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!