Let It Be Known

“Apollon”, by Dong geon Son.

Apollon Khrysáoros is my Protector, my Lord.

All who witness the golden gleam of His blade are cut down before it.

All who feel the fury of His wind, are swept through with arrows.

All for whom His gaze smolders are reduced to ash.

No enemy placed in my path shall prosper, and none of their works shall take root.

Against me, my enemy bends, folds, breaks– for the light of Apollon lives within me, and the shadow of Apollon is my comfort.

Columbine, 7/04/2020 [Aphelion]

Noumenia of Pyrophorion, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Pyrophorion (VII), 2020

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 22 – Jul. 20, 2020

Delta (Δ), Nu (Ν), Upsilon (Υ)

The way becomes smooth as promised, but we are encouraged to keep an eye out for those who try to turn us from our path. We must take care to weigh our decisions before we make them, as some that may seem expedient at first may cause us distress in the future. We are also encouraged to grow the relationships we already have and not seek new ones during this time.

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

Black Lives Matter Isn’t A Summer Project

Protest image found via Google.

I’ve been vacillating for over two weeks, trying to decide if I was going to write this post. Ultimately, it isn’t something I can continue to go on without saying, so…

This is a letter to my people, Black people, within the various polytheist communities, but especially those of us within the Hellenic Polytheistic communities.

I know you are watching, just as I am watching, all of these white individuals and white-led groups in their mad scramble to be the most Black-Lives-Matter-adjacent. I know that it can appear so wonderful to see these people doing the absolute minimum work in the defense of Black life, because we’ve spent so many years being overlooked, insulted, and silenced by these very same white individuals and groups. But they don’t get cookies for being basic, because what they’re doing now, is the most basic of all empathetic human duties.

Think back and remember, where were these people during the Ferguson uprising? Many of them were talking that shit (viva la revolution!!) back then, but when our activists starting showing up murdered, where were they? Where were their voices? In all the years that they have been adults in this world, how many years were spent in your defense, and the defense of people who look like you? Understand that many of these white people are in our struggle only for white clout– to be patted on the back and told they are Very Good People— to be excused for their own interpersonal racism.

Look around right now. There are a lot of calls, by white polytheists/pagans, for Black polytheists/pagans to come in on their publications and blogs with unending emotional labour, to teach them, in a never-ending stream of trauma porn, why our Black lives matter. You likely won’t get paid for it, and they’ll feel like they’ve done their civic duty by offering you the crumbs fallen under their table.

You are worth more than this. You are worth all the good and beauty in the world, and most of all, you deserve not to have to spend a moment within white spaces while they are in the midst of cleaning their own houses.

Because it isn’t safe for us. We do not have to break bread with people who only now, after unprecedented evidence of the systemic violence we have been calling attention to for literal years, seem to have grown a conscience. Because, frankly, I don’t believe it. And I won’t believe it until I see it sustained for three plus years, at least.

That is the minimum, for me, for any one of them to show that this is not a flight of fancy, not a summer project, not a good word on their college application. When the revolution becomes their life, full and true, as it is ours, then we’ll see. Because right now, all I see when I look at these folks being loud and pro-Black on the internet and elsewhere, is a bunch of people who didn’t give a fuck about my Black life and work and voice, when I was being attacked unprovoked in their communities by racists, many of whom have finally been exposed; or by white cop apologists who weaponized my poverty against me; or white women who tossed out racist statements publicly like they were going out of style; or white polytheists who slandered me for having differences of theological opinion; or white oracles who can’t stand my audacity to be a Black priestess of Apollon; or just white people in general who get offended by me defending my very real boundaries against their relentless and entitled nonsense.

Many of you were here to witness some of what I speak on above. Many of you have experienced this same, or similar, violence from the same or similar people. You don’t have to trust them just because they are saying what we’ve been waiting to hear for so long. Let them clean up their own houses before we enter into them, and if they are offended by our lack of enthusiasm, perhaps that is all you need to know about how they would treat you within the confines of their white spaces.

Now, what do we do to feel a sense of community within traditions what will likely never see us equally? We can wait for them to become truly enlightened, or we can build what we need, for us– for each other, and for ourselves.

