P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person, and one of the founding members of the Ekklesía Antínoou–a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and related deities and divine figures–as well as a contributing member of Neos Alexandria and a practicing Celtic Reconstructionist pagan in the traditions of gentlidecht and filidecht, as well as Romano-British, Welsh, and Gaulish deity devotions. Lupus is also dedicated to several land spirits around the area of North Puget Sound and its islands.

Lupus’ writings are available in several Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional volumes, including Unbound: A Devotional Anthology for Artemis, Waters of Life: A Devotional Anthology for Serapis and Isis, and Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate; From Cave to Sky: A Devotional Anthology for Zeus, Out of Arcadia: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Pan, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, Anointed: A Devotional Anthology for the Deities of the Near and Middle East, and Queen of the Sacred Way: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone, a sole-authored book of poetry, The Phillupic Hymns. Lupus’ poetry has also appeared in the Scarlet Imprint anthology Datura: An Anthology of Esoteric Poesis and Galina Krasskova’s anthology When the Lion Roars: A Devotional to the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet. An essay by Lupus appears in the anthology edited by Lee Harrington, Spirit of Desire: Personal Explorations of Sacred Kink. Fiction by Lupus has appeared in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina anthology The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, Inanna Gabriel and C. Bryan Brown’s Etched Offerings: Voices from the Cauldron of Story, and the e-zine Eternal Haunted Summer. Three books in The Red Lotus Library, the Ekklesía Antínoou’s publishing imprint, are now available, The Syncretisms of Antinous, Devotio Antinoo: The Doctor’s Notes, Volume One, and All-Soul, All-Body, All-Love, All-Power: A TransMythology. Further publications will be mentioned here as they become available!

Lupus has presented at PantheaCon since 2007 over Presidents’ Day Weekend in San Jose, and also holds regular public rituals in the Seattle area. Lupus will also be presenting at the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle.

For more information on P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ practices and writings, see the interviews by Rebecca Buchanan on Sequential Tart and Eternal Haunted Summer, as well as the interview by Galina Krasskova on Patheos.com.

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  6. hello-

    i’m wondering if you would mind letting me email you? i had a dream of antinous the other night, and i’d love to run it by you.

    thanks,

    t

    • I’ve got your e-mail here, so I’ll send one off to you shortly! Looking forward to speaking further with you on this soon!

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  11. AVE P.S.V. LUPUS,

    I have 6 short remarks on the “sequentialtart.com/ article” interview, but it seems to be too much for this small space. When I downloaded my message, only the last few lines appeared. One text quote and sample remark:

    “As a result, there are several members of the group who are practicing pagans from many traditions, as well as liberal Christians, and even a liberal Muslim, which I think is a strength and a beautiful thing rather than a detraction. Gods forbid that I ever support a group which insists that only one viewpoint (generally its own) is “right”! ”

    Your “Church” should not become a clubhouse. Christians and muslims may be your friends and “Helpers”, they, nonetheless, can/should never become auditors [catechumens] or initiates [priests/priestesses and members].

    Very interesting interview !! I’m thinking of building an Aedicula Attinis myself, but, alas, I have no shooga of setting up an internet-website !!

    With Love, ATTIS.

    • I appreciate your comments.

      The Ekklesía Antínoou is not a “church”–the actual meaning of ekklesía in Greek is the “voting population,” or (as some in the group call it) “citizenry,” and the meaning “church” was created by Christians, because in the early days of that movement, a particular ekklesía voted on who amongst its members would become a priest, bishop, etc.

      As you’re not a member of the Ekklesía Antínoou, I really don’t see why you’re giving your opinion on our policies, or should even be making any suggestions in that regard. Our membership is open to whomever is on the list, and whomever considers themselves a member of the group by being on the list. Anything else or anything further than that is an entirely other matter. We do not have an initiated priesthood, but we have Mystai who have undergone a mystery ritual initiation, and that is an entirely separate matter–and, there are people who are liberal Christians amongst that group as well, and it has not hindered them at all. It is entirely appropriate for the Ekklesía Antínoou to be a “clubhouse,” no matter how derisively you might wish to use the term.

