Thank-You Thursday / 26 Hekatombaión 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: Pandora’s Kharis, a charity fund established by Elani Temperance of Baring the Aegis, has finished accepting donations for Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.  They raised $100 US, so thank you if you donated!  Keep an eye on the PK Facebook page for announcements about upcoming charity drives.
  • 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 26th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 26th of the lunar month is not traditionally associated with any Olympian Theoi.
  • Today is the fourth day of the seven-day-long Lesser Panathenaía.
  • The Panathenaía was founded by the semi-mythic Athenian hero Erekhtheûs (or Erikhthónios, but even the ancient Hellenes mixed the two up) and renewed again by the tyrant Peisístratos.  During the festival, sacrifices were made to Athene, Poseidon, and Erekhtheûs atop the Akrópolis.  Every four years, the festival was called the Greater Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mégala) and was marked by a series of panhellenic games.  This year, though, we celebrate the Lesser Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mikrá).

  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 73 and 74 to Leukothea and Palaimon.  These two deities were originally humans, a mother and son (respectively) who went by the names Ino and Melikertes.
  • The story goes that Ino, a sister of Semele the mother of Dionysos, chose to foster Dionysos after the young Wine-God’s disastrous birth.  Hera, jealous of Zeus’ affair with Semele and enraged against Dionysos, punished Ino and her family for daring to help the god out.  Hera drove Athamas, Ino’s husband, into a murderous rage during which he killed his and Ino’s eldest son, Learkhes.  He prepared to slay Ino and Melikertes, but before he could, Ino grabbed Melikertes and jumped off a cliff to their deaths in the sea below.  The sea gods and nymphai took pity on the pair, and transformed them into deities in their own right, renamed as Leukothea and Palaimon.  Ancient sailors called on these two Theoi to help them in distress.  If you are in the Navy, or practice any sort of sport on the water, these two are good Theoi to pray and offer to!
  • 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 phthínontos (roughly pronounced “tet-RAHSS f-THEE-non-toss”), meaning “the fourth [until] the ending [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 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!)
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any corrections or suggestions?  Submit them or send an ask so Your Mod can post them!

Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 25 Hekatombaión 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!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 25th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 25th of the lunar month is not traditionally associated with any Olympian Theoi, though Hesiod suggests it is held sacred to Horkos (the personification of Oath).  It was thought to be a difficult day, particularly for oath-breakers.
  • Today is the third day of the seven-day-long Lesser Panathenaía.
  • The Panathenaía was founded by the semi-mythic Athenian hero Erekhtheûs (or Erikhthónios, but even the ancient Hellenes mixed the two up) and renewed again by the tyrant Peisístratos.  During the festival, sacrifices were made to Athene, Poseidon, and Erekhtheûs atop the Akrópolis.  Every four years, the festival was called the Greater Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mégala) and was marked by a series of panhellenic games.  This year, though, we celebrate the Lesser Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mikrá).
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 5868, and 69 to the Moirai (Fates) and the Erinyes / Eumenides as protectors of sacred oaths.
  • 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~
  • 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!)
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any corrections or suggestions?  Send us an ask or fanmail!

A Good Supplement to Our Weekly Roundup!


Your Mod just discovered that The Wild Hunt has an ongoing series called Pagan Community Notes.  Go check it out!

Tasty Tuesday / 24 Hekatombaión 2.698


Welcome Devotees!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 24th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 24th of the lunar month is not traditionally associated with any Theoi.
  • Today is the second day of the seven-day-long Lesser Panathenaía.
  • The Panathenaía was founded by the semi-mythic Athenian hero Erekhtheûs (or Erikhthónios, but even the ancient Hellenes mixed the two up) and renewed again by the tyrant Peisístratos.  During the festival, sacrifices were made to Athene, Poseidon, and Erekhtheûs atop the Akrópolis.  Every four years, the festival was called the Greater Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mégala) and was marked by a series of panhellenic games.  This year, though, we celebrate the Lesser Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mikrá).

