So this is the 13th Delphic Maxims and this one is pretty simple, honor the hearth or Hestia. Hestia was an important Greek goddess as she was represented by the flame. She was a need and a necessity in life. You can’t live without fire and you can’t live without the warmth. So honor Hestia and let her know that you understand why she’s here.
When the sun goes down it will be another Athenian month. Here’s the list.
January 28: Nourmia
January 29: Agathos Daemon/Sacrifices to Dionysus
January 30: Honoring Athena
January 31: Honor Aphrodite, Hermes, Heracles, Eros
February 2: Honor Artemis
February 3: Honor Apollon
February 5: Honor Poseidon and Theseus
February 7-10: Anthesteria
February 10: Full Moon (Honor Hecate, Artemis, Selene)
February 11: (Daylight) Libations to Aphrodite
February 16-23: Lesser Mysteries
February 19: Diasia
February 26: Hena Kai Nea (New Moon, Honor Hecate)
Hope that you have a great month.
When the sun goes down it will be Theogamia, which celebrates the marriage of Zeus and Hera. We also give sacrifices to the Kourotophos, Hera, Zeus Teleius, which I’m still not sure what that means, and Poseidon. I hope that you all have a good one.
So this week’s Maxims is pretty interesting. This one is for strangers. And it’s clear that, as a stranger, you know where nothing is at. Strangers are not a part of any community, they are just passing. So don’t act as though you’re a citizen, or a part of a community, because your not. You’re a stranger and you need to act like one.
So this is a new month and a new series of Maxims. This one is ‘Think like a Mortal.’ This one is very confusing and not something that I personally understand. What did Apollo mean by this? Does he want us to think like those that are not full of might and riches? Or something else. I think that this will be one that I will have to think about.
During the day I will be pouring a libation out to Hera, the Queen of the gods. I hope that you all have a good one.
Tonight will be the first Athenian holiday of 2015. I just want to start by wishing everyone a wonderful New Year. I hope that yours was wonderful. This one is a very interesting festival and it’s dedicated to Dionysus. Below is info about this festival. I’m not going to be celebrating it for the first two days due to my cycle. But I hope that you all have a good one. I got this info from Wikipedia. Normally, I’m not a fan of the site but sometimes they get things right.
The Lenaia (Ancient Greek: Λήναια) was an annual Athenian festival with a dramatic competition. It was one of the lesser festivals of Athens and Ionia in ancient Greece. The Lenaia took place in Athens in the month of Gamelion, roughly corresponding to January. The festival was in honour of Dionysos Lenaios. “Lenaia” probably comes from “lenai“, another name for the Maenads (the female worshippers of Dionysos).
The Lenaia is depicted on numerous vases, which show both typical Maenad scenes and those of aristocrats and wine-mixing rituals. It is unknown exactly what kind of worship occurred at the festival, but it may have been in honour of Dionysos as a youth or the rebirth of Dionysos after his murder by the Cyclopes. It may have also had some connection with the Eleusinian Mysteries, as some of the same religious officials were involved (such as the archon basileus and the epimeletai). These officials led the procession (pompe – πομπή), which probably ended with a sacrifice of some kind.
In Athens, the festival was originally held in the Lenaion (possibly a theatre outside the city or a section of the Agora) but probably moved to the City Dionysia by the mid-fifth century. Beginning in the second half of the 5th century BCE, plays were performed (as they were at the City Dionysia festival later in the year). The audiences for the Lenaia were usually limited to local citizens, since travel by sea at that time of year was considered unsafe. Around 442 BCE, new comic contests were officially included in the Lenaia, though plays may have been performed there earlier on an informal basis. At first, the festival held dramatic competitions only for comedy, but in 432 BCE a tragic contest was introduced. Many of Aristophanes‘ plays were first performed there. As with the competition at the City Dionysia, five comedies usually competed (except during the Peloponnesian War when only three were staged). When the contest for tragedy was introduced, two tragedians competed, each presenting two plays. No contests for satyr plays, nor for the singing and dancing of dithyrambs, were included. Towards the end of the century, the festival’s plays were performed in the Theatre of Dionysus (though it is unclear when this location was first used). It is unknown when the Lenaia was abandoned, but contests of some sort continued into the 2nd century BCE.
Once again, I hope that you have a good one and Hail to the gods.
So this is the final one for August and this talks about opportunity, things that you take advantage of to get ahead in life. The job of any Greek was to be successful in what they did. Sometimes that required them to do things that we might huff about today. However, if we look at this in today’s context it means that if opportunity arises that will allow you to support yourself or your family then you do it. The problem is that most parents don’t teach their children this and they end up relying on others to get by.
Know any opportunities that are available and use them. You never will get another chance.
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.
Tonight, at sundown, will be sacrifices to Athena. Tonight we will be focusing our prayers and libations to Athena, which I really love. Athena is one of the goddess that I honor as much as I can. I hope that you all have a good one and may Athena watch over you.
HAIL TO THE GODS!!!!