The time for “For Us, By Us” polytheism has come. If we want a seat at the table, it’s time for us to build the table. If we want our voices heard and respected, it’s time for us to get behind the megaphone. And if we want our experience to be not only accepted, but sought after, it’s time for us to accept, and seek each other out. Only when we build it can we be sure that all of our people will be loved and looked after. Let the whites check their own, and after years go by, if they’re still down with the revolution/new era, then maybe we’ll let them in. In the meantime, let’s not be too quick to open up when they come knocking on our door, trying to sell us a bucket and mop to clean up their shit.

Columbine (6/15/2020)

From the Others…

As occasionally happens, a message was received from a Deity other than Apollon.  It was asked that this brief message be shared, so there will now appear a new page in the top menu, titled, “From the Others”, wherein you will find all messages given to us, from other Gods.  This is the first.


“Triumph of Amphitrite”, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

“Here, in these waters, which are My dwelling-place, you shall make sacrifice of your landed goods– your bovine meats, as well as flowers from the field– and you shall give of your breathless spirit, through dance and voice and the gestures of those who have come before.

“Know that you must do these things to affect the balance of which you are a part. Give to receive, and receive, that you may in turn continue giving, for we are all made full by the effort and care of the other.

“Divine children of the Gods, take your rightful place in stewardship over your human connections with the natural world. Prepare yourselves, and be prepared by the changes unfolding before your eyes.

“Behold! The world has ended. The world begins anew.”

— Amphitrite, Queen of the Sea (Channeled by Columbine 5/16/2020)

Noumenia of Batrachion, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Batrachion (VI), 2020

Batrachion (VI) – May 23 – Jun. 21, 2020

Tau (Τ), Rho (Ρ), Psi (Ψ)

We are encouraged to lay down our burdens for a time. The road is soothing out and it is wise to give ourselves time to rest before beginning our work again. Things are beginning to work in our favor, but we need to be at full strength to move forward. Other voices join with Apollon, encouraging us to rest and tend to our own needs before moving forward with our work.**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Noumenia of Pytheion, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Pytheion (V), 2020

Pytheion (V) – April 24-May 22, 2020

Gamma (Γ), Lambda (Λ), Pi (Π)

We have passed through many struggles, but now is the time to set aside the grief that the struggles have left us with and work toward the reward that awaits us. Perseverance grants rewards to those who have struggled. We are encouraged to take time to let our hurts heal so that we can move forward and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Treasury Month Pytheion (V), 2020 right-click to open

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

Noumenia of Theoxenion, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Theoxenion (IV), 2020

Theoxenion (IV) Mar. 25 – Apr. 23, 2020

Epsilon (Ε), Zeta (Ζ), Omega (Ω)

We are eager for the fruits of our labor to come to full fruition, but we must take care not to be reckless or force them to readiness before the time is right. We seek proportions alliances and are eager for their outcomes, for the road we walk is not always easy. Apollon cautions us to avoid spending our energy when we are unsure of the outcome. All things had their time and we should not urge them to an early conclusion.

Treasury Month Theoxenion (IV), 2020 right-click to open

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

Prayers of Healing: COVID-19 Edition

Apollon the Healer has called His Treasury to offer prayers that the community may utilize for their own health, and that of those whom they hope to protect.  May they be received in the same spirit in which they are given: in love, compassion, fortitude, and respect.

— Treasury of Apollon


Prayer should begin at or around sunset, local time.

March 16, 2020


“Apollo Preceding Hector with His Aegis, and Dispersing the Greeks”, by John Flaxman.

Prayer to Apollon, the Averter

 

You Who Sends and Drives Away Plague,Be with us today in our time of need.

May your family come by your side

Asklepios, Divine Physician,

Arrive with your serpent-intwined staff,

Your glorious daughters by your side.

Gracious Hygeia, bring good health.

Panakeia, help us find aid in this fight.

Gentle Iaso, may you lead the way to good health for all those who are touched.

Please be with us in our need, Good Gods. And may we be blessed by your presence.

— Camilla


“Akslepios”, by Unknown Artist. Found via Google.

