Libations to Hera (January)

This is my ritual for my libations to Hera. I hope that you enjoy them and that you can use them. This is the final ritual that I’m doing this month and then I’ll be back with more.

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) Do an Invocation to Hera

I call to Hera, queen of lofty Olympos, dark-eyed goddess, beloved of thundering Zeus, radiant daughter of Kronos and blessed Rhea.

In times of old were you well loved, in Argos and in Samos.

Many are the tales told of you; many are your temples, many are your honors, many are the blessings granted by your goodness.

Wise one, insightful one, you discern and devise the way most fitting to achieve your ends.

Hera, in the clear blue sky we recognize your favor, and in a warm spring rain; in a joyous wedding feast, a constant love, and a harmonious home we know you.

Stately and beautiful goddess, friend of women, friend of marriage, protector of home and family, most lovely and most exalted goddess, I call to you.

5) Do a Hymn to Hera

I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare. Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and the wife of loud-thundering Zeus,–the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympus reverence and honor even as Zeus who delights in thunder.

6) Do a Prayer to Hera

I praise you bright and noble Hera, great lady of Olympos, gracious queen of the deathless gods, dark-eyed goddess, fairest of the children of Rhea, graceful and comely, cloaked in the starry skies, garlanded in poppies fragrant and blood-red, crowned in brightest gold, the lotus wand in your hand, your form ever draped in the finest of silks, majestic one whose blessings is sought by all, whose gifts are treasured, whose favor is a surety of good fortune.

Hera, champion of great cities, guardian of ancient Argos and the pretty isle of Samos, warder of the bonds of marriage, protector of women in the old world and the new, unparalleled goddess, white-armed one, sovereign of the high-reaching heavens, I honor your might.

7) Pour Libations to Hera, saying, “Oh goddess Hera, accept this libation in your honor.

8) Burn incense.

9) Pray to Hera.

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.