ON November 20th we honor a modern-day mortal whose loving support has been instrumental in establishing the Religion of Antinous in the 21st Century.
Klaus Witzeling, born on this day in 1944, spearheaded the effort to expand our religion from North America back to its roots in Europe.
Born in Graz, Austria, he was trained as an actor at the famed Max Reinhardt Institute in Vienna before moving to Hamburg, Germany, where he become a well-known drama and dance critic.
His open gayness and his tireless efforts to promote new talent were instrumental in the resurgence of modern dance and independent theatrical groups in the German-speaking world over the past 30 years.
He was known for his fair and unbiased critiques. And he was especially noted for promoting obscure dance troupes and unknown actors. His insistent emphasis on furthering new talent helped to make stars out of actors and dancers who otherwise might never have become well known.
Modest to the point of introversion, he wanted no funeral services or wake. But following his death on September 29th, 2013, scores of theatrical directors, actors, dancers, agents and fellow journalists spontaneously organized a gala evening at a theatre in Hamburg in his honor.
As a Blessed of Antinous, Klaus intercedes on behalf of those in the performing arts who know the angst of standing in the wings ... waiting for their cue to go out on stage. We offer this prayer to Antinous for Klaus to intercede on their behalf:
May Klaus Witzeling have the gift of unlimited
Antinous heka magic ...
May he have the gift of unlimited Semen of the First God ...
That he intercedes for those who dedicate their lives
To the performing arts
That they stride onto the stage of life
With confidence and audacity
That they generously open their hearts
To the Homotheosis of Antinous
Living it in the midst of the challenges
And demands of their calling
As a spotlight on the dark stage of mortal existence
Shining as a beacon for those sitting in the darkness
That they might also fulfill their gay spiritual potential
Through Antinous the Gay God