Thank-You Thursday / 17 Mounykhión 1.698


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: Pandora’s Kharis, a charity fund established by Elani Temperance of Baring the Aegis, raised $120 to donate to the National Runaway Safeline.  Thank you if you donated!  They are currently taking votes on this month’s charities, so if you are a member of their Facebook page, go vote.
  • Want Your Mod to include other fundraisers organized by pagans, polytheists, or other practitioners?  Send an ask!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 17th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 17th is not traditionally associated with any Theos in the Athenian calendar, though Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions involve reading Orphic Hymns 44, 45, and 46 to Dionysos.
  • 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 mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “heb-DOH-may meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the seventh of the middle [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.
  • Know any other good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!

Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 16 Mounykhión 1.698


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!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 16th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • Today is the Mounykhia, a celebration of Artemis as Phoibe (Light-Bringer, the aspect of Artemis associated with moonlight) and Potnia Theron (Mistress of Beasts, the aspect of Artemis associated with wild animals).
  • In ancient Athens, the Mounykhia commemorated the time that Artemis became angry with the city’s residents for killing a bear that had entered Her sacred temple.  In myths, Artemis values animal life on the same level as human life, so She demanded a daughter of the Athenians be sacrificed to make up for this injustice.  One Athenian made a compromise with Artemis: he brought his daughter to be sacrificed, but at the last minute, substituted a goat dressed in his daughter’s clothing.
  • It was traditional both to repeat the goat sacrifice and to offer Artemis cakes with circles of candles stuck in them.  If you want to offer to Her, get some cupcakes and candles!  Animal crackers make good offerings, too.
  • 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 16th of the lunar month is not traditionally associated with any particular Theoi, though Erkhia’s calendar associated it with sacrifices to Semele and Dionysos.  Drew Campbell associates it with Artemis.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 35 to Artemis, 1 to Prothyraia (a Theos associated with childbirth), 34 to Leto (the Mother of Artemis and Apollon), and 71 to Tykhe (the Theos associated with the ups and downs of fortune).
  • 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 mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “HECK-tay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the sixth of the middle [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.
  • If you are looking for a good e-shrine to Artemis, try Tales of Transformation right here!
  • Know any other good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fanmail!

Anonymous asked: Did you do anything special for the eclipse? :)

Not particularly—it was the Full Moon, so in Hellenic polytheism, it was a night to offer to Selene.  You Mod didn’t do anything different than she would for a normal Full Moon, though.

Tasty Tuesday / 15 Mounykhión 1.698


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 15th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 15th of the lunar month, like the 5th and 25th, is considered a holy and even inauspicious day.  It is sacred to Athene in the Athenian calendar, and to Horkos (the personification of Oath) in Drew Campbell’s notes.
  • It’s also the day of the Full Moon, a holy time of the month sacred to Selene.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 58 to the Moirai (Fates); 62 and 63 to Dikaionsyne (Fairness) and Nomos (Law); and 68 and 69 to the Erinyes/Eumenides (the Furies).
  • 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 mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “PEMP-tay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the fifth of the middle [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.
  • Check out this tumblr e-shrine to Selene!
  • Sundown tonight marks the beginning of the Mounykhia, a festival to Artemis as both Light-bringer and Mistress of Animals.  In ancient Hellas, She’d receive a sacrifice of a goat dressed as a girl; it was also traditional to set up rings of torches and offer cakes.  Today, a cookie or cupcake with candles on top would be completely appropriate.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!

Music Monday / 14 Mounykhión 1.698


Welcome, Devotees!  Full Moon Tonight!

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 14th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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!
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 12 and 13 to Kronos and Rhea, the Titan Father and Mother of Zeus and His siblings, as well as Hymn 36 to all the Titans in general.  (Remember, though some Titans are big meanies in the myths, They also control / are associated with natural forces that are necessary to the balance of the Earth and universe.)
  • 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 tetárte mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “tet-ARR-tay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the fourth of the middle [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.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!

Self-Care Sunday / 13 Mounykhión 1.698


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.

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 13th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 13th of the lunar month is not historically associated with any Theoi in particular, though Drew Campbell associates it with Athene because of Athene’s tie to the number 3 in Hellenic myth.
  • 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 mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “TREE-tay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the third of the middle [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.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!

Setup Saturday / 12 Mounykhión 1.698


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 12th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • Today is also Hellenion’s monthly libation.  If you’d like to join in, offer a libation to Artemis, the Theos of women and children, wild animals and wild places, and all things untamed and untameable.
  • We apologize for the mistake in the date of Hellenion’s libation; it is meant to be THIS week, not last week.
  • 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!
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 39 and 40 to Demeter and Meter Antaia (an Eleusinian cultic title for Demeter) as well as 26 to Rhea-Kybele, the Mother of the Gods.  (Demeter and Rhea were closely associated in Orphic cosmology.)
  • 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 mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “day-oo-TEH-rah meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the second of the middle [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.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!

Fun and Fancy Friday / 11 Mounykhión 1.698


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 11th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 11th of the lunar month marks the beginning of the second decade (period of 10 days in the lunar calendar).
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 3 and 4 to Ouranos (the Sky) and Aither (one of the five classical elements, seen as a “heavenly fire” or the substance that made up the heavens—that’s a very abrupt summary, mind); 9 to Physis (Nature); and 20 to the Nephelai (Clouds).
  • 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 próte mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “PROH-tay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the first of the middle [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.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Submit them or send an ask so Your Mod can post them!

currentfrequency asked: (Sorry if you get this twice). Hello! I love your page and all the info, but I have a quesiton. When you say today is 8 Mounykhion, for example, do you mean it will start on today's sunset, or it started on yesterday's?? Thanks. Probably because of timezone stuff I see these posts when it's rather late in the day for me (at least if I were to do things in the morning), so I have less time for contemplating and preparing something nice before the day ends with sunset.

