Panathanaia

This is my ritual for Panathanaia, which honors Athena. Once again, same outline for Athena will be used here, but with some changes.

1: Light candles

2: 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.

3: Tell Athena that your here by saying, “Athena, Hear me,” this isn’t a command, this is just telling Athena that your here. Use her titles (Of Ares, Warlike, Of Council, Dewfall, Of Horses, Golden), and then tell her why that your here and remind her of things that you have given her.

4: To an Evocation to Athena

I call to Athena, clear-eyed daughter of Zeus; from his head you burst forth, all in brilliant armor, a warrior from your first breath, born with all the skill, all the insight, all the guile of an old warlord.

In ancient times were you well honored, goddess; in every town your name was spoken with love and reverence; above all in Athens, the finest of cities, did you receive the greatest devotion.

Bolt Athena whose favor falls on the brave and on the clever, who hones the wit of the scholar and quickens the nimble fingers of the artisan, who offers counsel reasoned and reflective, farsighted builder of cities who leads humanity towards concord and community, granter of the gift of civilization, I call to you.

5: Do a Hymn to Athena

Of Pallas Athene, guardian of the city, I begin to sing. Dread is she, and with Ares she loves deeds of war, the sack of cities and the shouting of the battle. It is she who saves the people as they go out to war and come back.

Hail, goddess, and give us good fortune with happiness.

6: Do a Prayer dedicated to Athena

Steel-eyed Athena, wisest of goddess, daughter of thundering Zeus and Metis of good counsel, patron of great heroes and adventurers, advisor of princes and kings, your favor falls on the bold and the clever, on those who dare and those who tempt the noble Fates.

Athena, weaver of the finest, fairest tapestries, teacher of art and craft to mortal artisans, worker of metals, your soft hands guide the flow of molten ore.

Leader of battles, warrior maid, of tactics and of strategy you know all, of clever trickery and wiles you are the master; with words and wit you may win much, with strength of arm and sharpened sword, at need, you take all contests.

Athena of wisdom, Athena of skills, goddess of the agile mind, for your works I praise you.

7: On this day, oh people that are here (if your doing a group ritual), Athens was born. Athena and Poseidon tried to become the patron god of this wonderful city. However Athena won, by giving us the olive tree. The tree, who’s olives provide us with oil to burn our lamps, to cook our food, and to heal. Athena became our goddess and, on this day, we honor not only Athena but Athens. For, without it, we would have nothing.”

Or

On this day Athens was born. Athena and Poseidon tried to become the patron god of Athens. However Athena won, by giving us this olive tree. The tree, who’s olives provide us with oil to burn our lamps, to cook our food, and to heal. Athena became our goddess and, on this day, I honor not only Athena but Athens. For, without it, we would have nothing.”

8: Pour Libation to Athena, saying, “Accept this libation on this day, the day that we celebrate the birth of your city, Athens.”

9: Give a portion of your food to Athena, saying, “Accept this offering of food on this day, the day that we celebrate the birth of your city.”

10: Burn incense to Athena, saying, “Accept this incense on this day, the day that we celebrate the birth of your city, Athens.”

11: Great Goddess, bless our city for another year. And make our city run smoothly by your laws.

12: Do your own personal prayer to Athena.

13: 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.