Theogamia, Sacrifices to Kourotophos, Hera, Zeus Teleius, and Poseidon

This is the ritual for this holiday. Since I’m dealing with several deities at one time, I will be doing first letting them know, then invocation, hymns, and then prayers. It’s going to take some time, but it will be well worth it.

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 Hekate and Artemis know that your there. Say this by saying, “Hekate, Artemis, here me.” This isn’t a command, this is letting her know that your here.

5) Say invocation to Hekate and Artemis

I call to Hekate, who stands at the crossroads, who stands at the city gate, who stands before each family’s home, to watch and to ward off evil.

Bearer of torches, leader of hounds, holder of keys, daughter of the deep earth and the starry sky, you tread upon the path less traveled; you walk, with certainty and without fear, in the dark night, in the wilderness, along roads most treacherous, among those who skirt the edges of order.

Hekate, friend of women, protector of children, you know the perils of all the worlds, goddess, as each world is your realm to wander.

Thus do you bar the door from all ill, thus do you drive away the baneful and the false.

Hekate, compassionate goddess, I call to you.

I call to Artemis, fleet-footed bow-woman, roamer of 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.

Creatures of the wood gathered around you; the graceful deer, the bear and the boar, all are yours.

Artemis, friend of the hunter and the fisher, friend of the mother 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 Hymns to Hekate and Artemis

Hekate Einodia, Trioditis [Trivia], lovely dame, of earthly, watery, and celestial frame, sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed, pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade; Perseis, solitary goddess, hail! The world’s key-bearer, never doomed to fail; in stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen, and drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen; Leader, Nymphe, nurse, on mountains wandering, hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere, and to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near.

Muse, sing of Artemis, sister of the Far-shooter, the virgin who delights in arrows, who was fostered with Apollo. She waters her horses from Meles deep in reeds, and swiftly drives her all-golden chariot through Smyrna to vine-clad Claros where Apollo, god of the silver bow, sits waiting for the far-shooting goddess who delights in arrows.

And so hail to you, Artemis, in my song and to all goddesses as well. Of you first I sing and with you I begin; now that I have begun with you, I will turn to another song.

7) To prayers to Hekate and Artemis

I call to you, kind Hekate, watchful daughter of far-seeing Asteria, torch-bearing goddess, night-wanderer, pale and fair as the moonflower.

Hekate of the three ways, goddess of the crossroads, keen-eyed one, you see clearly what others overlook.

Hekate of the three realms, goddess who holds a stake in all the worlds, all within are yours to stir.

Gentle of touch and firm of hand, Hekate, leader of the ghostly train, the barking of dogs marks your passage, the shining of stars lights your path.

Hekate who is the companion of those who walk the bounds of light and dark, I praise and honor you.

I praise you, Artemis, free-hearted child of Zeus and blessed Leto, courageous goddess who roams the wildwood with silver bow at hand.

Artemis of many names, Artemis of many lands, your temples stood shining and tall, in cities and in villages.

In the long days of summer the maidens dance in your honor; in Brauron were the little she-bears under your care.

Artemis, the mountains are yours to wander, fleet-footed and firm of step; the wilds of the world are dear to you, O guardian of wood and of beast.

Goddess who takes joy in dance and song, companion of the laughing nymphs in all their play, of all young maidens you are the swiftest and the strongest, the fairest and the first, in skill and grace the greatest.

8) Let Poseidon know that your here by saying, “Poseidon, 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 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 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 beasts of the deep, lord of the thrashing waves, sea-god, I call to you.

10) Do the Hymns to Poseidon

I begin to sing about Poseidon, the great god, mover of the earth and fruitless sea, god of the deep who is also lord of Helicon and wide Aegae. A two-fold office the gods alloted you, O Shaker of the Earth, to be a tamer of horses and a Saviour of ships!

Hail, Poseidon, Holder of the Earth, dark-haired lord! O blessed one, be kindly in heart and help those who voyage in ships.

11) Do a Prayer to Poseidon

Poseidon, lord of the darkest sea-depths, lord of the crashing surf, your hair we 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.

12) Let Zeus know that your here by saying, “Zeus, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting him know that your here. Say his titles, which is Teleius (full grown) and Herkeios 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.

13) Do the Invocation to Zeus

I call to great Zeus, father of the deathless gods, ruler of bright Olympos, master of storms, child of mighty Kronos and deep-hearted Rhea, consort of blessed Hera of the splendid eyes.

