The Aegletia: Nine Illuminations
Begins October 1st, and lasts through October 9th
Welcome, friends! This is the announcement for the Treasury of Apollon’s third annual celebration of the Aegletia, a modern festival in honor of Apollon as Aegletes, the Bright or Gleaming One, before His departure to Hyperborea in the Winter!
Previously, the festival was known simply as the festival of nine days, but now, after extensive thought, divination and discussion, we have settled on a name, as well as the basic outline for celebration and contemplation.
The overall theme that has persisted throughout these (nearly) three years, and continues to persist for this year’s celebration, is coming to grips with Apollon’s eventual and necessary leaving of this world during the Winter. We can each approach His absence in a variety of ways, but the purpose of the Aegletia itself is to assist in our unique illumination of the bonds we share with Him. Each of the nine days is meant to guide us through a particular modality of His power and being.
Day 1 – Preparation and purification/spent alone in meditation
Day 2 – His arrival at the festival and in our homes/personal celebration between Apollon and each bride, devotee or celebrant
Day 3 – Celebrating Artemis and the unbreakable bond between the Twins/celebrating the freedom of being His
Day 4 – Celebrating Leto and the ferocious spirit the Twins have inherited from Her/acknowledging risk, danger, fear, and the unknown existing within the liminal
Day 5 – Celebrating the awareness of life as the danger passes/celebrating the world in all its splendor, truth and ugliness/abstinence from lying
Day 6 – Exploration of the illuminated world/ritual, art and celebrations with dance and music, as well as competitive games and sacred theater
Day 7 – Celebration of the Treasury as Apollon’s extended mortal family, as well as a safe community of brides and devotees/proclamations of love, ecstatic ritual and prayer, and oracular trance/family oriented celebrations
Day 8 – Calming and quieting, resting with the knowledge and insights gained from the previous days/meditating on connections established between us, by our Lord, and connections we’ve established with all things that love His light
Day 9 – The Procession and farewell to Him as He goes off to Hyperborea/intricate or long-planned offerings for His departure to burn in honor of Him
The Aegletia is designed so that anyone may participate from the comfort of their own home or ritual space, while also eluding to a time when the Treasury exists as a physical space wherein Sisters and the outer circle gather to celebrate together for the full nine days. This is the future we see and hope for. We believe there is plenty of room for each of us to personalize our celebrations while remaining within the overarching theme of accepting Him and His influence, reveling in His nature, the light and the world, and accepting His departure while maintaining the certainly that He will return to us in the spring.
So, be welcomed into our celebration, if you will, and join us as we experience His purifying light, illuminating us all from within!
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