Monthly Archives: August 2014

Divine Intervention

My lover Ember and I have decided to go through Galina Krasskova’s Devotional Polytheist Meme questions together, over the next several months. We encourage our friends to follow along, and welcome links to other people’s answers in our comments, as well as your thoughts on our answers.

How have the divinities helped you in times of adversity and violent upheaval?

As with most other manifestations of the divine in my life, divine assistance is usually pretty subtle. Sometimes, it’s so subtle that I didn’t notice anything was amiss until I looked back later and saw how things might have gone wrong if not for just the right “coincidence” coming along at exactly the right time. It’s kind of like a parent solving a problem before the kids even know anything’s wrong.

In truth, I rarely ask for help from the gods. There’s a level on which I’m afraid that I’m actually alone in my head, and if I asked for help and it didn’t happen–or at least not in a way I could see–that would be proof that the gods don’t exist. I am a poor polytheist, some days, and the doubts get to me.

I imagine a great rolling of divine eyes, celestial mutterings about how the slow boy never quite gets it. But I digress…

The thing that’s really saved me, more times than I can count, is having a safety net of friends and neighbors. It doesn’t keep me from getting knocked down, but it makes it so much easier to get back up again. Sometimes, I have no idea what I did to bring these folks into my life. I can only imagine that someone is moving things behind the scenes.

Ember’s answer can be found at her blog, Embervoices.

#FirstOtherworldProblems Lottery

And more comics with me in them. Though this may be the last for a while,; she only draws them when the right mood strikes.

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

The 6th strip is new! Once again, Lon was witty and I had to draw it out:


#FirstOtherworldProblems Lottery The Lottery Egregore is kind of grinchy, actually. It’s not his fault – he’s under a lot of pressure!


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#FirstOtherworldProblems Making a Leader

I’m not in this one, but it’s funny anyway…

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

The 5th strip, this one with my good friend Dee:


#FirstOtherworldProblems Makings of a Leader Brownies are Leaders Too!

And that’s the last of my current batch, but now I have somewhere to post them when more get made! Whee!


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Help to Protect the Yezidis

In honor of Melek Ta’us, and for justice and peace.

#FirstOtherworldProblems Compliments

Cute? Us? Never!

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

The 4th strip, a particularly adorable exchange with Lon (which I’ll grant has little to do with Otherworld Problems, or really any problems at all ;} )


#FirstOtherworldProblems Compliments “Well, I think ‘Geek Girl’ covers most of it, if we presume sapiosexuality…”


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Call For Submissions for a Beloved Dead Devotional

Spreading the word…

Foxglove & Firmitas

I said I wasn’t going to start this, and yet here I am anyway…  Doing the Work.

Crossing the River: A Devotional to Our Beloved Dead

Calling for submissions for Crossing the River: A Devotional to Our Beloved Dead, edited by Camilla Laurentine (and possibly others to sign on at a later date). Submissions open August 7th, 2014 and close February 28th, 2015.

The intention of this devotional is to build a source book of modern meditations, hymns, prayers, and other resources for death workers working in our greater community. All Pagan and Polytheist traditions are welcome and encouraged to submit to this project.

Submissions should fall into one of three categories: Vigil of the Dying, For the Recently Deceased, and Funerary Tools. They may include, but are not limited to meditations, poems, hymns, prayers, original retellings of myths, rituals, and scholarly articles with a…

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#FirstOtherworldProblems Freckles

I will admit, my knowledge of data structures is a little fuzzy…

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

The third strip, also with Lon:


#FirstOtherworldProblems Freckles My whole body is a pensieve.


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