Sacrifices to Kourotrophus, Athena Polias, Aglaurus, Zeus Polieus, Poseidon

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

This is my ritual to these gods. I hope that you enjoy them and that they help you in some way.

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 Artemis and Hecate know that your here by saying, “Artemis and Hecate, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting them know that your here. Say their titles (if you know them) and then tell them which offerings, if any, that you’ve made to them. Also let them know of any thing that they done for you. It’s a kind reminder that you still remember what they granted you and what you’ve offered to them in the past. Now tell them what you intend to give to them and make sure that you have the offerings there.

5) Do an Invocation to Artemis and then to Hecate

I call to Artemis, fleet-footed bow-woman, roamer in the woodland, wild-willed mistress of beasts, fierce-hearted protector of young girls. Artemis, daughter of thundering Zeus and blessed Leto, sister of bright Phoebus, the lovely nymphs attend you. On Delos and in Ephesos your name was spoken with reverence and devotion; in all the lands your temples stood, ever fragrant with sweet incense. The creatures of the wood gather around you; the graceful dear, the bear and the boar, all are yours. Artemis, friend of the hunter and the fisher, friend of mothers and midwives and all small nurslings, friend of maidens, unfettered and free of spirit, far-shooting goddess, goddess of the strong voice whose words of the heart are heard, I call to you.”

I call to Hekate, who stands at the crossroad, who stands at the city gate, who stands before each family’s home, to watch and to ward off evil. Bearer of torches, leader of hounds, holder of keys, daughter of the deep earth and the starry sky, you tread upon the path less traveled; you walk, with certainty and without fear, in the dark night, in the wilderness, along roads most treacherous, among those who skirt the edges of order. Hekate, friend of women, protector of children, you know the perils of all the worlds, goddess, as each world is your realm to wander. Thus do you hold safe the home, thus do you bar the door from all ill, thus do you drive away the baneful and the false. Hekate, compassionate goddess, I call to you.

6) Do a Prayer to Artemis and then to Hecate

I praise bright Artemis, fair as the budding branch, fair as the spotted fawn, brave as the young bear.

From crafty Hephaistos you took the artful bow, the sharp-barbed shafts; from father Zeus you claimed your calling. Far-shooting Artemis, through the thick of the darkened wood you make your way, trailing boar and hare, swiftly and silently, your aim ever flawless, ever kind.

Artemis, light-bringer, mountain-dweller, graceful one who runs through thorn and thistle with never a scratch, goddess unparalleled, friend of mothers in their travels, friend of maidens, friend of the pretty nymphs, in old Arcadia you roamed the wilderness, in Tauris you took the blood of men, in Ephesus you wore the mural crown.

The fire of youth is in you, goddess, the bold and valiant spirit that marks a child as yours. Free-hearted Artemis, worthy daughter of Leto, I honor you always.

World-wandering Hekate, night-loving goddess, dweller in darkness, bearer of torches, between the realms you pass with ease, made welcome in each, made mighty in each.

Whenever we move from one place, one time, one state of being to another, you are there to comfort us.

Whenever we enter or leave this life, you are there to carry us.

Whenever we are in fear or in need, goddess, you are there to sustain us.

Thrice-blessed Hekate, friend of frail and fragile mortals, I honor you.

7) Do the Hymn to Artemis and then to Hecate

Sing O muse of Artemis, sister and nurse-mate of Apollo the far Darter, Virgin Goddess, who having watered her teamsters at rush grown Meles, swiftly  drives her golden car through Smyrna to vine-clad Claros, where Apollo of the Silver Bow siteth waiting for the far-shooting Huntress.

Hail to thee, and to all the goddess with thee, in this my song! I have shall first begin my hymning with thee, and beginning with thee shall pass another day.

“Kourotrophe (nurse of the young) [Hekate], give your ear to my prayer, and grant that this woman may reject the love-embrace of youth and dote on grey-haired old men whose powers are dulled, but whose hearts still desire.”

8) Let Athena know that your here by saying, “Athena, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting her know that your here. Say her titles (if you know them) and then tell her which offerings, if any, that you’ve made to her. Also let her know of any thing that she’s done for you. It’s a kind reminder that you still remember what she’s granted you and what you’ve offered to her in the past. Now tell her what you intend to give to her and make sure that you have the offerings there.

9) Do an 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 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.

11) 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.

12) Let Aglaurus know that your here by saying, “Aglaurus, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting him know that your here. He has no titles, but if you have honored him before, let him know what offerings that you have given him.

13) Let Poseidon know that your here, saying, “Poseidon, Hear Me.” Let him know which offerings that you have given and what he has done for you, if any, then tell him why your here.

14) Do an Invocation to Poseidon.

I call to Poseidon, great god of the seas, fond husband of ocean-dwelling Amphitrite, son of ancient Kronos and wild-hearted Rhea, father of noble kings and mighty heroes. In the distant days were you well known; in Crete your name was carved in clay; in Corinth were you honored well, and in all the provinces. Dark haired Poseidon, you hold in your hands the waters of the world, those briny depths that brought us all into life; that carried mankind to many lands, to gather wealth and wisdom; that nourished our furthest forebears and formed the patterns of our lives. Poseidon, maker and master of horses, trident-bearer, earth-shaker, lord of the beast of the deep, lord of the thrashing waves, sea-god, I call to you.

15) Do a Hymn to Poseidon.

I begin to sing of Poseidon, mighty god of the sea. Mover of the earth and barren main, who is lord of Helicon and broad Aegae. Twofold is the honour, O Earth-shaker, which the gods have granted thee to be Tamer of Horses and Savior of ships. Hail! Poseidon, dark-haired Girder of Earth! Do thou, O Blessed God, with gracious heart aid the mariner.

16) Do a Prayer to Poseidon

Poseidon, lord of the darkest sea-depths, lord of the crashing surf, your hair wet with brine, your eyes cold and blue, keen as winter waters, you hold in your hands the life of the sailor, through fair weather or foul you guide ships to safety or ravage them with waves. Within your domain we live only by your goodness and forbearance; with ease do you lay waste to great cities, do you shake the earth till the works of men crumble.

You raise the four great winds, you hone the rain to a cutting edge, you turn the waters of your realm to cruel ice. By your might do floods destroy us, Poseidon; yours too is the deadly drought, the hard cracked dirt that signals famine and fear. Our lives depend on your balance, Poseidon, on your generous heart and open hand.

God of oceans, god of the salt of life, I praise and honor you.

17) Let Zeus know that your here by saying, “Zeus, hear me”  This isn’t a command, this is letting him know that your here. Say his titles, which is Ktesios (storeroom) and Herkeios (courtyard) and then tell him which offerings, if any, that you’ve made to him. Also let him know of any thing that he’s done for you. It’s a kind reminder that you still remember what he’s granted you and what you’ve offered to him in the past. Now tell him what you intend to give to him and make sure that you have the offerings there.

18) 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.

19) Do a prayer 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!

20) 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.

21)  Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, to Kourotrophus, Athena Polias, Aglaurus, Zeus Polieus, and Poseidon.

22) Pour libations to the gods. Remember: Hestia gets first and last libations.

23) Pray to gods.

24) 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.