This is from my old blog, the Geekie Hellenist.
This is the ritual for the sacrifices to Artemis Agrotera. In ancient times about 600 goats were sacrificed. This ritual is to celebrate the victory at Marathon. I hope that you enjoy it and may Artemis watch over you.
1: Sprinkle Barley on the altar saying, “With this barley I purify my altar so that I may be able to commune with the gods.
2: Light your candle to Hestia.
3: Welcoming prayer to Hestia, Goddess of the Home, Hearth, and family.
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: Tell Artemis that your here by saying, “Artemis, Hear me.” Say her titles and let her know why your here, which is to celebrate the victory at Marathon.
5: To an Evocation to Artemis
I call to Artemis, fleet-footed bow-woman, roamer in the woodland, wild-willed mistress of beasts, fierce-hearted protector of young girls. Artemis, daughter of thundering Zeus and blessed Leto, sister of bright Phoebus, the lovely nymphs attend you. On Delos and in Ephesos your name was spoken with reverence and devotion; in all the lands your temples stood, ever fragrant with sweet incense. The creatures of the wood gather around you; the graceful dear, the bear and the boar, all are yours. Artemis, friend of the hunter and the fisher, friend of mothers and midwives and all small nurslings, friend of maidens, unfettered and free of spirit, far-shooting goddess, goddess of the strong voice whose words of the heart are heard, I call to you.
6: Do a Hymn to Artemis
Sing O muse of Artemis, sister and nurse-mate of Apollo the far Darter, Virgin Goddess, who having watered her teamsters at rush grown Meles, swiftly drives her golden car through Smyrna to vine-clad Claros, where Apollo of the Silver Bow siteth waiting for the far-shooting Huntress.
Hail to thee, and to all the goddess with thee, in this my song! I have shall first begin my hymning with thee, and beginning with thee shall pass another day.
7: Do a Prayer dedicated to Artemis
Fleet-footed Artemis, keen-eyed daughter of Zeus and gentle Leto, sister of bright Apollo, we see your shadow in the woods, the curve of your bow, the flex of your arm, we hear the wind whisper as your arrows seek their mark–deadly your art, flawless your aim.
Huntress you are, O Artemis, slayer of the stag and the boar, slayer of men and of women, death by your hand is death unforeseen.
Maiden are you, goddess, and friend of maidens; ever-youthful one, your favor falls on the young, watching over young girls as they brave the world’s wonders, comforting the mother in the throes of her labor, keeping in your care the newborn babe.
Artemis, shining maid of the wilderness, who takes pleasure in games, in contest and in merriment, who leads the nymphs in their carefree dance, whose clear voice we hear in the songs of young women and the hunter’s cry.
Artemis, strong and tall, I praise and honor you.
8: This is a quick praise to her, mentioning Marathon.
“We give the libations, sacrifice, and incense to Artemis Agrotera. She who is the most important of the Huntress, she who is over the hunt. Before the battle a vow was made, which we honor, and do, on this day. May Artemis bless what we are to give her and may she bless those that are giving.”
8: Pour Libation to Artemis, saying, “I give this libation to you, Artemis Agrotera, to continue to fulfill the vow that was made so long ago.”
9: Give a portion of your food to Artemis, saying, “I give this sacrifice to you, Artemis Agrotera, to continue to fulfill a vow that was made so long ago.”
9: Burn incense to Artemis, saying, “Accept this incense, Artemis Agrotera, to continue to fulfill a vow that was made a long time ago.”
10: Do your own personal prayer to Artemis.
11: Finish the ritual by doing a closing prayer to Hestia.
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.