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So how weird was 2020, eh? I spent the year in Sydney. From March onwards I was told to work mostly from home. As of January 2021 I am still mostly working from home. I have noticed that overseas news websites have sometimes misrepresented Australia in relation to her COVID-19 measures, by implying that hardcore measures adopted in certain regions were Australia-wide, but luckily the really hardcore stuff mostly occurred in the state of Victoria, whereas I live in the state of New South Wales (NSW), where cooler heads prevail. We had a hard lockdown in April and early May (though exercise outdoors and visiting romantic partners was permitted, unlike in some other parts of the country), after which point restrictions gradually eased month by month so that things were almost totally normal by November, but then a December outbreak of community transmission ushered in somewhat tighter restrictions again (though most businesses are still able to stay open), including a mask mandate for visits to shops and when travelling on public transport.
In the midst of all this I did write a few blogposts on neo polytheist, the parent of this website) that may be of interest to readers:
- Pax and the Roman Understanding of Peace, where I explore the intertwined relationship between Pax and Mars, and the pre-Christian understanding that Romans had of the word “peace”.
- Aesculapius, God of Medicine, in this post I analyse the nature of the God Aesculapius, his cult in Rome, and what medical healing looked like during the Pax Romana.
- Polytheism for Beginners is intended to be a quick introduction to people new to the polytheistic mindset. It will likely bore anyone who has been into polytheism for some time already.
I am still very much a polytheist, though my practice is still dishevelled. When I see ravens in the carpark of my local supermarket I almost always leave them a food offering (as a sign of respect to Odin; note that according to Mithraism ravens are associated with Mercury, who is the closest Roman equivalent to Odin), I make offerings to Shoten Zenjin (protective Gods of Buddhism) at my Buddhist shrine, I made offerings to Saturn and Sol in my home in December. I have a much loved statue of Mercury that I have made some offerings to in the last year, but I haven’t gone over the top. I also have a statue of Vesta and have made some humble offerings to her as well. I easily made the most offerings to my late husband, before his urn which sits in my living room. The turnstone of my spiritual life in recent months has been to focus on eating better, meditating daily (mostly yoga nidra via the Insight Timer app) and drastically reducing my intake of news and social media (I have gone so far as to delete my Instagram and Twitter accounts). So far the results have been pretty good. KNOCK ON WOOD!