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The Way of the Heretic

Spiritual Anarchy for the Modern Mystic

Gwynne Michele
7 min readFeb 16, 2020


Labels are great. As long as you don’t get too attached to them.

For a very long time, I identified as a pagan. And then, for a few years, I identified as a Christian before returning to identifying as a pagan.

Lately, I’ve been playing with labels again.

Pagan, you see, is a convenient umbrella, but more and more, it’s an umbrella that doesn’t have room for the totality of my spiritual practice.

I’m a witch, but I have a relationship with Jesus. And not in the Christian sense. He’s not my Lord and Savior. He’s a Guide. And He has a thing with my Goddess, Paradox. A personal Goddess who is both ancient and new. They did a tango in my heart once. It was cool.

Not literally of course, but mystically. I go into the zone, get filled with feeling, then translate that feeling into words, with a very clear physically felt feedback system that tells me when I’m on the right track. Right being entirely subjective and based on where it is I want to be heading in my life.

In addition to Jesus and Paradox, there are three other Goddesses with whom I have a devotional relationship. They are Juno, the Roman mother Goddess, Circe, the Greek hermit sorceress, and Holle, a Germanic sky goddess.

I also practice Ancestral devotion and reckoning, and am an animist, so I work with all sorts of animals and objects as well. Even the computer I’m working on has a spirit that needs to be kept happy in order to function well so that I can continue doing the work that I do in order to fulfill my calling and follow my path.

And while I do have an ever-evolving aesthetic, my mystical and magical practices are primarily energetic, and focused on improving my own life, and sharing my experiments in doing so with my Village — my ever-expanding audience of like-minded Heretics.

Why a heretic?

I love words. LOVE them. I love saying them out loud and in my head. I savor them. I feed on them.

One of my favorite contemplative practices is to study the etymology of a word, and to sit with the implications of that. How that word has been part of shaping our personal worldview as…



Gwynne Michele

Queer Heretic Nun. Walking a wild and wicked path of joyful devotion to the Infinite Divine in Her Many Forms.