Last Day of the Month

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

This ritual is done on the last day of the month. However I do intend to celebrate it the day before the New Moon. This is to Zeus the Savior and Athena the Savior. Enjoy and have a great celebration.

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 Zeus know that your here by saying, “Zeus, hear me.” Then you list his titles and any offerings that you have given him. Also let him know why your here, which is to celebrate him as a savior.

5) Do a 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.

6) Do a Prayer to Zeus.

Mighty Zeus, Father Zeus, friend of the traveler, friend of the stranger, friend of the householder.

Wielder of lightening, driver of storms, master of the hard-flung rains that bring life to the earth.

Oh brothers three the youngest, your father’s might you overthrew with cunning wit, his throne you took, his world you made your own.

Kindly Zeus, watchful Zeus, your wrath falls on the oathbreaker, the wrongdoer, the one without honor who preys on his fellows; likewise,k your blessings are on the one who does right, whose word is good, whose hand is open, whose welcome is warm, whose integrity is a certainty.

Great Zeus, father of gods, lord of fair Olympos, wise one, contriving one, maintainer of order, from the deep earth you rose, in the bright sky you reign.

Zeus of many names, friend of the Fates, I praise you!

7) Do a hymn to Zeus

I shall sing of Zeus, the best and greatest of the gods, Far-glancer, King Fulfiller, who holdeth frequent Converse with Themis as she reclineth on her seat.

8) Let Athena know that your here by saying, “Athena, hear me.” Use any titles that she may have and then say why your here, which is to honor her as a savior.

9) Do a Invocation 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.

10) Do a Prayer to Athena

Glorious Athena, whose spirit stands so tall and strong in shining cities, whose comfort is sought by great heroes and by those who aspire to greatness, whose courage and cleverness are without equal, gracious Athena, I honor and revere you.

Athena, advisor of kings and queens, granter of wisdom to those with wit to seek it, goddess whose eye is ever fixed on the horizon, goddess who is open to all possibilities, goddess who is aware of all options, goddess who in every game thinks ahead to its every ending.

Athena, mistress of the long view, I call to you to show me what will be, I call to you to guide me through the world’s intricacies.

Athena, steel-eyed goddess, I sing of your might, I praise your name, I thank you for your many gifts.

11) Say 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.

12) Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, to you Zeus and Athena, saviors of this world.”

13) Pour libations to Zeus and Athena. Remember: Hestia gets first and last libations.

14) Pray to them.

15) 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.