Plynteria

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

This ritual is for Plynteria, dedicated to Athena. This was a time when temples were closed and business wasn’t done. I’m guessing that people stocked up on food so they would have something to eat due to business not being opened. It was also a time when the city didn’t have a protective deity due to the temple being closed and the washing of garments that were on her statue. So I’m doing this ritual outline for this holiday and I hope that it helps.

1: Light two white candles to symbolize the purity of Athena.

2: 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.

3: Tell Athena that your here by saying, “Athena, Hear me,” this isn’t a commend, this is just telling Athena that your here. Use her titles (Of Ares, Warlike, Of Council, Dewfall, Of Horses, Golden), “In the past I have given you offerings of oil, incense, wine, and hymns. On this day, I come before you to celebrate Plynteria. On this day my space is closes to wash your image and to remove all impurities.”

4: To an Evocation 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.

5: 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.

6: 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.

7: If you have a statue of Athena take this time to wash her. There are suggestions out there on what you can use to wash her statue. Finding them is most helpful. Once your done, then clean the rest of your shrine if it’s dedicated to Athena.

8: Pour Libation to Athena, saying, “Accept this libation, oh great Goddess of War.”

9: Give a portion of your food to Athena, saying, “Accept this offering of food, oh great Goddess of War.”

10: Burn incense to Athena, saying, “Accept this incense, oh great Goddess of War.”

11: Do your own personal prayer to Athena.

12: 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.