4th Day of the Month: Aphrodite, Hermes, Heracles, Eros

This is my ritual for the forth day of the Athenian month. This is from my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist.  I hope that this will help you out and let me know what you think.

1) Purify the Altar area.

2) Take the barley and say, “As it was done in ancient times. I purify and cleanse this altar with this barley. With this barley I purify this altar and space so that I may give offerings, libations, and speak with glory and respect the gods of Mt. Olympus.”

3) Light a candle and say a hymn to Hestia.

Hestia, you who guard the sacred shrine of the Lord Apollon. The far-darter at goodly Pathos. With soft oil dripping ever from your locks. Come now to this house, come having one mind with Zeus the all wise-draw near, and with all bestow favor upon my song.”

Prayer to Hestia

Hestia, gracious goddess who sits at the heart of each home, who lives in the heart of each one who reveres you, each one who holds you dear, each one who turns to you for strength and harmony.

Hestia, goddess most needful, goddess most serene, goddess most esteemed, the heart of the city is yours as well, great goddess; within your realm are those who serve the state, who work for all the good of all–your blessings fall on the honest, goddess, your wrath on the corrupt, on those who betray their trust for gain. Defender of the householder, guardian of the hearthfire, Hestia, I praise and honor you.

4) Let Aphrodite know that your here by saying, “Aphrodite, hear me.” Then use her titles and let her know why your here, which is to celebrate her birth.

5) Do an Invocation to Aphrodite.

I call to Aphrodite, goddess without peer, daughter of the deep sea, daughter of the broad sky, foam-borne goddess, golden goddess, holder of hearts, inspiration of desire both carnal and refined. Mender of torn bonds, renewer of old loves, your promise a flame we cannot help but touch, your power a torrent we cannot withstand, your will a need we cannot resist. Goddess, with sorrow and with fury, with patience and with compassion, with pain and with delight, we follow you, for in your realm the risk is great, and on your path the stones do shift, and in your bower the thorns draw blood, but in your hands we know of love, and ah, the blessings you bestow exceed the agonies by far. Aphrodite, dearest goddess, I honor you.

6) Do a Prayer to Aphrodite.

Aphrodite, glory of Olympos, golden one, incomparable goddess, born of seafoam, borne on the ocean’s waves until you found fair Cyprus’ sandy shore–your beauty by god or mortal unseen, your power over heart and mind unknown, your touch unfelt, your voice unheard.

All things, all life, all men and women incomplete without your presence.

Aphrodite, who sees the truth within us, who gifts us with what we need; beloved Aphrodite, dear one, blessed one, who holds us close, whose gentle persuasions overcome out doubts and fears, whose hand in the world we see in one another, we praise you, we honor you, we delight in your gifts.

7) Do a Hymn to Aphrodite

I shall sing of Cytherea, daughter of Cyprus, who giveth honeyed gifts to men, and her lovely face ever smileth and weareth the bloom of beauty. Hail, o Goddess, queen of goodly Salamis and all Cyprus, grant me sweet minstrals and I shall remember thee and another lay.

8) Let Hermes know that your here by saying, “Hermes, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting him know that your here. Say his titles (if you know them) and then tell him which offerings, if any, that you’ve made to him. Also let him know of any thing that he’s done for you. It’s a kind reminder that you still remember what he’s granted you and what you’ve offered to him in the past. Now tell him what you intend to give to him and make sure that you have the offerings there.

9) Do an Invocation to Hermes

“I call to Hermes, son of thundering Zeus and gracious Maia, fair of face and kind of heart; father of Tyche, granter of serendipity.

In rugged Arcadia, land of your birth, were you well known and praised by one and all; in all the ancient world did you receive honors.

Throughout the land stood herms and mounded stones, at crossroads and at boundaries, in all the far-flung provinces, marking the path and holding your gift of fortune, Far-journeying Hermes, guide of the traveler, fleet-footed god of merchants, god of gamblers and thieves and all who live by wit and while and clever words, master of discretion and finesse.

Hermes, protector of the home, provider of feast and frolic, courier of dreams, kind Hermes, I call to you.”

10) Do a Prayer to Hermes.

Hermes of the ready wit and the lightning smile, wing-footed one who carries the words of the gods, compassionate one who guides the newly-dead to the halls of Hades and fair Persephone, quick-thinking one who takes interest in the world and works of mankind, whose hand we see in the run of luck and a clever scheme, I call to you.

Hermes, bearer of the herald’s staff, your gifts are great.

You guard the homes with constancy and care, you grant to us a portion of your own craft and while, you join with us when we revel and are merry, you stand with us when we are far from home, alone.

You are ever with us, O Hermes; O god who holds in hand the good of men, I honor you.

