In my previous two posts, I used the calendar/Greek Wheel of the Year from Y. S. E. E., via a Patheos post from many years ago. Having since done research and spoken to other Hellenic Polytheists on some wonderful Discord servers, it turns out that Y.S.E.E. has some… questionable aims and views and probably attracts a lot of people who have equally questionable views. I had not previously realised this. But I cannot support an organisation which espouses things like anti-Semitism and a bunch of very problematic ahistorical views on ancient Greek religion and society.
So, since their calendar is a solar one as opposed to the lunar-based Attic calendar, and appears to have been completely made up by them, I won’t be using it anymore. It’s an amount of miasma that I don’t need.
I feel that, as a community, we have a responsibility to let each other know about who and what is trustworthy and who and what isn’t. I signed the Xenia Declaration the other day; both because I support it and because I think having a list of organisations and groups who are inclusive will be really helpful to anyone starting out on this path.
I am a queer Hellenic Polytheist who also sometimes practices magic. I do not support the homophobia of Hellenion or the anti-magic stance of Elaion. On that last one specifically, I feel that since we have a clear archaeological record of magic being used in the ancient world, we have no authority to declare that it is incompatible with Hellenic Polytheism. That’s probably another whole blog post in itself.
I created a “Nope Shelf” on my Goodreads account a while back to shelve authors whose books people probably don’t need to read or at least buy, which sadly now has a lot of Pagan and Hellenic authors on it who, for one reason or another, I cannot support.
I have more thoughts on “community” but they belong in another post. For now, let it be enough to say that Discord has been a boon for me in these locked-down times. It’s not as good as threaded discussions, but it’s at least a platform that lets people talk to each other as opposed to at each other.