Eastling is creating Neo-Katabasis, a modern mythology
2
patrons
$9
per creation
Welcome to the frontlines of the Neo-Katabatic revolution.

That sounds rather dramatic. Let's back up a bit: my name is Maxwell Eastling Alderdice, or just Eastling online. I have been writing as a hobby for some twenty years now; three years ago I began to transition from female to male. This year I began to explore my spirituality in earnest. Now I'm looking to build a neopagan practice sanctifying the transgender journey.

I'd like to invite you to join me.

I call this new practice Neo-Katabasis, from the ancient Greek term for a journey to the underworld and the subsequent return to the light. The gods at the center of this work are those at the heart of ancient Greek mystery religion: Dionysos, Persephone, and a third Power whose Mystery is the body of this story.

Neo-Katabasis is the story of how the death and rebirth of these gods creates the world and moves the power within it--and how that power is our birthright as trans and queer people.

Eventually, the whole creation will be available in various forms: books, websites, perhaps even songs. But for now, you can follow along as it takes shape by pledging to this Patreon. Every month, there will be new updates in the form of essays, rituals, hymns and poetry, and whatever else is needed at the time.

Anyone, whatever their identity, is welcome to contribute. I want my stories to be heard, and this is my first step.
Tiers
Initiate
$1 or more per creation 0 patrons
By contributing a dollar every month, you let me know that you're interested in this project and want to see it come to fruition. I take that pretty seriously as encouragement.

This tier gives you access to my patron feed, where I share a weekly update on the shape of this project and my own practice, as well as links to things that have inspired me.
Mystic
$5 or more per creation 2 patrons
At this tier, you'll be giving five dollars a month, which is getting to be a serious contribution! I can't say how thankful I am for that--all I can do is list your rewards.

On the Mystic tier, you'll receive access to my patron feed just like the previous tier, but you'll also get to read the monthly Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Neo-Katabatic Revolution: an essay describing a measurable aspect of Neo-Katabatic practice (subject, of course, to change as I continue).
Companion
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons
Ten dollars a month is an awesome contribution to make, and you'll get suitably awesome rewards.

In addition to all the rewards of the previous tiers, at the Companion tier your monthly reward will include a recorded reading (by me) of a brand-new poem or hymn in the Neo-Katabatic tradition.
Goals
$9 of $100 per creation
With an extra hundred dollars a month, I will have more financial freedom to focus on this project. I'll also be able to buy more supplies for my ritual workings, ideally from other pagan sources!
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Welcome to the frontlines of the Neo-Katabatic revolution.

That sounds rather dramatic. Let's back up a bit: my name is Maxwell Eastling Alderdice, or just Eastling online. I have been writing as a hobby for some twenty years now; three years ago I began to transition from female to male. This year I began to explore my spirituality in earnest. Now I'm looking to build a neopagan practice sanctifying the transgender journey.

I'd like to invite you to join me.

I call this new practice Neo-Katabasis, from the ancient Greek term for a journey to the underworld and the subsequent return to the light. The gods at the center of this work are those at the heart of ancient Greek mystery religion: Dionysos, Persephone, and a third Power whose Mystery is the body of this story.

Neo-Katabasis is the story of how the death and rebirth of these gods creates the world and moves the power within it--and how that power is our birthright as trans and queer people.

Eventually, the whole creation will be available in various forms: books, websites, perhaps even songs. But for now, you can follow along as it takes shape by pledging to this Patreon. Every month, there will be new updates in the form of essays, rituals, hymns and poetry, and whatever else is needed at the time.

Anyone, whatever their identity, is welcome to contribute. I want my stories to be heard, and this is my first step.

Recent posts by Eastling

Tiers
Initiate
$1 or more per creation 0 patrons
By contributing a dollar every month, you let me know that you're interested in this project and want to see it come to fruition. I take that pretty seriously as encouragement.

This tier gives you access to my patron feed, where I share a weekly update on the shape of this project and my own practice, as well as links to things that have inspired me.
Mystic
$5 or more per creation 2 patrons
At this tier, you'll be giving five dollars a month, which is getting to be a serious contribution! I can't say how thankful I am for that--all I can do is list your rewards.

On the Mystic tier, you'll receive access to my patron feed just like the previous tier, but you'll also get to read the monthly Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Neo-Katabatic Revolution: an essay describing a measurable aspect of Neo-Katabatic practice (subject, of course, to change as I continue).
Companion
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons
Ten dollars a month is an awesome contribution to make, and you'll get suitably awesome rewards.

In addition to all the rewards of the previous tiers, at the Companion tier your monthly reward will include a recorded reading (by me) of a brand-new poem or hymn in the Neo-Katabatic tradition.