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.
I’ve had M.E., fibromyalgia, migraines and various other things for over 14 years now. 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 perhaps that’s a good thing.
The Norse and Celtic connections are in my blood and my family’s heritage; 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 spirituality and Paganism. I have been researching Norse and Egyptian mythology and history for a number of years now, but started off many moons ago with the Celtic tales. I devote my spare time, energy and brain power to researching, reading, doodling, and creating unique devotional items to sell in my Etsy shop.
When able to I love to find items to decorate my shrine space, and rescue Deity statues in need of a good home. This has become rather a hoard, so I am starting to put together altar/shrine kits 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.
My personal devotional practice centres around Loki and his family, as well as a number of Beloveds from the Egyptian pantheon. I also have a fondness for Kwan Yin, Persephone and Hades, and Gwynn ap Nudd. 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. As part of this, and for Sigyn, I also regularly feed the birds, and I’m a member of the RSPB. I recently sponsored a puffin 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.
My main focuses here will be the Norse and Egyptian pantheons, with elements of mythology, history, general Paganism, personal interactions and musings, and book reviews. At some point in the future I would love to explore Celtic Fairy Folklore, in particular Gwynn ap Nudd.
Feel free to contact me if you have anything you would like to share or comment on. 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 will be writing 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.