  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 51, 52, and 53 to Dionysos and His followers: 51 addresses Dionysos as Trieterikos, the god honored with a festival in Thebes every three years; 52 addresses Dionysos as Amphietos, the god honored with an annual festival in Athens; and 53 addresses the Satyroi (half-human, half-goat male worshippers of Dionysos), Seilenoi (half-human, half-horse/donkey male worshippers of Dionysos), and Mainades (female ecstatic worshippers of 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 hépte phthínontos (roughly pronounced “HEP-tay f-THEE-non-toss”), meaning “the sixth [until] the ending [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 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!)
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have any corrections or suggestions?  Send us an ask or fanmail!

Further information about today’s devotions under the cut.

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Music Monday / 23 Hekatombaión 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 23rd of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 23rd of the lunar month is sacred to Athene.
  • Today is the first day of the seven-day-long Lesser Panathenaía.
  • The Panathenaía was founded by the semi-mythic Athenian hero Erekhtheûs (or Erikhthónios, but even the ancient Hellenes mixed the two up) and renewed again by the tyrant Peisístratos.  During the festival, sacrifices were made to Athene, Poseidon, and Erekhtheûs atop the Akrópolis.  Every four years, the festival was called the Greater Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mégala) and was marked by a series of panhellenic games.  This year, though, we celebrate the Lesser Panathenaía (Panathenaía tà mikrá).

  • 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 hebdóme phthínontos (roughly pronounced “heb-DOH-may f-THEE-non-toss”), meaning “the seventh [until] the ending [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 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!)
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have corrections or suggetions? Send us an ask or fanmail!

HHH Weekly Roundup: July 20-26, 2014


This Week’s Hellenic Calendar Reminders:

  • Tomorrow, Monday 21 July, marks the beginning of the Lesser Panathenaia (Panathenaía tà mikrà).  It lasts through the end of the lunar month, about a week from today.  While primarily an Athenian holiday, it’s a good time to honor Athene if She is the patron of your profession or region (or if you are Her devotee, obviously).
  • The last three days of the lunar month (in this case, approximately Thursday 24 July - Sunday 27 July) are particularly good days to honor the dead and the Khthonioi (Underworld Gods).
  • Hekate’s Deipnon, and the last day of the lunar month, begins at sundown on Saturday, 26 July.  That night is a good night to leave a meal or offering out to Hekate.
  • The Noumenia, or beginning of the new lunar month of Metageitnión, occurs at sundown on Sunday, 27 July.

Festivals in Other Traditions:

  • Roman Catholicism: Saints’ festivals this week, beginning today, 1 June, are: Sunday—St. Apollinaris; Monday—St. Lawrence of Brindisi; Tuesday—St. Mary Magdalene; Wednesday—St. Bridget; Thursday—St. Sharbel Makhluf; Friday—St. James; Saturday—Sts. Joachim and Anne.
  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity: Here are the commemmorations for SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday; and Saturday.
  • Sikhism: Wednesday, 23 July, marks the birthday celebration of Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru.
  • Islam: We are in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, so Your Mod suggests tagging posts with food or not-safe-for-work material in them.  Alternately, hide it under a Read-More.  During Ramadan, faithful Muslims fast during the day, and nobody likes being reminded that they’re hungry!  Additionally, Wednesday, 23 July, marks the festival of Laylat al-Qadr, during which faithful Muslims honor the giving of the Quran to Muhammad (pbuh).
  • Religio Romana: Today through Wednesday mark the Ludi Victoriae Caesaris, the games honoring Julius Caesar as conquring hero.  Tuesday, 22 July, marks the anniversary of the dedication of the Temple of Concordia in the city of Rome.  Wednesday, 23 July, is the Neptunalia, a festival of Neptune about which next to nothing is known—except that to celebrate it, the Romans held feasts in temporary huts made of branches and foliage, and there were probably game to accompany it.  Friday, 25 July, marks the Furrinalia, a celebration of a very archaic Dea who may have had some connection to water and drought (given the proximity of this festival to the Neptunalia).
  • Kemeticism: Kemetics in the Northern Hemisphere are celebrating Wep Ronpet, or the Egyptian New Year, this week!  Here is a link to Devo’s recommendations for celebrating this holiday; as for the dates, Your Mod is looking for someone to help her get her Kemetic dates straight.  Any volunteers?  Additionally, the new round of Kemetic Roundtable posts is up (you can view it here).  The new topic, to be posted on 13 August, is Akhu basics: Do akhu play a role in your practice? How do you work with the akhu (shrines, rites, etc)? How do you set up an akhu practice?
  • Natib Qadish: The Chudthu, or Dark Moon/End of the Lunar Month, occurs at sundown on Saturday, 26 July.
  • Ekklesia Antinoou: Monday, 21 July, marks the Confirmation of the Tetrad; Wednesday, 23 July, marks the syncretization of Poseidon and Antinous (on the date of the Roman Neptunalia); Friday, 25 July, marks the rising of the Dog Star Sirius, and with it, festivals of Antinous Kynegetikos, Hermanubis, and the syncretization of Antinous with Adonis and Aristaios.

