Recently, I was able to garner an email interview with Appollonious Woodwolf of Woodwolf Pagan Circle, the Primary Organization behind the Community Organization of Port Huron Pagan Temple. You may have read about, or even attended their Bluewater Pagan Conference this summer.
He was kind enough to answer a questions.
What is your Path?
I am a General Practitioner of Pagan Magick – or you could say I am a Eclectic Pagan Practitioner. I don’t follow one set path or tradition. I study and incorporate many different paths, Celtic which includes Druidry, Celtic Wicca, and Celtic shamanism. I also study Dragon Magick, warrior Wicca, Greek mysteries, and High Magick
What do you follow, and what do you believe could be what you hold as your service in this life?
Hmm… as far as an ethical standing, I follow the Dragon Code of Honor, it also ties into the 9 Virtues of Asatru so in a way I also follow those virtues. Far as the teaching I follow, there are several authors that I like, however, I go with my heart and my spirit. My service in the pagan community is serving the Apollo, the Dragons, and my Clan (pagan family). Being a part of the community and helping it grow beyond the current state of ying, I am helping to provide a safe community for my clan (pagan family) to practice their faith in. and I will do whatever it takes to keep them safe.
What do you teach, and what do you learn by teaching?
I personally teach basics of paganism and wicca, From the heart ritual redesign; ritual tools and their usages; pagan ethical systems; mediation and basic energy working for self and ritual.
I have learned patience and how to determine if a student is not ready to take on the responsibility of learning from a mentor. I have also learned self-discipline. And I am still learning various ways to teach various people because everyone learns differently.
What do you want students and workshop participants to find when they attend your presentations?
A learning experience that is warm and welcoming, open to radical discussion about pagan theology and spirituality.
How do you think the state of the world today is affecting your path?
The state of the world has not affected my path, however, the local community is in my opinion needs a wakeup call about what it means to be a part of a community. I teach my group that community is important, I am doing what I can to encourage community participation in my group.
How did the state of the world affect how you came to your path?
I came in search for a spirituality that was me. I had grown up in Christian churches and in my seeking journey, looked into Jewish beliefs , when that was not looking as for me I spoke to a wiccan friend and he helped guide me on my pagan path. We need more of that.
If you have a favorite study, what is it?
History of Paganism in the world and pagan ethical systems
What would you advise the newcomer to the path you have chosen or to paganism in general?
Study and work hard to achieve your own spiritual needs
What is most misunderstood about what you do and believe?
Non-believers are under the impression that Paganism is evil, and there are only few who try to bring light to this miss-place belief.
What is the greatest thing you feel can be gained by those who follow the spirituality?
Those who truly walk the old ways will find themselves “know thyself” The gods want you to know yourself and all that your capable of achieving
What do you do that brings you joy outside of this? And is it connected somehow?
Being a friend, staying honorable and by trying to set the example, I am still human, I still my faults and weaknesses to overcome, my biggest one is fiery Temper. I also enjoy music all kinds of music, I believe it has something to do with my God, Apollo being he is the not only the God of the sun but of music and poetry. I also like reading Ten plays by Euripides
What would you most like to see happen in your community as a pagan?
GROWTH beyond themselves and a community that works together to bring education to all those that want to learn.
What would you most like to see happen in the lives of the children to come insofar as how the pagan community is growing now?
They notice that we had a disconnected community and their elders seen the issues at play and stepped up to being the community together by salving (sic) the issues together. The example was laid down from their elders.
Bonus: Tell us about what you teach..
I teach Ritual design from the heart, ethics of paganism, basic pagan spirituality.
If you would like to learn more about him, Woodwolf Circle, and the Port Huron Pagan Temple, attend one of their public events.
The next one is Diana's Bow, a moon rite. Check it out, this group is a fun bunch and very ethusiastic.