Ancient Zeus, honored in Crete so long ago and well known in high-reaching Arcadia, all-knowing Zeus of Dodona and Didyma whose wisdom was granted to seekers of old, Zeus of the broad sky, Zeus of the marketplace, Zeus of the householder, Zeus of the city.

Protector of the just, avenger of the wronged, friend of the stranger and of the traveler, friend of the guest and the generous host.

Zeus whose eye is ever on the world, whose hand is ever in our lives, great Zeus, I call to you.

14) Do a Hymn to Zeus

I will sing of Zeus, chiefest among the gods and greatest, all-seeing, the lord of all, the fulfiller who whispers words of wisdom to Themis as she sits leaning towards him. Be gracious, all seeing Son of Cronos, most excellent and great.

15) Do a Prayer to Zeus

Father Zeus, defender of cities, defender of homes, defender of the traveler, of those far from home, of those who rely on the refuge of civilization; kindly Zeus who watches the world, friend of the fates, giver of good fortune, by your good will are our larders full, our children strong, our minds and bodies  sound and vital; Zeus, from whom all good derives, whose gifts are sought by all, who knows our troubles and our joys, who hears our calls, who answers them with wisdom and with care; oh Zeus, whose wrath falls on the wrong-doer, whose blessings come to those who are fair-minded and good of heart, who stands behind the guest and the stranger, I praise you!

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

17) Do an Invocation to Hera

I call to Hera, queen of lofty Olympos, dark-eyed goddess, beloved of thundering Zeus, radiant daughter of Kronos and blessed Rhea.

In times of old were you well loved, in Argos and in Samos.

Many are the tales told of you; many are your temples, many are your honors, many are the blessings granted by your goodness.

Wise one, insightful one, you discern and devise the way most fitting to achieve your ends.

Hera, in the clear blue sky we recognize your favor, and in a warm spring rain; in a joyous wedding feast, a constant love, and a harmonious home we know you.

Stately and beautiful goddess, friend of women, friend of marriage, protector of home and family, most lovely and most exalted goddess, I call to you.

18) Do a Hymn to Hera

I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare. Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and the wife of loud-thundering Zeus,–the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympus reverence and honor even as Zeus who delights in thunder.

 

19) Do a Prayer to Hera

I praise you bright and noble Hera, great lady of Olympos, gracious queen of the deathless gods, dark-eyed goddess, fairest of the children of Rhea, graceful and comely, cloaked in the starry skies, garlanded in poppies fragrant and blood-red, crowned in brightest gold, the lotus wand in your hand, your form ever draped in the finest of silks, majestic one whose blessings is sought by all, whose gifts are treasured, whose favor is a surety of good fortune.

Hera, champion of great cities, guardian of ancient Argos and the pretty isle of Samos, warder of the bonds of marriage, protector of women in the old world and the new, unparalleled goddess, white-armed one, sovereign of the high-reaching heavens, I honor your might.

20) Do a small statement of the main festival honored,which is Theogamia. This is to celebrate the marriage of Zeus and Hera. Since we’ve done prayers, hymns, and invocations to them, I would suggest a statement of joy and happiness at their marriage. Here’s mine:

Thundering Zeus and Gracious Hera, I come before you to celebrate your marriage. The union of two gods who are intellectually equal. You, gracious Hera, are now Queen of the Gods.  May no one come between you and your husband, may you be the only one that he wants and cares for. I give you joy and song! May the gods who sets upon their golden thrones give joy and thanks. Oh blessed Hera, I dance in joy at your union with Zeus. I praise and honor you both with sacrifice and honor.

21) Pour Libations to all the gods that you’ve honored. “Say their libation in order. “Hestia you receive first libation, Hekate, you receive second, Artemis you receive third, Poseidon you receive fourth, Zeus you receive fifth, Hera, you receive sixth, union of marriage of Zeus and Hera receive additional libation in thanks and joy, and Hestia, you who received the first, you receive the last.”

22) Burn incense, saying, “I give this incense as an offering to you, great Deathless gods. I give this to Hestia, Hekate, Artemis, Poseidon, Zeus, Hera, I give this offering, as well, to the marriage of Zeus and Hera.

23) Offer physical food to them, saying, “Accept this food offering as a sign of my piety.”

24) Pray to the gods.

25) 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.

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