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Call for Submissions

A colleague of mine within the Northern Tradition is working on a new project. If you have a devotional relationship with the duergar, or have had interactions with Them in the past, please consider submitting something.

Call for Submissions for:

“The Duergarbok: Working with the Dwarves of the Northern Tradition”

The Northern Tradition has many tales and legends about the Duergar, primarily known as the skilled craftsmen who created such magical objects as Thor’s famed hammer Mjölnir, Freyja’s necklace Brisingamen and the rope used for binding the mighty wolf Fenris. Keen businessmen with a profound sense of honor and oath-obligation, they command respect. Little is now known about their rich and ancient culture, a deficit we hope to address.

We’re looking for contributions to this anthology – essays about your experiences with the Duergar-spirits, about sacred crafting, about the ethics of engaging the Duergar for assistance in projects, as well as poems, prayers, rituals, etc. We are also interested in original art work, including black and white photographs of sacred crafts created with the guidance or assistance of the Duergar.

Please feel free to pass this CFS to anyone you think might be interested!

1. Email submissions to sravenswing@gmail.com by January 1, 2018.

2. Submissions must be no more than 8000 words in length.

3. Submissions should be made in English as a Word document, with text double spaced in a standard font such as Times New Roman or Cambria. No special formatting, please.

4. All submitted pieces must be the author or artist’s own work. Authors are responsible for obtaining the requisite permission to reprint copyrighted material, including images.

5. Submissions of illustrations and artwork should be sent as JPG, PNG or TIF files, 300 dpi at the actual print size (6×9 page). The name of the artist and title of the piece should be included in a Word file accompanying the image.

6. Contributors will be compensated with a .pdf file of the completed text.

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Reminder about the Apollo Contest

For a God to whom I am not devoted, Apollo sure has gotten a great deal of my attention of late and i’m ok with that. 🙂 It’s just rather surreal at times. 

Anyway, i want to remind folks about the contest I’m running. Win free stuff. lol. 

Here’s what I said in the original post: 

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Ok, so the main statue that I have of Apollo on the household shrine to the Healing Gods was mildly damaged (He’s supposed to be holding a bow but it’s broken off) so I decided to replace it. I did that and then got overly enthusiastic, forgot I did it (even though I tend that shrine regularly), and bought the same statue again. As I was lamenting this, I thought that it could work to good advantage and make more prayers for Apollo so I decided to run this contest.

I’ll keep this open until 9pm EST August 10, 2016, at which time I’ll do divination with Apollo to determine the winner. Everyone else will receive a prayer card of their choice – let me know when you email me the prayer which you want and include your address. I’ll send those out early.

Here’s the deal:

Contribute a prayer or poem for Apollo. Email them to me at Krasskova at gmail.com. I will post them here and on Aug. 10 divine on the winner. That’s all there is to it.

Consider, however, also submitting them to Melia’s devotional for Apollo. Information can be found here. It’s good to have more prayers for our Gods.:)

CFS for Flora Devotional (yay!!!!)

I’m so excited about this, folks. Neve Antheus is doing a devotional anthology to the Goddess Flora. Here is the call for submissions — if any of you honor Her, please consider contributing something. Y’all can contact Neve directly at neveantheus at yahoo.com. This is the very generous polytheist who did that beautiful offering for my mom on her anniversary. He’s doing a huge amount of work restoring the cultus of Flora. Check this out: 

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“Hi Friends! I wanted to write to invite you to participate in a new collective project: a yet to be titled anthology honoring the Floral Deities, spirits, and Flower Heroes. This project began when I was called to write devotionally for Flora, and to explore Her historical cult and work to revive it in the present. Since then, the concept for the book has expanded to be an exploration of the interweaving relationships between the floral Deities, Heroes apotheosized as Flowers, individual plant spirits, and ourselves (with particular attention paid to the retinue of entities worshiped in modern expressions of Bacchic Orphic religion).

After years of working as a florist, and eventually coming to know the Deities who work through flowers, I’ve come to recognize flowers as a subtle yet incredibly powerful way that ancient polytheistic and animistic relationships survive into the present. Flowers are wholly irrational within a mechanistic, materialist worldview, and yet they remain so important to so many of us. By their magic we express our desires, show our love, and seal our relationships. We give them as powerful healing tools to the sick and sorrowful. We offer them selflessly to our dead. We have used them as a dense and complicated system of secret language. Some of us have even learned to speak with them directly. They are allies, medicines, oracles, memorials, sacrifices, and expressions of the divinities enmeshed in our world.

Sannion recently wrote that, “We affirm the existence of a multitude of divinities including Gods, Daimones, Nature Spirits, Cosmic Forces, Divinized mortals, Heroes, the Dead and an assortment of other beings of varying power and importance. We further affirm that these entities exist within a complex network of relationships both with each other and with us, and that these relationships are strongly reciprocal.” My intention is for this anthology to be a contribution toward that affirmation; an exploration of the relational dimension of our worship, the relations between these entities, and how we might work plant magic as a way to build those relationships.

