Noumenia of Prostaterias, 2021

**Oracular Forecast – Ninth Year of the Treasury – Prostaterias (II), 2021

Prostaterias (II) Jan. 14 – Feb. 11, 2021

(Π) Pi, (Ω) Omega, (A) Alpha

In Prostaterias, first, know that success is assured. Now, gird your loins and prepare for the battle, because it will be a brutal one, going forward. All that collides with us will resist our will; therefor must we learn to avoid collision. Working within our own parameters, and in concert with the natural cycles which surround us, we may avoid much of the chaos that comes with undue haste. We must slow ourselves down and embrace the pace set forth by necessity. Once we have mastered these lessons, prosperity becomes more than a dream, and rather, the true outcome of our efforts. There is no future for us that is not ripe with joy.

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Noumenia of Perihelios, 2021

**Oracular Forecast – Ninth Year of the Treasury – Perihelios (I), 2020/2021

Perihelios (I) Dec. 15 – Jan. 13, 2020/2021

(Δ) Delta, (N) Nu, (Λ) Lambda

In Perihelios, we are reminded of patience. Striking blindly at our foes only results in injuring ourselves and one another. We are encouraged to instead wait, and allow nature to take its course regarding those who would do us harm. Their plans are revealed, and all tyrants fall at the critical time. A miasma descends, bringing the oppressor down with it. Darkness shines like the light, bringing hope. So, seek the good in what is revealed to you, and walk cautiously with the shadow.

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Healing Prayer Dates, 2021

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“Plague in an Ancient City”, by Michiel Sweerts, representing the Plague of Athens.

As we come toward the end of the Julian year, we now give you the dates for Healing Prayer for the upcoming year, 2021.  The dates are marked according to the Julian scheme so as to make it as easy as possible for folks to be active in their participation, without having to convert Treasury Calendar dates.  May the upcoming year bring you joy and fulfillment, and may Apollon and the other Theoi bring you many blessings!

Below you will find all of the Julian dates for Healing Prayer, during the new year.  As always, the Treasury invites you to join us in prayer.


Prayer should begin at or around sunset, local time.

January 4, 2021

February 3, 2021

March 4, 2021

April 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

June 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

July 31, 2021

August 29, 2021

September 28, 2021

October 27, 2021

November 25, 2021

December 25, 2021


Guidelines:

Prayers are NOT to be directed toward specific persons, UNLESS THEY HAVE CONSENTED to prayers on their behalf.

Participants are encouraged to pray for whatever healing they, or CONSENTING loved ones need (excepting minor children or dependents– discretion lies with parents or guardians), be it physical/medical, mental, emotional, etc.

Prayers ARE to be directed toward closing existing rifts within the spheres of the public Polytheist and/or Pagan communities. This includes local, statewide, national, or online communities.

Prayers should ONLY be directed toward communities that participants are ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN.

ALL prayers should be addressed to the Lord Apollon, or to Apollon and Asklepios, as the case may be for medical intervention.

Treasury Festival Dates, 2021

Photograph by Chris Curry.

With half ancient festivals, and half modern festivals, the Treasury of Apollon’s calendar is entirely our own creation, meant for our use, and for the use of those who would celebrate with us.

In anticipation of the next Treasury Year, here are our festivals, listed and dated accordingly.


Sisters and associates, below are the calendar dates for the upcoming year’s major Treasury festivals. Underlined are the names of each Treasury Month followed by its corresponding number in parentheses. Next, are that month’s Noumenia and Deipnon dates, according to the Julian calendar. Bullet points are for the major festivals celebrated in a particular month, followed by its day within that month.  As always, all celebrations are optional, though encouraged. This information may be updated at any time.

