Approaching the World and Seasons Henotheistically

7 thoughts on “Approaching the World and Seasons Henotheistically”

  1. I think you’re right that an agricultural basis is a sort of a given in most pagan circles – even though, ironically, most of them would have no idea how to even grow a tomato, much less harvest grain! I think it’s wise of you to base your own cycles on what actually matters to you and impacts your life and livelihood. While I *am* actively tied to local agriculture, and honor it, I do want to spend more time examining pastoral and hunting seasonal cycles.

  2. I think that’s awesome that you are tied into the fields and orchards, and I agree – I have had many look in wonder at my tomatoes growing, and it boggles my mind. I grow my own food here for my household, but.. I ain’t a farmer, and, I understand that. As cool as it looks in old woodcuts and sounds awesome in Pagan books – I’m just not one of them.

    It took a lot of exploration outside of the books and opinions for me to really learn about things – and it did entail me freezing my ass off, dreary mornings, many hunts with nothing to show for it save for frozen fingers, etc… But it has really taught me to rely on Arta and the land spirits – not the grocery store if I can help it. I’m not fully independent yet – but.. I will keep giving my damnedest until I am!

  3. I’m happy to have run across your blog, I’m a pagan of many years, and have celebrated the agricultural seasons many times. I do, in fact, have a garden, but it is simply not the same as having fields of grain to bring in and process. However, in the last couple of years I’ve begun to work with a bear spirit intensely and interestingly my own diet has been changing, becoming more meat focused, and my household has become more paleo in our eating style. I am attempting to learn how to fish this summer, and I hope to learn to hunt next year. I do think that working with a bear spirit so closely has drawn me more toward that kind of lifestyle.

    I will have to wait until I know more about hunting and fishing before I could begin to adapt the wheel of the year to a hunter/gatherer lifestyle, but it is one of my long term goals.

    I feel like slowly I have been reaching back in my lifestyle. Years ago I was a vegetarian and I ate a ton of soy. Then I found out I was allergic to soy, and began to eat meat again. Then I was really into baking home made bread using whole wheat flour I ground myself, my husband had bought a scythe and we were thinking of trying to grow some grain ourselves. Then we found out that my husband and children were gluten intolerant and we began a journey that has led us to where we are now. I’m pleased that my religious experience and my lifestyle and health are converging, but sometimes it’s hard because it seem like so much of the information about a hunting based paganism is obscured. It’s so far back in history that we only have the littlest of fragments.

    Anyway, now that I’ve carried on and on, I just want to say I am looking forward to reading more of your blog and seeing how you explore the relationship between paganism and hunting.

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