Tasty Tuesday / 7 Boedromión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Time for some noms!  Try something along these lines:

  • Offer some food your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities would like on your Home Shrine.
  • Offer some food YOU like on your Home Shrine.
  • Same as the above, but with drinks.
  • Make something to eat and dedicate the time/effort to your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities.
  • Make something to eat and give it away to loved ones, or to people who need the food.
  • Donate to a local Food Bank.
  • Practice some Kitchen Witchery.
  • Submit a recipe to Ritual Recipes!  (Or find something there that you’d like to make!)

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 7th of the month of Boedromión.
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year of the 698th Olympiad.
  • The 7th of the lunar month is sacred to Apollon, as He is thought to have been born on the 7th of His birth month.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 33 to Apollon and 75 to the Mousai.
  • NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  The more you know~
  • For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the hebdóme histaménou (roughly pronounced “heb-DOH-may hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the seventh 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!
  • If you are looking for a good e-shrine to Apollon, try this one right here!
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections? Send us an ask or fan-mail!

~*~Home Hearth and Heart’s 600 FOLLOWERS Giveaway 4/4 ~*~

Hello, Devotees!  Your Mod at Home, Hearth, and Heart is giving away four premade altar set-ups in celebration of reaching 600 followers.  Here is the fourth and last one!

Altar Details:  ”Sicilian Summer”

It’s late August, and the bees are buzzing lazily in the meadows.  Wheat waves in a breeze from off the coast, and in the distance, you can just make out the green shadows of vineyards, grapes dark purple-black and ready to be picked.  Sit down to an early afternoon siesta with a nice cup of coffee or a glass of Nero d’Avola and listen to the sounds of an island summer in your own forgotten corner of the world.

This altar setup features the following items:

  • One 24”x25” cloth, crushed velour, wheat-colored.
  • One 8”-diameter flower crown: wire core and golden-yellow silk mums with late-summer green leaves wrapped in florists’ tape, then wrapped again in green-brown homespun-style yarn.  Suitable as an altar decoration OR for ritual headwear.
  • One 3”-tall glass candle-holder, silver-gold antiqued finish, suitable for holding tea lights, votive candles, or liquid offerings.
  • One 6.5”-diameter ceramic trivet with blue, green, red, and white floral design.  Made in Turkey; useable as a flat offering-dish or decorative/meditative focus.
  • One unscented 8” white pillar candle.
  • One string of indoor-outdoor lights that look like white and purple grapes.  Extension cord not included.  Fits across most windows.

Giveaway Details

  • This comes as a set, not as individual pieces.  If you win it, what you do with those individual pieces is entirely up to you.
  • Each of these items has been used before, and while I have done my best to clean them physically, I make no guarantees as to their energetic state.  Some spiritual/energy cleansing may be required, though to the best of my knowledge none of these items are cursed.
  • Everything in this giveaway is absolutely free, shipping included!  Unfortunately, Your Mod can only ship within the continental United States; anywhere outside of that is cost-prohibitive.
  • You must be following this blog in order to enter.
  • You may both like and reblog this post in order to enter—
  • BUT please do not reblog this picture multiple times on the same blog.  I don’t want to spam peoples’ dashes!
  • If you win, I will announce it on this blog and contact you via ask.
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 1 October 2014.  They will also be contacted by private message.  If you win, but do not respond with your address within two days, Your Mod will select another winner.
  • You cannot win more than one of these altar setups.  If, by some chance, you win more than one of them, I will contact you and ask you which one you would like to receive.
  • This giveaway will end on Wednesday, 1 October 2014!

~*~Home Hearth and Heart’s 600 FOLLOWERS Giveaway 3/4 ~*~

Hello, Devotees!  Your Mod at Home, Hearth, and Heart is giving away four premade altar set-ups in celebration of reaching 600 followers.  Here is the third one!

Altar Details:  ”Big Easy”

It’s six in the morning, but the humidity is already weighing you down.  Why don’t you pop into that corner bakery and get yourself a beignet?  Come to think of it…was that store there yesterday?  You don’t remember seeing it until today, but it looks like it’s been running for years….

