I’m a Heathen that worships the Norse gods but also associates with many tricksters, angels, and demons in the astral, visions, dreams, energy work and trances. Above all, I am a devotee of Freyr, a Lokean, an archangel fangirl and reluctant dancing monkey in Hell (I’m only half-kidding).
I’m pretty skeptical on whether the gods exist outside of or purely inside our collective unconscious but above all, I worship the “Mother,” who to me is Mother Nature, the end and beginning of all, who has many facets such as the Shekinah, Nerthus/Jord, Durga, Gaia, and so many other names.
I’m a hard polytheist that believes all gods and spirits emanate from the same abstract source but sometimes overlap in the cases of cultural interchange, such as Hermanubis and Mercurius Rex/Woden’s evolution.
To me, the gods wear many hats, and I started out as a baby pagan at 7 devoted to Athena after reading D’aulaires, with several angels and demons as my unwitting imaginary friends who later became characters in the novels I wrote, such as Samael, Uriel, Ariel, and Metatron.
I believe above all that the gods and spirits are here to teach us how to love and serve the planet, humanity, and divinity with humility and passion. My work as a conservationist echoes my belief that nature is holy and sacred – my temple is the woods and my baptismal font the ocean. At the end of the day I am an animist with mystic leanings, and love liminal spaces like habitat edge lands such as meadows, urban areas on the borders of civilization, industrial areas where man becomes machine, the beach kissing the sea, wetlands, and rivers.
Most things I write are out of love for my gods, and I try to live with honor and work to serve the less fortunate, be they animals, plants, or people. Though I have an altar, I am the act of devotion, and I want to build a life that honors the life lessons the spirits have taught me. Hail!
Freyr, Loki, Thor, Odin, Njord, Manannan mac Llyr, Coyote, Thunderbird, Tezcatlipoca, Hermes
Mother Nature (The Mother), Ishtar, Skadi, Idunna, Freyja, Frigga, Athena, Artemis, Gerd, Nerthus, Ariadne, Baba Yaga
Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Uriel, Azrael, Ariel, Metatron
Samael, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Lilith, Aym, Bune, Orias, Agrat bat Mahalath, Naamah, Eiseth Zenumin
Kalfou, Papa Legba
Oya, Yemaya, Santa Marta Dominadora
Eve, Joan of Arc, Saint Francis, Saint Catherine, Saint Teresa of Avila, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, Rumi, Mary Shelley, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Rupert Brooke
Aslaug, Ragnar Lodbrok, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, Sigfried, Brunhilde, Vladimir the Great, Vladimir Monomakh, Malusha the Prophetess, Saint Olaf, Saint Anna (Ingegerd Olofsdotter), the Yngling Kings and Queens
Grampy, Grampa, Nanna