Wepwawet, “Who Directs His Running” (Epithet Project #4)

Starting out in polytheism, I didn't expect that half-marathon training would become a regular part of my devotional routine. On Saturday, as I laced up my running shoes, I offered the upcoming 10-mile run to Wepwawet, Who Directs His Running. But running didn't start out as a devotional activity, as I was still an atheist …

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Greeting Persephone: Gods of Our Ancestors, Gods of Our Choosing

The gods of my ancestors and I met for the first time last night. A couple months ago, I had stumbled upon an advertisement for the local Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) [1] chapter's Anthesphoria event, which honored Persephone's return from the underworld. Although I'm not a druid, ADF fascinated me in that it was solidly …

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He Who Eats with His Mouth (Epithet Project #2)

Sobek is a complex, multifaceted god, simultaneously the gentle "Lord of Love" and fiercely aggressive "Lord of Fear." [1] He rules the rivers, the marshes, brings life forth from primordial water, spreads fertility throughout the land; He is deeply connected to natural forces and living things. As I've slowly gotten to know Him in the …

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He Who Passes Through the Sky (Epithet Project #1)

My first devotional act to Wepwawet was the digital painting shown here: Wepwawet guiding Voyager 1 through the heavens. In April 2018, the Voyager 1 spacecraft fired up its thrusters after 37 years. Voyager 1's mission is to explore beyond our solar system, leading the way to a level of exploration unprecedented in human history. …

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What’s in a name? Starting the epithet of the month project

For the Egyptians, deities were first and foremost possessors of power. They could all be prayed to about anything, but there was some degree of specialization. The nature of a deity could be expressed by their names and epithets, by their appearance, and by the roles they played in myth.Pinch, G. (2004). Egyptian Myth: A …

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