Eros Worship on the ‘Net

This blog is long overdue.

As a devotee of Eros (His is my primary cult worship as an Hellenistos), I’ve been meaning to get this, or something like it, going for some time and I really should have gotten around to it already.

Keep watching this blog for more posts about my Eros worship, some of which may prove barely coherent, as I know for a fact that Eros can be a real mind-fuck (ow).

As far as where the title of this blog comes from, Thespiae was the largest city in the ancient Hellenic city-state of Boeotia, and home to the largest centre of Etos worship in the ancient world.

I warn you all right now that I will also, at some point or another, deviate from just talking about Eros, but expand to others in the group of Erotoi (Love Gods), of which there is a large and pretty convoluted list kept by this worshipper.

Disclaimer: I’m not actually from Thespiae — I’m from metro-Detroit. I make no attempts to say that I or my practises, beliefs, ideas, incoherent ramblings, and other such written errata are totally representative of all Eros worship in the modern world. While my Brain of Holding (History Facts)* allows me the ability to speak with some measure of authority on ancient practises, I’m also sure that there are at least a few people who may just know more than me (but in all honesty, within the modern Pagan & Polytheist community, there are most definitely a lot more people talking a lot of crap and merely claiming authority). If you want to take my word for everything, that’s surely within your rights, but if you think that I may be talking crap, check my facts with a credible source and if something doesn’t match up, tell me and source it so that I can be provided with the information necessary to reconsider my position. If you’re another Eros cultist who has serious issue with some of what I say or do, let me know what you say and do so that perhaps I may reconsider what I say and do. Basically, my spiritual life is pretty far from static and I’m open to refining my beliefs and practises (within reason). Of course, being an Hellenic polytheist engaged in the reconstructionist (small “r”) method, one of the first things that became apparent to me is that even within the cult of Eros, things differed from slightly to wildly depending on the era and the polis, and things grew and evolved from the relatively xenophobic “Classical” age to the cosmopolitan “Hellenistic” age both socially and religiously. Basically, the reconstructionist method is fluid-enough to allow for certain differences of practise, much less certain differences of theology: I may reconsider things, but whether or not I actually change my mind or practise will depend on a certain number of things.

*$1 to the first person who catches the D&D joke

About Ruadhán McElroy

Ruadhán has been a traditional Hellenic polytheist for about a decade, and has also maintained devotions to Eros and Apollon most of that time; his status as a devotee of Nyx is more recent. He also paints, makes music, makes jewellery, and writes novels set in the Mod Revival (UK) and Swampie (Oz) subcultures of the 1980s. He also gets a lot of odd little experiences that he jokes will forever render him an insufferable Goth.

0 thoughts on “Eros Worship on the ‘Net

  1. I couldn’t resist the little Eros statue that called to me from a 5 euro basket when I visited Olympia. So now I have a minature bust of him sitting beside the bust of Aphrodite on her shrine.

    I also have a nice little painting I have had for a year of Cupid gazing up at a butterfly with his bow in hand (the suggestion in the symbolism was outstanding which is why I snagged it at a yard sale).

    Long story short, I don’t thnk I have spent alot of conscious effort directed toward Eros but there are little things that have demanded some attention…. and I never ignore a “take me home” feeling. LOL

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *