What exactly is the Temple of Athena the Savior?
The Temple of Athena the Savior, Alexandrian Tradition, is a Greco-Egyptian Pagan Temple that is currently only based in cyberspace, but will hopefully have a physical presence again in a few years. This Temple is dedicated to Athena, the virgin Goddess of war and wisdom, patron of scholars and artisans, glorious daughter of Zeus.
This is a place of learning as well as worship. The Temple sponsors rituals and festivals, classes and workshops, and public outreach. The Temple is pretty humble at this point, but even great Delphi started out as a big rock in a field!
What do you mean by “Alexandrian Tradition”?
Although this is a Temple of Athena, it is devoted to all the Gods, spirits, nymphs, and divinized mortals known in Alexandria, Egypt, in the Hellenistic Age. In this unique age, a hybrid culture came to be, a rare blend of the Egyptian and Greek worlds. They are not opposed to each other, but complementary. This system, now called Greco-Egyptian Paganism.
We worship also Alexander the Great and Ptolemy Soter as our ancestral spirits. Both of these men were descended from the Gods, and through their great deeds in life have earned a place among the Immortal Ones. It was Alexander who opened up the world, but it was his general Ptolemy Soter who turned Alexandria into the shining city on a hill that it would become. He built the great Library of Alexandria, and the Pharos lighthouse, which became one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. He encouraged the worship of the synchronized God Serapis and built Temples to both Greek and Egyptian Gods. Ptolemy and Alexander are primary among the Temple’s guiding spirits but not the only ones.
We are in constant conversation with our Gods. The Gods are ancient, and the forms we encounter are most often Their Hellenistic ones. But these are not Their faces. The Gods are alive and active in the modern world. They are not static, but change and grow and evolve as They are needed to. They have followed Their worshipers to the new world.
Are there other Deities honored at the Temple, too, or just Athena?
Athena is the patroness of this Temple, but all the Gods are welcome here. The full title is “Temple of Athena the Savior, Alexandrian Tradition”. I wanted to make sure that the Temple was grounded in a Greco-EGYPTIAN Temple. All the Gods of Greece and Egypt are welcome here. Second tier Deities are Apollo, Artemis, Dionysos, Anubis and Isis. But we celebrate many festivals. Last month I led rituals for the Reconciliation of Hephaistos and Hera, and Isis Rejoices at Finding Osiris. And those were the official Temple festivals – I celebrated 3 smaller festivals either by myself or with one close friend.
Is the Temple open to the public?
Absolutely! Anyone of an inclusive spirit is welcome.