Perihelios (I) Dec. 15 – Jan. 13, 2020/2021

Prostaterias (II) Jan. 14 – Feb. 11, 2021

Daphneion (III) Feb. 12 – Mar. 13, 2021

  • Stepteria: Crowning and Purification of Apollon after defeating Delphyne [7th]
  • Daphnaea: Consummation of Daphne and Purification of Priestesses [20th]
  • Ktistêsia: Founding Anniversary and Purification of Altars [24th]
  • Daphnephoria: Parade of the Purified Apollon [29th]

Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 14 – Apr. 12, 2021

  • Theoxenia: Arrival of Apollon [Noumenia]
  • Sminthia [Vernal Equinox – 7th]

Pytheion (V) – Apr. 13 – May 11, 2021

Batrachion (VI) – May 12 – Jun. 10, 2021

  • Batrachia: Festival of Frogs [7th]
  • Anointing of Apollon at Xanthos [9th]
  • Hyakinthia [Full Moon – 15th]

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 11 – Jul. 10, 2021

  • Pyrophoria [Summer Solstice – 10th]
  • Lykaea [20th]
  • Aphelion [25th]

Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 11 – Aug. 8, 2021

  • Metageitnia [7th]
  • Karneia [Full Moon – 14th]

Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 9 – Sep. 7, 2021

Lykeion (X) – Sep. 8 – Oct. 6, 2021

Aegletion (XI) – Oct. 7 – Nov. 4, 2021

Telchinion (XII) – Nov. 5 – Dec. 4, 2021

  • There are no major festivals within this month

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Dec. 5 – Jan. 3, 2021/2022

  • Hyperboralia: Festival of Lights [7th]

Noumenia of Hyperboraios, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Hyperboraios (XIII), 2020

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 16 – Dec. 14, 2020

(Θ) Theta, (Μ) Mu, (Ρ) Rho

In the month of Hyperboraios, the Gods call for individual sacrifices, ordeals, and offerings. These are mandated in exchange for favors previously given, and for advance payment of services yet to be rendered. In this revelation, the obvious is that the Gods are paying attention to our efforts. In so knowing, it becomes imperative that we commit to the work that They are offering. Do not think to skip or overlook this part of the work. A bargain made is a promise, and the Gods hold us always to our promises.

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Don’t Feed the Beast that Feasts on Your Bones

Hyenas are a specialized type of carnivore called a scavenger. Scavengers consume the bodies of animals the scavenger did not kill. Most hyenas are also hunters.
Scavenger, by Chris Johns.

Late in 2019 (arguably in 2018), I made the decision to withdraw from nearly all social media, as well as to cease engagement with the wider Polytheistic (especially Hellenic) communities. This decision was difficult in the beginning, as I had to figure out how and where I would receive social interaction. With COVID-19 still so prevalent, my children and I remain isolated from everyone except each other. Luckily for me, this difficult stage didn’t last very long, as the situation became clearer over time.

After about four months, without a single message or communication attempt from all the folks I thought were important to me, and to whom I thought I was important (I would later receive messages from three individuals… long after the beginning of the George Floyd Rebellion, with the usual “thinking of you” platitudes– and they were not, in fact, all that I needed and hoped for), I quickly realized that my life, and the lives of my children and others of my heritage, are completely inconsequential to people who likely have zero experience being true friends and comrades with anyone Black.

The amount of times I’ve had my views and experience minimized by the very people I was so intent on keeping contact with began playing in my mind. Why am I trying so hard? I asked myself. These folks will forget about my life the very moment they are enabled to do so. And they did.

If the only reason you are being kind to, or advocating for, marginalized people is when they are whispering their humanity into your ear in sweet proximity, then you should simply stop. Your words are empty, and your activism is self-centered and nonexistent. But I digress. The point of this article is not to rehash the activism conversations happening all over the internet, but to speak directly, once again, to my Black people who are engaged with the Ancient Powers, and by extension, Their (mostly white) human communities.

The people who pretend to know you, pretend to love you and your life, pretend to give the slightest (and it always is the slightest) care for your continued free existence in this world, are consuming you. Some knowingly, some not so knowingly, yet the result is the same: they eat your time, as you carefully explain your worth, once again; they eat your traumas, as you perform them in attempts to showcase their (white) brutality; they eat your metaphorical heart, as your emotions become ever so dry and stilted by their lack of empathy or concern. [They would eat the literal beating heart out of your chest, to consume your spiritual essence, if they could.] And finally, they eat your bones, the very foundation of your living self, and your anchor to Great Gaea’s form; to absorb your strength, your power, that which they fear, even unconsciously. You become their sacrifice to colonial egregores that were created long before any of us were born.

