Libations to Hephaestus (March)

I’m transferring this from my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist. Enjoy!

This is the Libations to Hephaestus. I hope that you can use this information and let me know how I’m doing. All libations to the gods follow a similar ritual pattern.

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 Hephaestus know that your here by saying, “Hephaestus, hear me.” List any titles that he might go by, which aren’t many. And then let him know why your here.

5) Do an 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.

6) Say a Hymn to Hephaestus.

Sing, o tuneful Muse of dept Hephaestus. He with bright-eyed Athena taught glorious crafts to men on earth, who aforetime dwelt like beasts in mountain caves. But now trained in arts by the famous wright Hephaestus, they spend their lives in their homes with ease and comfort the whole year through. Be gracious, o Hephaestus, and grant me excellence and wealth.

7) Say Prayer to Hephaestus.

Strong-armed Hephaistos, maker of miracles, creator of the inconceivable, deviser of of clever machines, from your skillful hands come intricacies undreamt of, gold and jewels to please a goddess.

Artisans and blacksmiths, craftsmen and wrights of every trade, all look to you for insight and revelation, all feel your hand upon their own when in need of inspiration.

Hephaistos, visionary, you see beyond what is practical, beyond was is beautiful.

In your hands molten metal flows like water, takes its form like clay, swift and precise, each work becoming more than what it is, each piece instilled with the spark of the divine.

Deep-hearted god, Hephaistos, I praise you for the gifts you grant us, I praise you for the ideal of artistry.

8) Pour Libations to Hephaestus, saying, “Accept this libation, Hephaestus, in your honor.”

9) Burn incense.

10) Offer food, saying, “Accept this food offering, Hephaestus, in your honor.”

11) Pray to Hephaestus, if you wish.

12) 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.