This altar set features the following items:

  • One 54”x20” embroidered cloth: chocolate-brown base, floral embroidery in silver, cream, and pale blue.  One end is looped, and can fit a narrow curtain rod, so this piece can be an altar cloth OR a window valance.
  • One 4” diameter dark-bronze-finished metal candle base (three legs).
  • Four 4”x4” stone coasters, grey with ink-stamped design in black.  Features fleurs-de-lis and various words and phrases related to New Orleans.
  • Three 12” silk magnolia flowers.
  • One string of indoor-outdoor lights: bronze-finished metal spheres with white lights inside.  Will fit across most windows; extension cord not included.
  • One vanilla-scented 3” pillar candle (fits onto previously-mentioned coaster/candle holder).
  • One 6.5”x4.5”x1.5” wooden “book” with hollow space inside for storing secrets.

Giveaway Details

  • This comes as a set, not as individual pieces.  If you win it, what you do with those individual pieces is entirely up to you.
  • Each of these items has been used before, and while I have done my best to clean them physically, I make no guarantees as to their energetic state.  Some spiritual/energy cleansing may be required, though to the best of my knowledge none of these items are cursed.
  • Everything in this giveaway is absolutely free, shipping included!  Unfortunately, Your Mod can only ship within the continental United States; anywhere outside of that is cost-prohibitive.
  • You must be following this blog in order to enter.
  • You may both like and reblog this post in order to enter—
  • BUT please do not reblog this picture multiple times on the same blog.  I don’t want to spam peoples’ dashes!
  • If you win, I will announce it on this blog and contact you via ask.
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 1 October 2014.  They will also be contacted by private message.  If you win, but do not respond with your address within two days, Your Mod will select another winner.
  • You cannot win more than one of these altar setups.  If, by some chance, you win more than one of them, I will contact you and ask you which one you would like to receive.
  • This giveaway will end on Wednesday, 1 October 2014!

~*~Home Hearth and Heart’s 600 FOLLOWERS Giveaway 2/4 ~*~

Hello, Devotees!  Your Mod at Home, Hearth, and Heart is giving away four premade altar set-ups in celebration of reaching 600 followers.  Here is the second one!

Altar Details:  ”Mermaid Grotto”

White sands, turquoise surf, and islands full of buried treasure inspired this altar set.  Its simple components offer the recipient a wider variety of decoration and orientation options.

It features the following items:

  • One 45”x25” woven rug in bright hues; blues and greens dominate, with whites and oranges scattered throughout.  Useable as a heavy altar-cloth, a decorative throw rug, or a comfortable prayer/meditation rug.
  • One 8” white unscented pillar candle.
  • Four 4.75”-diameter raku-pottery coasters, hand-crafted in Hawai’i; they feature imprinted designs inspired by the petroglyphs at Pu’u Loa near Kilauea, as well as black rims designed to look like lava rock.
  • One bag of frosted sea glass in white, blue, green, and purple.
  • One unfinished treasure chest, made of pine, with brass clasp and rivets; measures at 6.25”x5”x4.5”.

Giveaway Details

  • This comes as a set, not as individual pieces.  If you win it, what you do with those individual pieces is entirely up to you.
  • Each of these items has been used before, and while I have done my best to clean them physically, I make no guarantees as to their energetic state.  Some spiritual/energy cleansing may be required, though to the best of my knowledge none of these items are cursed.
  • Everything in this giveaway is absolutely free, shipping included!  Unfortunately, Your Mod can only ship within the continental United States; anywhere outside of that is cost-prohibitive.
  • You must be following this blog in order to enter.
  • You may both like and reblog this post in order to enter—
  • BUT please do not reblog this picture multiple times on the same blog.  I don’t want to spam peoples’ dashes!
  • If you win, I will announce it on this blog and contact you via ask.
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 1 October 2014.  They will also be contacted by private message.  If you win, but do not respond with your address within two days, Your Mod will select another winner.
  • You cannot win more than one of these altar setups.  If, by some chance, you win more than one of them, I will contact you and ask you which one you would like to receive.
  • This giveaway will end on Wednesday, 1 October 2014!

~*~Home Hearth and Heart’s 600 FOLLOWERS Giveaway 1/4 ~*~

Hello, Devotees!  Your Mod at Home, Hearth, and Heart is giving away four premade altar set-ups in celebration of reaching 600 followers.  Here is the first one!

Altar Details:  ”Hospitality Witch”

Warm fires and cozy kitchens inspired this altar set.  In it, you’ll find the basics for home witchcraft (herbs not included).

