Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Grimoire Envy, and the Trials of Reconstructionism
This is certainly the case in our efforts to create a working modern polytheism based on ancient European models. Even in the Mediterranean world, where literacy and stone-carving have allowed a large body of Pagan lore to survive, we are still dealing with a tattered and incomplete remnant. Most especially we have little or no idea of the mindset of the common worshipper, of the relative place of belief and praxis, of the emotional nature of the relationship with the gods and spirits or much of anything else. In Northern Europe the case is worse. We have nothing literary at all from pre-Christian times and much less hard archeology.
So why do I bother? That’s the second fork. I’m simply drawn to ancient days. To an aesthetic of Iron-age Europe, in a culture where the Gods and Spirits are close and the work of mages, poets and other weirdoes is valued. It’s a love for the culture and music of the Gaels, and a fascination with their tales and ways that goes back almost as far in my personal history as my fascination with sorcery and occultism itself.