    • All that having been said, I’m more than happy to hear your other comments, if there is some way for you to convey them here.

  12. Part 2:

    “… and yet also to know so little about some very important questions surrounding it, like what happened to Antinous’ body after his death, what was the actual nature of his relationship to Hadrian, who were his parents and how did he become attached to Hadrian’s court, and so forth.”

    — The question should be “what happened to Antinous’ ashes ?” Scattered in the Nile ? Roman custom was cremation !! Unless He got a Greek burial or an Egyptian one, mummified, but I seriously doubt that. To a Roman Emporer cremation was far more honourable.

    Part 3:

    “In fact, if I find I’m exploring a topic and I’m not having these types of surprises and deep engagements with the topic, I’m less apt to persevere with it and will very likely lose interest. What can I say? No matter how informed I become, I’m essentially quite shallow, and figure that if I’m not having amazing experiences with one of my pursuits, I’m doing it wrong or it isn’t working for me or — gods pardon me for saying so — it wasn’t “meant” for me to do the thing.”

    — When one’s enthousiasmos is dormant, it’s not gone, even when one is pursueing something unrelated. One has already attained a high level of absorption: it’s part of what one has become, or rather: one has become It/Him/Her. And as long as there are reminders [statues, pictures, shrine, &c.] in one’s living space and one performs some sort of ritual and not forgets the holy days, one’s conviction and loyalty will not wane. So don’t flagellate yourself for being shallow, … unless flagellation is your preferred ritual of reminding oneself.

    Part 4:

    “Haec est unde vita venit.”

    — I completely agree. As an Attis, a real one [not some New York State Battakes-Galla who doesn't dare go the whole Way], as an Attis my life comes from Cybéle. I understand all and everything from Her point of view. [To convey my articles of faith here is off topic.] But I’m not relativistic about it, I don’t adhere to the “all is well” and “if it makes you happy”-attitude, which is just a very clever and cowardly way of not wanting to question one’s own religion, not wanting to think but only wanting to follow.

    Part 5:

    “… and contributing to the narcissism and “cult of personality” aspects of certain members of it.”

    — It’s the right thing to do to honour members that come up with great and influential ideas that further the Cause. And, true, if they show no sense of restraint, they hurt the Cause and should be disciplined.

    Part 6:

    “Among the matters of contention were included the following: excessive focus on “belief” rather than practice (is this a theme with me, perhaps?);”

    — Shared rituals and basic articles of faith, so very Freemason !! In that way one is inclusive. “Many can hide in a forest, but not in a bush.” “Safety in numbers.”

    2 Little things:

    — Picture of statue of Antonous as Dionysus-Osiris ?? Osiris, where is that assumption based on ?

    — “Neos Alexandria”: shouldn’t that be: “Nea Alexandreia” ?

    With Love, ATTIS.

    • The question should be “what happened to Antinous’ ashes ?”

      Not really…While I think that scenario is likely, and I suspect they would have been interred in the Antinoeion at Hadrian’s Villa at Tibur (though the Obelisk says “body,” so perhaps he was brought bodily there…who knows?), there really isn’t any way to know one way or the other what happened or how his body was treated after his death with any kind of assurance. As with many things, skepticism is preferable to certainty when there is a lack of definite knowledge on a particular matter.

      So don’t flagellate yourself for being shallow…

      I know very well when I am being shallow and when I’m not, and what I was referring to there was not a flagging sense of enthusiasm or anything else that you’ve attempted to address in your further comments.

      As an Attis, a real one…

      I don’t know the people of the Maetreum of Cybele personally; however, I’d ask that you refrain from slandering them in self-aggrandizement in your comments on my blog.

      Picture of statue of Antonous as Dionysus-Osiris ?? Osiris, where is that assumption based on ?

      I was not responsible for the caption put on that image, the interviewer was. I’ve heard lots of different things said about that particular statue, including Robert Turcan saying it was Antinous as Harpocrates (in his book The Cults of the Roman Empire), which is even more nonsensical, and yet he’s a world-renowned classicist. Because Dionysos is so frequently syncretized to Osiris, I think a lot of people who aren’t as well-informed (and, unfortunately, some scholars as well) just make the leap and assume syncretism when there is a clear portrayal of one and only one deity’s attributes in a given image.

