Shop has moved again!

Apparently, StorEnvy only allows a maximum of 500 items per shop, which for someone who, in addition to two novels, half a dozen for-sale paintings, an e-calendar, also has over 900 button designs up for sale, is unacceptable.

The Nocturnal Spirits shop on Etsy, as well as my OddModOut button shop, is now CLOSED! This is because of complete nonsense that I’d contest if Etsy’s listing fees weren’t eating 30-50% of my profits every month, meaning i was planning on moving to a different site, anyway (my original plan was to wait to do it until after I’ve moved in a couple weeks, but oh well….)

On the good side, I’m on Artfire, now, and not only are they cheaper (a flat rate in tiers, based on shop size — ranging from Free for only 24 items in a shop to $60/month for 2500+/unlimited items — I’m currently at $40/month for 501-1000 items, whereas on Etsy, I was paying an average of $85/month), they’ve been absolute dolls to deal with, so far.

I’m also allowed more than ten Shop Sections/Categories, meaning I can not only categorise all my buttons, but also have categories for my writing, music, and art projects without needing to set up multiple shops. It’s pretty much an all-purpose e-Boutique for everything I do, and I plan on eventually branching out into jewellery, beaded items, kombolói, and more.

Where this is especially relevant, here, is that I just noticed that they allow Digital media items for sale, as well, meaning anyone waiting for the next edition of the New Boeotian Calendar will definitely have a place to go pick it up! Because I’ll be moving very soon, I’m going to postpone actually working on the new edition until after I have the computer set up at the new place, but if you were hoping for it, that’s what’s up with that!

Until the new New Boeotian Calendar is done, and since the year is almost over, I’m going to post the current calendar for $2 (or $1.70 for other Artfire patrons/sellers)!! (The new NBC will be at the regular price of $4.) If you still don’t have a copy, yet, and you want to check it out before getting the new one, now is the time! I’m able to update this thing in less than two weeks, at this point, so you’ve got maybe four weeks, tops, to get this!

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.

To accomplish in the New Year

Well, it’s almost a week into the New Year, as per the New Boeotian Calendar, and I’ve got a list I hope to accomplish:

1) Complete another 100-200 more lines in Brother Love and Sister Strife.

2) Start taking my easel out to Island Drive Park when the weather is nice.

3) Finish my third novel.

4) Keep my rosemary alive at least six months.

5) Make at least my first-tier Patreon goal by my next birthday.

6) Finally file name-change paperwork once I’m eligible again in March.

7) Keep Nigel happy and healthy.

8) Whether through fund-raising or pulling from my own money, make The Tomb happen.

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.

Happy New Year

Today at sundown is the Boeotian New year. Now, I haven’t done the maths, but I imagine it will be some time before it’s this close to the solstice, again. If I’m lucky, I may see it on the solstice in my lifetime.

Hang your evergreen, give practical (or at least necessary) hand-made things to your loved ones, and feast.

In case you all were curious, my cat has gotten more gifts than i have, this year.

My own plans? Well, I’m going to go to the Pagans In Ann Arbor meet-up at Crazy Wisdom, and then come home and have dinner with my cat and write up a budget for my mannequin project, maybe see if I currently have any paints that would work to start with, and make some basic Hellenic and Boeotian alphabet divination tiles.

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.

Another glowing recommendation!

If you read Home, Heart, and Hearth on Tumblr, you may have seen that the New Boeotian calendar and my post about “but what do the Gods REALLY want???” got some glowing recommendation. 🙂 HHH also highlights a lot of other highly recommended blogs and posts, so go check out the entire post here. If you don’t regularly read Home, Heart, and Hearth, why not? Go start, now!

And remember, kids, the calendar is only $4, especially relative to the work I put into it, that’s apparently a steal for such a thing. I’m going to need to get another loaf of bread, soon, and my foodstamp card is empty until the 19th, and the Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market opens up again on Tuesday (where I have some IOU garlic to pick up and, understandably, would like to get more than some garlic that’s already been paid for). If you really can’t do $4 for the calendar, contact me and we’ll see if we can work something else out.

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.

Well, that was impeccably flattering

So, as I know I’ve said before, but probably haven’t mentioned in a while, I make an effort to go check out any incoming links to Of Thespiae that I can —obviously, I can’t go and check out every friends-locked FaceBook post that brings people here, or e-mail forward, and some web-based feed-readers just give me a total number of hits from there, which is great all around, but it’s not as fascinating as seeing what other bloggers have to say. I bring this up because I just checked out this post, from Wednesday, by Polyphanes at The Digital Ambler, wherein he says:

To learn more about other cultures, specifically their calendrical practices, you could do worse than browse the six-volume work Origines Kalendariæ Hellenicæ by Edward Greswell from the 1860s (volumes one, two, three, four, five, and six), but this is a massive undertaking and quite boring, useful only if you want to know some of the specific legislation, customs, and timing of festivals and rituals among really niche groups. It’s detailed but dense and hard to read, and there hasn’t been a work like it since it was published. Instead, I’d like to suggest you check out the fantastic blog of Ruadhán J McElroy, Of Thespiae, a long-time Hellenist who notably doesn’t use the Attic calendar. Instead, he uses a modernized version of the classical Boeotian calendar, which is notably different from the Athenian calendar in many respects. In addition, Ruadhán sells PDF copies of the calendar for your easy and convenient reference on his [polytheism]-focused Etsy shop for only US$4.00! You should totally buy a copy, since this is dirt cheap for a lot of heavy work put into formatting and planning all the Boeotian monthly and yearly festivals for 2015. I bought a copy, and I’m pleased with what I found.

