Libations to Hermes (August)

This is from my old blog, the Geekie Hellenist.

This is my Libation to Hermes. I hope that you 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.”

4) 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.

5) Let Hermes know that your here by saying, “Hermes, hear me” This isn’t a command, this is letting him know that your here. Say his titles (if you know them) and then tell him which offerings, if any, that you’ve made to him. Also let him know of any thing that he’s done for you. It’s a kind reminder that you still remember what he’s granted you and what you’ve offered to him in the past. Now tell him what you intend to give to him and make sure that you have the offerings there.

6) Do an Invocation to Hermes

“I call to Hermes, son of thundering Zeus and gracious Maia, fair of face and kind of heart; father of Tyche, granter of serendipity.

In rugged Arcadia, land of your birth, were you well known and praised by one and all; in all the ancient world did you receive honors.

Throughout the land stood herms and mounded stones, at crossroads and at boundaries, in all the far-flung provinces, marking the path and holding your gift of fortune, Far-journeying Hermes, guide of the traveler, fleet-footed god of merchants, god of gamblers and thieves and all who live by wit and while and clever words, master of discretion and finesse.

Hermes, protector of the home, provider of feast and frolic, courier of dreams, kind Hermes, I call to you.”

7) Do a Prayer to Hermes.

Hermes of the ready wit and the lightning smile, wing-footed one who carries the words of the gods, compassionate one who guides the newly-dead to the halls of Hades and fair Persephone, quick-thinking one who takes interest in the world and works of mankind, whose hand we see in the run of luck and a clever scheme, I call to you.

Hermes, bearer of the herald’s staff, your gifts are great.

You guard the homes with constancy and care, you grant to us a portion of your own craft and while, you join with us when we revel and are merry, you stand with us when we are far from home, alone.

You are ever with us, O Hermes; O god who holds in hand the good of men, I honor you.

8) Do the Hymn to Hermes

“I sing of Cyllenian Hermes, Slayer of Argus, lord of Cyllene and Arcadia rich in flocks, luck-bringing messenger of the deathless gods. He was born of Maia, the daughter of Atlas, when she had made love to Zeus,–a shy goddess she. Ever she avoided the throng of the blessed gods and lived in a shadowy cave, and there the Son of Cronos used to lie with the rich-tressed nymph at dead of night, while white-armed Hera lay bound in sweet sleep: and neither deathless god nor mortal man knew it.

And so hail to you, Son of Zeus and Maia; with you I have begun: now I will turn to another song!

Hail, Hermes, giver of grace, guide, and giver of good things!

9) Offering Incense, saying, “I offer this incense, as I’ve done before, in name of Hermes.”

10) Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, as I’ve done before in the name of Hermes (as before, mention anything that they have done. If not, just do a small prayer).”

11) Pour libations to the Hermes. Remember: Hestia gets first and last libations.

12) Pray to Hermes, if you want.

13) 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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