Bouphonia

This is from my former blog, the Geekie Hellenist. Enjoy.

This is the ritual for Bouphonia. Hope that you enjoy it and that it helps you in some way.

1: Purify your altar with barley, saying, “With this barley I purify my altar so that I may be able to commune with the gods on this day.”

2: Light your white candle.

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 Zeus Poleius, that your here. Say, “Zeus Poleius, hear me.”

5: To an Evocation 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.

6: 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.

7: Do a Prayer dedicated 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!

8: Pour Libation to Zeus, saying, “I give this libation to you, oh Father Zeus.”

9: Give a portion of your food to Zeus, saying, “I give this portion of food to you, oh Father Zeus.”

10: Burn incense to Zeus, saying, “I give this incense to you, oh Father Zeus.”

10: Do your own personal prayer to Zeus.

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.

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