This year many of the holy days are linked to pages online which describe the ancient festivals, some with suggestions for how to celebrate them in the modern world. To read about all of them at once, go to our Temenos site list of festivals. The Temenos site can be edited by any Hellenion member. So if you are a member, you can add how you celebrate the holy days to our collective experience there! Regardless of whether you are a member of Hellenion, your personal experiences are also welcome on Hellenion Chat, which is affectionately called “Hellenion’s Front Porch”.
By using this calendar and the festival resources available at the Temenos, you’ll be celebrating alongside fellow Hellenic Polytheists. We look forward to celebrating with you!
It was written back in 2004 and these religions are still going strong. Here is an excerpt describing the movement to reconstruct the ancient polytheist religions into religions for modern practitioners living in today’s cultures:
Reconstructionists are a group of neo-pagans-people who look to pre-Christian cultures for their faith-different branches of which worship the gods of ancient Norse, Roman, Egyptian, and Druid peoples. And while scholars say their numbers are only a fraction of the neo-pagan community, they also say they are a vibrant illustration of the rejection of traditional religion in the United States. And, in a curious boomerang effect, they are part of a movement away from the more eclectic forms of neo-paganism, like Wicca, taken up by pagan pioneers in the 1960s and 1970s.
As the Grammateus (Secretary) of Hellenion, I receive some very interesting letters. Often these are queries concerning our policies and how we practice. As I’ve been processing new and renewing members this autumn in lieu of the 2010 Annual General Meeting, I came across one particularly interesting letter with some excellent questions. I also have my response from earlier this spring, and would like to share both here. Some people who are new to Hellenic Polytheism and the modern reconstruction thereof might be interested, particularly those interested in joining Hellenion. I have omitted the author of the original query and his/her contact information in order to protect his/her privacy. Continue reading →