      “Neos Alexandria”: shouldn’t that be: “Nea Alexandreia” ?

      Perhaps it should be grammatically, but the group concerned has existed for a while, and that’s the name they decided to call it, and everyone in the group who expressed an opinion didn’t think it should be changed. I’m perfectly happy for it to be that way, if for no other reason than that it shows that we’re modern people doing modern things. Very few people who don’t know Greek have any recognition for the word “Nea,” but most people can figure out “Neos.” So, there’s that to consider as well.

  13. “self-aggrandizement” ??

    — I am not !! I’m simply stating, that real gallae are eunuchs, and certainly the Archgalla should be one, for Cybéle Worship to be genuine !! At that, I would never aspire to become an Archgalla !! I like staying in the background. So, I presume that your being hostile is due to your belief that I was being hostile, because I said that your Aedicula will resemble a “clubhouse” with a too open membership policy. BUT, as I was inferring further on, if you turn your Aedicula into a Lodge, all members will have to regard themselves Antinous Worshippers first and all else second. Home base and living out in the field, in the closet if necessary.

    “Because Dionysos is so frequently syncretized to Osiris,”

    — As far as I know Osiris was syncretized to Adonis !!! Because both of Them died and had come back to life. [> Hades in Greek Myth — Aïdoneus [= the Invisible One], see Callimachus HH 2]

    “Very few people who don’t know Greek have any recognition for the word “Nea,” but most people can figure out “Neos.” So, there’s that to consider as well.”

    — Well then, why not call it New Alexandria [like: New Jerusalem !!]. It’s even more stupid to appear pseudo-ancienty !!

    And lastly: “I know very well when I am being shallow and when I’m not, …”

    — Your enthusiasm and Love for Antinous is so obvious and what Antinous represents fits you like a glove so well, that I was astonished at your selfdoubt. That’s all I meant to say. — So, if you’re shallow in love relations, have your lovers flog you to keep your interest in them !! [PS> what I'm doing here, is called the Greek art of: αἰσχρολογια. I hope you can appreciate it ...].

    With Love, ATTIS.

    • On the galli: not necessarily. Everyday galli may have been eunuchs, but the archgallus (in the Roman period) had to be a Roman citizen, and Roman citizens were prohibited from castrating themselves. It is theorized by Robert Turcan (The Cults of the Roman Empire) and others that the taurobolic sacrifice was a replacement for self-castration for the consecration of an archgallus, and that makes sense to me. If the Maetreum of Cybele wants to have its own rules and run itself however it wishes, it is perfectly free to do so. The head of it is a transexual woman, and I think I’ve heard she regards herself as the modern equivalent of a eunuch as a result, which is a wonderful and excellent thing, and is completely her right as the person who owns the land and has put in the work (including legal recognition) to run that organization.

      The Aedicula Antinoi is this website/blog, i.e. my own personal space that I maintain to honor Antinous. As such, it does not have a membership beyond myself. The Ekklesía Antínoou, however, is something else, and its members are under no obligation to swear complete allegiance or loyalty to any god–including Antinous–or to say that Antinous is first for them and all else is second–that’s called henotheism, or pagan monotheism/monolatry, and that’s not what we’re about at all: we’re a polytheist organization, and everyone is thus free to have as few or as many deities as they want, though it is quite likely that Antinous is at least one of them. And, that’s all that’s required. The ancient cults of Antinous do not give any precedent for exclusive devotion to the god, particularly since he is so enriched by his relations with other deities.

      Why you’re being so insistent on this when it isn’t your organization and you’re not a member of it (and likewise the Maetreum of Cybele) is really beyond me. It’s one thing to actually do something and put in lots of effort with building an organization and then shaping it in a particular manner according to one’s own preferences, and an entirely other one to just sit on the sidelines and snipe about the way other people are doing things. When you form your own organization or website for Attis, do it however you’d like to; but in the meantime, don’t tell anyone else how to run their organizations or that they’re doing things wrong–it’s rude and uncalled for, and does nothing but earn you enmity in the eyes of others who could potentially be allies or supporters in the future.

