I am 58 years old and have been happily partnered for more than 30 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree and post-graduate work interspersed with what turned into a career in health care. I’m interested in Classical Studies in general, and traditional religion in particular.
About my religion
I believed in the gods from a very young age, because my parents told me I had been named for a deity. I remember dancing outside under the full moon to honor Artemis, though it would be decades until I discovered that the dances of young children were historically pleasing to her. My parents were Christian, though they encouraged me to learn about different beliefs and taught me to respect them. I spent a lot of time studying mythology. There was a neoclassical Christian church building on the street near my school, and as I passed it each day I wished it was a temple to the ancient gods. But my world told me, as C.S. Lewis said, that “myths are lies, even though lies breathed through silver.”
I gravitated to Wicca, as did many people in the 70s, though it wasn’t a good fit for me. The first Reconstructionist religion I learned about was Heathenry, and I spent nearly 20 years studying, researching, discussing, and worshiping the Norse gods. I grew frustrated with the lack of documentation of ritual, and again, as have many people, began to look to other traditional religions to fill in the blanks.
I discovered that the classical mythology of my childhood had better-documented religious practices, and those studies led me to the cult of Antinous, the deified companion or lover of the Emperor Hadrian. Although I still honor the Norse pantheon, my current practice is focused on Hellenic and Roman deities. I follow the Roman, the Greek, and the Antinoan festival calendars. Because the cult of Antinous touches some of the netjer, I also celebrate some Kemetic festivals.
I love talking to people and I welcome your questions – but please don’t ask something you can easily find on the internet.
I highly recommend theoi.com as a resource for classical mythology, historic cult information, the Homeric Hymns, the Orphic Hymns, and the Delphic Maxims. The Perseus Digital Library is more cumbersome to use, but offers a wider range of complete primary and secondary texts in its collections.
You can find more resources in my #Hellenic Polytheism 101 and #Roman Polytheism 101 tags. Links to Hellenic, Roman, and Antinoan calendars are here. The Monster Compilation of Free Online Resources for Classical Studies, which I frequently update, is full of useful links to (mostly) free information for classics students and those interested in ancient Mediterranean religions.
About this blog
I began honorthegods at tumblr as a devotional exercise in December 2103, but it grew into so much more over time. I post topics related to Classical Studies and the modern practice of Hellenic and Roman Polytheism. There’s also some politics, because I believe it’s important to work to make the world a better place; to me, that means living unselfishly, treating other people as I would wish to be treated, and using the resources of this world responsibly.
Xenia (hospitality, especially to strangers) was an important virtue to the ancient Greeks, and remains a core value of modern Hellenic religion. I am totally opposed to racism, identitarianism, nationalism, misogyny, misandry, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, ageism, antisemitism, and xenophobia. There’s probably a few more; you get the idea.
Tumblr is still my primary social media site and will probably remain so. I’ve been there about 4 1/2 years and somehow managed to acquire more than 8,000 followers. Meanwhile, it’s taken 2 years to reach 30 followers here, and (sadly) many of those blogs have become inactive. The higher traffic at Tumblr tells me that my message is getting through and is appreciated. The lower volume here tells me that there are fewer people using WordPress, and fewer in particular interested in polytheism and paganism. I hope that changes, but admittedly WordPress is on the stodgy side of social media. I suspect Pillowfort.io is going to be the next trendy site.
So, to you reading this, thank you for joining me here at WordPress. Hope to talk to you soon – there is so much we can learn from each other! And if I haven’t posted in awhile and you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, check out honorthegods.tumblr.com