thista: (Default)
( May. 25th, 2011 01:18 pm)
I keep meaning to post, but I can never actually finish one before there's something else I have to do. That's not likely to change, really. I will continue to get busier up until FSG, and then school starts shortly after... and then more to do and more after that. Really right now DW/LJ/blogs in general are just not sufficient means for keeping in touch with me. There's just too much going on and not enough time to write. And a lot of stuff right now is just deeply personal and thus not something I'm going to blog about anyway. Many of you have my number. All of you have my email address. You know how to reach me. Hugs all around.
So I'm trying out this whole DW thing. How many of you use DW rather than LJ? So far I'm kinda liking the friend management on LJ better, but maybe this will grow on me... Eventually I'm going to set up DW filtering, and that will probably facilitate the aforementioned purge.
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( Mar. 19th, 2011 02:12 pm)
This is just a general note to let people know that the Cataleos website is up and running again. I've changed things around quite a bit, and I've posted info for the Mounukhia Candle Contest, so have a look:
thista: (artemis)
( Sep. 17th, 2009 10:33 pm)

I have two things to announce this evening. First of all, information on the Agrotereion, the newest Catalean Temple, has been posted on the Cataleos website. Photos will be coming soon (and the site is amazing!) but for now we have the text up there for everyone to check out. Take a look at

Secondly, I am pleased to announce the 2009 Elaphebolia Photo Hunt. The Elaphebolia celebrates Artemis as both a huntress of and protectress of all wild creatures. Enjoy the thrill of the chase and show your appreciation for nature with the Elaphebolia Photo Hunt. Take a picture of any wild creature you find and email it to Cataleos by October 13th. For more details on how to enter (such as the email address, which I am trying to shield from too much spam), visit

Good luck and enjoy your hunt!

thista: (artemis)
( Aug. 15th, 2009 06:02 pm)

Cataleos is about to go through some major changes. Instead of typing it all out here, I will direct you to the newly updated and renovated website: Just hit refresh if you still see the old pages. We're heading into some wonderful and exciting changes, and I can't wait to see where things go.

Along those lines, a new Temple of Artemis is going to be founded in New Hampshire on September 6th. Send me an email if you'd like to come to the founding ceremony! We'll probably also throw in some Kharisteria stuff. Fun for the whole family! (or something)

Yay Artemis!
Cataleos is swinging into action once again! I am pleased to announce our latest contest:

Kharisteria 2009 Expressions of Gratitude Contest

The Kharisteria is all about thanking Artemis for the various ways She aids and guides us. Express your thanks in writing, art, or music and submit it to the Kharisteria 2009 Expressions of Gratitude Contest. For contest rules and how to submit your entry, visit

If you want to read 99% of my posts, you need to be on my friends list. If you have friended me and I haven't friended you, that's probably because I don't know who you are. Send me an email and tell me who you are and what your lj handle is. I'm on gmail as thista. If you are already friended.... hai!
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( May. 20th, 2009 10:03 pm)
Right now my biggest project is a piece of fiction. I am *really* bad at writing fiction, but I was inspired to write this anyway. It bugged me that the story of Iphigenia contains some very large gaps and has a relatively unsatisfying ending. I'm trying to write the story from her point of view, and I'm attempting to fill in some of those gaps. So far I'm not sure that the story would be interesting to anyone but me, but I guess we'll see how it goes. Once I finish a first draft I'm going to have to recruit some poor soul into reading the bloody thing. It will need some nasty editing.
Unbound: A Devotional Anthology for Artemis is out! Yay! Here's the website if you want a copy:

Neos Alexandria deserves special thanks on this one, especially Sannion and Oinokhoe. They put an incredible amount of work into this project.
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( Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:30 pm)
I've been on this mailing list for a Shinto temple in Washington, and I'm probably about to get kicked off. I've never seen anyone disagree with what gets posted there, and I just did. The thing is, the head priest of the temple posted an article which pushed some MAJOR buttons for me. I probably shouldn't have responded at all, but I've been holding my tongue a lot lately, and this time it just had to come out. Even so, I only gave a short response and I tried to be respectful. The full response is coming out here.

The article is about the supposed benefits of vegetarianism. Now, many of my friends are vegetarian. I respect that. Really I do. I was even vegetarian myself for a while. What I do not respect is misinformation, propaganda, and general bullshit.

The article, cut because it's long and abnoxious )

My response, cut because the article makes me very, very angry. )

Why do they hate cows so much?

The guys who made the bullshit video about PETA need to do another one about this.
thista: (anime artemis)
( Aug. 4th, 2008 05:17 pm)
The deadline is coming up, so here's a reminder. Spread the word! Submit stuff!!!


