Today is the Libations to Demeter and Persephone. Since I’m going to be working I will do mine before I leave for work. I know that it will be dark out but I really want to do this instead of waiting, when I’m dead tired. I hope that you all will have a good libations, no matter what time you do them.
Yesterday I celebrated Epidauria, which honors Asclepius and Hygeia. This observance took place much later and he became even more popular after Athens had a great plague. I had a good time and enjoyed myself.
Starting when the sun goes down it will mark the beginning of the Elusinian Mysteries. Here’s some info about the festival, which comes from http://www.britannica.com.
This is the first one of the month and it talks about two things, boys and education. Back in ancient times women weren’t allowed an education. They might be able to read and write but that was about it. The only exception was if the father wanted the daughter to know about business just in-case something happened. However, that was very rare as most men believed that only sons should learn these things.
So it’s not shocking to see that Apollon’s words about education only applied to boys. Education your son but leave your daughter’s dumb. Glad that we don’t live in those times.
When the sun goes down this holiday will be next. The only thing that I know about it is that it’s a day to celebrate Democracy in it’s present form. However Demokratia excluded about 80 to 90 percent of the population. Glad we don’t live in those times.
So this is the last one of the month and reading the title makes you wonder what they mean. To accommodate someone is to allow them to be who they were and to give them what they need. However, I feel there are limits. However, be accommodating to them and Apollon will bless you.
When the sun goes down this holiday will happen. Agrotera is a epithet of Artemis. Here’s some info about this holiday. Got this from Wikipedia.
At Agrae on the Ilissos, where she was believed to have first hunted after her arrival from Delos, Artemis Agrotera had a temple, dating to the 5th century BC, with a statue carrying a bow. During the Boedromia, on the seventh day of Boedromion (roughly, the beginning of September), an armed procession would take 600 goats to this temple, where they would all be sacrificed by the polemarch in honor of the victory at the Battle of Marathon. This rite derived from a vow made before the Battle of Marathon, which in turn derived from the custom of making a “slaughter sacrifice”, or sphagion (σφάγιον), to Artemis Agrotera before a battle. The temple was destroyed in 1778, when the Ottoman forces occupying Athens set about demolishing ancient sites for building material to construct a wall around the city. The ruins of the temple survive today on Ardettou Street, tightly surrounded by modern buildings. There is an ongoing campaign for the expropriation of adjacent buildings and the restoration of the temple.
Under this name she was also worshiped at Aigeira, Sparta, and elsewhere. The name Agrotera is synonymous with the epithet Agraea, but Eustathius derives it from the town of Agrae.
This is from the same site, Baring the Aegis.
Genesia – The Genesia seems to have been a festival of the dead–especially of dead parents. It was celebrated on the fifth of the month of Boudromion in Athens, but that is all we know for sure. There is reason to believe that the Genesia was panhellenic–although we do not know if all city-states performed the rites on the same day. We are also unsure if the Genesia was a set day for all children to visit their parents’ grave and perform sacrifices there, or if there was a public commemoration of all parents. The day is also sacred to Gaea, who housed the remains of the dead, and brought fertility and wealth to the living.
I got this from the site, Baring the Aegis.
Sacrifice to Basile in Erchia – In the calendar from Erchia the heroine Basile was given a holókaustos on the 4th of the month of Boedromion. The sacrifice to Basile consisted of a white, female, lamb and was followed by a wineless libation. The colour of the animal is noteworthy, since holókaustoi have commonly been classified as khthonian sacrifices, and it is usually assumed that the victims used in such rituals were black. Basile was also worshipped elsewhere in Attica, but nothing is known of the kind of sacrifices she received at those locations. Basile seems to have been a local heroine. Nothing survives about her deeds, as far as I have been able to find, but she was important enough to warrant her own personal sacrifice–the Erchian calendar also makes note of collective sacrifices to ‘the heroines’.
Have a good ritual.
When the sun goes down it will be a new Athenian month. Here’s the holiday’s.
August 22: Nourmia
August 23: Honor Agathos Daemon
August 24: Honor Athena
August 25: Honor Aphrodite, Hermes, Heracles, Eros/Sacrifices to Basile
August 26: Genesia: Festival of the Dead.
August 27: Honor Artemis/Sacrifice to Artemis Agrotera.
August 28: Honor Apollon
August 29: Honor Poseidon and Theseus
September 2: Demokratia: Festival to honor Democracy
September 5-12: Eleusinian Mysteries
September 7: Epidauria
September 9: Libations to Demeter and Persephone
September 17: Sacrifices to the Nymphai, Akhelōos, Hermēs, Athēna, and Gaia.
I hope that you all have a good month.