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

This festival honors Apollo and Artemis. It’s held on their birthday’s and so this ritual is a combation of both for Artemis and Apollo, even though Artemis has been honored the day before. Thanks for reading and enjoy.

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) Tell Artemis that your here by saying, “Artemis, Hear me,” this isn’t a commend, this is just telling Artemis that your here. Use her titles (Ceder, She Who Leads, of the Hunt), and then tell her why that your here and remind her of things that you have given her.

5) To an Evocation to Artemis

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.

6) Do a Hymn to Artemis

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.

7) Do a Prayer dedicated to Artemis

Fleet-footed Artemis, keen-eyed daughter of Zeus and gentle Leto, sister of bright Apollo, we see your shadow in the woods, the curve of your bow, the flex of your arm, we hear the wind whisper as your arrows seek their mark–deadly your art, flawless your aim.

Huntress you are, O Artemis, slayer of the stag and the boar, slayer of men and of women, death by your hand is death unforeseen.

Maiden are you, goddess, and friend of maidens; ever-youthful one, your favor falls on the young, watching over young girls as they brave the world’s wonders, comforting the mother in the throes of her labor, keeping in your care the newborn babe.

Artemis, shining maid of the wilderness, who takes pleasure in games, in contest and in merriment, who leads the nymphs in their carefree dance, whose clear voice we hear in the songs of young women and the hunter’s cry.

Artemis, strong and tall, I praise and honor you.

8) Do your own personal prayer to Artemis.

9) Let Apollo know that your here. Say, “Apollo, here me!” This isn’t a command. Then let him know what you’ve done for him in the past and let him know why your here. Then add his titles. I’m using three of them in this ritual (Hunter, Leader of Colonies, Best) and then say your reason for being here, which is to honor him.

10) Say an Invocation to Apollo.

I call to Apollon, radiant and beautiful god, son of fair Leto and ligthning wielding Zeus, brother of swift-footed, true shooting Artemis. In ancient Delphi you lent your wisdom to all, in Delos and in far-off shrines your words did sound; across the land, in all the provinces, Phoebus, were temples raised in your name, did men and women gather in your honor, wreathed in sweet flowers, words of prayer upon their lips. Many loves were yours, bright Apollon, and many noble sons and daughters; father of kind Asklepios, your healing hand can cease the most poisonous of plagues. Apollo, we see you in beauty–in art and in song, in the perfection of numbers, in the words of poets, in the drive towards truth. Apollo, I call to you.

11) Do a Hymn to Apollo.

Of Thee, O Phoebus, even the swan sings clearly with the music of its wings, leaping on the bank by the swirling river Peneius, and of Thee with his tuneful lyre the sweet voiced minstrel ever singth first and last. Hail to thee, Oh King! I pray to thee in song.

12) Say a prayer to Apollo.

O shining Apollo, son of lightning-wielding Zeus and blessed Leto, brother of swift-footed Artemis, father of gods and galant heroes; great Apollo, whose sun-bright hair is yet unshorn, whose fair face and well-built  form, ageless and abiding, hold ever the beauty of youth.

Laurel-weathed god, child of Delos, far-shooting one whose shafts fly staight and true, you keep the evil of the world at bay, you deliver mankind from plague and disease, and yet your arrows carry death and well to men, swiftly and suddenly.

Sweet are the songs men sing to laud your name, sweet too the spark of insight, O companion of the excellent Muses.

In Delphi, O Apollo, was your name well spoken, were you well honored with gifts and libations, and you shared the words of father Zeus with men.

Apollo, protector of humanity, brilliant one, I praise and give thanks for your blessings.

13) Pour Libation to Apollo and Artemis, saying, “I offer this libation to you, oh god Apollo and Goddess Artemis. On, this, your day of honor.”

14) Offer Incense, saying, “I offer this incense to you, oh god Apollo and Goddess Artemis. On, this, your day of honor.”

15) Offer food, saying, “I offer this food, as a sacrifice, to you, god Apollo and Goddess Artemis. On, this, your of honor.”

16) Pray to Apollo

17)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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