11) Do the Hymn to Hermes

“I sing of Cyllenian Hermes, Slayer of Argus, lord of Cyllene and Arcadia rich in flocks, luck-bringing messenger of the deathless gods. He was born of Maia, the daughter of Atlas, when she had made love to Zeus,–a shy goddess she. Ever she avoided the throng of the blessed gods and lived in a shadowy cave, and there the Son of Cronos used to lie with the rich-tressed nymph at dead of night, while white-armed Hera lay bound in sweet sleep: and neither deathless god nor mortal man knew it.

And so hail to you, Son of Zeus and Maia; with you I have begun: now I will turn to another song!

Hail, Hermes, giver of grace, guide, and giver of good things!

12) Let Eros know that your here. Say, “Eros, here me.” Then use any titles that he goes by and state why your here, which is to honor him on his birthday.

13) Do a Invocation to Eros.

I call to Eros, ancient one, child of chaos, child of love and of strife, kin of the deep earth, companion of laughter-loving Aphrodite. Eros, confounding one, fleet-footed bearer of shafts so sharp we scarcely feel the prick, and yet no cut do we feel so deeply.  Eros, in Thespia and in Parios were you much honored; in all the lands did men and women speak your name with hope and reverence, burning sweet incense and pouring out wine. All know your might, O Eros; all know the barbs of your blessed darts, all know the pain of such a wound; and all would sooner be your prey than seek to dodge your bolt. Eros, granter of the dearest gifts, clouder of senses, piercer of hearts, loosener of limbs, I call to you.

14) Do a Prayer to Eros.

Eros, ancient one, youthful one, holder of souls, opener of hearts, you give and take with the same spirit, the same fury, the same deft hand.

Eros, child of passion, driving force of the universe, yours is the face of desire, yours the strength of love, in you we see the world as once it was, in you we hear the voice of lovers joined as one.

Eros, child of chaos, brother of sweet harmony, yours is the cord that binds our lives together, yours the scourge that drives us where our bodies lead, in you we find purpose, in you we seek solace.

Eros, in my blood and my tears I know you, in my pulse I feel your might, you call to life above all.

I thank you for your many blessings

15) Do a hymn to Eros

“To Eros (Love), Fumigation from Aromatics. I call, great Eros, the source of sweet delight, holy and pure, and charming to the sight; darting, and winged, impetuous fierce desire, with Gods and mortals playing, wandering fire : agile and twofold, keeper of the keys of heaven and earth, the air, and spreading seas; of all that earth’s fertile realms contains, by which the all parent Goddess life sustains, or dismal Tartaros is doomed to keep, widely extended, or the sounding deep; for thee all nature’s various realms obey, who rulest alone, with universal sway. Come, blessed power, regard these mystic fires, and far avert unlawful mad desires.”

16) Let Heracles know that your here, saying, “Hercules, hear me.” And then use his titles and tell him why that your here.

17) Do an invocation to Heracles.

I call to Heracles, defender of men, son of thundering Zeus, husband of bright-hearted Hebe, who destroyed the raging lion of Nemea and set the beast to shine among the distant stars, who changed the course of the river Alpheios, who slew the wicked Diomedes who fed his mares on the flesh of men, who ended the life of the many-headed hydra. In high-walled Thebes, the city of your birth, were you well honored; throughout the land did men and women pray to you, at splendid shrines and at great festivals. A path of valor you chose in mortal life, heroic one; in godhood too you guard the world of men. Heracles, friend of humanity, I call to you.

18) To a Prayer to Hercules.

Hercules, mighty son of thundering Zeus and incomparable Alcmene, father of wise kings and great heroes, clever one, courageous one; Heracles, defender of the children of men, your shrines and temples stood throughout the land in times of old, your name was lauded in prayer, your deeds proclaimed in story and song.

Never has your fame been forgotten, O Heracles; as your tales are told and retold, as each generation learns anew of your legend, your glory grows, your honor increases. Kind Heracles, brave one, strong one, constant friend of man, I praise and honor you.

19) To a Hymn to Heracles.

I will sing of Heracles, the son of Zeus and much the mightiest of men on earth. Alcmena bare him in Thebes, the city of lovely dances, when the dark-clouded Son of Cronos had lain with her. Once he used to wander over unmeasured tracts of land and sea at the bidding of King Eurystheus, and himself did many deeds of violence and endured many; but now he lives happily in the glorious home of snowy Olympus, and has neat-ankled Hebe for his wife. (l. 9) Hail, lord, son of Zeus! Give me success and prosperity.

20) Offering Incense, saying, “I offer this incense, as I’ve done before, in names of the gods. On this, the fourth day of the month.

21) Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, as I’ve done before in the names of the gods. On this, the fourth day of the  month (as before, mention anything that they have done. If not, just do a small prayer)

22) Pour libations to the gods. Remember: Hestia gets first and last libations.

23) Pray to gods, if you want.

24) End the ritual by saying, “Hestia, goddess of home and hearth, to you I offer last of all as a pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love and guard the houses of the pious. As the gods will it, so it shall be.”

It is so!

Dump the entire container that you’ve poured your wine or grape juice into outside and then that ends it.