An Appeal to Modern Writers, Mythologists, Seers, Oracles, Diviners, and Devotees of the Gods

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I’ve been silent here since I started my MFA program, largely because the moũsai (muses) and my work ethic have given me little rest.  But I was deeply moved to return when I came upon the stories of a modern writer.  I just can’t wait to share this!  Let me introduce him:

Eric Burns of Banter Latte described why and (perhaps more importantly) how we need to create our own mythology in a way that it can live in harmony with science (or at least not contradict it too badly) and reflect the world today.  At risk of obscuring his message, I’ll simply quote his first article on the subject “Mythology of the Modern World: Introduction and Coffee” in its entirety below.  I recommend starting there, and then checking out all of his modern myths.  Also check out the comments – they’re both amusing and enlightening – he often explains his choice of names for particular gods and loci.  My only regret is that he seems to have stopped writing in 2007, which leaves me both unsatisfied but also compelled to carry this on further.  You can find more of his stories and essays on modern mythology in the side panel there under the Blogroll or under the Must Read! header, but I’ll probably repost my favorites here too.

When you’ve read this appeal, consider your role in modernizing mythology.  What myths would you tell to explain modern mysteries?  How would you retell the old myths in a way that’s relevant today? Continue reading

Autumn Update

You may have been wondering what happened during this lapse of time since the last article posted to Helleneste kai Grammateus.  The truth is there has been a lot.  Happening, that is.  I won’t bog down this article with the full details of everything, but this will be an overview for upcoming posts…

Hellenion had its Annual General Meeting which kept my hands, mind, and emotional capacity more than full.

Concurrent with that, our family lost a strong friend of 14 years which sent me into a deep immobilizing funk of guilt and regret.  Our friend was one of the two family cats my husband and I took into our home four years ago when my side split households across the country.  He was declining sharply due to kidney failure and we were forced to decide to put him down.  It felt like pulling the plug on a child, but one that couldn’t communicate his pain.  We are still coping with the loss.

I’m also now in my last two weeks of a class on digital painting.  That is, painting on the computer with Corel Painter.  I promise I’ll post a link to one piece I did which Hellenic Polytheists will enjoy: Hestia.  I felt moved by Her to paint it.  I’m considering selling prints of it to those in the polytheistic community if there’s enough interest.

I am also applying to the graduate program at the Academy of Art University in SF for a MFA in Illustration (Concept Art track).  This has required a lot of attention to cultivating my portfolio.

And then there was Thanksgiving.  It is my favorite holiday.  Perhaps its approach was why I was compelled to paint Hestia as it is certainly Her holiday.  Family and friends gathered to give feast and give thanks as winter approaches and they spend all day over the oven cooking together.  What could celebrate the hearth more?  My husband and I went out of town for the week and celebrated twice with his family (his parents are divorced) and spent time with his brother, brother’s fiance, and our nephew (who is now three years old and both charming and brilliant).  Then we flew back and entertained my parents and family and friends for a third Thanksgiving feast (well, three of those really as friend and relatives came at three separate times).  What can I say?  We have much to be thankful for.

Now I am taking a deep breath and getting back into the groove.  As usual, I post not by a schedule or routine, but when something of interest begs to be shared and discussed.  Next, I’ll share some advice I posted at MisticWicks concerning finding a patron (or matron) deity.

The New Look of Helleneste kai Grammateus

Screenshot of the WordPress 2.9 adminstration

Screenshot of WordPress Administration, Image via Wikipedia

I’ve given Helleneste kai Grammateus a makeover.  I was beginning to see the old theme too often on other blogs.  Also, there were some new features I wanted to employ here.  The updates and changes include:

  • A new theme – plus a footer!  I may change this if I can find/create a wide header I like.  But I like the green and blue background in keeping with the natural feeling of Hellenic Polytheism.  It was also much less boring than the other options available on a free account with WordPress.
  • Reorganization – 1) Adding the “More” tag to make skimming easier for you, 2) Narrowing the number of articles per page down to 3, 3) Now that I have a footer, and space in the header, I’ve employed widgets in an aesthetically pleasing manner:
    • In the Header you can get to general navigationPages, Categories, and the RSS feed.
    • In the Sidebar are more specific navigation options and Links – a Search field, options to subscribe by email or RSS, Tags (more specific than categories), Blogroll (with descriptions of each blog), Community Links, Downloadable Content, Forums, and Hellenic Polytheist Websites.
    • In the Footer are the Archives – of Top Posts, Recent Comments, and two ways to access the Full Archives.
  • In each post past and future:
    • Photos – from the public domain.
    • Links integrated into post content – to help explain certain terms and references.
    • Related articles – I hand-pick these for you, incase you want to read more about a particular issue.
  • Social networking links and sharing features (email and print) – if you like something I’ve written, please share it!  You are especially welcome to email and print rituals I’ve published, adapt, and use them!
  • Nero ratings – switched from stars to a simplified thumbs up/down.  Please endorse the posts you liked!

Do you like the new look?  Please post general feedback and suggestions here.  Thanks!