      As for Dionysos and Osiris being syncretized: that’s pretty standard, and has been since the time of Herodotus (Histories 2.42). Adonis could also be syncretized to Osiris, as you say; and likewise, Dionysos and Adonis were also syncretized (Plutarch, Symposiacs 4.6). Syncretism doesn’t only happen in one-to-one correspondences; many deities are syncretized to a great variety of other deities across diverse cultures (e.g. Cocidius in Roman Britain is syncretized to both Mars and Silvanus, as well as several other Romano-British deities), and Dionysos is one deity who is particularly promiscuous in that regard. Both Osiris and Dionysos are syncretized to Serapis, for example…

      I’m not in charge of Neos Alexandria, and I am really not that bothered by that usage. If it bothers you, here’s a thought: don’t join the group, and don’t think about it. (See my comments above…)

      Also, when I refer to my own shallowness, I’m talking about a wide variety of things, but not specifically my devotion to Antinous. I am fairly certain that my devotional activities are not shallow, and my involvement with him is not shallow. However, certainty is the death of spirituality, and so some healthy self-doubt is never misplaced–there’s always more that I can do, more that I can learn, and (hopefully) more dimensions of the god that I’ll come to encounter in time. I’m also far from shallow in relationships, and so I don’t know why you’re bringing that up at all. (And if there is any flogging going on in a relationship in which I’m involved, I’m the one holding the flogger.) In the Sequential Tart interview, I was specifically talking about my attempts at new activities–if I’m not good at something from the start, I tend to get discouraged easily and don’t go further with it, and that’s an admittedly shallow approach to trying new things (which is roughly what I said in the interview itself); but, it is what it is, and I’m at least aware that such is how I operate. I can choose what cases I’d like for that to be less the case, and what activities would be worth putting more time and effort into in order to get better at them. You’re taking things far out of context here, and making assumptions way beyond what was communicated originally.

      “Hostility” and its absence is something that doesn’t come across very easily in an online textual format; and I suspect that there is bit of a language barrier here as well. If you’re genuinely not trying to be hostile, unfortunately it has not come across that way on my end. You’ve come in and nit-picked on several different matters that do not at all concern you, in terms of the running of groups (my own, Neos Alexandria, and the Maetreum of Cybele) of which you are not a part, in the areas of the expected or enforced beliefs of members, nomenclature, and physical requirements for sacred offices. These are things that you have absolutely no control over and no say in because you’re not a part of the organizations; and because two of those three organizations are things of which I am a member, for which I’ve exerted a great deal of effort and devotional attention, and in which everything is going quite well independent of your opinions, I’m quite prone to take your comments–no matter how light-heartedly you might have intended them (and if you did intend them as such, there was no indication thereof before the end of your last comment)–very personally indeed. I do not have to allow your comments to be approved here at all, and I can simply delete them if I wish, but I tend to try and make this particular resource one that is open and hospitable, and I’d like to continue to do that in the future.

      I am obliged, therefore, to be hospitable to you, and to give you an opportunity to say what you wish; I am not obliged, however, to listen to anything that I think constitutes abuse, snark, or any other variety of negativity that makes me and my guest-room, i.e. the comments section of the Aedicula Antinoi blog, a place that I’m not comfortable with or happy about. So, keeping that in mind, I’m fine to continue a conversation with you, as long as you’re not so insistent and rude in your demeanor, whether or not you are doing so under the veneer of the practice of any Greek art.

  14. Someone mailed me about your site. So, when I decided I wanted to know more about Antinous, I started exploring your site [among others and you're the only one I corresponded with]. Noticing your Ekklesia’s open policy, I thought to give you some friendly advice, a view from the sidelines. If I had known that opinions from outsiders on your Ekklesia’s way of running things were unwelcome, I’d never have mailed you. Only praising you and your work to high heaven is not my idea of friendliness, and if a critical note from the sidelines is considered “sniping”, then your toes must be too long [as we Dutch say: lange tenen hebben].