Why is this important? Because “ancient Greece” was much, much bigger and much, much more diverse than what our common knowledge would indicate. As I already mentioned, most of what we know of ancient Greece comes from Athens about Athens and written by Athenians for Athenians, from the dramas to the histories and everything in-between, so having an alternative view from a practitioner about things done a different, yet still reconstructionally valid and legitimate way, is extraordinarily valuable for the growth and further understanding of Hellenic classical religion and modern practice. Just knowing Athenian religion and making that the default can stymie further research and opportunities for exploration within Hellenic paganism, and as Edward Butler said on Twitter, “regional [traditions] are valuable…Hopefully in the years to come we’ll see more of these regional [traditions], which require high research skills. Good to support them.” As Ruadhán is one of these very few people competently researching and practicing alternative and regional traditions within the framework and boundaries of ancient Greece, it’s crucially important for him to be able to continue this research, and what better way than buying what he produces?

So, dear reader, what are you waiting for? Go buy a copy of Ruadhán’s Boeotian calendar PDF today!

I really couldn’t have asked for a kinder review or more enthusiastic recommendation, so consider me quite thoroughly flattered. 🙂


…and speaking of kind words and hearty recommendations, apparently I have an official seal of approval from, Arwulf Arwulf, one of WCBN-FM’s longest-employed DJs (possibly *the* longest-employed DJ there), who had me on for an apprenticeship shit on Thursday. He also had this nugget of wisdom to share in the middle of a set of kazoo recordings from 1924:

“We’ve been making and recording silly, corny music for some time. I think it’s in our genome to be like this. It’s not necessarily a path for everyone, but good for them I’ve taken on enough for several people.”

If you’re in Washtenaw County or you plan on being online between 8-10pm EST (GMT-0500) on Monday night, and / or 7-9pm EST (GMT-0500) Wednesday night, please go on to WCBN.org and listen online –or if you have an Android device or iPhone, download the live-streaming app. I’m on for two more apprenticeship shifts on those days, and one more to come (still need to confirm with that DJ); it’s unlikely that I’ll be on the air, but call in or email requests, they’re both freeform shows, which means there is no limit to what can be played, as long as we either have it or can find it online, we’ll play just about anything during the freeform shows (and if you’re lucky, I might slip a few of my Wendy Rule or Daemonia Nymphe CDs into my bag, if you feel so inclined to make such a request).

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.

So far, so good, for the calendar

So far, I’ve sold two copies of the calendar PDF! This is actually a lot better than I expected, especially in the first week.

The first of Boukatios starts 22 December 2014, so there’s still plenty of time to grab one, and at only $4, it’s cheaper than most eBooks.

My Nigel is due for his distemper booster this November/December, so the more I can sell before then, the better.

Also still seeking divination exchange with people. I’ll take any skill level, it’s just you read for me, I’ll read for you.

I overslept, today, and considering the bus being late every time since privatisation a few years ago, at this point I can either shower shower and get the bread and razor blades I need, *or* I can go to the radio station –and yesterday, I took the day off from the radio station to rest and sleep. So having two or three days of a week that I can set aside to paint would be great.

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.

New Boeotian Calendar is up!

You can get a PDF here.

If you want a tear-off version with an original watercolour painting, feel free to open up a custom request.

Now just give me nine weeks or so to update the Calendar Page of the blog…..

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.

But is it worth paying for?

So, with the second Etsy shop up, I can see that they’ve got the option for “digital items”, which I’ve seen before, and have certainly *thought about*, but I figured I’d ask here, first, since I’m setting aside most of my time tomorrow to get it done:

Is the New Boeotian Calendar worth paying for?

I’ve offered it for free every year I’ve managed to get a public version up in time (which has been most of the years I’ve been doing it), if only cos all my sources are easily accessed online, but my cost of living just went up, and frankly, fat boy gotta feed his kitty and his need to paint pretty peek-a-cherz and play swirly gothic tewnz, so fat boy gotta get paid.

On the good side, fat boy has plenty of means of procuring money fairly easily in this area (none of which involve the monetisation of his precious bumhole or mouth-hole, at least not at the present time), but fat boy has plans and obligations, and so a little extra green linen paper (in its physical or virtual forms) would be nice to do, every so often.

