About

About Hearth & Shrine

I started this blog to keep a record of my research into Hellenic Polytheism. I wanted to collect references and further reading to share alongside my own summaries and writings.

My hope is that my learning and development can help others along their path.

I’ve also been learning more about other branches of polytheism and paganism, such as Heathenry.

If there are any topics or issues you think I should research or you’d like to see me write about, let me know!

Beginnings in Paganism

As a child I always felt spiritual or religious. But, I didn’t start to understand what sort of path would be the right fit for me until high school, where a close friend introduced me to Wicca and Paganism.

Since then, I’ve explored a few different paths, none of which felt true to how I understood my beliefs. Hellenic Polytheism does.

In part, this may be due to familiarity with the Greek Gods through pop culture. Beyond this, there is also a sense of belonging with the general approach to piety and daily life – particularly through philosophy.

There is still a great deal for me to learn though. Hopefully I can share some of that with you through this blog.

Aspirational Practice

While I do practice Hellenic Polytheism and primarily worship the Ancient Greek Gods, I am not of Greek descent myself.

This is important to point out as Greek Religion and culture have been intertwined historically. It is not my intention to appropriate Greek culture in any way; rather, my aim is to develop my personal practice with the Gods while aspiring to ideals and virtues that go alongside those beliefs.

The term I use for my faith is Hellenic Polytheism. Hellenism and Hellenismos are common terms that others may choose to use, or sometimes Hellenistic Polytheism. However, there may be differences between these terms that aren’t in line with my own approach.

Branches of Polytheism

Despite my focus on Hellenic Polytheism, I also have an interest in other branches and traditions under the broad umbrella of polytheism and paganism.

One example of this is the concept of the multipart soul in Heathenry, including aspects such as the Fetch. Another thing that resonates well with me is our responsibility towards nature as is predominant in Druidry.

Because of this, I hope to expand my research and knowledge beyond what I include in my own practice. I want to build a hub for learning about polytheism and paganism in general that everyone can make use of – not just for myself.