Just a short blogpost today from, to make an announcement. Sannion at his blog has made a proposal a few weeks ago. He, and a lot of other polytheists, often feel bullied about their belief in the Gods as *actual* beings, and are attacked for being superstitious fools or dogmatic fundamentalists by self-declared (neo)pagans who – ironically – dogmatically insist that the Gods are just different faces of some ultimate Godhead, that they are just symbols, or that they are just archetypes; whatever said self-declared (neo)pagan thinks himself and which is a pretty large view in number of “adherents” in the wider “(neo)pagan” scene. In fact I wrote a blog post about this bullying myself a few weeks ago, with the help of Dr. Wilkerson.
For this reason he proposed in this blogpost that all polytheists could do a Silent July. That means:
- No blog posts.
- No comments.
- No Facebook.
- No Tumblr.
- No videos.
- No radio shows.
During the month of July. This silence of the polytheist is intended to show above mentioned pagans the consequences of their bullying by pointing it out by a thundering, ear-deafening silence from the polytheists. I was myself a little too late in finding out about this and thinking about participating in it, and even then I wasn’t sure I would do it as much of my social life focuses on (mainly) Facebook, as I have contact with lots of people across the planet. However, I have started pen palling with some of the during the past few days. With *actual* handwritten letters posted by snail mail, instead of email.
Recently, Tess Dawson wrote a blog post of her own, informing her readers that she will be supporting this Silent July movement, by doing it during the next lunar cycle. I found this idea very attractive, and after spending some days contemplating the idea and it’s implications, I decided to just go for it and jump on her lunar bandwagon. Therefore, as of the evening of the 8th of July, the eve of Hekátē’s Deipnon, the last day of the lunar month in Hellenic reckoning, until the next Deipnon at the end of the new lunar cycle, I shall be offline as much as possible, avoiding social networks and the like. I shall still use the internet for college stuff, and for important sites like theoi.com or Perseus Digital Library, and checking my email once a day.
The free time I shall have I shall seek to spend on writing letters to my nine current pen pals, focusing on the Gods, focusing in worship, catching up on my reading as I have done for the past few days, and maybe work a bit in the garden now that the weather is good. If anyone else feels compelled to do this Silent Hekatombaiōn, or however the next lunar month is or isn’t called in your tradition, I can only say: DO IT. I think it will be very liberating. May the Gods give all of us the strength the carry it out until the end.