Blog Highlight:

  • Your Mod had the privilege of attending a lecture on the concept of The One in Platonic philosophy this past weekend.  The person giving the lecture, Edward Butler, has his own blog at Henadology, where you can find his writings, several of which have been published and all of which are worth a read.  Go check it out!

Article Highlights:

Covering two weeks’ worth, so there will be a few more here than normal—and there will be a lot of ones pertaining to the Polytheism Leadership Conference from last weekend!

  • The Keynote Lecture at the Polytheism Leadership Conference, on Organized Polytheism, was given by Rev. Tamara Siuda of the House of Netjer.  Read on—there is a lot of good info about achieving state and federal incorporation for religious groups!  Link requires Adobe.
  • Though Costel Hildr hasn’t posted his presentation, he has described his experience at and thoughts on the Conference.
  • Rhyd Wildermuth’s thoughts on the Conference and on how it can be difficult to see people in the words they write.
  • Here is Edward Butler’s paper “On the Gods and the Good,” a critique of the academic tendency to approach Platonic concepts of Goodness and Unity from monotheistic or atheistic perspectives.
  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ debrief on the PLC.
  • Sannion writes about what polytheists are at war with.
  • Elani Temperance writes on deities and patronage.
  • Devo has a fun idea for celebrating Wep Ronpet.

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 / 22 Hekatombaión 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 22nd of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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.
  • Hellenismo suggests that the 22nd is sacred to Athene, though You Mod has not found any sources to corroborate this.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 30 to the Kouretes and 38 to Korybas (a member of the Korybantes).
  • The Kouretes and Korybantes were both groups (usually trios, groups of five, or groups of nine) of Theoi or Daimones depicted as warlike men, and They were given charge of sacred mysteries.  The Kouretes were also supposedly given the job of protecting baby Zeus from his father Kronos, and did a loud war-dance as part of Their job of being a divine distraction.  The Kouretes were originally from Crete, and the Korybantes from Samothrace, though the two groups were heavily associated with one another and confused with one another even in ancient Hellas.
  • 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 phthínontos (roughly pronounced “ogg-DOH-ay f-THEE-non-toss”), meaning “the eighth [until] the ending [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 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!)
  • Know any good shrines?  Have any corrections or suggestions?  Send us an ask or fanmail!

Setup Saturday / 21 Hekatombaión 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 21st of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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.
  • Hesiod’s Works and Days and the Scholia accompanying those verses suggests that the 21st is sacred to Athene, though Your Mod has been unable to find any information as to why.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 47, 48, and 49 to Sabazios, Ippa, and Lysios Lenaios.
  • For those of you unfamiliar with these Theoi, they are all associated with syncretic mysteries surrounding Dionysos.  Here’s more information about each one:
  • Sabazios is a Thracian/Phrygian god syncretized with a few different Hellenic Theoi—including Zeus, Ares, and Dionysos.  If you’d like to read more about Thracian religion and mysticism, Your Mod recommends the blog Anomalous Thracian.  Its author is a spirit-worker who follows multiple paths, one of them being Thracian initiatory traditions.
  • Ippa is a Phrygian goddess, alternately interpreted as a nurse of Dionysos or a form of the Phrygian mother-goddess Kybele, who—in some accounts—is supposed to have rescued Dionysos from Hera’s wrath by taking the infant vine-god to Kybele Herself.
  • Lysios Lenaios is an epithet of Dionysos as a wine-god who helped humans to relax and have fun (among other things).  There’s some dispute about the epithet “Lenaios,” as it has etymological ties to Greek terms for both the wine-press and the Mainades (female followers of Dionysos).  The epithet “Lysios” comes from the Greek word lyein, meaning “to loosen.”
  • 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 phthínontos (roughly pronounced “enn-AH-tay f-THEE-non-toss”), meaning “the ninth [until] the ending [of the month].”  We start counting backwards to one so we can count down to 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.  This last decade of the lunar month is a good time to wrap up projects.
  • Know any other good e-shrines?  Have any corrections or suggestions? Send us an ask or fanmail!