Prayer for Containing Pandemic

 

Apollon, Asklepios, Hygeia, Panakeia– it is to the Gods of Medicine, Cleanliness and Cure that I pray– may my mind always turn toward the wellness of my communities, be they close or extended, and in these thoughts let me be led to right action, which preserves the lives and health of those around me.

Cleanliness and courtesy are the mantle I must now bear, without fault, for I am a keeper of lives not my own, as others are now the keepers of mine.  We are many, yet are we as one, drawn together in common cause. And for my part, I shall not take more than is my share, and I will endeavor to care for those whose constitutions are compromised, and also shall I not go forth without necessity.

O Gods of the arts of healing and maintaining health, who govern the subtleties of dis-ease, hear this prayer, and grant Your grace upon my words, that what I speak always be a prelude to action, and never the platitudes of comfort.

Hail to You, O Gods, in Your Glory.

Thank You, Apollon.

Thank You, Asklepios.

Thank You, Hygeia.

Thank You, Panakeia.

Blessed Be.

— Columbine


The Hippocratic Oath.

Prayer for Care of the Elderly

 

Many of us have at-risk elders, who we may not be able to consistently care for due to distance or other factors.  However, as long as we are committed to their well-being, we should do all that we can to ensure their safety and survival.  This includes prayer, in addition to all of the physical measures we (and they– if possible) must take to realize that end. The following is a short prayer for this purpose.  A special shout out to Sunweaver, because I incorporated her brief prayer into this one.

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O Paian, O Blessed Apollon, whose ministrations are like balm for the soul, You who are the source of health and the pinnacle of purity– liven our elders, O God, and instill deep within them (and their caretakers) the will to carry out best practices for their own health and safety.

O God of Plagues, spare our elders (and those adjacent to them) and let them live without fear, that their mental health not suffer during this season of want and isolation.

Apollon, who annihilates impurity, turn Your molten gaze toward this virus (COVID-19), that it be burned away within the aura which surrounds You, O Lord of Splendor and Grace.

In Your holy name, O Paian, O Blessed Apollon, we ask these favors, that our community of elders be spared this plague.

— Columbine


“Psyche’s Parents Offering Sacrifice to Apollo”, by Luca Giordano.

(COVID-19) Healing Prayer/Ritual

 

Supplies:  A single candle (tea-light is fine), dressed/anointed with an appropriate oil, such as bay laurel, pine, rosemary, or cinnamon (olive may be substituted).  A source of flame. A libation and a vessel to hold it.

Instructions:  Dress your candle with the oil, with the intent to draw forth our Lord’s healing powers, with His permission.  Meditate or visualize for a bit, then light the candle while calling upon Him by His healing/purifying/averting epithets.  Ex: (Apollon) Paian, Apotropaios, Phosophoros, Katharsios, Daphnephoros, Hekatos, etc. When you feel His presence, read or recite the following…

“O Lord and Patron who inspires all manner of Healthcare professionals, You whose power is of plague and healing, purification and rot, God to whom all Doctors swear their Oath, hear us in this time of peril and need!

“By Your hand, may our bodies remain strong and free from all illness, be they viral, microbial, bacterial, or any other.  By Your command, may our physicians, nurses, technicians, and all medical and support staff be committed to the values of Hygeia, keeping themselves, their tools, and their workstations clean, and purified in the intention to cure or mitigate dis-ease.

“May we, the public, also keep to best practices concerning our health and well-being.  Let us be responsible toward our fellow humans, as well as to those animals adjacent to us, for we are the hands of the Gods on Earth, and all that we wish for, must we also set into motion.

“Be the cleansing fire, O Lord, and the soothing breath which fills our lungs.  Be the force which holds us accountable to our fellow man, that we remember the bonds which hold us, and society, together.  We are not islands, though for the sake of the vulnerable among us, shall we adhere to self-isolation, whenever and wherever possible.  And for those of us who can not adhere, let Your purifying light be a barrier between them and all danger.

“And for the vulnerable ones, as well as those upon whom this or similar misfortune has already fallen, we ask that You soothe their pain and ease their symptoms– that You assuage their fears, and supply all needed resources by annihilating the barriers between them and their recovery, or their continued well-managed health.

