About Me

38808269_641606699534881_779907413175173120_nWhen I first created this blog in 2011, I had already been running the real-life Temple of Athena the Savior for just over a year. It’s goal was to encourage the worship of the Old Gods in the modern world, and particularly Athena, Who at the time I considered my patroness. The Temple sponsored rituals, classes, and community projects. Since then I have had my life destroyed from the inside out, legally changed my name, closed the Temple, moved several states away, attempted to run a 5 acre homestead in the Ozarks for a few years, moved back, and started to try to rebuild who I am. 

I have been some form of Pagan or Polytheist for nearly 2 decades. My journey has been a winding one that has gone through many transformations. Like the phoenix, I have burned and been reborn multiple times. Throughout this journey I have gathered knowledge on a variety of mystical subjects. Devoted to the Gods of Olympos and Asgard, I have a passion for history and spirituality in all forms, but particularly for rebuilding the traditions of the ancient Gods in the modern world. 

So I no longer have a physical Temple, and I am not sure if that is even a goal for me now. I am feeling my way through the dark, with my eyes on the Gods Themselves. 

I am an Author, Poet, Rune-Reader, Diviner, and most importantly, a Polytheist Mystic. I have given up on defining my religion with any certainty, for whenever I think I have a handle on who I am and what system or label works best, the Gods like to come in and mess that up. 

This is my website, where I will blog my thoughts on anything I feel like, but mostly about Paganism and Polytheism, and probably homesteading as well.

I am the author of Ink In My Veins: A Collection of Contemporary Pagan Poetry, and Songs of Praise: Hymns to the Gods of Greece. I seem to be eternally working on the forthcoming Journey to Olympos: A Modern Spiritual Odyssey. 

I co-edited Shield of Wisdom: A Devotional in Honor of Athena and Minevra, along with Jason Ross  Inczauskis (available soon), and have been published in over two dozen anthologies.

My Instagram can be found here.


  12 comments for “About Me

  1. The Roman Revivalist
    April 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    hey! I know you through instagram and I found your wordpress :p I always wondered what got you into greco-roman polytheism? and homesteading?

    • April 15, 2017 at 1:16 am

      Hi there! I think I have always been Pagan. I was raised Christian, but from a young age I would sometimes feel or sense a Godly Presence surrounding me, loving me, protecting me, especially during my dark moments, and this Presence felt FEMALE. My mother told me it was a guardian angel. But that didn’t feel like the right description at all. I knew that it felt much more powerful than that, that ‘angel’ just wasn’t the right word, but,I didn’t have the vocabulary or experience to understand or explain it. A few years later I started to read the Greek myths and something in my soul sang when I heard the name “Athena”. I didn’t realize that people actually worshipped these Gods until I was 14, but I was always in love with Them and it didn’t take much for me to get there.

      As for homesteading, that’s much more complex, and I’d rather just refer you to my 3-part series “Why I Decided To Homestead” instead of trying to both condense it and then type it all out here. So here’s a link to Part One of that series of posts, if you don’t mind my copping out on that question. 😉 https://templeofathena.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/why-i-decided-to-homestead-a-series-of-posts-about-what-inspired-me-pt-one/

  2. Michele Akkerman
    January 5, 2019 at 2:26 am

    It is so interesting that your path to Hellenism began in a manner similar to mine. I was raised in and practiced Greek Orthodoxy, but as a child my grandmother introduced me to Greek mythology, and I immediately felt an attachment to Athena, as did you. Over the years I felt something was missing in my religious beliefs and practices and realized that a stronger emphasis on the female aspect of divinity was lacking. So in the past year I began looking into pagan worship that focused on Goddesses– lunar esbats, Athena, and Hecate (especially in regards to the Dark Moon). I still retain Christian worship, partly because I don’t want to upset my family, and partly because of the ritual aspects of Orthodoxy and veneration of the Virgin Mary. Thank you for your descriptions and explanations of Hellenistic worship that I will begin to use.

    • August 9, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      So I’m very sorry I didn’t respond when you first posted this comment. I’m not entirely sure how I missed it, but the last couple of years have been a bit of a mess in some regards, and I will own where I fell down.
      Are you aware this is something called Christo-Paganism or Jeudo-Paganism? Our ancestors were Polytheists, many would have seen Jesus as just another demigod Heros who was worthy of being added to their personal pantheon. There’s nothing wrong with doing it that way if you feel a connection to Him or to the Virgin Mary. I don’t, although I do have a Saint Death candle on my Odin altar – They seem to get along very well.

  3. Geoffrey Brooks
    October 23, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I am a pensioner, baptized as Evangelical but now living in a Catholic country. I worship the Immaculate Conception at home to the exclusion of all others (Mariolatry). During the last several months I have discovered certain information leading me to believe that the Virgin is Athena returned and will reveal Herself to all in due course. It is simply a matter of putting together three substantiated reports. I would like to know how to proceed from here or whether I should keep the information to myself.

    • August 9, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      Well, I am a hard Polytheist and I would consider them to be quite separate Beings. Mary is a distinct an awesome Entity/Deity in Her own right (yes I know a Catholic will argue with me on that appellation, but by Polytheist definition, She’s a Deity), and She deserves to respect on Her own merits. She’s simply not my God, and did not birth *MY* personal Savior. There is nothing wrong with you sharing your personal theology, in fact I’d be intrigued to read more about it. But be aware that no one is obligated to adopt your worldview, with some of your wording implies.

  4. Angel
    February 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Last week I had a dream that the word “Minerva” showed up. This is highly unusual because She was not on my mind so this is out of the blue for me. I never had any previous encounters with deity. I researched later and found out that She is also known as Athena. Many of Her attributes and symbols resonate with me, it seems like a great fit. The Greek pantheon always interested in particular, Hermes. So I’m wondering if I should name Her as “Minerva” (as in the dream) or as Athena? Any offerings She prefers? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    • February 6, 2021 at 9:39 am

      I would say go with Minervra, and research the Roman rituals. They are similar, but there’s some differences. (Mars has agrarian/farming aspects that Ares never did, for example!) I recommend Classical Living by Francis Bernstein, that is a FANTASTIC book. I have always offered clear water, olives, and white wine. She will take red but seems to like white better? In ritual I have said something along the lines of “to symbolize the clearness of your mind”, constracting with the red wine of Dionysos’ hearts’ blood (that’s the poet in me speaking). I’ve always used white grey and sky blue for her altars. I’ve been planning a series of short posts just on offerings to different deities, but I dont know when that will happen as I’m pretty busy irl. Hermes and Athena have worked together in myth a lot as the patrons of Heroes, you may have some interesting times ahead of you! Let me know if you need anything else.

      • Angel
        February 6, 2021 at 2:19 pm

        I actually have an olive tree about 3 ft tall, several owl things in my house too. I also have a snake skin I found out in the wild. Can I incorporate those?

    • February 24, 2021 at 11:22 am

      Absolutely, I have used snake skin on my altars. And your olives, or anything you grow yourself, is an extra special offering. You are unlikely to offend the Gods if you are earnestly trying. Even if you offer something They don’t particularly like, They want your attention, time and engery. Experiment! Just try. Start, and see where it goes.

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