    As for syncretizing, apparently it was rather a coalition thing than based on actual Myth.

    And as for the Archigallus, she/he represents Attis on Earth — ís Attis on Earth !!! And Cybéle made Attis a woman, therefore the Archigallus should be an Archigalla resembling Attis as much as possible. The fact this was considered bad taste to Romans, is rather a travesty than understandible.

    With Love, ATTIS.

    [i.e. an Attis, not THE Attis.
    In case you were wondering about my sanity.]

    • I would dispute that Cybele made Attis “a woman”–she drove him insane, and he cut off his genitals in his insanity. At no point did he magically become female, as that would have made Cybele herself a lesbian–and while I’m sure she probably doesn’t object to lesbians, there is no evidence to suggest that she was anything but a female in love with a male when it came to Attis. Attis is not a transexual (though there’s nothing wrong with transexuals or transgendered people), and while he is portrayed as effeminate and “womanly,” he’s never actually said to have been a woman in any source I’m familiar with. Whatever you might think about the situation of the Roman period’s Archigalli, the fact is they existed, they comported themselves in that manner, and they were recognized as the authoritative tradition-bearers of that period; if you’d prefer to go a different way in modern times, that is your prerogative, but I think it’s inadvisable to disdain or detract from how this religion was actually practiced in antiquity or to suggest that it is in any way inauthentic or “a travesty.”

      Syncretism is based on any number of things, myth or no myth notwithstanding. Again, what actually existed in the past did, in fact, exist and was considered valid, no matter what your own opinions on the matter are.

      As for your initial general comment in this last response, a bit of clarification is in order. One does not give “friendly advice” to people who are not specifically one’s friends, and to assume such when you just show up out of nowhere is very presumptuous indeed. Establishing some sort of rapport before making critical comments–or derisive demands on how things “should” be, as you did–is something that most people would do out of courtesy and good conduct generally. Or, at very least, leavening your critiques with friendliness and praise (if anything is praiseworthy here) would have been more suitable, and more “friendly,” than your conduct has been previously.

      It isn’t that advice from outsiders isn’t allowed or appreciated, it’s just that it tends to be uninformed about actual realities in the groups involved, and your own case has proven this to be very true indeed. If you had any interest in becoming part of the group, or contributing something constructive rather than just your own attempted corrective critiques, that would have been different; but just making suggestions/demands from the outside, as if we should change our ways of doing things that we have developed and that we like and find appealing just because you say so (and who are you to begin with, even, and why should I have any interest in your opinions when you’ve not introduced yourself or done anything other than snipe?) is not something that anyone with good sense should do. You may have noticed that I’ve not once made any suggestions on how you should comport yourself or live your spiritual life or run any future groups that you might end up forming, because I don’t know you and I don’t know what you’re interested in, or what will work for you in your own geographical, economic, or intellectual situation. Unless you ask me for such advice, I will not give that sort of advice, because it’s not any of my business. If you had asked questions about certain things in ways that just suggested you wanted to know how some of us arrived at the positions we have, that would have been one thing, but you didn’t–you asked questions in a snarky way, I responded, and then you got even more snarky about the answers to a lot of them. If you wanted to endear yourself to me in any way, or even to begin attempting to establish a “friendship” in which advice was permissible, this was really not the way to go about doing so.

      As for Dutch expressions that apparently don’t take any responsibility for you stepping on others’ toes, or suggest any necessity for apologizing for doing so on your part, and instead attribute me going “OW! Please step back!” to my own inborn deficiencies–that’s extremely bad taste and not funny at all. My wondering about your sanity, meanwhile, is irrelevant–what I’m more wondering is whether your parents ever taught you manners, or how you got through school without getting beaten up every day because you apparently have no sensitivity, sense of appropriateness and propriety, social graces, or personal boundaries.

  15. “and he cut off his genitals in his insanity” … You mean REGRET !!!

    “a different way in modern times”… In Phrygia religion used to be women’s business. Most of the Clergy were women, … but Someone made a change through fatal selfcastration. This made such an impression on the Clergy [or part of?] that She/They decided that only eunuchs were allowed to be initiated. And, as a result, in honour of Attis every year a new Attis was chosen to be the Archgalla … [Logical conjecture ??!!]

