I am a pagan, goth, metalhead, retropunk, electronic musician, traditional poet, and enthusiast of alternative music, aesthetics, philosophy, and subculture.
Spiritually speaking, I am a Traditional Pagan. Though I identify with the Pagan subculture, my spiritual path deviates from the standard definition, which in practice most often amounts to Eclectic Paganism. More specifically, I am a Polypraxic Polytheistic Reconstructionist. I practice Cultus Deorum Romanorum, Anglo-Saxon Heathenry, Kemeticism, and Shinto. I have been practicing Traditional Polytheism for over a decade now, and have been a part of the Pagan community in some capacity since I was in high school. Though my practice centers on the animistic, polytheistic traditions of the ancient world, I am also very familiar with other traditions from antiquity, such as Hellenistic mystery traditions, and Early Christianity. I have also studied various world religions, both in their exoteric and esoteric varieties, contemporary and pre-modern Ceremonial Magick traditions, Witchcraft and folk magic traditions, and various other forms of esoteric, or otherwise alternative spiritual paths.
I am a strong advocate for History and Philosophy in general, but I have been especially entertained by Alternative History, as well as Retrofuturism, Historical Fantasy, and other more socially challenging forms of speculative fiction, such as in Classic Cyberpunk literature. I am very passionate about alternative and experimental music, and have developed a complex palette in Electronic, Folk, and Heavy Metal genres, and many others. I always find myself amazed by the compelling forms of art, music, and literature that are available to us in modern times, and seek to share them with others whenever I can. Aesthetically speaking, my taste in music, art, and literature exist not only at the intersection of the macabre and antiquarian, but are also deeply informed by my lifelong experiences within the Pagan community. For this reason, I most strongly enjoy Classical and Neoclassical aesthetics, and any artistic format that promotes a dark, moody, elegiac, ethereal, arcane, and historical atmosphere.