Response to Random “Fan Mail”

Hi – stumbled across your blog doing other research and have been reading post after post. I have a question. Where is Matt Morris/Teo Bishop now? What religion is he practicing now? Do you know? Great intelligent, interesting blog by the way!

Last I knew, he was some generic non-denominational Christian. I don’t know what he’s up to, and I really don’t care. I was never a fan of his, even when he was a pagan (kinda always thought he was even more annoyingly uninteresting than Star Foster, if you can believe that), and now I have even less reason to read his blog. I don’t know why you thought to ask me about any of this, I don’t even think I’ve ever written about him (not even to complain), I’m sure the folks at The Wild Hunt or PaganSquare would have a better idea, to be honest.

Also, I think his name has actually been legally changed to “Teo Bishop” (though I’m sure someone will correct me, if I’m wrong). I may think he’s a wishy-washy and downright boring ex-Mousketeer with the most punchable of shit-eating grins, but I think it’s just basic decency to get his name right.

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.

Responding to Readers

So, here’s another one that just kind of got never got to me until much later:

I was looking through your blog (it’s great, by the way) and I hit upon something I couldn’t quite understand when I got to your writings on the Adonia. You said: “Traditionally celebrated only by women, it’s my personal UPG that this is now appropriate for Fems of all sexes”. What did you mean by “Fems of all sexes”? Another thing; how do you pronounce ‘Boeotian’? I’ve been wondering about that for a while. RSVP Dave

Well, Dave, thanls for the compliments, but as for your first question, I think it’s a bit self-explanatory, but then again, this may be something that’s only become second nature to me, as I practically live it:

“Fem” is used in Queer jargon to refer to one who maintains a feminine or effeminate gender expression, regardless of their apparent sex. I’ve also seen some (much older) gay and lesbian people refer to “butch and fem” as “the homosexual genders” that were not initially limited to lesbian usage, but as gay men sought more soio-political power, effeminacy became more and more scapegoated amongst gay men, and so gradually the “butch and fem” thing became more recognised in the lesbian community.

As for why I say “all sexes” rather than “both sexes”, but chromosomes alone, there are at least nine human “sexes” known to medical science, though XX and XY are certainly the most common. The Intersex community is a thing that exists, and many (though certainly not all) in that community feel that their sex (in addition to or independent of their gender) is neither male nor female, regardless of whatever reassignment surgeries they may have endured as children.

Basically, as per my own UPG, if you’re feminine, I believe Adonis welcomes you. Your mileage may vary.

As for the pronounciation of “Boeotia”, I tend to just go with a Modern Greek pronunciation, as it’s what I’m learning, though ancient dialects may differ. By the Modern pronunciation key, it’s /Vee-o’tee-a/. I think the ancient Attic is something like /Bee-‘oh-shee-a/, but don’t rely on me for that; like I said, I’ve been learning the “standard” modern dialect, and I can barely give a competent accent, and the only people I know who actually speak Greek (including a few people actually from Greece) seem to only speak the modern dialect –and it really is like someone speaking contemporary English learning Chaucer’s English: When you’re used to it, maybe two-thirds of it is the same, but there are all these other words and structural differences that it’s like trying to get by for a day in Italy when you can only speak Spanish.

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.

Responses to Readers

So, it seems that the WordPress software is really lousy at telling me I have messages coming in on my contact form –which you’d think would be something that would’ve been built into that feature from the get-go, but oh well, here we are. The last I checked these was 4 October 2013, apparently, so here’s one that I really ought to have addressed much sooner after the person sent me the message:

Hi I am a young man, very interested in magic, mysticism, spirituality and working with divine beings. I have currently been attempting to work with the hindu form of cupid known as Kama, I have been doing many mantras and quite a few practices for about a little less than two years now, to be honest I am not really seeing results this I believe is due to the fact that one must practice chastity or abstain from sex when performing Yoga practices (I am terrible at this part, lol). However, what I am looking for is beauty, and powers in love, the ability to infatuate so to speak, therefore I find myself having quite and affinity to cupid and venus and a strong desire to find methods or worshipping and communicating with them myself. I dont really have any money to offer you, and to be honest I don’t want you to communicate with them for me, I would like the knowledge and the method of worshiping anything you can give me would be of great help, thank you.

Hello there. I’m a polytheist, a pluralist, and while I do have a respect for magic, I really hope that you’re saying “work with” in the sense that one “works withs” one’s co-workers, rather than in the sense that one “works with” clay or paints. While I’m clearly in no position to make people change how they believe, if you’re coming to my blog, asking for my advice or assistance, I’m going to give it from a position of my own beliefs, and I believe that it is impious to “work with” a deity in the same way one “works with” a camera or a screwdriver or any other tool or medium.

Next up, I certainly know about Kama, but I also do not believe that He is simply a “Hindu form of” Cupid or Eros –likewise, I do not believe that Eros or Cupid are one-in-the-same. I therefore don’t believe my relationship with one of these deities automatically gives me insight into how any of the others operate –it would be like writing a book report on Dracula by watching the film The Lost Boys, both are about vampires, both offer themes of seduction and feature characters who hunt down vampires, but ultimately these are two different stories.

As for what you seek, I don’t know how I can help you with that, but my advice is that, if you feel drawn to worshipping Cupid and Venus, seek the traditional ways They were worshipped by the Romans. Give offerings that are traditional and that contemporary worshippers give, and give them freely as you pray and ask the deities for Their blessings in those areas.

While I am under the impression that there are similarities between Hellenic and Italic worship, I would not risk stating they are the same. Unfortunately, the only Roman polytheists I’m aware of is the group Nova Roma; they have a website which has a lot of information on it, and their section on Roman religion would be a great place to start.

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.