Your Mod posts on Eastern Daylight Time, which is currently four hours ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time.  (In the winter months, this area is five hours ahead of UTC.)  The daily posts for this blog are queued in such a way that they are posted at 6:30 am Eastern Time.

When the date is given on each daily post, Your Mod is implying that this date started at the previous sundown.  For example, today is the 10th of Mounykhión, and it’s currently about 9 am EDT.  This date, the 10th of Mounykhión, began at sundown yesterday.  At sunset today, it will be the 11th of Mounykhión.

This gets confusing for a lot of people!  It has taken Your Mod years to learn how to deal with the Hellenic ritual calendar, and speaking honestly, she still has issues.  This is why Your Mod has taken to posting suggestions for ritual a day in advance, with the caveat of “At sundown, the XYZ festival will begin, so here are some basic explanations and suggestions if you want to do some planning.”

One thing Your Mod CAN start doing to help folks like you in vastly different timezones out is to do a weekly roundup, maybe every Sunday, of what events will be coming up later in the week.  Think that would work?

Anonymous asked: How are hymns supposed to be recited? Chanted monotonously or sung with a melody that just comes while singing?

Excellent question!  Sorry this didn’t get answered earlier; Your Mod’s been out of town for a couple of days.

Your Mod tends to recite it spoken-word, no melody, though playing around with inflection is fun (and can lead to some deep introspection—for example, if you find yourself reciting a particular line of a prayer with more emphasis than normal, your subconscious may be trying to tell you something through that line).

Your Mod also knows people who are better at musical composition than she is, and actually do sing the hymns—with a pre-composed melody or a free-form one, either way.

It comes down to what you feel most comfortable with, and how you enjoy honoring your Gods.  If you tend towards spoken-word, perhaps you can challenge yourself at some point by trying melodies.

Your Mod is still not quite brave enough for that.

Thank-You Thursday / 10 Mounykhión 1.698


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: Pandora’s Kharis, a charity fund established by Elani Temperance of Baring the Aegis, raised $145 US for the Wolf Conservation Center.  If you donated, thank you!  Pandora’s Kharis is now accepting pitches for Mounykhión’s charitable cause, so go suggest causes on their Facebook page if you’re a member.

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 10th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 10th of the lunar month marks the end of the first decade (period of 10 days in the lunar calendar).  It’s associated with the end of cycles and completion, and was traditionally considered sacred to Helios, the Titan of the Sun, and Rhea, the Mother of the Theoi (also called / syncretized with Kybele, a Goddess native to Phrygia—aka modern Turkey).
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 25 to Gaia (the Earth), 10 to Pan (whose name means “All”), 50 to the Nymphai, and 42 to the Horai (Seasons).
  • 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 dekáte histaménou (roughly pronounced “deck-AH-tay hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the tenth 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.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!

Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 9 Mounykhión 1.698


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 9th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 9th of the lunar month is sacred to the Mousai (Muses), Rhea the Mother of the Theoi, and Helios the Sun.  Drew Campbell seems not to recognize this, suggesting instead that Dionysos and  His family should receive reverence today.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 29 to Dionysos, 41 to Misa, and 43 to Semele.  Semele is, of course, the mother of Dionysos, and Misa is either another name for Rhea/Kybele or a female/androgynous form of Iakkhos, one of the Daimones associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries.
  • 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 enáte histaménou (roughly pronounced “enn-AH-tay hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the ninth 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 shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!

Tasty Tuesday / 8 Mounykhión 1.698


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 8th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 8th of the lunar month is sacred to Poseidon and Theseus, but this is according to the Athenian calendar—and Theseus was an Athenian hero.  Since hero-cults were heavily tied to certain locations in ancient Hellas, perhaps you could find a local hero to honor today!  Drew Campbell also suggests honoring Asklepios on the 8th.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 16 to Poseidon, 82 to Okeanos, and 66 and 67 to Asklepios and His wife Hygieia, the Personification of Good Health.
  • 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 ogdóe histaménou (roughly pronounced “ogg-DOH-ay hee-stah-MEH-noo”), meaning “the eighth 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!
  • Here are a few e-shrines you might visit today: a tumblr shrine to Poseidon; a shrine to Amphitrite, Poseidon’s wife and a sea Goddess (created by Tumblr user skybluecrocodile!); AsklepiosHygieia; and Poseidon.
  • Know any other good shrines? Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fanmail!

Music Monday / 7 Mounykhión 1.698


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 7th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 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!

Self-Care Sunday / 6 Mounykhión 1.698


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 6th of the month of Mounykhión.
  • 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 6th of the lunar month is sacred to Artemis, as She is thought to have been born on the 6th of Her birth month.
  • Today also marks the celebration of the Delphinia.  During this festival, young, unmarried Athenian girls paraded to a shrine near the port of the Piraios carrying symbols of supplication (olive branches bound in unspun white wool).  Ploutarchos, an ancient Hellenic writer, associates this festival with Theseus’ trip to Krete to slay the Minotaur.  Given the date of the festival and the prominence of unmarried girls in it, however, it’s possible that it was held in honor of Artemis.  We don’t know the purpose of the supplication, but it may have something to do with the safety of women, especially younger women.
  • 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!