I’d be particularly excited if anyone from this community felt enthusiastic about participating in shaping or contributing to this project. I would love to see contributions that explore any of the Floral Entities, especially focusing on the stories of and devotional writing for Dionysos Antheus, Flora, Chloris and other Nymphs, Aphrodite Antheia, Ariadne, Apotheosized Flower Heroes, Persephone, Hekate, Orpheus. I would also welcome submissions about the practical working of plant magic, flower essences, secret flower languages, as well as analysis of ancient flower festivals and rites from a polytheist perspective. Tentatively, I would love to have submissions by the start of Floralia, (April 28th). If you’re interested in contributing or participating, please let me know! ” — Neve

“I was about to inquire why these shows had greater lewdness and more permissive play, but it came to me that this deity is no prig: the gifts of the goddess frame our pleasures. Drinkers encircle their brows with plaited crowns, burnished tables hide under rose showers. Tipsy guests dance with linden wreaths in their hair, as wine coaxes indiscretion and skill. Tipsy lovers serenade a pretty girl’s hard door, while delicate chains dress their scented hair. No business is conducted with garlanded brows, no one scarfed with flowers drinks pure water. While no one mixed you, Achelous, with the grape, gathering roses lacked all attraction. Bacchus loves flowers. Bacchus’ pleasure in the wreath can be known from Ariadne’s star. Light theatre suits her. Do not, believe me, do not rank her with the tragic-booted goddesses. Indeed the reason why a crowd of whores packs these shows is not difficult to find. She is neither one of the glum set nor a snob; she wants her rites open to the plebs, and warns us to use life’s beauty as it blooms.” – Ovid, Fasti

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Shrine to Rhiannon seeking material

Heather Awen (of the Safe Canary Nest) is sponsoring an online shrine to the Brythonic Goddess Rhiannon.

She is seeking prayers, poetry, rituals, artwork, and writings about personal experiences with this Goddess.

All will be credited in any way the author/artist prefers. If you have anything you’d like to donate, please send it to sorchalefay at gmail.com. Thank you!

CFS for a Devotional to Apollon

Melia Phosphorou is seeking submissions for ‘He Who Rules With Honey,’ a devotional anthology in honor of Apollon. Submissions open January 4, 2016 and close January 24, 2017, with an expected release date of spring 2017.

The editor is interested in a variety of material, including but not limited to: prayers, hymns, songs, essays, and visual artwork. One piece of artwork will be chosen for the cover of the book and printed in color. All other pieces will be printed in black and white. Pieces are acceptable in any language, provided that you include an acceptable to you English translation to be printed with your piece.

In your work, please focus on a single epithet of Apollon. This devotional will be divided among His many names, with a limited number of pieces printed that reflect each one. When submitting, please note for which epithet your piece is intended. If you would like to be assigned an epithet to focus on, please e-mail Melia at pythioumelissa@gmail.com.

Multiple submissions by the same author are acceptable and encouraged. All contributors will retain the original copyright for their work. Previously published material is acceptable as long as the author holds the copyright for the material.

All submissions must be original or include accurate citations. Any plagiarism will disqualify an individual from submitting any work at all. The editor reserves the right to edit spelling, grammar, and punctuation, especially of prose.

All artwork should be sent via a jpg e-mail attachment. All text should be sent via a doc or pages e-mail attachment. Please send all questions and submissions to Melia at pythioumelissa@gmail.com. Contributors to this project will not receive monetary compensation. Each published contributor will receive a coupon code to purchase two copies of the book at cost and may request a free pdf version for personal use.

 

Shrines in Progress: Want to Help?

I am going to sponsor an online shrine each to the Goddesses Pietas and Pudicitia. 

If anyone has prayers, rituals, or essays about either Goddess, and would like to have your material featured on the information page of the shrine, please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com. 

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Witches and Pagans Magazine to do an issue devoted to Polytheism

Hey folks,

I just heard from Anne Niven that her magazine “Witches and Pagans” will be doing an issue on Polytheism. YAY! This is exciting. I asked for her CFS and promised to post it here — if you are polytheist and a writer, please consider checking this out. I contributed to her Heathenry issue a few years ago and it was a very, very solid and good issue. Anyway, here’s the info she sent me:

Submissions Requested:

Now accepting submissions for the Winter 2016 (February) issue of Witches&Pagans magazine: “Polytheism: Many Gods, Many Paths.” I’m looking for accessible, literate, detailed, non-polemical articles on polytheism in all its aspects. I’m especially interested in articles on polytheism as a movement in both the ancient and modern world, as well as articles on specific paths, deities, practices and groups that characterize polytheism in the current (mostly North American) scene.

Or, hey, surprise me! (There may be amazing pieces out there either already in existence or waiting to be written) that come at this from a completely divergent point of view.

Most of our readers are “mainstream” Wicca-influenced Pagans, so please explain specialized terms and concepts as necessary.

Interested? Please contact me to pitch your concept or story. Writers from non-cultural dominant points of view (POC, alter-abled, LBGTS etc) explicitly invited.

Hugs,

Anne Newkirk Niven

P.S. Deadline for this issue is November 1, 2015. We are not a cash-paying market, but we do offer generous ad trade, a free one-year (3-issue) subscription, and as many contributor copies of the issue in question as you can carry.

Anne can be contacted at editor2 at bbimedia.com.