Even the most devoted of devotees gets burned out once in a while. Take a day to rest, relax, and recharge!
- Do something for yourself. Even if it means adding five minutes to your short shower, do something to remind yourself that you matter! Even if your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities are distant or aloof, you always matter to your Home. YOU ARE IMPORTANT. Never forget that.
- Meditate. Or try to!
- Do some work around your living space.
- Spend time with family, friends, or other loved ones.
- Do something important that matters to YOU, even (especially?) if it’s not related to your religious or spiritual life.
- Find a book, article, or something else about your religion/spirituality. Read it (or at least part of it). Take notes. Maybe you can post your notes to a blog for others to see!
- Or do the same with a book about something YOU like that’s not related to your religion or spirituality!
Remember, Devotees: the point we’re making is that you CAN take five minutes out of your day and do something to remind yourself and your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities that you’re thinking of Them! Take five minutes and remind yourself of your Home.
Don’t obsess! Just be at home.
Today in the Hellenic Calendar:
- According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 5th of the month of Poseideón.
- The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia. We are now in the first year of a new Olympiad—the 698th since the four-year cycle began!
- The 5th of the lunar month is one of the three days of the month that Hesiod says are sacred to Horkos the personification of Oath. Because oaths were sacred, making one was taken very seriously—and this day was supposed to be solemn for everyone, and unlucky for oath-breakers.
- Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 58 to the Moirai (the Fates), 60 and 61 to Dike (the personification of Justice) and Nemesis (the Goddess who punished those who offended the Theoi or broke oaths), and 68 and 69 to the Erinyes/Eumenides. The Erinyes, called Furies in English, were underworld Daimones who punished criminals and inflicted torment on the guilty; they were often called Eumenides (“Kind Ones”) in the hopes that calling them a nicer name would make them nicer. (Like calling Voldemort “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”)
- NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, some lists combine the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer. Others keep the two separate. The list on Theoi.com combines them, but whatever list Drew Campbell worked from did not. So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollon”), Your Mod will follow Theoi.com’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33. The more you know~
- For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the pémpte histaménou (roughly pronounced “PEMP-tay hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the fifth of the beginning [of the month].”
- The ancient Hellens divided their lunar month into three sets of 10 days (or two of 10 and one of 9), called “decades,” rather than a number of 7-day weeks. This first decade is a good time to start new projects!
- Know any good e-shrines? Submit one or reblog with it so Your Mod can post a link!