So if I set up the Nocturnal Spirits shop to sell digital copies of the New Boeotian calendar, I’m thinking maybe $4/download. I was initially thinking “maybe $1?” and then i remembered, as I do, and painfully so, every year: Even though the work to set the days for all the festivals has been done, this takes me a minimum of two days to complete, because I have to enter in the Lunar Year information manually. And because I do this using HMEPA as my primary reference for the Lunar Year, and not only are the Attic and Boeotian months completely different, but the years don’t even start at the same time, I have to literally keep going back-and-forth for every single month until it’s done. Even if I’m diligent about avoiding distractions (and sometimes even basic necessities, like eating or tending to my “functions” before an accident happens —which I’ve totally done before in the interest of getting this shit done on time), it still takes the better part of two days to complete.

I guess what I’m saying is that I need a reason to continue offering a public version of the calendar every year. As I’ve said many times before, I’m living mostly on disability allowance, and Etsy only almost raises that by a third, so I’m essentially living on $850/month, plus $150/month in food stamps, in an area where that typically can’t even get a studio apartment, so the fact that my rent for one-fourth of a four-bedroom apartment is under $300 was very serendipitous (and not without some intervention from a friend I asked to assist with magic, cos I was that desperate to be able to afford to live by my doctors), but I still got shit I gotta have at least a little bit of money to do. Considering that I’m living on a lot less than even the US Federal minimum wage (I just did the maths, and even with food stamps, even with my Etsy shop to supplement, yes I do get less than the Federal minimum wage), I think $4/download is a fair price that keeps it affordable to most, and if one really can’t even scrape up that much to put on their debit card, e-mail me and we can work something out, like maybe you can do a divination for me, or maybe take some photos i can use for painting references, or maybe donate original art for the cover of Nocturnal Spirits (so I won’t have to use stock images or something)? Just a few ideas. Hell, maybe if you have no talent in those areas, a stamp is, like, what now? 55¢? Maybe you can send me stickers or a bookmark or something…. …or maybe if you’re local, come by and wax my back, if you can’t do $4?

So I’m off to bed, now. I gotta darn a pair of socks and then start on the calendar, tomorrow, and hopefully get more stuff up in the Nocturnal Spirits shop, and hopefully I’ll be able to make some time to paint, as well.

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.

I know it’s another night before the New Boeotian Calendar New Year

…but Happy New Year!

Unfortunately, I was feeling too under the weather to go out to a friend’s party, but at least I had a peach lambic (cos Etsy was good to me, this year) to share with Eros.

Resolutions for the coming year:

* Get back into regular morning and evening devotional rituals –I know I advocate it like woah, but long story short, I do believe it’s the best way to approach polytheistic religion, but my time off was between myself and the Theoi.
* Exercise daily –I know everyone adds this, but I really need to. I don’t really overeat, so my tendency to favour sedentary activities is clearly the main reason I’m fat and my health is going down the drain. I plan to make it a devotional act to Apollon to keep me motivated.
* Finish my reading list for reviews on this blog that I wrote up in summer of 2014.
* Complete at least Book Two of The Mod Stories, ideally both Books Two and Three. Not really a devotional/polytheist /pagan thing, but if you remember my talk about my creative process from Wyrd Ways Radio back in October, it can certainly have its spitited moments.
* Take whatever writing opportunities I may get.
* Do a fundraiser to attend the Hellenic Revival Gathering in November.
* Create divination system using Marc Bolan lyrics (similar to Homeric Oracle, and Sannion’s Oracle of The Doors)

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.

“2013” New Boeotian Calendar is ready…

Well, to be fair, only the PDF version is ready at this time, but you can download it here. Give me another day or so to do a painting for one to post to Etsy for sale.


Also, there’s a 95%+ chance that I’ll be posting another fundraiser later tonight. No, I’m not hoping for a salary (additional commentary added to that) for this, but my cat of eleven years is going to the vet later today, with dental problems. My housemate and I temporarily had the electricity shut off a week ago, and to get it back on (so we could do things like cook, and have my aquarium not die —and, less importantly, in certain lights, have working computers and television and stereos), basically he had to bankrupt his cheque account and so with what he had left after starting this paycheque in the hole and what I have left from my apparently fat disability allowance for the month (if Star Foster’s ignorant assumptions about living on disability are to be believed), combine that and I still couldn’t even make today’s appointment for Countess Vermin von Fluffybottom, of the Austrian von Fluffybottoms, (yes, that is the name I gave her after the shelter), if a friend didn’t give me the money to do so. Best case scenario, Miss Vermin will just need antibiotics and lots of snuggles; most likely, she’s going to need full dental work, plus an extraction, antibiotics, and lots of snuggles. On the downside, I hate fundraising for personal shit, cos it makes me feel like I’m a complete failure at life; on the upside, she is a cat, I have a camera that takes video, and this is the Internet —where cats, especially cute ones, are a close second to porn, and the top SFW subject by a fairly wide margin.


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.