Lore and Personal Gnosis is a dichotomy that plagues polytheist communities regardless of whether or not your flavor of Polytheism is Greek, Irish, or anything else. Regardless of which you prefer, though, they all form the backbone of our beliefs- often alongside the sciences; together they create a whole where there would only be pieces- and this week we want to focus on one of those pieces.
Whether it is how you feel about Fliadhais, what offerings you think Manannan prefers, or how you believe Cailleach looks, Personal Gnosis is just that: The Personal way that we interpret and understand the divine that we encounter. But Personal Gnosis is more than that. It is an understanding so deep and so visceral that it changes us, and occasionally even our faith.
Topic Four: Personal Gnosis
How important is Personal Gnosis to your practice? What emphasis do you place on it when reconstructing, reviving, or generally creating your faith? Do you enjoy hearing others’ Personal Gnosis, or tend not to seek it out? How does hearing others’ Personal Gnosis hinder or help your faith? And finally (if you are willing to share), what is some Personal Gnosis that you hold that is considered “unconventional” to the greater Gaelic Polytheist community?
Note: Please avoid talking extensively about Lore (or the issue of “Personal Gnosis vs Lore”) this month. We covered Lore last month here, and will be covering the topic of “Lore vs. Personal Gnosis” at a later date.
Responses should be submitted no later than the 29th of August to be included in the Roundup at the end of the month. Before submitting, however, we ask that you familiarize yourself with our Mission Statement, Participation Instructions (step by step instructions can be found here instead), and Code of Conduct!
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