Fun and Fancy Friday / 20 Hekatombaión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

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

  • Today’s Challenge: Try dressing up for one of your Gods / Entities / Thoughtforms / Spirits today.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as you take a few extra minutes on your appearance today—treat it as a devotional act.  Here are some suggestions:
  • Wear a color that you associate with your chosen entity.
  • Wear a piece of jewelry that you associate with your chosen entity.
  • If you wear makeup, try altering your makeup—just a little bit, as a devotional experiment.
  • Or try wearing makeup if you’ve wanted to but haven’t yet!
  • If you have money to spend, purchase a piece of clothing or jewelry (or other forms of adornment) that remind you of your chosen entity.
  • Treat your daily beautification process as a devotional act.  Say a prayer to your chosen entity while you decorate your body with clothing or jewelry that reminds you of them.

Your Mod is always looking for more creative, crazy, and fun ideas for Fun and Fancy Friday posts.  Send yours in!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 20th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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.
  • Hesiod’s Works and Days and the Scholia accompanying those verses suggests that the 20th is sacred to Apollon, though Your Mod has been unable to find any information as to why.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 33 and 75 to Apollon and the Mousai, in accordance with Hesiod.
  • 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 eikás or eikosté (roughly pronounced “ey-KAHSS” or “ey-koss-TAY”), meaning “the twentieth.”  (That’s surprisingly straightforward for the Hellenic calendar.)
  • 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 fanmail!

Thank-You Thursday / 19th Hekatombaión 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: Pandora’s Kharis, a charity fund established by Elani Temperance of Baring the Aegis, has finished accepting donations for Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.  They raised $100 US, so thank you if you donated!  Keep an eye on the PK Facebook page for announcements about upcoming charity drives.
  • 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 19th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 19th is not traditionally associated with any Theos in the Athenian calendar, though the scattered ancient commentary (collectively called Scholia) on Hesiod’s Works and Days suggests that the 18th and 19th of the month are good for purifying and warding oneself and one’s space.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 1164, and 37 to Herakles, Ares, and the Kouretes.
  • 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 mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “enn-AH-tay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the ninth 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 any suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fanmail!

Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 18 Hekatombaión 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!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 18th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 18th is not traditionally associated with any Theos in the Athenian calendar, though the scattered ancient commentary (collectively called Scholia) on Hesiod’s Works and Days suggests that the 18th and 19th of the month are good for purifying oneself and one’s space.
  • Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggest reading Orphic Hymns 1518, and 65 to Hera, Zeus, and Hephaistos.
  • 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 mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “ogg-DOE-ay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the eighth 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!

Tasty Tuesday / 17 Hekatombaión 2.698


Welcome, Devotees!

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 17th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 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!

Information about today’s devotions under the cut.

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Music Monday / 16 Hekatombaión 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 16th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 15th and 16th of Hekatombaión, in ancient Athens, marked the Synoikía, a celebration of the unification of Attica by Theseus.  (Attica is the region of ancient Hellas in which Athens was located.)  Since this celebrated that specific place, your own Synoikia may take place on your country’s Independence Day or similar.
  • The 16th of the lunar month is otherwise 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.
  • Know any other good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fanmail!

