Sacrifices to Levcaspis

This is from my old blog, the Geekie Hellenist.

This is my ritual for the Hellenic holiday of Laukaspis will be a working ritual. Meaning that I’m still working on the ritual. However I will share a bare ritual, meaning that the ritual doesn’t have the long winded hymn, prayer, invocation, but it will have some of the basics like the hymn to Hestia, and a huge section of ritual that you can modify to serve your need. Now this ritual does deal with the hero Leukaspis, meaning ‘white shield’ but information about this sacrifice has been lost.

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 the hero Leukaspis know that your here by saying, “Leukaspis, hear me.” He has no titles to his name! Say why your here and that’s to give him sacrifice.

5) There is no formal prayer to him.

6) Pour Libation to him, saying, “I offer this libation to you. May this libation please you.”

7) Offer Incense, saying, “I offer this incense to you. May this incense please you.”

8) Offer food, saying, “I offer this food, as a sacrifice, to you. May this food offering please you.”

9) Pray to Leukaspis, if you want.

10)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.