About the Founder, Hyperion
Eddy ‘Hyperion’ Gutiérrez founded The Unnamed Path in 2007. He was taught by The Ancestors of Men-Who-Love-Men who began to teach him a way to integrate all of the separate parts of his vast spiritual knowledge into one path, while discarding parts that didn’t have anything to do with the energy current that gay/queer men naturally tap into. He began capturing all of this in a series of lessons, and finally one day, his spirit guides instructed him to begin teaching classes. Eventually he put these classes in the form of podcasts to build awareness of the tradition, and in 2009 Hyperion initiated his first three students in California.
Hyperion has presented at pagan and academic events around the world, including Pantheacon, the Pagan Studies Conference, Los Angeles/Orange County Pagan Pride Day, Into the Green, May Magic, Between the Worlds, and was the founder of Stone and Stang.
Sadly to all those who knew him, Hyperion passed away in January of 2014. His spiritual legacy of this tradition is now held by Unnamed Path Tribe along with the assistance of his mother Victoria Gutiérrez and his partner Clayton James, who run Dr. E Products, a folk magic supply destination started by Hyperion.
Hyperion was raised Roman Catholic, was a first generation Cuban-American and came out at the age of eleven. His spiritual education began shortly after discovering his sexual orientation, when he found himself being ostracized by the Catholic Church were he worked and volunteered. His deeply religious sense and constant relationship with God led him to explore alternative religions. While studying and investigating most of the world’s major religions, he learned tarot, magical herbalism, candle magic, astrology and meditation. After much study of conventional major religions he still felt they were incongruous for him as a gay man and as a magical person. Hyperion then began to explore Occult studies.
This study led him down a winding road that led him to the growing emergence of the Wiccan tradition. Studying Wicca and Magic as a solitary practitioner for several years Hyperion longed for a sense of community. While attending an open Lughnasadh celebration run by the Druidic Craft of the Wise – Lance and Grail in 1994, he found a new spiritual home. An intensive magical apprenticeship with the Druidic Craft of the Wise for several years led Hyperion to become fully initiated and a functioning member of their Coven. He became a blessed teacher and conducted classes in the Druidic Craft of the Wise of candle magic, herb magic, astrology, divination and many other paths. He grew in this path until his group elected him their Priest. He was ordained in 1998 to the Priesthood of the Craft.
While serving his coven as Priest he still felt a lack of cultural connection to the Druidic Craft of the Wise, it didn’t speak to his Latino roots. What did, was the religion of Santería (La Regla de Ocha) which was so deeply present in his Cuban culture, music and lore. While his personal upbringing never involved any of Santería’s elements, its magic, music and art called to him. He was introduced to a Santero and learned from him to approach the religion with an open heart and genuine passion to learn. While involved in Santería, he learned about mediumship, how to communicate with the dead, where he experienced trance possession and expanded his relationship to the spirits of the land. When the time came for initiation, he was crowned as a priest of Shango in The Bronx, New York, November 3, 2001 at the hands of a different Santero from the original one that introduced him to the religion (guided by divination that indicated this direction).
While in his initiatory year, he was religiously abused at the hands of this new Godfather, as was his friend (a former Godfather) who had originally introduced him to the religion. Both left this unethical man’s spiritual house and went solo. As part of this life-altering experience of religious abuse, he rediscovered his sense of self, left the religion of Santería and returned to his home with the Druidic Craft of the Wise and witchcraft.
After returning to the Craft, he was re-elected as the leader of his group and was eventually elevated to the High Priesthood in 2004. He began integrating the mysteries of spirit contact, energy work, and trance possession into his personal spiritual path.
In 2005, while serving his group as their High Priest he was (re)introduced to Shamanism through a close friend and began using journeying techniques to deepen his connection with the spirits of the land, the divine, his own guides and the ancestors. This began his shadow work and propelled him towards his personal evolution. As part of this process, he came into contact with The Ancestors of Men–Who-Love-Men.
Hyperion spent the next few years consolidating his personal spiritual practices with the teachings he received from The Ancestors of Men-Who-Love-Men and the Gods and Goddesses of Unnamed Path. This culminated in the first three initiates in 2009. Sadly Hyperion passed away in 2014. Although his passing was unexpected, Hyperion’s legacy remains strong and Unnamed Path continues to evolve today.