When the sun goes down the new Athenian month begins. That month starts with Nourmia, or a time to honor the household gods. Honoring them during this time is very important. We give them offerings, burn incense, and pour libations to show them respect and to let them know that we respect and honor them. I hope that you all have a good one.
When the sun goes down the Athenian Month of Poseidon begins. This is the half way point in the Athenian year. We have six more months until the year is over. Here are the holy days, festivals, and libations for this month. Have a good one and be blessed.
November 30: Noumina
December 1: Agathos Daemon
December 2: Honoring Athena
December 3: Honoring Aphrodite, Hermes, Hercules, Eros
December 5: Honoring Artemis
December 6: Honoring Apollo
December 7: Honoring Poseidon and Theseus
December 10: (Daylight) Libations to Dionysus
December 11: Poseideia
December 13: Full Moon (Honoring Hecate, Selene, and Artemis)
December 15: Sacrifices to Zeus Horius
December 19: Rural Dionysia
December 25: Haloa
December 29: Hena Kai Nea (New Moon, honoring Hecate)
Have a good month.
I’m only going to post this once and it’s that the New Moon is here and it’s time to close the month, clean things up, and honor Hecate. I hope that you all had a good month and that the gods blessed you. Have a good New Moon and be well.
So this is the fourth Delphic Maxims and it’s one that’s pretty straightforward. Respect your parents! Over and over again I see this in the form of children that don’t follow this advice and parents that allow their children to say whatever they want. Respecting your parents is something that’s missing from society. You don’t get what you want, you bash your parents on Youtube. Your parents don’t allow you to do something, you bash them on Youtube and social media and suddenly their the bad guys.
Your parents don’t allow you to dress a certain way, you bash them on the internet. As a Polytheist respecting my parent and understanding that I can’t do whatever I want has made me a well rounded person. Every time I come to the defense of parents and mention that children must respect them I get attacked. There is no such thing as agreeing that parents deserve respect due to the fact that they are the parents and the mother spent hours in labor to give birth to that person.
Example: If a parent doesn’t allow a child to have hormone therapy, call them by their preferred pronoun, or allow them to change their name they get blasted on Youtube and the internet and painted as the bad guy. People support their clear disrespect of their parents, calling them a bigot.The child reads how they support the disrespect and it feeds their feeling of self. No respect for the parent, nothing! As Hellenists we have to instill that our children must respect their parents if they are to gain the respect of the gods.
That’s just how it is.
So today will be Thanksgiving, a time to be grateful for what you have and countdown when you can go out and start getting into debt. It’s a time for parades, football, and beer. For me Thanksgiving is more than just food, booze, and parades. It’s a time to honor the goddess Hestia, thanking her for the bounty that we can enjoy. We also thank the goddess Demeter and I will be burning incense to both Hestia and Demeter.
I hope that you will have a good one and may the gods bless you.
So this post is going to be about Petitioning. What exactly is it? Petitioning is when you pray to the gods for something in the form of a petition. There’s always something involved, like a promise that you’ll do something in return for that god to help you. The downfall of a follower of the gods is when they expect that god to do this certain thing and then get angry when it doesn’t happen the way that they want.
This is what happened when a Roman Polytheist expected the gods to keep Trump from winning and he won. She got mad when the gods didn’t do what she wanted and decided that doing a ritual wasn’t worth it, that they didn’t deserve that honor. Petitioning isn’t the same as magic. You usually give something to that god, like incense, so that they consider granting your petition. The gods don’t have to grant it if they don’t want to and that’s just how it goes.
Getting mad when your petition wasn’t granted shows the gods that you’re a special snowflake that gets mad when things don’t go your way. Therefore they are less likely to grant your request in the future. The gods don’t like whiny people.
So this is the third Delphic Maxims and one that I find very easy to follow. Worship the gods! It’s as simple as that but sometimes not that simple. When I talk about worship I talk about connecting to the gods and giving them their due. When you have someone that comes into any form of paganism, that has had worship thrown at them, it can be hard to worship the gods.
Sometimes they feel that their just going back to how they were force to be. That’s why, I think, that honoring or even working with the gods is sometimes used in place of worship. However this is a false thinking and one that doesn’t connect you to them. If you use your Christian, or any religion, baggage to come up with an excuse as to not worshiping the gods. After they have been denied that right for nearly 2,000 years their going to get your attention real quick.
Worship, to me, is a beautiful thing. It can connect us to something far deeper than ourselves. You see I don’t have Christian baggage and I’m glad that I don’t. But a lot of people do and it shows in their devotional work as well as their work period. Worshiping the gods is vital part of Hellenism and one that can’t be overlooked. Apollon intends us to battle through our own baggage so that we’re free to honor the gods.
When the sun goes down, at least how I do it, Maimakteria is celebrated. Another honoring to Zeus that I don’t celebrate. I know, I’m bad because I don’t really honor Zeus. I just don’t feel the need to honor him. Now I will honor him during his libation but that’s about it. So in this holiday Zeus is honored as Zeus Maimaktes (‘Blustering’). Winter is coming around and we honor him, and ask him, to make Winter bearable.
I hope that you will have a good one and may Zeus bless you.
Yesterday was the Full Moon, the time to honor the goddesses Hecate, Selene, and Artemis. I really enjoyed this Full Moon and went outside to see the Supermoon. Big and lovely! Here’s yesterday’s photo.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Full Moon and the gods blessed you.
So I’m covering the second Delphic Maxims: Obey the Law. As the blogger on Patheos said; this is pretty self-explanatory. It means to obey the law. Look both ways before crossing, obey the rules of the road, don’t rob banks, don’t steal from others, don’t do anything that lands you in jail, or prison. This covers everything from Greed to just being stupid. Of course I see many people not following this piece of wisdom and, every time, we see the end result.
Either you end up dead or you end up in jail or prison. It’s mortality at it’s finest and one that I follow daily.