“O Physician, we beseech You for Your favor and Your grace, that our homes, towns, streets and cities (and especially the many medical facilities within them), be protected and secured, and that our lives be truly nurtured, as is Your decree, O Sovereign of the Medical Arts!  And to that end do we offer this libation, in Your honor, Lord Apollon.”

Pour the libation, then pray silently for a bit.

Now, snuff out the candle, or, allow it to burn to completion, depending upon your living situation, always keeping fire-safety in mind.  In the event that you can not burn, you may forego the candle, concentrating solely on the prayer and subsequent libation.

Sincerely thank Apollon, in your own words.  Then, bid Him farewell.

Ritual Ends

(repeat as necessary)

— Columbine


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 (Hygeia, Panakeia, etc.), as the case may be for medical intervention.

Oracular Forecast – Theoxenion through Aegletion, 2020

Bees on a Sunflower, by Odin Aerni.

Theoxenion through Aegletion, 2020

 

Theoxenion (IV) – March 25-April 23, 2020

Epsilon (Ε), Zeta (Ζ), Omega (Ω)

We are eager for the fruits of our labor to come to full fruition, but we must take care not to be reckless or force them to readiness before the time is right. We seek proportions alliances and are eager for their outcomes, for the road we walk is not always easy. Apollon cautions us to avoid spending our energy when we are unsure of the outcome. All things had their time and we should not urge them to an early conclusion.

Theoxenia: Arrival of Apollon (Noumenia)

Pytheion (V) – April 24-May 22, 2020

Gamma (Γ), Lamda (Λ), Pi (Π)

We have passed through many struggles, but note is the time to set aside the grief that the struggles have left us with and work toward the reward that awaits us. Perseverance grants rewards to those who have struggled. We are encouraged to take time to let our hurts heal so that we can move forward and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Thargelia (7th)
Pythaea (20th)

Batrachion (VI) – May 23-June 21, 2020

Tau (Τ), Rho (Ρ), Psi (Ψ)

We are encouraged to lay down our burdens for a time. The road is soothing out and it is wise to give ourselves time to rest before beginning our work again. Things are beginning to work in our favor, but we need to be at full strength to move forward. Other voices join with Apollon, encouraging us to rest and tend to our own needs before moving forward with our work.

Batrachia: Festival of Frogs (7th)
Anointing of Apollon at Xanthos (9th)
Hyakinthia (Full moon)
Pyrophoria (Summer solstice)

Pyrophorion (VII) – June 22-July 20, 2020

Delta (Δ), Nu (Ν), Upsilon (Υ)

The way becomes smooth as promised, but we are encouraged to keep an eye out for those who try to turn us from our path. We must take care to weigh our decisions before we make them, as some that may seem expedient at first may cause us distress in the future. We are also encouraged to grow the relationships we already have and not seek new ones during this time.

Aphelion (13th)
Lykaea (20th)

Karneion (VIII) – July 21-August 19, 2020

Ksi/Xi (Ξ), Mu (Μ), Khi (Χ)

Haste is unnecessary, our work comes to fruition and we can safely press on. The goal we have been striving toward in the last months bears fruit, there is no longer any need to rush toward it. Instead we may take joy in our accomplishments and turn our minds toward our future tasks, knowing that our work is moving into its next phase.

Metageitnia (7th)
Karneia (Full moon)

Agetoreios (IX) – August 20-September 17, 2020

Nu (Ν), Upsilon (Υ), Omega (Ω)

Our good fortune continues, but we are again warned not to conclude or begin things before their time. We have set a goal and are encouraged to keep working toward it, but not to rush into new things or to move recklessly forward in our work. All things will come in their time.

Boedromia (7th)

Aegletion (X) – September 18-October 16, 2020

Alpha (Α), Gamma (Γ), Lamda (Λ)

Our work continues, labor bears fruit, and we continue to receive encouragement from Apollon. Our goals are not yet reached but we begin to see blossoms form. Our work brings joy to Apollon and we are encouraged to focus on aspects of the work that bring us joy as well.

Departure of Apollon (Autumnal Equinox)
Pyanepsia: Thanksgiving to the Departed King (7th)
The Aegletia: Nine Illuminations (14th-22nd)

[Ktistêsia, 2020]