Hi, my name is Michelle and I am a devotional Polytheist. I like to find connections to the Deities and the cultures they come from in a way that is relevant today. For me Paganism is about that raw, personal connection to the Gods, Goddesses and the forces of Nature, and working with them to create positive change not only in our lives but the world around us.
Chronic illness forces you to do things differently, to find your own ways of connecting with the outside world and the Deities. As such I’ve developed my own ways of doing things that sometimes go against the norm, but for me personally it’s what I prefer. I tend to get stifled when confined to a set way of doing things, and as such my practice is constantly evolving.
I follow no set tradition, only a pathway that feels right for me. I honour and work with a rather eclectic number of Deities. My personal devotional practice centres around Loki and his family, as well as a number of Beloveds from the Egyptian pantheon. I have a fondness for Kwan Yin, Persephone and Hades, Gwynn ap Nudd, Athena, Ganesh and Ixchel.
I like to honour the local land Spirits, and enjoy picking the bounties of the various fruit and berry-bearing bushes and trees in our garden. The local hedgerows also provide an abundance of Hawthorn berries.
I have a particular connection with Hawthorn, Elder and Sloe.
I also have an affinity for St Therese of Avila from the Christian Carmelite tradition, and also Mother Mary and various Angels and Spirits.
I was born in England but I also have Danish, Norwegian and Irish ancestry. As to the Egyptians, I have loved them since finding out, aged eight, how they would jiggle the brain out of their dead during the mummification process. I have also had two lecture reports published in the journal of the Ancient Egypt and Middle East Society (AEMES).
I am trained in a number of complemetary therapies and healing practices, and enjoy reading books on Polytheism, devotional practice, spirituality and Paganism, mythology, self-help and self-development. This year I have become very interested in Shadow work, the Underworld journey and emotional responsibility.
I devote my spare time to reading, creative pursuits, and creating unique devotional items to sell in my Etsy shop.
I have a number of rescued and pre-loved Deity statues in need of a good home. I now have rather a hoard, and will be selling them in my Etsy shop later in 2017 so others can re-home these beautiful Beings and give Them the love and attention They deserve.
I also curate a number of Pinterest boards devoted to various Deities. A favourite past-time of mine is creating aura sprays and aromatherapy mixes inspired by the Gods and Goddesses, and for energy-cleansing purposes. I also regularly use a mixture of floral waters to clean my statues and altar space.
I’m a member of the RSPB. I sponsor a puffin project as well, since conservation is something I feel is of great importance. I try, wherever possible, to use natural alternatives for cleaning and body products, as well as being more aware of my own impact on the planet.
The information here, unless stated, is my own interpretation, so if there is something that doesn’t resonate with you that’s fine.
A heads-up: I write about the so-called ‘darker’ deities as well as those more generally revered. If you are uncomfortable with this you don’t have to accept my views, and you don’t have to read those posts if you do not wish to.
Copyright notice: any work, unless otherwise stated, is my own, and I reserve the rights as copyright holder.