These are the beasts to which we are fed, every day by white society. But we do not have to submit to them. If the communities in which we engage for spiritual praxis or growth are ripe with the empty skins of those like us who have gone before, we must decide to save ourselves. We are not meat. We are not food for the starving spirits of settlers. We do not need proximity to our oppressors (or wannabe oppressors, or just lazy racists… I mean leftists) in order to give proper worship and honor to the Ancient Gods. You don’t need them. You never needed them. The Powers are and always have been within your reach, without the dictates of salty spiritualists who probably do not even understand the depths of their own prejudice.

This is not a problem that we have to fix. Attempting to repair or reform the stereotypes that have constructed both their conscious and unconscious views of Black people have kept us in a perpetual state of reaction and servitude. If we are too busy re-explaining how and why we are human enough to receive the Gods’ blessings, then that is less time we are spending on worshiping Them. And if we aren’t worshiping Them, we can not be the (imagined) competition for the Gods’ favor that so many white Polytheists take us to be. Because any Black person receiving even an iota of favor or attention, even from the Gods Themselves, is too much for those who have invested their personality, or brand, or spirituality, with anti-Blackness.

We can choose to no longer engage with these suspect individuals and groups. The choice is always ours to divest from those small systems of oppression that we can escape. The local Polytheist meetup group isn’t the US Education System, and you have the ability to not engage with local pagan assholes; as opposed to the Education System, which most of us are a product of. In that same vein, online Polytheistic communities are also not of the same oppressive power, and you absolutely do not have to participate in any online debates or discussions concerning your worth, your practice, or anything else for that matter.

And you do not have to listen to bigots!

They will always build ivory towers, but we needn’t serve them our flesh and bones to fuel the construction. It is only these barbaric investments that we are forced to make, often with our very flesh, that keep us wanting to enter their spaces. To make the sacrifices “worth it”, so they won’t have been “in vain”. We keep feeding ourselves to the beast, and they build the tower higher. Perhaps it is time for us to begin building up ourselves and each other; our own systems and groups.

Building kharis with our (Hellenic) Gods doesn’t need to come within the approval of people who will never care for us in the ways we need, in the ways that we have proven, countless times, that we care for all. We are better than this, and we deserve better. And one of the most effective ways to go about ensuring that we receive better, is to stop feeding the beast that feasts on our bones.

Columbine, 11/11/2020

Noumenia of Telchinion, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Telchinion (XII), 2020

Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 17 – Nov. 15, 2020

(Ξ) Xi, (Λ) Lambda, (Ι) Iota

Anger will not turn those who have wronged us back toward righteousness, so we are warned in the month of Telchinion, not to allow that emotion to overtake or rule us, even as we feel its effects, most plainly. Look always for signs of progress, for they show themselves everywhere. Look even into the results of our failures, as they may reveal new roads, not previously seen. Starting from the beginning can have two effects on the mind. It can either weigh us down in the past, or it can set us free to discover new futures. So be free and begin again. As long as we live and try, we may reach our goal.

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

The Sullen

I composed this melody in the year 1994 (at twelve years of age), as part of a greater work on piano. I no longer have access to the original, but this melody has remained a favorite of mine.

Paired with these lyrics written last year (2019) in September, and my own vocals, which definitely aren’t great, but also not horrendous, the piece reaffirms its connection to the melody’s original title.

Today, it is offered to Apollon, in celebration of Aegletia 9. As for what the song means… I believe the title and lyrics speak for themselves, and I think I did pretty good.

Of course, it would be so much better if someone with a decent voice took a try. ^_^

Columbine, Aegletia, Day 9, 2020


The Sullen

When the weather breaks in two
And the storm pours over you
Know the static in the air
Will not leave you in despair

Listen to Apollon’s calling!
Can you hear Him in the wind?
Here is the unburdening of
All you know and hope and fear!

Under pretenses respecting
Only your outer refrain
You have now entered the inner
Barrier of His domain

His deep growl sends you reeling
Back from your own reckless ways
Hear your thoughts, they keep repeating
Are you worthy of His gaze?

Know this! Know this! Know this, child!
All are worthy!
Know this! Know this! Know this, and smile!
Your fears shall be vanquished!