    “doesn’t object to lesbians” … of course not, but WE are morally obliged not to have sex with women, i.e. WE are to be faithful to only HER. That’s to ensure WE don’t spread Our focus. We are She !! And as you said: Haec est unde [mea] vita venit.

    The reason the christians were victorious, was because they had focus. They may be henotheists, yet they didn’t/don’t spread their loyalty. You lack that centre, that focus.

    Our shared goal should be to get rid of the abominations called christendom and islam [including conservative Jewry].

    — I had this hunch and I acted on it, that’s why I went back earlier to your site. And again I appeared to have loosened your tongue [... loose as long as your toes ..] It’s 2:24AM here now. Later today I will read the rest of your response.

    Φιλιᾳ, Αττις.

    • I’m not aware of the information you’ve shared about Phrygian religion–if you have a source on that, I’d like to know it.

      Though I agree that conservative Christianity and Islam are horrible, I’m not at all keen on the idea of calling any religion other than my own an abomination and trying to wipe them out. They did that to the pre-Christian Europeans and all of the non-Islamic religions they came across, and I find that sort of behavior reprehensible, so you’ll never see me giving my support to any group whose shared goal is the wiping out of another religion. You obviously do not know this, but you’re actually speaking to someone right now who has a lot of Jewish ancestry, and so I’m very apt to react quite poorly when someone talks about wiping out the entirety of another religion. You’ve reached my threshold of disgust now–before I thought you were just rude and rather uncultured, but now I see you’re a quite reprehensible individual.

      As for your suggestion that I “lack that centre, that focus”–fuck you, you’ve no clue what my focus or my center happens to be, and thinking that I have a “lack” in comparison to a religion that you’ve just abominated and think should be wiped out, because they’re doing that particular thing correctly…again, fuck you.

      Really, don’t bother responding. I have no interest in furthering any conversation with you. I wish you all the best of luck in founding an intolerant and exclusivistic polytheist group that will draw more hatred and misunderstanding to the names of your chosen god and goddess than any Christian ever heaped upon them in their own critiques.

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  23. Ave, Phillupus! My copy of DA arrived yesterday, and I spent a good chunk of the evening getting about 50 pp. into it, then had Antinoan dreams, though I quickly lost the details when I woke. I am wondering if I could ask you a few questions via email on Antinous and related topics? Ta.

    • Wonderful! Glad to hear it, and that both you (and he!) are getting something out of it and are expanding your networks of relationships. He does often appear in dreams…

      Certainly, feel free to e-mail me if you have further questions and things you’d like to discuss. My e-mail is aediculaantinoi (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  24. Hi. I was wondering if you might help me with a history project. I’ve composed a few paragraphs regarding possible forms of naturalism in ancient Greek religion, as a beginning to a much longer project. I think the piece could really use a look over by someone skilled in that time period and with a perspective different than mine. I thought of you. If you’re interested, please contact me at humanisticpaganism [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

    B. T. Newberg, a.k.a brandondedicant from Livejournal

    • Time is very tight right now, unfortunately–how long is it at this stage? I might be able to if it is relatively short in the next few weeks; if not, I will have more time after I return from PantheaCon. Is there a particular deadline you have in mind?

  25. It’s just 500 words right now – a very brief summary. I’m hoping to publish it in less than 2 weeks, so if you can’t do it that’s fine, but if you can I’d appreciate it. :-)

    • Cool–I can certainly do that!

      I’ll e-mail you shortly…

  26. [...] Druid Fellowship’s February Cross Quarter liturgy. Though not pagan myself (in spite of what P. Sufenas Virius Lupus may say), the emphasis on ecological awareness and integration as well as spiritual enlightenment [...]

