Dionysus, this winter god

Having been a hellenic polytheist for several years has completely changed my way of considering the year. Because the Attic calendar’s New Year typically falls somewhere in July/August, I naturally consider the first Dionysian event of the year to be the Oschophoria, which I celebrated last month. I’ve often seen people be surprised by theContinue reading “Dionysus, this winter god”

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Rethinking the Anthesteria

I know it seems awfully early to talk about this festival, since, at least on my calendar, it won’t be before late February. The Anthesteria also happens to be one of my favorite festivals, and as much as I don’t want to change it, there’s a major issue about how to celebrate it in aContinue reading “Rethinking the Anthesteria”

Better wines among the pines: Agroforestry can climate-proof grapes, French researchers show

I came across this article this morning and damn there are interesting things to say from a religious, dionysian point of view.  First, the effect climate change has on the wine is described this way:  Higher average temperatures speed up the ripening of grapes, which leads to lower acidity and increased sugars in the fruit,Continue reading “Better wines among the pines: Agroforestry can climate-proof grapes, French researchers show”

Prime wines in Dionysian worship

That’s kind of a follow up to my last post about calendars and the timing of festivals because the topic I want to touch on today is a practical example of how that can happen in the worship of Dionysus. The Anthesteria is one of my favorite festivals for a bunch of reasons. One ofContinue reading “Prime wines in Dionysian worship”

On pine resin

Sometimes things just work out, as this is a post I wanted to write. In @nordicsatyr ‘s latest post about offerings for Dionysus, pine resin has been mentionned. Coincidentally, it happens that my latest behind-the-scene “research” (more like luck, but whatever) has actually been about pine resin. Let me start off by answering and saying that IContinue reading “On pine resin”