Highway to Hellas

Surprisingly, I’ve never really delved into Hellenic polytheism until recently.

It’s surprising because it was reading books on Greek Mythology as a kid that first really turned me on to polytheism.

However, for the past few years I’ve been feeling a pull towards that direction. Specifically, to a goddess but I was unsure which goddess. I had a sense it was either Artemis or Aphrodite. Then I walked into a Hellenic-themed suite this past February at PantheaCon. I bemoaned that there was nothing like her group where I lived. The woman there told me that there were several Hellenic polytheists out in the Boston area. She charged me in front of the gods to create something.

Quite frankly, I ignored that for at least a month.

Then I ordered and read Sarah Kate Istra Winter’s “Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored” and really enjoyed it.

I’ve delved into various blogs and sites that dealt with Hellenic Paganism. I finally contacted a diviner that specializes in Hellenic polytheism. I asked her which deity was calling me (without revealing the two options I thought it was). She told me that it was quite clearly Aphrodite.

In retrospect, this makes sense. Aphrodite is, after all, a goddess of sailors and of harbors. I work in a private non-profit hotel for sailors near the harbor.

So now to build a shrine to Her and begin devotional offerings.

If anyone has any guidance, input, or suggestions, I’m open. This is new territory for me.


~ by R.M. McGrath on 04/30/2016.

One Response to “Highway to Hellas”

  1. That’s great. Aphrodite’s oceanic aspects don’t get as much attention as they should, they’re really important on every level.


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