Sacrifice to Zeús Hórios

From my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist.

This is my ritual for the Sacrifices to Zeus Horios. This one was very hard to even get any information about to even compose a ritual. However, thanks to my determination to do this, I’ve managed to come up with a ritual that I know will be pleasing to Lord Zeus. The other rituals will be written in due time. So I hope that this helps. Feel the need to change things if you want.

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.”

4)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.

5) Let Zeus know that your there. Say this by saying, “Zeus, here me.” This isn’t a command, this is letting him know that your here.

6) This ritual doesn’t require you to use any titles. Your focusing only one one title only ‘Zeus Horios (Zeus of the Boundries)

7) If you have given him any offerings, no matter if your worshipping Zeus daily or last year, tell him what offerings you have given him or fulfill any promises that you’ve made and then give him the offerings. Example if you daily worship him: Zeus, (use his titles) in the past I’ve given you offerings of food and libations of wine. You have done many great things for me and so I’m giving you another offering and libation as a thank you.

8) Do an invocation to Zeus. I’ve chosen this one from the same book that I got my prayers and invocation to Hecate and other gods from.

I call to great Zeus, father of the deathless gods, ruler of bright Olympos, master of storms, child of might 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 seeker 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.

9) Do a Hymn to Zeus

Orphic Hymn #15

Much-honored Zeus, indestructible Zeus,
We lay before you this redeeming testimony and this prayer;
O King, you have brought to light divine works,
And earth, goddess and mother, the hills swept by the shrill winds,
The sea, the host of stars marshaled by the sky.
Kronian Zeus, whose scepter is the thunderbolt, strong-spirited,
Father of all, beginning and end of all,
Earth-shaker, increaser and purifier, indeed All-shaker,
God of thunder and lightning, Zeus the planter.
Hear me, O many-faced one,
And grant me unblemished health, divine peace, and riches and glory without blame.

10) Offer incense after you pray, and make sure that you state if this is a thank you for anything that Zeus has done for you. I will also add this prayer to Zeus: Zeus, of the boundaries. I thank you for protecting the boundaries of my home from anyone that wishes me and my family harm. I give you this incense as a thank you for protecting us even though I didn’t pray for your protection.

11) Pour libations to Zeus. Unlike with the one to Hecate, you don’t have to offer a full bottle as Zeus isn’t a underworld deity.

12) Pray to Zeus, asking him for anything that you might need. Of course as this is a ritual to a certain aspect of Zeus then I would limit it to just the boundaries of the house and asking for protection, once again for the house.

13) 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.