Festival to honor Bendis

This is from my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist. Enjoy!

This ritual is a small one, as most rituals that I put out for one deity will be small. This is for the Thracian Goddess Bendis, to honor her. She’s connected mainly to Artemis but she does have a connection to Persephone. I hope that this ritual will help you out and you can change it 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.”

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 Bendis know that your here. Say, “Bendis, here me!” This isn’t a command. Then let her know what you’ve done for her, what offerings that you’ve given her, and why your here.

5) Pour Libation to her, saying, “I offer this libation to you, oh wonderful Thracian goddess.”

7) Offer Incense, saying, “I offer this incense to you, oh wonderful Thracian goddess.”

8) Offer food, saying, “I offer this food, as a sacrifice, to you, on wonderful Thracian goddess.”

9) Pray to Bendis, if you wand.

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.