My original idea for the letter T was to write about (Pierre) Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), famed philosopher and theologian. However, aside from having my mind gently expanded by reading a few bits of his writing, I really didn't know too much about him. It was feeling like more and more a chore to compose that post.
So, I didn't. A week or so ago, I realized that there was a husband and wife pair whom would make a far more exciting subject for this post. I've had a bit of interaction with them over the years, and I think their stories are completely and utterly charming.
So let me introduce you to Tyagi Morgoth Nagasiva and Catherine Yronwode. They've been married for 13 years, which is easy to remember because their marriage ceremony straddled the millennial midnight from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000.
I think I've talked a bit about my early introduction to the modern-day occult scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In short: Usenet! I was amazed to see that the gathering places for alternate religions (alt.pagan, alt.magick) seemed just as popular as the places devoted to more traditional faiths. In those early days, you couldn't go far in those circles without encountering Tyagi (who sometimes went by Tagi, Thuyagi, and a few other iterations). A prolific writer of FAQ (frequently asked questions) documents and a tireless asker of Socratic questions, Tyagi knew how to get to the heart of the matter. Many of his weird writings are archived online.
He was one of the first to realize, I think, that one can forge deeply personal connections online by being radically open with one's experiences. We heard about the burgeoning relationship with his Holy Guardian Angel (who often took on the form of Hindu destroyer goddess Kali-Ma). I also recall a story about a time his bicycle was stolen, and he put a curse on whoever stole it. However, he asked the spirits that whatever punishment was effected against the thief would also be enacted on him, too. In the big scheme of things, he thought, that's only fair.
Catherine Yronwode (pronounced "ironwood") has been writing in various counter-cultural venues since the late 1960s -- Rolling Stone, Whole Earth Catalog, etc. -- and since the 1970s has been a major player in the comic book industry. Always iconoclastic, she famously advocated for the liberated 70s version of Wonder Woman to go back to her more traditional (mythic, yet BDSM-inspired) roots. I first encountered her writing in the editorial pages of the mid-1980s series Miracleman; she was a co-founder of the indie publisher Eclipse Comics that took on Alan Moore's other controversial deconstruction of the superhero genre. Those editorials were sometimes simple slices of life -- expressing worries about deadlines getting met, for example -- and sometimes they were venom-filled invectives. Consistently, they put an intensely personal face on the business of how comics get published.
You see where this is going, of course. Catherine and Tyagi met online around 1994 (quite early in the history of internet romance, I think) then met in person a few years later. The rest is history! :-)