It features the following items:

  • Two 16.5”x12.5” tan, cream, and brown mats, suitable for use as placemats for a table or cloths for an altar.
  • One 16” bouquet of green-gold, cream, and orange silk daisies.
  • One 3.5” diameter circular wood-and-lacquer coaster; can double as a pillar candle holder or offering dish.
  • 0.696 yards of black linen-cotton blend cloth, suitable for making poppets.
  • One 5” diameter cast iron cauldron (steel handle).
  • One vanilla-scented 3” pillar candle (fits into previously-mentioned coaster/candle holder).
  • One 7” stainless steel tea-stirrer, decorative pineapple at one end; useful for stirring honey into tea, stirring something brewing in the cauldron, or as a wand in a fix.  Pineapples are a 17th-century British/colonial symbol of hospitality and welcome.
  • One 7.5”x5.25” wooden plaque, painted but not laquered, green/black/gold color scheme.  Design: a pineapple, surrounded by the phrase “Welcome, Friends.”
  • One 8.5”x6.75”x3.5” woven basket, suitable for holding spell components, offerings, fresh-baked bread, fruit, decorations, or pretty much anything you can fit into it.
  • Three 4”x3” linen infusing bags—great for making tea, and reusable if you throw them in the wash.

Giveaway Details

  • This comes as a set, not as individual pieces.  If you win it, what you do with those individual pieces is entirely up to you.
  • Each of these items has been used before, and while I have done my best to clean them physically, I make no guarantees as to their energetic state.  Some spiritual/energy cleansing may be required, though to the best of my knowledge none of these items are cursed.
  • Everything in this giveaway is absolutely free, shipping included!  Unfortunately, Your Mod can only ship within the continental United States; anywhere outside of that is cost-prohibitive.
  • You must be following this blog in order to enter.
  • You may both like and reblog this post in order to enter—
  • BUT please do not reblog this picture multiple times on the same blog.  I don’t want to spam peoples’ dashes!
  • If you win, I will announce it on this blog and contact you via ask.
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 1 October 2014.  They will also be contacted by private message.  If you win, but do not respond with your address within two days, Your Mod will select another winner.
  • You cannot win more than one of these altar setups.  If, by some chance, you win more than one of them, I will contact you and ask you which one you would like to receive.
  • This giveaway will end on Wednesday, 1 October 2014!

Music Monday / 6 Boedromión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Take five and play some music at your home shrine.  Try doing one (or more than one, or all) of the following:

  • Put a favorite song on the radio and play it at your Home Shrine.  Don’t forget to invite your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities to accept the offering (or even join in)!
  • Dance to the music.
  • Sing something.
  • Play a musical instrument?  Play a song or solo!
  • Dedicate some music practice to one of your Gods/Entities/Thoughtforms/Spirits.

Spread the devotion (and, more importantly, the good music) by reblogging this post with your song of choice!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 6th of the month of Boedromión.
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year of the 698th Olympiad.
  • The 6th of the lunar month is sacred to Artemis, as She is thought to have been born on the 6th of Her birth month.
  • Hellenion follows Athens’ calendar in offering to Artemis Agrotera, the aspect of Artemis in charge of hunting and predator-prey relationships, today.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 35 to Artemis, 1 to Prothyraia (a childbirth Goddess, sometimes considered an aspect of Artemis or Eileithyia), 34 to Leto (the Mother of Artemis and Apollon), and 71 to Tykhe, the Goddess of Fortune, whom the Orphic Hymn equates with Hekate.  (There were a few instances in ancient Hellas where Artemis would be equated with Hekate’s lunar aspect.)
  • NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  The more you know~
  • For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the hékte histaménou (roughly pronounced “HECK-tay hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the sixth 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!
  • If you are looking for a good e-shrine to Artemis, try Tales of Transformation right here!
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any suggestions or corrections? Send an ask or a fan-mail!

Keep An Eye on This Blog…


Because we have recently hit 600 followers here at Home, Hearth, and Heart!  Thank you guys!

In celebration, over the course of this week, we will be doing a giveaway of four unique altar setups.  Details to come in the next few days!

Thank you again for following us.

HHH Weekly Roundup: August 31 - September 6 2014


This Week’s Hellenic Calendar Reminders:

  • Today, 31 August, is sacred to Horkos, the personification of oath, and all Theoi and Daimones associated with law and justice.  It is a good day to honor the Moirai (Fates), Eumenides (Furies), Dike (Justice), and Themis (Law and Order).
  • Monday, 1 September, is sacred in the Athenian calendar to Artemis.  Hellenion celebrates a holy day for Artemis Agrotera, the aspect of Artemis associated with hunting and the predator-prey relationship.  The 6th of Boedromión is also the Hellenic date of the Battle of Marathon, so offering to the heroes of Marathon and to Ares may be a good idea!
  • Tuesday, 2 September, is sacred in the Athenian calendar to Apollon.
  • Wednesday, 3 September, is sacred in the Athenian calendar to Poseidon, Asklepios, and all local heroes.

