P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person, and was the founder 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. E also tries to attend seasonal and special ceremonies at the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America (in the Jinja Shinto tradition of Japan) in Granite Falls, WA whenever possible, and likewise has participated in some lay Hindu devotional practices when available in Washington as well as in Michigan.
In the context of the Ekklesía Antínoou, Lupus is the Doctor (principal Teacher), and serves as a Sacerdos (Priest) and Mystagogos (Mystery Leader/Initiator). E also served as the democratically elected Magistratum (Head Administrator) of the group from March of 2012 through October of 2015, completing a partial term in this role.
Lupus’ writings (poetry, essays, and fiction) are available in several Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional volumes, including those dedicated to Hekate, Isis and Serapis, Artemis, Zeus, Pan, Thoth, the Near Eastern deities, Persephone, independent goddesses, Hermes, Hephaistos, Hera/Juno, Demeter, the Morrígan, Charon, Bast, Sekhmet, and others. Eir work can also be found in the anthologies Datura and Mandragora edited by Ruby Sara, When the Lion Roars edited by Galina Krasskova, Etched Offerings edited by Inanna Gabriel and C. Bryan Brown, Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul edited by Tara Miller, Bringing Race to the Table edited by Crystal Blanton, Taylor Ellwood and Brandy Williams, and the periodicals Witches & Pagans, Abraxas, Circle Magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Walking the Worlds, and Air n-Aithesc…and, as ever, there’s more on the way!
Lupus has published a book of poems, The Phillupic Hymns (2008), and the book-length poem All-Soul, All-Body, All-Love, All-Power: A TransMythology (2012), and also several other monographs: The Syncretisms of Antinous (2010); Devotio Antinoo: The Doctor’s Notes, Volume 1 (2011); A Garland for Polydeukion (2012); A Serpent Path Primer (2012); and Ephesia Grammata: Ancient History and Modern Practice (2014).
For more on these publications, see the Publications Bibliography Page.
Lupus used to write the “Queer I Stand” column at Patheos.com’s Pagan Channel, and currently writes the “Speaking of Syncretism” column at Polytheist.com.
Lupus presented yearly at PantheaCon (over Presidents’ Day Weekend in San Jose, CA) from 2007 to 2015, and also holds regular public rituals in the Seattle area. Lupus has also presented at the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, WA (and usually attends the event in other years), and at the Polytheist Leadership Conference in Fishkill, NY in 2014. In 2015, Lupus was one of the organizers (the least of them!) for the first Many Gods West conference in Olympia, WA, and was in charge of the opening and closing rituals, as well as holding the spiritual awareness and presence of the conference, which was a tremendous success and an honor to do. E also attended the World Parliament of Religions in October of 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT.
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. Other resources and podcast appearances can be found on the sidebar to the right under “OTHER EKKLESÍA ANTÍNOOU AND P. SUFENAS VIRIUS LUPUS THINGS.”
To contact P. Sufenas Virius Lupus via e-mail, write to aediculaantinoi (at) hotmail (dot) com.