  27. I forgot giving you my contact information about the artwork…
    kalinides@yahoo.com

  28. Send me an E-Mail, so I can invite you to my Photostream on Flickr… Today i Started to load drawings and art work related with the past of the years… I can send you an email introductory Later…

  29. http://www.flickr.com/photos/33718095@N04/

  30. Hi Lupus: May I heap praise on you as an acquaintance on your focus and consistent delivery of what would have been really useful feedback to Attis if he/she had actually taken any of it in? And to Attis: Conservative Jews do not care to be subsumed under Islam or Christianity, and only one of them claims Jews as theirs. Beyond that, your judgementalness marks you out as much more akin to the people you criticize than you have any comprehension of…So Lupus, I came on here to ask when I can again sing “Ave Antinouus” to anyone besides myself…I will email you…Amy

    • Thank you, Amy!

      Am I correct in thinking you’re in the Seattle area?

      I hope to have some public rituals down there in the not-too-distant future, but much depends on issues like transportation, and funding, etc. (as I’m still only partially employed).

      If I’m incorrect about the above, then please refresh my memory. ;)

  31. […] Today, August 13, is Natalis Dianae “…[it] is the date of Diana’s birth as recorded and celebrated at the Lanuvium collegium, where Diana shared a temple with Antinous. The entire area around Lanuvium, which included Lake Nemi (known as “Diana’s Mirror”), was particularly sacred to Diana. Her birthdate is recorded as August 13 (the Ides of August) in other sources from Italy as well.”  P. Sufenas Virius Lupus […]

    • I have completely removed the post. Your stuff, your call. However, please note that I will not post anything of yours again, nor will I refer anyone to your site or group or recommend your books. Interpersonal skills are just as important as academic facts. Have a good day sir.

      Aucius Antinoodorus Atellus

      • You are right–and, checking in on things before doing them is also a courtesy that you yourself did not follow.

        You’ll note I didn’t ask you to remove the post, only to get permission before doing so, which I said I’d be happy to grant (including retroactively), but you don’t seem to want to in any way note that perhaps you made an error in not getting permission first, for which I further note it would have been easy to gain forgiveness.

        Also, for future reference (which may be moot at this point), I am not a “sir” and am not male/a man.

  32. […] in hand. Smoke and feathers and spirits and caffeine: I now feel adequately equipped to engage with PSVL‘s latest thought provoking and rather epic-in-implication post over at Aedicula Antinoi. […]

  33. Dear Lupus,
    I don’t have your email, so I hope this reaches you. Based on the discussion here and on the Wild Hunt, I’ll be convening the following program at PantheaCon 2014. It is not scheduled against any of your programs, so I hope you can join us.
    Don Frew

    Engaging “Wiccanate Privilege”

    Recent discussions on the Wild Hunt and other “Pagan” blogs have questioned the extent to which “Paganism” is no longer viable as a name for our movement, and even if we are similar enough to be described as a “movement” at all. At the same time, voices are challenging what is being called “Wiccanate privilege” or the way in which aspects of Wiccan ritual and theology are assumed to be normative for Paganism as a whole. The language we use to describe ourselves is in flux. Don Frew, a National Interfaith Representative for the Covenant of the Goddess, invites all those interested in this topic to a discussion in the CoG / NWC / NROOGD Suite, Sunday, 3:30pm. Hellenic, Heathen, Celtic, Egyptian and other traditions are especially welcome to attend. We want to hear from you!

    • Hello Don!

      Thank you for notifying me of this! I shall certainly be there! (I had nothing planned for that slot, and this sounds like an excellent event…and perhaps I’ll even be able to convince a few colleagues to be there, too!)

  34. […] right: Me trying to become cool by osmosis, Jason Mankey, PSVL, Niki Whiting (and baby on board), and John […]

  35. […] The piece was linked to at The Wild Hunt, and non-Wiccanate pagans such as Patheos blogger P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, feeling marginalized, reacted […]

  36. […] If you’re interested in being on this panel please contact P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. […]

  37. […] all the pieces into place for this project. I’ve been corresponding with Celtic scholars P. Sufenas Virius Lupus (who’s also going to be consulting with me for the book itself) and Isolde Carmody (of the […]

  38. […] as dates specific to the lives of Hadrian and Antinous. This gives me something to work with, as Lupus often posts poetry for the festival and commentary upon it. I offer food, tea lights, incense, […]


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