Festivals in Other Traditions:

  • Roman Catholicism: Saints’ festivals this week, beginning today, 1 June, are: Sunday—Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus; Monday—St. Giles; Tuesday—Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions; Wednesday—St. Gregory the Great; Thursday—St. Rose of Viterbo; Friday—Blessed Teresa of Kolkata; Saturday—Blessed Claudio Granzotto.
  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity: Here are the commemmorations for SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday; and Saturday.
  • Religio Romana: Monday, 1 September (Kalends Septembri) marks an offering to Iuppiter Tonans (Jupiter the Thunderer) and Iuno Regina (Juno the Queen).  //  Friday, 5 September, marks the beginning of the Ludi Romani, the oldest set of games celebrated in the city of Rome, held in honor of Jupiter (and later on, Julius Caesar).
  • Kemeticism: The Kemetic Roundtable posts on akhu veneration are up (you can view them here).  The new composition topic is Ma’at and isfet, how you identify those concepts, and what role they play in your practice.  Posts on this topic will be published on September 10th.
  • Shinto: From Monday, 2 September, through Wednesday, 3 September, parts of the Toyama Prefecture in Japan celebrate the Owara Kaze-no-Bon festival.  This festival honors the Kami of the Wind and asks for a bountiful harvest with no wind damage (since we are entering typhoon/hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere).
  • Ekklesia Antinoou: Saturday, 6 September, honors the life of Lucius Marius Vitalis.

Blog Highlight:

  • Today’s blog comes from MadGastronomer, the writer behind Ariadne’s Thread and Arachne’s Tapestry.  A polytheist whose work involves weaving-magic and spider veneration, she blogs about divination, the divine nature of silk-spinners, her weaving projects, and why the month of August sucks.  Go check her out!

Article Highlights:

See anything this past week in the pagan or polytheist spheres of Tumblr that made you cheer?  Any posts that made you proud to be on the path you follow?  Any people or bloggers that you feel others should read?  Or do you know of a festival or event coming up that you would like to share?  Send them in!

This weekly round-up post may end up catering primarily to Hellenic Polytheists, but any pagan faith can submit recommendations if they want to.  Posts, events, and other items will be posted at Your Mod’s discretion.

Self-Care Sunday / 5 Boedromión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

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 Boedromión.
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year of the 698th Olympiad.
  • 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; this day was supposed to be solemn for everyone, but especially 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 chthonic (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, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  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?  Have any suggestions or corrections? Send an ask or a fan-mail!

Setup Saturday / 4 Boedromión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Take a good look at your Home Shrine.  Is it everything you want it to be?  If not, try one of the following:

  • Remove an object that you think no longer belongs on your Home Shrine.  Is it still important to you, or have your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities asked you to keep it?  Put it somewhere else in your living space—so long as it feels like it belongs there!
  • Have something you’ve been meaning to cleanse/purify and add to your altar space?  Today’s the day!
  • Dreaming of the perfect altar?  Put together a Home Shrine Wishlist.  You don’t need to go out and buy everything—but it’s helpful to get an idea of what you want on your altar eventually!
  • Got your Wishlist put together?  Got money?  Go get one of the items on your Wishlist!
  • Something about your Home Shrine setup bugging you, but you can’t put your finger on it?  Try rearranging things and see if you like it better.  (You can always go change it back!)

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 4th of the month of Boedromión.
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year of the 698th Olympiad.
  • The 4th of the lunar month is sacred to Aphrodite, Hermes, and Herakles, as each of them were said to have been born on the 4th day of their birth month.  It is also appropriate to honor Eros and Hermaphroditos on this day.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 27 to Hermes, 54 and 55 to Aphrodite and Adonis, 59 to the Kharites (the Graces, attendants of Aphrodite), 57 to Eros as the Theos of Attraction, and 5 to Protogonos (“The First Born,” a power sometimes equated with Eros especially in Hesiod’s Theogony).
  • NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  The more you know~
  • For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the tetràs histaménou (roughly pronounced “tet-RAHSS hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the fourth 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!
  • This link will take you to a beautiful tumblr e-shrine to Aphrodite.
  • Here and here are two great tumblr e-shrine to Hermes.
  • Here’s an n-shrine site to Herakles (though the title given is his Roman one, Hercules Invictus).
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any suggestions or corrections? Send an ask or a fan-mail!

