8th Day: Poseidon and Theseus

This is my ritual for the final Holy celebration of the Hellenic month, before we go into festivals and other celebrations for the other deities. I hope that you enjoy them and that they help.

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 Poseidon know that your here by saying, “Poseidon, hear me.” Then you list his titles and any offerings that you have given him. Also let him know why your here, which is to celebrate his birthday.

5) Do a invocation to Poseidon.

I call to Poseidon, great god of the seas, fond husband of ocean-dwelling Amphitrite, son of ancient Kronos and wild-hearted Rhea, father of noble kings and mighty heroes. In the distant days were you well known; in Crete your name was carved in clay; in Corinth were you honored well, and in all the provinces. Dark haired Poseidon, you hold in your hands the waters of the world, those briny depths that brought us all into life; that carried mankind to many lands, to gather wealth and wisdom; that nourished our furthest forebears and formed the patterns of our lives. Poseidon, maker and master of horses, trident-bearer, earth-shaker, lord of the beast of the deep, lord of the thrashing waves, sea-god, I call to you.

6) Do a Prayer to Poseidon.

Poseidon, lord of the darkest sea-depths, lord of the crashing surf, your hair wet with brine, your eyes cold and blue, keen as winter waters, you hold in your hands the life of the sailor, through fair weather or foul you guide ships to safety or ravage them with waves. Within your domain we live only by your goodness and forbearance; with ease do you lay waste to great cities, do you shake the earth till the works of men crumble.

You raise the four great winds, you hone the rain to a cutting edge, you turn the waters of your realm to cruel ice. By your might do floods destroy us, Poseidon; yours too is the deadly drought, the hard cracked dirt that signals famine and fear. Our lives depend on your balance, Poseidon, on your generous heart and open hand.

God of oceans, god of the salt of life, I praise and honor you.

7) Do a hymn to Poseidon

I begin to sing of Poseidon, mighty god of the sea. Mover of the earth and barren main, who is lord of Helicon and broad Aegae. Twofold is the honour, O Earth-shaker, which the gods have granted thee to be Tamer of Horses and Savior of ships. Hail! Poseidon, dark-haired Girder of Earth! Do thou, O Blessed God, with gracious heart aid the mariner.

8) Let Theseus know that your here by saying, “Theseus, hear me.” As he doesn’t have any titles, prayers, invocation, or the sort, just say that your here to honor his birthday.

9) Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, to you Poseidon and Theseus.”

10) Pour libations to Poseidon and Theseus. Remember: Hestia gets first and last libations.

11) Pray to them.

12) 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.