I’m so fucking sick of Hellenic Wicca bashing. And by this, I mean Hellenists who insist upon bashing the Religion of Wicca, and the theology and practices of Wiccans.
I’ve heard the cultural appropriation line so many times I’m going to puke. So, you people with the fucking problem think you have a monopoly on the gods, do you? Why don’t you try explaining to Apollon why a Wiccan can’t or shouldn’t worship/WORK WITH (I know how you just hate that term <3) him? I’m sure the god will be pleased by your bigoted opinion and all-pervasive wisdom concerning who he sees as worthy enough, or respectful enough for his attention.
And I’ll say this once more, as well. Hekate is a goddess, a deity, a divinity, and she is ancient. She can appear in whatever form she damn well pleases, including a crone. You are attempting to limit the power of the gods. You are saying that you know better than they do about which religions they will take part in. And yes, they do take part in religions other than Hellenismos or whatever form of Hellenism you practice.
So, you are not Wiccan, and would never worship in a Wiccan context. Fine. But don’t think for a second that your religion is better, or worthy of more of the gods’ presence or respect, simply because you do not incorporate modern ritual forms, or cast circles, or Draw Down, or practice magic, or worship nude, or whatever else the big, bad Wicca Monster does.
I am a Hellenist who only recently (within the last five months) stopped self-identifying as Wiccan. My practices haven’t really changed much in that time, only my willingness to identify as a duotheist when I am clearly a polytheist. And you know what? Neither Apollon nor Aphrodite (or any of the other gods, for that matter) have given me any indication that they care, one way or the other. The gods are still the gods whether we are Hellenes, Wiccan or just generally Neo-Pagan, and they don’t seem to be nearly as concerned about “proper labeling” as we mortals are.
So, why don’t you just get off you high-horse and rejoin the rest of Humanity on planet Earth? Or, was your apotheosis so complete that your swelled head floated you all the way up to Olympos?