I am pleased to announce that the members of Neos Alexandria have begun work on the third volume in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

To help promote the revival of traditional polytheistic religions we are launching a series of books dedicated to the ancient gods of Greece and Egypt. Volumes will contain essays, poetry, devotional material, original artwork, and even recipes or sheet music, all focused on a particular divinity. The library will be a collaborative effort drawing on the combined resources of the different elements within the modern Hellenic and Kemetic communities, in the hope that we can come together to praise our gods and share our diverse understandings, experiences and approaches to the divine. All of the proceeds for these books will go to help promote the worship of the gods of Greece and Egypt, by being used to put on a Greco-Egyptian religious gathering in 2009, bring out further volumes in the series, or given to charitable causes in the name of the gods.

This volume will be dedicated to Artemis, the ancient Greek Goddess of hunting, animals, and wilderness.

Please consider submitting your work to this worthy cause!

Send submissions to

* All submissions must be received no later than September 30, 2008.
* All submissions must be the original work of the author.
* Multiple submissions by the same author are fine – and encouraged!
* Material that has been published in other places will still be
considered, provided the author retains their copyright to the work.
* Each author retains all rights to their work after publication.
* For more information about submission requirements or to request further details about the project, please email your questions to

Feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be
interested in this project.

Thista Minai for Neos Alexandria
I'mma do the things
That I wanna do
I ain't got a thing
To prove to you
I'll eat my candy
With the pork and beans
Excuse my manners
If I make a scene
I ain't gonna wear
The clothes that you like
I'm finally dandy
With the me inside
One look in the mirror
And I'm tickled pink
I don't give a hoot
About what you think

(from "Pork and Beans" off the red album)
I suppose I should post these things here too...



Alright... I just have to say... Wow. This year there are five entries for the Artemisia Anything Contest, and they are all fantastic. My sincerest thanks go out to all the contestants. This is going to be an amazing competition!

Now it's up to you, voters! Have a look at the fabulous entries and pick your favorite ones. Information on how to cast your vote and links to the entries themselves can be found here:

Good luck to the competitors!

~ Thista ~
thista: (anime artemis)
( May. 6th, 2008 08:32 pm)
I was going to post this when it first came out, but I forgot:

my book:

Sorry about the price. Amazon did it. Or Lulu. Or both.
thista: (anime artemis)


( Apr. 21st, 2008 04:49 pm)
To all my friends, colleagues, and associates:

I've been dealing with personal stuff. Everything is fine. In fact, everything's pretty awesome. Yay! However, I am still just now crawling out of my hole and becoming social and active again. If you've haven't heard from me in a while, please don't take it personally.

The Mounikhia festival has been postponed (obviously) as I wasn't really in a space where I could deliver effective ritual during this past full moon. If folks are interested in attending a Mounikhia ritual on May 17th or 18th, let me know. If enough people are interested, I'll put one together then. In either case I'll be putting on a rogue (i.e. not on the official schedule) Mounikhia ritual at this year's Free Spirit Gathering in June.

I'll be sending out rules and info for the Mounikhia candle contest in the next few days. Submissions will be due on May 19th, so if you already know the deal, start thinking about your entries.

Thank you to everyone for putting up with these delays while I get my personal life back in order, and thanks to everyone who has lent me their support.

~ Thista ~
thista: (anime artemis)
( Mar. 3rd, 2008 06:18 pm)
My job is awesome. Yay! I like my boss and my coworkers, and I believe in what I'm doing. So yay.

I also, however, have very little free time and am frikkin exhausted in the evenings now... but it's a contented sort of exhaustion. This whole month is booked solid except Sundays, and Sundays are MINE ALL MINE to do with as I please. Hehehe.
thista: (anime artemis)
( Feb. 13th, 2008 01:27 pm)
Friends, colleagues, and fellow Pagans,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my first book: Dancing in Moonlight: Understanding Artemis Through Celebration. In this book readers will discover six modern festivals celebrating the ancient Greek Goddess Artemis and two joint festivals celebrating Artemis and Her twin brother, Apollo. Many (but not all) of these festivals are adapted from ancient Greek festivals,and all these modern celebrations are made uniquely applicable to the modern day. Dancing in Moonlight discusses what one might get out of participating in each of these festivals, and describes how to create your own celebration uniquely customized for you or your group.

Dancing in Moonlight should be available through and other retailers in a few weeks, but you can get your copy now by going here:

My thanks go out to the folks at Asphodel Press for all their help and for putting up with my new author neuroses; to Neokoroi for all their support and wonderful feedback; to Lori for the cover art; to my test readers for their insightful commentary; to everyone who has ever attended a Cataleos festival; and, of course to Artemis.

I hope you enjoy Dancing in Moonlight and find something positive to take from reading it.

~ Thista Minai ~
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( Jan. 28th, 2008 07:08 pm)
I need help from an intelligent, reliable pagan/polytheist/whatever who can read quickly and has a little spare time this week. If you think you can help, please email me ASAP.
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( Jan. 25th, 2008 07:30 pm)
I got the job.


I'm superexcited. It's exactly the kind of hospital I want to work for. YAY!