About Us

Many Gods West was founded in the fall of 2014 by the Niki Whiting and Rhyd Wildermuth. Currently, Syren Nagakyrie and others run the event as the Many Gods West Steering Committee.

Inspired by the work and efforts of others in the wider polytheist community, we decided to create a gathering closer to our homes that would bring together polytheists of all stripes for discussion, learning, sharing, and community building.

2017 Steering Committee

Syren Nagakyrie

syren-and-hawthornis a Goddess-centered Polytheist, Witch and Priestess, and a studying practitioner of Shakta Tantra. She is the founder of the Shekhinah Mountainwater Memorial Fund, a co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple, and a founding board member of Gods&Radicals. She also served on the 2016 Many Gods West steering committee. Syren blogs at syrenofminds.wordpress.com. Rather a Wandering Hermit, Syren is finding roots in the PNW; her heart sings for the sea and her body yearns for the forest.

Morgaine Davan

15033769_1124995100929986_903887881_nis a polytheist hailing from the Pacific Northwest, an environmental advocate, a fledgling off-gridder, and spirit-worker. When not engaged with activities on their small, permaculture hobby farm, she and her partner can be found playing with grandchildren, reading books, and drinking tea.

 Anaar Niino

12183975_1024856714232000_6321719749077943757_oAnaar is an initiate of the Anderson Feri tradition and has a Masters degree in Arts and Consciousness. She has spent nearly two decades studying the relationship between Feri and its expression through the Arts. Greatly influenced by the mad poesy of Victor Anderson, she seeks to create works of great mystery and power. Anaar is currently the only known grandmaster of the tradition.

Laura Tempest Zakroff

uf0a7596-isis a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and witch based in Seattle, Washington. Her artwork embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs, receiving awards and honors worldwide, and has been published in numerous books and magazines. She blogs at Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch and at Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery. Her first book, The Witch’s Cauldron, is due out from Llewellyn Worldwide in May 2017.


Niki Whitingniki

is a writer, editor, mystic, theologian, singer, and mother of three small children. She has degrees in religious studies; her specialties were feminist theologies and the Virgin Mary. She has written for Gods & Radicals, Witches and Pagans, and her own blog, A Witch’s Ashram. She is a dedicant and student of Anderson Faery witchcraft; she also has a Hindu practice.

Rhyd Wildermuthrhyd

is a punk bard, a Pagan theorist, a queer Anarchist, and a social worker.  He studies Druidry through OBOD, tends a forest near his home, drinks a lot of tea, and writes. His words can be found on his personal blog, Paganarch.com. He is the co-founder of Gods & Radicals.

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