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 7th of the month of Elaphebolión.
- 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!