Eclectic Polytheist Mystic in Boston

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sacredblasphemies

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Eclectic Polytheist Mystic in Boston
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:11:22 PM »
1) How did you become interested in polytheist monasticism?

I've been a Pagan since 1993 but drifted away from it around 2009 due to not having a local community and just not really relating to a lot of Pagan stuff. (It lacked depth, IMO. Too focused on spells, herbs, not enough on the Divine, prayer, devotion.)

I've also long had an interest in monasticism. I was raised Catholic. I think I got into it at first due to loving Gregorian chant, but also because of my love for Trappist ales.
Around 2009, I also went on my first religious retreat at a Benedictine abbey of nuns famous for their cheese. It was absolutely mind-blowing. I wanted that life. I wanted to live in community, to pray, to have my work be prayerful and meaningful (instead of the meaningless drudge of capitalism and profit).

In 2010, I got very ill. Life-threateningly so. I was on disability for years. I told myself that if I ever recovered, I wanted a more intentional life.

After I recovered, thanks to the gods, I debated returning to Catholicism so I could join a religious order. I interviewed with some Franciscans. It didn't feel right. After some soul-searching and prayer, I knew I didn't accept the beliefs of the Church. I'm a queer feminist socialist. I returned back to Paganism to find the polytheist movement starting. I knew it was a direction that I wanted to see. I went to PantheaCon and heard Silence Maestas speak. I hung out at the Coru Cathubodua Temple of the Morrigan. I loved seeing polytheists taking their religion seriously.

As for my personal practice, I have a Shakta Hindu practice towards Devi, Shiva, and Ganesha. I've also worshipped Brigid, Aphrodite, and Magna Mater. I'm also really interested in folk Catholicism, particularly Southern Italian.

2) Where are you located? (a broad general area is fine)

Boston, Massachusetts

3) How did you find this forum?

Facebook

Anything else?

For a while, I maintained the blogs "Sacred Blasphemies" and "Pagan Mysticism" but have not blogged in a while.

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Lorna Smithers

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Re: Eclectic Polytheist Mystic in Boston
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 01:48:36 AM »
Hello sacredblasphemies and welcome :)

I recall reading both your blogs. Thank you for your introduction. I've also been very drawn to some parts of Christian monasticism but known I couldn't accept the beliefs of the church or betray my god(s). It is certainly encouraging to hear about polytheist groups coming together and growing. I hope the trend continues and with it the potential to develop monastic communities.

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Danica Swanson

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Re: Eclectic Polytheist Mystic in Boston
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2019, 12:05:02 AM »
Welcome to the forum, sacredblasphemies. I enjoy your writing and I'm glad you've joined us here.

I've been a Pagan since 1993 but drifted away from it around 2009 due to not having a local community and just not really relating to a lot of Pagan stuff. (It lacked depth, IMO. Too focused on spells, herbs, not enough on the Divine, prayer, devotion.)

I've had the same frustration with Paganism, or at least what I know of it as someone born and raised in the States. It's more of a watered-down, toothless spiritual subculture than a serious religion or group of religions. On the whole, it lacks the kind of religious depth, structure, and organization I need as a monastic.

I returned back to Paganism to find the polytheist movement starting. I knew it was a direction that I wanted to see. I went to PantheaCon and heard Silence Maestas speak. I hung out at the Coru Cathubodua Temple of the Morrigan. I loved seeing polytheists taking their religion seriously.

I've never been to PantheaCon, but I remember seeing photos from that Coru Cathubodua Temple and thinking: Yes. More of this, please! We need actual, bona fide worship spaces run by people who've really got their hearts in it. Introverts also need contemplative spaces where we can retreat from the sensory overload at conferences.

Learning that other polytheists were building temples in conference rooms also helped give me the courage to go public with the shrine spaces I'd been building for Skaði since 2006. 

I also remember being delighted to discover that there were enough polytheists out there to comprise a movement, including organized conferences. I get the sense that the polytheist movement is growing these days. I wonder if anyone's done surveys?