Fun and Fancy Friday / 3 Boedromión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Today is a day to do something crazy, creative, or just plain fun at your Home Shrine.

  • Today’s Challenge: Go outside for a few minutes and take a walk.  Find something on your walk that you can bring back to offer to your Gods/Entities/Thoughtforms/Spirits.
  • Do circumstances not allow you to go outside today?  (Long work hours?  Bad weather?  Sunlight allergy?)  Then find something around your house that can make a good offering.  It doesn’t have to be really elaborate, as long as it’s appropriate!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 3rd of the month of Boedromión.
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year the 698th Olympiad.
  • The 3rd of the lunar month, sometimes called the Tritomenis, is sacred to Athene.  It’s said that Athene was born on the third of the month, so the third of EVERY month is dedicated to Her.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 31 and 32 to Athene and Nike.
  • NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  The more you know~
  • For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the tríte histaménou (roughly pronounced “TREE-tay hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the third 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!
  • Check out this nshrine page to Athene, made by tumblr user skybluecrocodile!  You can leave prayers and light a digital candle to Her here.
  • You can also visit this tumblr e-shrine to Athene!
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any suggestions or corrections? Send an ask or a fan-mail!

Thank-You Thursday / 2 Boedromión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Got something you’re thankful for?  Today’s the day to share it!  Try one of the following:

  • Say a prayer of thanksgiving at your Home Shrine.
  • Write a thank-you note to one of your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities.
  • Leave a thank-you gift at your Home Shrine.  It doesn’t need to be diamonds and Godiva Chocolate—a Jolly Rancher or a found coin might be enough!
  • Take a moment to thank someone close to you for something they did to help you.
  • Or thank them just for being there!
  • Pay your thanks forward—donate to a charity or do a random act of kindness.
  • For those inclined towards Hellenic polytheism: today is the last day that Pandora’s Kharis, a charity fund established by Elani Temperance of Baring the Aegis, will be accepting donations for The Trevor Project, a fundraiser to provide crisis counseling and suicide prevention services for young LGBTQIA* people.  Thank you if you have donated!
  • Want Your Mod to include other fundraisers organized by pagans, polytheists, or other practitioners?  Send an ask or fanmail!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 2nd of the month of Boedromión.
  • It is also the Niketeria, an Athenian celebration of Athene’s patronage of their city—if you are a devotee of Athene, today is a good day to celebrate Her!  (You can also look into scheduling your own Niketeria if there is an important victory in your area’s history.)
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year the 698th Olympiad.
  • The 2nd of the lunar month is sacred to the Agathos Daimon (or Agathodaimon), the serpent-shaped Theos who helps protect the home and ensure the propserity if its inhabitants.  (Some say the Agathodaimon is a manifestation of Zeus or another Theos like Hermes, and others say it’s tied to the worshipper’s ancestors.)
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 72 to the Daimon and 19 to Zeus Astrapaios (the aspect of Zeus that controls and wields lightning).
  • NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  The more you know~
  • For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the deutéra histaménou (roughly pronounced “day-oo-TEH-rah hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the second 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?  Have any suggestions or corrections? Send an ask or a fan-mail!

Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 1 Boedromión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Shrine getting a little dusty?  Time to bust out the barley/natron/vinegar/Windex/elbow grease!  Don’t obsess—just do one of the following:

  • Detail-dust the smaller ornaments on your shrine.
  • Detail-dust the larger ornaments on your shrine.
  • Wash and dry your altar-cloths.
  • Take a damp rag (or other appropriate cleansing item) and give your icons/eidola/images a mini-bath.
  • Wipe, dust, or otherwise clean your altar base (or the piece of furniture where your altar is located).
  • Sweep, mop, or vacuum the floor around your altar space.
  • Offer some incense, sprinkle some khernips, smoke-cleanse, or otherwise purify your altar-space ritually.
  • Altar’s spotless?  Tackle a mess in another room of your living space.  Cleanliness is next to godliness!
  • Stressed out?  Emotional and psychological cleansing is important, too.  Do something to purify or detox yourself!

