replying, could you use the "quote" button on the post you're replying to rather than the "reply" button on the whole thread?  That way we know exactly who and what you're replying to.  Smiley  Thanks!
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« Reply #6: April 30, 2007, 11:17:51 pm »

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Hi all,

I've been attracted to Hellenic polytheism for some time now, and I'm developing closer relationships with certain deities, but I'm still very much at sea as to what to DO. I'm a solitary, and I don't care to change that, but it does make planning rituals more of a challenge. I live in an apartment, making offerings a challenge too (no balcony or yard to "grill" in).



The upshot is this: I've had some major life changes for the better since I decided to explore this path. I owe the gods. I truly believe they've noticed little old me and I can't help but feel that leaves it up to me to, well, bump it up a notch.


Just a suggestion, maybe a large flower pot with dirt and sand for libations, and a wok for any thing you need to burn (maybe thats dangerous) or maybe stick to incense.

To the second part of the quote, me too.
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« Reply #7: May 18, 2007, 10:55:48 am »

Laurel,

Just a note...  When replying, could you use the "quote" button on the post you're replying to rather than the "reply" button on the whole thread?  That way we know exactly who and what you're replying to.  Smiley  Thanks!

I hope so--did I get it right this time?  Sorry about that. 

Laurel
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« Reply #8: May 18, 2007, 11:59:08 am »

I hope so--did I get it right this time?  Sorry about that. 

Laurel

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« Reply #9: May 18, 2007, 12:09:49 pm »

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Hi all,

Thanks, and hoping that made something like sense,
Laurel


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« Reply #10: May 22, 2007, 06:28:47 pm »

Welcome to the Cauldron!

Thanks!  Your screen name is familiar from years of forumsurfing.  Nice to put a face to the name.

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« Reply #11: August 13, 2007, 12:44:45 pm »

This is exactly what we are trying to work out here as what worked great in ancient Athens isn't going to work well in Louisiana today -- chances are much of it would not even be possible there today.

I find it best sometimes to not try to hard to match what the ancients did...its just not practical for modern city-living! A basic offering I do is just to use some olives and a good quality greek red wine or oil and mix in a heat proof bowl and then burn it. Always have the incense burning too cos sometimes it don't smell so nice!  Grin

Hope that helps

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« Reply #12: August 13, 2007, 06:20:38 pm »

A basic offering I do is just to use some olives and a good quality greek red wine or oil and mix in a heat proof bowl and then burn it. Always have the incense burning too cos sometimes it don't smell so nice!  Grin

You know, I've often thought that covering odors may have been another reason incense was such a popular method of carrying messages to the Gods in so many different religions.
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« Reply #13: August 14, 2007, 03:02:29 pm »

You know, I've often thought that covering odors may have been another reason incense was such a popular method of carrying messages to the Gods in so many different religions.

I completely agree...especially when I imagine a hot mediteranean day and an animal sacrifice. I'm sure something to cover the smell would have been needed.

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