What is Mount Nysa?
Mount Nysa was a legendary mountain in the ancient Greek world, believed to be the birthplace of the god Dionysus and home to his maenads, or wild female followers. According to myth, Mount Nysa was covered in lush forests and greenery, and was said to be the location of a sacred grove and temple.
The mountain throughout history was associated with the divine feminine and the cycles of nature; she was a source of healing and transformation for those brave enough to ascend her slopes.
As a mythical place, Mount Nysa is nowhere.
In this way, Mount Nysa is everywhere.
What is a Mystery School?
In contrast to public, civic religion, mystery religions of the ancient Mediterranean world centered around secret rites meant to transform the initiate. Mystery religions were often exclusive in nature, with initiates required to undergo a process of instruction before participating in the group's rituals.
Two of the most influential mystery religions in the ancient world were the Eleusinian Mysteries of goddesses Demeter and Persephone, and the infamous animalistic Mysteries of Dionysus.
Mystery rites played a significant role in the development of religious thought in the ancient world. They were associated with the development of philosophical and spiritual traditions such as Platonism and Neoplatonism. Mystery religions were also a source of inspiration for many later spiritual traditions, such as Christianity, and continue to be a point of fascination for scholars and modern practitioners of ancient Mediterranean religion.
A mystery school, then, is an institution dedicated to teaching and imparting knowledge of the divine and these mysteries of the universe. These teachings involve periods of preparatory training, initiation ceremonies, and oaths of secrecy.
Thank you, Divine Ones, for the wisdom of the ancient Mysteries.
We strive to honor the teachings that we receive, and to live by their sacred principles.
Blessed be the Mysteries, and blessed be those who follow in their ways.
Devotees of The Divine Ones
& Keepers of Their Mysteries.
Reconstructionists, in the sense that our practice is rooted in historical sources, orthopraxic devotion, and intensive study, with reverence for the traditions of the ancients.
Revivalists, in the sense that we seek to revive lost Mysteries, adapt ancient wisdom for the needs and realities of the modern world, and welcome individual expressions of spirituality and identity.
An avenue of initiation for those who feel drawn to ancient Mediterranean religion, Priest(ess)hood, and/or the Mysteries, but may feel intimidated, out of place, or overwhelmed in other spaces.
A sacred space of remembrance and ecstatic communion with the Divine all around us.
We do not claim to possess secrets, answers, or unbroken lineages behind our doors.
Rather, we gather and practice with an attitude of reverent curiosity, working to revive traditions long-buried for the benefit and healing of all. We pray to grow our movement with the blessings of the Divine, empowering new devotees, training teachers, and planting Mystery communities around the world.