Hercules Invictus Interviews
Hercules: Greetings Michael! I am
greatly honored to be interviewing you. Your dedication to
Olympianism is sincere and long-standing. I have greatly enjoyed
following your unfolding efforts to introduce ancient understandings
into our modern era.
Michael: Hello Hercules, thanks for the
opportunity to take part in this interview. Yes I've been active
online since 2002.
Hercules: What first drew you to Olympian
Michael: Primarily it's comprehensive nature,
it's highly respected in the arts and philosophy. Olympian mythology
is instantly recognized universally. As a path it is familiar to most
Hercules: What other Paths did you explore before
committing to your Deepest Resonance?
Michael: I was
previously a member of the OBOD Druid order and practiced a Celtic
path. However for me it lacked historicity and
Hercules: I recall publishing your Essay on
Olympianism and your Olympian Calendar on our website and in our
Yahoo Group years ago. Were these your earliest efforts at
re-establishing the Greco-Roman Way?
Michael: Yes the
Olympianism Yahoo group was my first online presence and I remember
the article on the Calendar. It was an attempt to provide a
non-Athenian Calendar for use by all Hellenists.
Hercules:Hellenismos Aionios emerged a few years later, and I recall sharing
your Tenets on my website and through my Facebook groups. Thank you
for including me in the early stages of its unfoldment. Though my
path took me elsewhere I was honored to be a part of it and still
follow the posts.
Michael: Yes HA marked a change towards a
wider Hellenism embracing a more syncretistic approach, I remember
our early efforts to establish this with the development of the
Hercules: Can you give us an overview of
Michael: Sure well as
I said HA embraces a fully syncretistic view of Hellenism and is
inclusive of Mithraism, Orphism and Hermetism.
view the Olympians as universal or cosmic deities on a par with those
of other major religions, rather than as local spirits geographically
or elementally confined.
Its part of our practice to honour
each of the twelve Olympians on a monthly basis. Our Pontiff Devon
Power is Orphic and posts pictures of his devotional altars and
appropriate Orphic teaching for the Olympian deity of the month. We
now use the Orphic Calendar rather than the one I devised
Hercules: What differentiates Hellenismos Aionios
from other Olympian Paths?
Michael: In that we deeply regret
the modern tendency to reduce the Olympians to mere elemental daemons
restricted to a mountain in Thessaly and the borders of Hellas.
us Zeus Hypsistos is none other than the supreme God of the Cosmos in
every way equal to the 'God' of other faiths.
We also view the
promotion of racism and homophobia by some Hellenists from the
far-right with dismay and reject ethnic hatred in all
Hercules: Where in its development is your Movement at
Michael: We are developing our local group at present
and have regular meetings and ceremonies.
Online I'm presently
developing the Mithraic element, which is foundational to HA but
ironically has been the last area to be fully developed.
Hercules:What is your vision for its growth and development?
hope we will continue to grow offline as successfully as we have
online and my future efforts will be to develop that along with a
better upgraded online presence.
Hercules: What role do you
see it playing in the overall history of Olympianism?
Michael:I hope it will raise people's awareness of the gods, people who
thought that they were no longer honoured. As well as raise people's
appreciation of the gods as cosmic deities, who are concerned with
the spiritual development of all humanity, not just those of an
ethnic group or people.
Hercules: Do you welcome interaction
with other groups?
Michael: Yes certainly we
are a fully inclusive group and are open to people of all paths and
faiths. We currently have not just Pagans as members but Unitarians,
Baha'i, Zoroastrians, Yazidis and Hindus for example.
Hercules:How can folks learn more about Hellenismos Aionios?
Michael:You can join us at our Facebook group page.
Hercules: How can
those who find resonance get involved?
Michael: Just jump in
and let us know what your area of interest is and are looking to
Hercules: Thank you Michael! I enjoyed catching up
with you and wish you well with your endeavors. Please keep us posted
on your progress and any new developments.
again for the opportunity.
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