I am not a reconstructionist. I am a devotional polytheist. There has been a lot of UGP and “woo” in my practise.
UPG means “unverified personal gnosis” where “gnosis” means “knowlege”. I have seen that some people have begun to use UPD, which means “unverified personal doxa” where “doxa” means “belief”. “Woo” means paranormal/spiritual experiences, such as communicating with deities and spirits, spirit working and astral travelling.
There is another term used by some about UPG and woo, and that is MSU, which means “making shit up”, which I find to be a rather rude and hostile attitude.
UPG can be problematic. Should one believe all UPG? Is it a case of everyone has their own reality and gnosis, and it’s all valid? Is it enough to say, this is my UPG but YMMV (your mileage may vary)? This is where discernment comes in. You can’t believe everything everyone says on the internet, but at the same time, you can’t just dismiss all new UPG out of hand. I will, however, be very sceptical if someone describes one of the Gods as acting out of character.
Some Heathens (and Pagans) have a big problem with UPG and woo, though, and tend to label all as MSU. even when its SPG (shared personal gnosis) or PCPG (peer corroborated personal gnosis). They participate in UPG shaming, and mock those who have UPG and woo in their practise.
They think that if it isn’t in “The Lore”, it’s not valid. I believe that the lore was once someone’s UPG, which became, in time, PCPG. It’s PCPG with tradition behind it.
There are some who seem to think that the Gods are frozen in time, and haven’t changed in 1000 years. I believe that the Gods are Persons, and that They are dynamic, not static, and that They gather new knowledge and experience, and can change, especially in how They interact with, and relate to, each other. Their basic personalities and “jobs” might stay the same, but They might gain new aspects. I believe that the Gods are at least as multifaceted as we mortals are, if not more, having existed for thousands of years.
Some think that you should always clearly label your experiences with UPG and YMMV.
I don’t, when I write about my experiences. After all, this is my personal journal about my personal experiences and opinions.