Khalkeia

This is from my old blog, the Geekie Hellenist.

This is my Khalkeia ritual, which honors Athena and Hephaestus. I hope that you enjoy this ritual and have a good one.

1: Light at least one white candle, to represent the purity of Athena. Purify the altar with Barley.

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), and then tell her why that your here and remind her of things that you have given her.

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: Let Hephaestus know that your here. Use any titles that you know that he goes by and let him know why your here and tell him of any offerings that you’ve given him.

8: Say a invocation to Hephaestus

I call to Hephaistos, ingenious son of Hera, father of fair-tressed maids and bold-hearted heroes. On the isle of Lemnos, where stood your fiery forge, a land beloved by you above all others, were you well honored; by those who work in bronze and smith hot iron were you lauded throughout the land. With grey-eyed Athena you stood over high-pillared Athens, side by side, guarding the splendid city of your common heir. Mighty Hephaistos, master of all craft and art, builder of palaces, maker of keen-edged swords and impenetrable armor, creator of all manner of finely-worked trinkets and baubles. Beauty falls from your hands, Hephaistos, as artistry falls to those you favor. God of skills, I call to you.

9: Sing a hymn to Hephaestus.

The skill of Hephaistos is famous do sing it clear Muse he taught men work with bright-eyes Athena work that was noble for men to do on the earth. Men who formerly lived in caves in mountains like animals now on the other hand thanks to Hephaistos whose skill is so famous they know how to work life is easy the whole year long and they live it quietly in their houses now. But be gracious Hephaistos do give us excellence. Please give us wealth.

10: Prayer dedicated to Hephaestus.

Resourceful Hephaistos, wise in the ways of metal and stone, deviser of gadgets and useful machines, inventor of contraptions and contrivances, your talent is unequaled among the great gods, your dextrous hands capable of any work.

With ease you take each creation from thought into substance; effortlessly your ideas become real.

Clever are you, Hephaistos, greatest of engineers, and yet an artists’ eye is yours as well.

Beauty comes from your sturdy hands; the deathless gods themselves exclaim at your mastery, the shining jewels and delicate metalcraft, gold and silver worked as fine as spiderwebs, gems cut to glitter like the eyes of a cat.

Hephaistos, craftsman who excels at all manner of good work, patron of smiths and wrights and artisans, I honor you.

11: You can say anything that’s connected to this festival but it must include praises to Athena and Hephaestus.

12: Pour Libation to Athena and Hephaestus, saying, “Accept this libation Athena and Hephaestus, who gave us invention and democracy.

13: Give a portion of your food to Athena and Hephaestus, saying, “Accept this offering of food Athena and Hephaestus, who gave us invention and democracy.

14: Burn incense to Athena and Hephaestus, saying, “Accept this incense Athena and Hephaestus, who gave us invention, democracy and skill.

15: Do your own personal prayer to Athena and Hephaestus.

16: 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.

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