When the sun goes down this observance will take place. It’s dedicated to Demeter and we honor her as she’s lost her daughter, who’s down in the underworld. I hope that you will enjoy this holiday and may Demeter bless you.
This is the last one of the month and I doubt it was actually done. Speak well of everyone is something that I view to be impossible. We can’t, as human’s, speak well of everyone. There will always be those out there that we can’t stand. However, it’s funny that this is something that was looked up to when most everyone can’t do it even today.
When the sun goes down the new Athenian month begins. I had a great New Moon and I enjoyed honoring the Theio. Here are the holidays and festivals.
September 21: Noumina
September 22: Honor Agathos Daemon
September 23: Honor Athena
September 24: Honor Aphrodite, Hermes, Heracles, Eros
September 26: Honor Artemis/Proirosia
September 27: Honor Apollon/Puanepsia
September 28: Honor Poseidon and Theseus/Thesire/Oskhophoria
September 29: Stenia
October 1-4: Thesmophoria
October 4: Sacrifices to Heroines
October 5: Full Moon (Honoring Selene, Hecate, and Artemis)
October 9-12: Apaturia
October 14: (Daylight) Libations to Poseidon
October 18: Khalkeia
October 19: Hea Kai Nea (New Moon, Honoring Hecate)
Have a good month.
This one, I believe, is pretty simple to understand. Fear deceit! Deceit is something that can harm people. It’s malice and nasty. Deceit isn’t a nice word because the action isn’t nice. To fear it means that you understand that it’s wrong and that deceit rots everything.
This one I will be observing, but only because I don’t have to work the next day. Now days the rituals that I do is based on if I have to go to work the next day. The only one that I don’t actually observe is Akheloos, who I know nothing about. I do hope that you will all have a good one
This is the next one and it talks about giving what you have. This reminds me of a story about a rich man that asked Jesus about how does he follow him. He said sell everything and follow me. Give what you have means helping others and using what you have to help them. At least that’s what I view it as. Of course the gods don’t want you to end up poor so give what you can and help him, or her, get back on their feet.
Today is the Libations to Demeter and Persephone. Since I’m going to be working I will do mine before I leave for work. I know that it will be dark out but I really want to do this instead of waiting, when I’m dead tired. I hope that you all will have a good libations, no matter what time you do them.
Yesterday I celebrated Epidauria, which honors Asclepius and Hygeia. This observance took place much later and he became even more popular after Athens had a great plague. I had a good time and enjoyed myself.
Starting when the sun goes down it will mark the beginning of the Elusinian Mysteries. Here’s some info about the festival, which comes from http://www.britannica.com.
This is the first one of the month and it talks about two things, boys and education. Back in ancient times women weren’t allowed an education. They might be able to read and write but that was about it. The only exception was if the father wanted the daughter to know about business just in-case something happened. However, that was very rare as most men believed that only sons should learn these things.
So it’s not shocking to see that Apollon’s words about education only applied to boys. Education your son but leave your daughter’s dumb. Glad that we don’t live in those times.