When you surrender yourself
To His Glory and His Wealth
That which is His gift to us
We who seek to earn His Trust

Even in the darkest of times
When our spirits barely shine
He is never so far from us–
Even then we feel His Love

The Prince! The Prince! The Prince endeavors to fill
Our deepest wells
So we! So we! So we must open ourselves
To the truths we wish to ignore

Now at last we’ve come upon
The Mirror reflected on
Our hearts laid bare– stripped clean
Nothing spoiled, all serene

© Columbine 1994-2020

As the Sun Rises

“Apollon, Aristaios and Kyrene”, by Samantha Lykeia Sanders. Click image to purchase prints.

Hail to Apollon, this day! Blessed are we, His daughters, sisters, wives and consorts. Blessed is the Treasury, His family, and blessed are all of our works on earth, and beyond!

Hail to Apollon, as the sun rises. Blessed are all His disciples and priests, sibyls and layman followers. Blessed is the Treasury, His cult, and blessed are all of our works on earth, and beyond!

Hail to Apollon, as the world awakens. Blessed are all the living beings. Blessed are the treasures of the world, all whose splendor adorn Him in love, and blessed are all of our works on earth, and beyond!

Hail to Apollon, our Lord, Prince, and King!

Columbine, Aegletia, Day 8, 2020

Oracular Forecast – Telchinion through Daphneion 2020/2021

Bees in sunset, by Simon Berger.

Telchinion through Daphneion 2020/2021

Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 17 – Nov. 15, 2020

(Ξ) Xi, (Λ) Lambda, (Ι) Iota

Anger will not turn those who have wronged us back toward righteousness, so we are warned in the month of Telchinion, not to allow that emotion to overtake or rule us, even as we feel its effects, most plainly. Look always for signs of progress, for they show themselves everywhere. Look even into the results of our failures, as they may reveal new roads, not previously seen. Starting from the beginning can have two effects on the mind. It can either weigh us down in the past, or it can set us free to discover new futures. So be free and begin again. As long as we live and try, we may reach our goal.

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 16 – Dec. 14, 2020

(Θ) Theta, (Μ) Mu, (Ρ) Rho

In the month of Hyperboraios, the Gods call for individual sacrifices, ordeals, and offerings. These are mandated in exchange for favors previously given, and for advance payment of services yet to be rendered. In this revelation, the obvious is that the Gods are paying attention to our efforts. In so knowing, it becomes imperative that we commit to the work that They are offering. Do not think to skip or overlook this part of the work. A bargain made is a promise, and the Gods hold us always to our promises.

Perihelios (I) Dec. 15 – Jan. 13, 2020/2021

(Δ) Delta, (N) Nu, (Λ) Lambda

In Perihelios, we are reminded of patience. Striking blindly at our foes only results in injuring ourselves and one another. We are encouraged to instead wait, and allow nature to take its course regarding those who would do us harm. Their plans are revealed, and all tyrants fall at the critical time. A miasma descends, bringing the oppressor down with it. Darkness shines like the light, bringing hope. So, seek the good in what is revealed to you, and walk cautiously with the shadow.

Prostaterias (II) Jan. 14 – Feb. 11, 2021

(Π) Pi, (Ω) Omega, (A) Alpha

In Prostaterias, first, know that success is assured. Now, gird your loins and prepare for the battle, because it will be a brutal one, going forward. All that collides with us will resist our will; therefor must we learn to avoid collision. Working within our own parameters, and in concert with the natural cycles which surround us, we may avoid much of the chaos that comes with undue haste. We must slow ourselves down and embrace the pace set forth by necessity. Once we have mastered these lessons, prosperity becomes more than a dream, and rather, the true outcome of our efforts. There is no future for us that is not ripe with joy.

Daphneion (III) Feb. 12 – Mar. 13, 2021

(M) Mu, (E) Epsilon, (N) Nu

During the month of Daphneion, the gains we have made from our labor and perseverance have begun to bloom, and have become apparent to others. At this time it is important to remain wary of newcomers seeking to siphon off our accomplishments. Beware of forced partnerships, and pretty words. Beware also what is planted by conniving hands. Foundations laid in deceit are not stable, and can be upended at any time. An impending disaster will strip away all illusion or pretense. Take what is given, and what is spared, in stride, and move forward, always.

[Aegletia, Day 7, 2020]