P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person and a dyed-in-the-wool polytheist, and practices a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist devotion dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and related Deities and divine figures. E is also a contributing member of Neos Alexandria and the Bacchic Underground, and a practicing Celtic Reconstructionist polytheist in the traditions of gentlidecht and filidecht, as well as Romano-British, Welsh, and Gaulish Deity devotions. Lupus is also dedicated to several Land Spirits around the area of the Salish Sea (specifically northern Puget Sound and its islands). E also tries to attend seasonal and special ceremonies at the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America (in the Jinja Shinto tradition of Japan) in Granite Falls, WA whenever possible, and likewise has participated in some lay Hindu devotional practices when available in Washington as well as in Michigan.
Lupus was one of the original founders of both of the major modern organized Antinoan spirituality groups in June of 2002 (the Ecclesia Antinoi) and June of 2007 (the Ekklesía Antínoou), but is no longer affiliated with either of these.
Lupus’ writings (poetry, essays, and fiction) are available in several Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional volumes, including those dedicated to Hekate, Isis and Serapis, Artemis, Zeus, Pan, Thoth, the Near Eastern deities, Persephone, independent Goddesses, Hermes, Hephaistos, Hera/Juno, Demeter, the Morrígan, Charon, Bast, Sekhmet, and others. Eir work can also be found in the anthologies Datura and Mandragora edited by Ruby Sara, When the Lion Roars edited by Galina Krasskova, Etched Offerings edited by Inanna Gabriel and C. Bryan Brown, Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul edited by Tara Miller, Bringing Race to the Table edited by Crystal Blanton, Taylor Ellwood and Brandy Williams, and the periodicals Witches & Pagans, Abraxas, Circle Magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Walking the Worlds, and Air n-Aithesc…and, as ever, there’s more on the way!
Lupus has published a book of poems, The Phillupic Hymns (2008), and the book-length poem All-Soul, All-Body, All-Love, All-Power: A TransMythology (2012), and also several other monographs: The Syncretisms of Antinous (2010); Devotio Antinoo: The Doctor’s Notes, Volume 1 (2011); A Garland for Polydeukion (2012); A Serpent Path Primer (2012); Ephesia Grammata: Ancient History and Modern Practice (2014); and The Antinoan Mysteries: The Founding, Fate, Failure, Fall, and Finish of a Modern Mystery Cult (2016).
Lupus used to write the “Queer I Stand” column at Patheos.com’s Pagan Channel, and currently writes the “Speaking of Syncretism” column at Polytheist.com.. Eir original blog was Aedicula Antinoi (A Small Shrine of Antinous), which ran from August 1st, 2010 until November 28th, 2016.
Lupus presented yearly at PantheaCon (over Presidents’ Day Weekend in San Jose, CA) from 2007 to 2015, and also used to hold regular public rituals in the Seattle area. Lupus has also presented at the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, WA, and at the Polytheist Leadership Conference in Fishkill, NY in 2014. In 2015, Lupus was one of the organizers for the first Many Gods West conference in Olympia, WA, and was in charge of the opening and closing rituals, as well as holding the spiritual awareness and presence of the conference, which was a tremendous success and an honor to do. E attended and presented at the World Parliament of Religions in October of 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. Lupus has also appeared on five episodes of The New Thinking Allowed with Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove in September and October of 2016.
For more information on P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ practices and writings, see the interviews by Rebecca Buchanan on Sequential Tart and Eternal Haunted Summer, as well as the interview by Galina Krasskova on Patheos.com.
Lupus is available to teach various courses via online correspondence, in-person workshops and lectures on a variety of topics, public rituals of various kinds, and can also do weddings that are legally recognized in all 50 of the United States of America for people of any gender or sexuality. Eir home is the location of an actual, material Aedicula Antinoi, a dedicated Shrine to Antinous and many other Deities, to which visits by polytheists can be arranged on request and with sufficient notice and negotiated understandings and guidelines.
To contact P. Sufenas Virius Lupus via e-mail, write to em at aediculaantinoi (at) hotmail (dot) com.