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 gone through a fallow month for personal reasons on the part of the organizers. They are, however, ready to get things underway again! Go to the PK Facebook page and submit ideas for worthy charitable causes!
- If you would like to honor the dead (especially the Dionysian dead), you can participate in the Thiasos of the Starry Bull’s August Blood Drive. (You don’t have to be a member of the Thiasos to participate.) Go donate blood (or plasma, or cells) to the Red Cross, and say a prayer to your ancestors and the dead while you give others the gift of life!
- 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 4th 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 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!