We’d love to see you all reblog with pictures of your shiny altars!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 1st of the month of Boedromión.
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year of the 698th Olympiad.
  • The 1st of the lunar month is sacred to all Theoi, but especially Apollon Noumenios (the aspect of Apollon that oversees safe transition into a new month), Selene, and all Household Theoi (including but not limited to Hekate, Hermes, Zeus Ktesios, and the Agathodaimon).  Hellenismo also lists Helios, Hera, and Artemis Noumenia (Artemis of the New Moon) as holy Theoi for this day.  You don’t need to go overboard in your devotions—at least honor Apollon Noumenios and Selene, Titaness of the Moon!
  • Keep an eye out for: the Niketeria, a celebration of Athene’s victory over Poseidon in the competition for patronage of Athens; the Genesia, a festival to the dead; the Demokratia, a festival in celebration of Athens’ decision to form a democratic government; and the Greater Eleusinia in celebration of Demeter, Persephone, and the grain harvest.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 33 to Apollon and 75 to the Mousai.
  • NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  The more you know~
  • For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the months is called the noumenía (roughly pronounced “noo-men-EE-yah”), meaning “the new moon.”
  • 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.  The first decade is considered to be a good time for starting new projects.
  • Go visit this Tumblr e-shrine to Selene!
  • Also check out this e-shrine to Apollon!
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any suggestions or corrections? Send an ask or a fan-mail!

Correction to Roundup Post


Your Mod read her calendar incorrectly—tonight IS the Noumenia, but that means the following corrections should be made to the Hellenic Calendar section of this past Sunday’s post:

  1. Wednesday, 27 Aug., is the first of the month and sacred to Apollon Noumenios, Selene, and the Agathos Daimon.
  2. Thursday, 28 Aug., is the second of the month and sacred to the Agathos Daimon.
  3. Friday, 29 Aug., is the third of the month and sacred to Athene.
  4. Saturday, 30 Aug., is the fourth of the month and sacred to Hermes, Herakles, Aphrodite, Eros, and other Theoi associated with expression of sexuality and gender.

We apologize for the mistakes!  They have been edited in the original post as well.

Tasty Tuesday / 30 Metageitnión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Time for some noms!  Try something along these lines:

  • Offer some food your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities would like on your Home Shrine.
  • Offer some food YOU like on your Home Shrine.
  • Same as the above, but with drinks.
  • Make something to eat and dedicate the time/effort to your Gods/Spirits/Thoughtforms/Entities.
  • Make something to eat and give it away to loved ones, or to people who need the food.
  • Donate to a local Food Bank.
  • Practice some Kitchen Witchery.
  • Submit a recipe to Ritual Recipes!  (Or find something there that you’d like to make!)

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 30th of the month of Metageitnión.
  • The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia.  We are in the second year of the 698th Olympiad.
  • The 30th of the lunar month, which in this case is the last day of the month, is sacred to the spirits of the dead and the Khthonioi (Underworld Gods), especially Hekate, Persephone, and Plouton.
  • It was considered appropriate on this day to reflect on the events of the last month, as well as your own actions; to plan for the up-coming month; and even to fast, as the Neoplatonic philosopher Proklos did.
  • Remember, though: at dusk this evening, the new month of Elaphebolión begins—and it’s totally appropriate to celebrate and hold rituals for the Theoi of the Noumenia (New Moon)!  These Theoi include (but aren’t limited to) Apollon Noumenios (the aspect of Apollon that oversees safe transition into a new month), Selene, and all Household Theoi (such as Hekate, Hermes, Zeus Ktesios, and the Agathodaimon).
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns to Hekate (beginning at the line, “I call Einodian Hecate, lovely dame” of "To Musaeus"), as well as 56 to Hermes Khthonios, 86 to Thanatos (Death), 17 to Plouton (Haides), 28 to Persephone, and 70 to Melinoe (a night-wandering Theos who was in charge of ghosts and spirits of the dead).
  • NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer.  The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate.  Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis.  So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com.  The more you know~
  • For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the triakàs (roughly pronounced “tree-ah-KAHSS”), meaning “the thirtieth.”  It was commonplace to call the last day of the month the triakas no matter what the date actually was, so sometimes the 29th of a lunar month also goes by this name.
  • 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 last decade of the lunar month is a good time to wrap up projects.  (Wondering why we’re counting down instead of up now?  The last decade counts the days backwards!
  • Feel like visiting some khthonic e-shrines?  Try the Telesterion, an e-shrine to Persephone; or the Hekatesion and Her Sacred Fires, two e-shrines to Hekate.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fanmail!