When we moved here to Eugene Dver and I were both solidly Hellenic in practice and orientation and looking to grow some local community. For the first year or so we put a lot of our energy into outreach, doing more public festivals and hosting a monthly polytheist discussion group. Eugene is a wonderful place and the locals are a trip but our efforts in that regard … didn’t exactly bear a lot of fruit. We met a couple really neat people as a result of that, but mostly it was just freaks who came out. Like the couple who though vaguely pagan (in that way that anyone who is nominally “spiritual” but not Christian can be pagan) clearly did not understand that the meet-up was about polytheism and not polyamory. (Seriously, no. We’re not interested in swinging with you, no matter how many different ways you try and bring it up.) Or the dude who wanted to know if there was a similar group for agnostics. (What would they even have to talk about? Atheists, sure. Devout, sure. But people who don’t know? And their whole identity is based on not knowing? Talk about snooze-worthy conversations. And anyway, why would we be the ones to ask? Clearly we’re not agnostic!) And … even more weird and colorful characters, some of which we did our best to avoid afterwards. (Yeah plastic shaman — I’m talking to you!) Realizing it was a monumental waste of time we shifted gears and focused on our own private stuff. We kept the site up because it was a way for folks to contact us if someone worthwhile should happen to materialize (hey, anything’s possible!) and because it had some really good content up there. But the work both of us are doing has taken us in increasingly odd directions. We are still passionately devoted to all the gods and spirits mentioned there, it’s just that there’s so much else going on in our practice and spiritual lives that we no longer identify with the Hellenic label in any meaningful way. We haven’t updated the site in ages. And, frankly, some of the e-mails we get as a result of it are fucking weird. The domain name renewal has come up. We discussed and mutually agreed that it just doesn’t make any sense to keep the thing going any longer. So we’re clearing away the old to make room for the new and somehow announcing this on Mardis Gras, at the start of the lenten season, seems very appropriate. Letting you guys know now so that if there’s any information you want to scavenge from the site you can do so.
Requiescat in pace.