HHH Weekly Roundup: 13 July - 19 July 2014


This Week’s Hellenic Calendar Reminders:

  • Today and tomorrow, Sunday 13 July - Monday 14 July, marks ancient Athenian celebration of the Synoikia.  The ancient festival commemorated Theseus’ unification of Attica (the region of Hellas where Athens was located).  If you are a devotee of Theseus or strongly tied to Athenian tradition, try celebrating this festival; otherwise, you can celebrate your own country’s Synoikia on your Independence Day.
  • The fifteenth day of the lunar month, which occurs today, is considered an inauspicious day, especially for oath-breakers.  It is sacred to Horkos, the personification of Oath, and other daimones and Theoi associated with justice—for example, Themis, Dike, and the Eumenides.

Festivals in Other Traditions:

  • Judaism: The 17th of Tammuz begins at sundown on Monday, 14 July.  The 17th of Tammuz begins a three-week mourning period in remembrance of the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples. During these three weeks, it is appropriate to fast from dawn until nightfall (unless health conditions caution otherwise).  It is a time of repentance, during which one can grow closer in devotion to YHVH.
  • Roman Catholicism: Saints’ festivals this week, beginning today, 1 June, are: Sunday—St. Henry; Monday—St. Kateri Tekakwitha; Tuesday—St. Bonaventure; Wednesday—Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Thursday—St. Francis Solano; Friday—St. Camillus de Lellis; Saturday—St. Mary MacKillop.
  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity: Here are the commemmorations for SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday; and Saturday.
  • Islam: We are in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, so Your Mod suggests tagging posts with food or not-safe-for-work material in them.  Alternately, hide it under a Read-More.  During Ramadan, faithful Muslims fast during the day, and nobody likes being reminded that they’re hungry!
  • Buddhism: Today, 13 July, marks the Theravada festival of Asalha Puja, or Dharma Day.  It celebrates the day that the Buddha gave his first sermon.  Today is a good day to give donations to temples and to listen to sermons.
  • Religio Romana: Thursday, 17 July, commemorates the dedication of the Temple of Honos and Virtus, and is a good day to honor the Dea Victoria; Friday, 18 July, is a mournful remembrance of the Gallic defeat of the Romans in the Battle of the Allia (this defeat lead to the Gallic invasion of Rome in 390 BCE); and Saturday, 19 July (along with the following Monday, 21 July) marks the Lucaria, a very ancient festival held in a sacred grove.  While we do not know what deities were honored here, Verrius Flaccus thought it had a connection to the Battle of the Allia.
  • Ekklesia Antinoou: Monday, 14 July, marks the anniversary of Lucius Marius Vitalis’ birth; Wednesday, 16 July, honors Antinous as Silvanus, the marriage of Iao Sabaoth, and the building of Hadrian’s Wall—and is also Antinoan Arbor Day.

Blog Highlight:

  • This week, we’re going to focus on Natib Qadish, the reconstructed religion of Canaan (the modern-day Levant Coast, including Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon, though its roots extend further east).  A polytheistic tradition that has a lot of overlap with Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian traditions, you can find a lot of the basics at Tess Dawson’s blog Kina’ani.
  • But wait, there’s more!  For those of you not already familiar, Tumblr has its own resident resource on Natib Qadish.  Go check out bookofwisdom!

Article Highlights: 

  • Your Mod is, sadly, having to forego this portion of the Weekly Roundup; she has been out of town for half a week, with no access to her home computer and no time to look up blog posts for this week.
  • The bright side? POLYTHEIST LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE!

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 / 15 Hekatombaión 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.

Today in the Hellenic Calendar: 

  • According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 15th of the month of Hekatombaión.
  • 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 second year of the 698th Olympiad.
  • 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.
  • The 15th and 16th of Hekatombaión, in ancient Athens, marked the Synoikía, a celebration of the unification of Attica by Theseus.  (Attica is the region of ancient Hellas in which Athens was located.)  Since this celebrated that specific place, your own Synoikia may take place on your country’s Independence Day or similar.
  • 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.
  • Know any good e-shrines?  Have suggestions or corrections?  Send us an ask or fan-mail!