Hellenist New York Metro Museum of Art Meet!

I probably can’t make it (if I’m lucky, I’ll be settling in that week, if I’m not so lucky, Nigel and I will be on a friend’s couch), but Kayleigh is arranging a meet-up for Hellenists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC in 6 September! If that’s a good time for you, maybe you should go for me. 🙂 (I will take post cars at my P.O. Box!)

Since I can’t make it to this one, if everything goes well with the housing situation, I will vow to arrange a meet-up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the Island Park temple/Greek revival park shelter in 2015. I’m not decided on a date, yet, but it’s Apollon’s city in Michigan, and the park is nearby the hospital, so the date I pick will have such relevance. (Though I warn you, it’s possible I’ll need assistance in renting the park shelter –but if I don’t, all the better, right?)

GIVE UNTIL I FINALLY SHUT UP ABOUT IT!!!

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.

Are we sure they don’t mean Animist Planet?

I am not proud of the fact that I watch a lot of television, but every so often, I come across a gem that isn’t reruns of old noirs or other crime drama, or sitcoms so old and influential that most people even my age don’t find it funny because it’s been mimicked within an inch of its life.

While most of the tree houses featured on Treehouse Masters are, indeed, rural or suburban, a few have been featured in the back gardens of detached city houses, which I like, cos it accentuates the fact that the only limit to tree houses is having enough trees that are up to the task of supporting a human structure –and to be frank, those trees can be just about anywhere.

I also love how Pete literally talks to the trees, will openly state that he’s poking around for the right energy, and has a clear attitude that if a tree or small cluster of trees wants or doesn’t want a treehouse there, he’ll not only see physical signs, but feel the vibe, as well.

The Pool Master, a related show following a man who creates naturalistic swimming pools based on the landscape and making use of local materials, is hosted by an equally Animistic designer. Cos designing swimming pools takes out of the patch of land they’re built into, he also takes care to move and re-plant any little native trees or flora, even if it annoys his workers. He always seems genuinely saddened when the workers accidentally injure or kill a plant that he’d rather move, and in spite of the editing done to make this seem like the silly ideas of an eccentric landscape artist, I’m always right there with him.


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.

From my slsk PM system

I thought that at least some of the Of Thespiae readership would be interested:

[00:25][BlakbirdzejA] this is not reality, men and woman are both virtualized energy simulaters, theres no hell or heaven, paradise is stolen, you ppl are not working gettin anything progresssed, theres no evolution here, your whole lie-fe is just a scam……. only 6 real beings are here and im one of them, refusal to follow directions from me will lead to death, reality is far off for anyone most likely terminated for ever… blakbird


Want to help me expose the matrix with our little friend Blackbird? Want to make sure I at least have a pot to piss in? Please consider donating to my moving expenses.

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.

Spiders and Fate

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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.

Pregnant Gods by Humon


Pregnant Gods by *humon on deviantART

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.

Yeah… That sums up Christianity on the Human Body

I’m linking to Oglaf for this one, to share the love.

If you’re unfamiliar, the tag line for Oglaf, a web comic I enjoy, is “comics, sometimes dirty”, and by sometimes, the author means “not infrequently”. The term “Not Safe For Work” comes to mind, but that’s for people who don’t work at server farms or Kardia tou Thespiai.

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.

The Rattles – “The Witch”

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.

Sale at ARC I thought I’d pass along

If you love some of the 19th Neoclassical paintings I place into my posts, one of the painters I use a lot of is William Bouguereau.

The Art Renewal Centre has published a limited edition Biography and complete collection of Bouguereau’s works, now on sale for $299. Clearly, this is only available to people who have a lot more money to spend than I do, but I figured I’d post this here since I’ve gotten favourable comments on the art I post with this blog before.

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.

[ReBlog] The Scared Band of Thebes « stefanosskarmintzos

The Scared Band of Thebes « stefanosskarmintzos.

The Theban Sacred Band at a strength of 300 men, was composed from the most distinguished youths of the city especially those who had excelled in athletics and sports. They were always under arms and in constant training maintained at public expense. They were heavy close order infantry (hoplites) and their equipment was superior to that of the rest of the Theban army.

Linen armor reinforced with bronze scales. Courtesy of “Hellenic Armors“

Although Plutarch considered the unit as the brainchild of Gorgidas, (1) the Thebans had a unit of 300 elite hoplites (logadae) from the time before the Peloponnesian War. The unit was wiped out in a night surprise assault with the aim to conquer Platea as is reported by Thucidides in the first book of his histories and probably was never reconstituted because of grief or embarrassment about the failure.

Go click the link to read the rest.

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.

Ailourophile Hellenes Unite!

It’s an old article, and maybe not technically “twoo Hewwenic Wecunstwuctionism” (in a sec…), but I liked it, and thought I’d share:

Neolithic Kypriots apparently domesticated the cat before Egypt —or, rather, Neolithic Far Mediterranean settlers to Kyprus, which we should all know by now was destined to be Hellenised.

It certainly does seem an intriguing coincidence that Kyprus is the location of the oldest known example of feline domestication, is the birthplace of Aphrodite (and Adonis), and cats —in modern Western symbolism (with the most likely known source being Egypt’s fertility goddess, Baast)— tend to represent sexuality —typically feminine sexuality.

I therefore posit that cats are Aphrodite’s little fascist jerk-holes, given to us by the Goddess Herself to treat us like crap, ruin our furniture, and yet be somehow so entertaining and endearing that even after creating the technology to blast them all into space, we sent our closest genetic relatives out there, first. Clearly, we’re been duped by the fairest of the Kyprian Goddesses into Her worship —some of the most humiliating, I might add— by giving man cats.

For once, I think Mediaeval Christianity may have been on to something.

I have a very pissy little cat....

Chunk, giving us her Evil Eye

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.