Hello! This is Kaye. I’m a Hellenic Polytheist (and I call myself a Hellenist) with a strong interest in polytheistic frames of reference for the modern world. I’m a queer cisgender femme lesbian, and I use she/her pronouns. I do creative writing — mostly long-form fiction, but some poetry — and I am passionate about my profession, librarianship. I am currently reading one of my serial stories as a podcast. You can check Epiphany out here.
You will also see me refer to individuals whose gender I am not confident about with le/lim/ler/lers/limself. That is not a typo.1
How I Worship
These are the gods I worship a lot:
- Athene and Hermes: My professional patrons. They have their own shrine.
- Apollon, Mnemosyne, and the Mousai: Creativity, some aspects of my professional or writing work.
- Erinyes: Yup. I worship them. They have a special shrine.
I also have a main shrine (for all gods), a place for Zeus Ktesios in my kitchen, and a space to do offerings to Hermes, Hekate, and Apollon Agyieus by my door from my living space into the world.
Hermes is the god I am closest to personally at the moment, but when I started out in the religion, I was more devoted to Apollon than to other gods. Hermes is a guide and a friend, and he is the god to whom I pray for my creative writing (but I obviously pray to Apollon and the Mousai, too) because it is a deeply Hermetic epic. ♨️
I also worship the Egyptian goddess Seshat, Mistress of the House of Books, but this blog primarily focuses on Hellenism, so I won’t often talk about her here.
A Brief History of KALLISTI
This blog used to live on Blogger. I have been a Hellenist since January 2008, and I started blogging shortly after converting, joining the first crop (so to speak) of Hellenists who engaged in blogging. At that time, most activity was happening on Yahoo listservs.
Previously, I apostatized from Christianity when I was in the fourth grade to worship Bastet. My family left Christianity for Unitarian Universalism and UU-infused Paganism when I was in fifth grade. In 2007, I started co-chairing the Association of Smith [College] Pagans (ASP), and I continued doing that from 2008-2009 during my senior year of college despite converting to Hellenism. I am Generation 1.5.
My Goals with KALLISTI: Essays
In the previous iteration of KALLISTI, I had hundreds of posts dating from when I was 20 to the present. My ideas have shifted a lot since then, and this is a great opportunity to share my current thoughts on Hellenism and polytheism without having to account for ideas I had when I was 20 that I no longer have at nearly 30.
On this blog, I plan to share personal practice anecdotes. Some are serious examples of Having My Shit Together. There are also anecdotes from my youth (because I grew up Neopagan/polytheist), some of which are funny. We take ourselves way too seriously in the polytheistic blogosphere, and it’s important to describe the fuckups alongside the cool shit we do. Remember, we are mortal, and it’s not like we all learned how to do a sponde by osmosis.
I will also revisit material that I posted on KALLISTI and update it, prioritizing devotional poetry and things that had lots of hits.
1. I’m not 100% behind singular they because I have concerns about the historical evolution of second-person you and how distinguishing number (you/y’all, you/youns) after the death of thou has led to class and dialect discrimination. I don’t want something similar in third person. That said, I will use whatever pronoun you indicate.