Gratitude, and Farewell

Dearest Apollon, we thank You for Your presence in our lives and in our homes these past nine days.  We thank You for Your love and guidance. You are the well-spring of truth, and Your gentle hand leads us to be purified.

In all the days of our lives, You are here, distantly shining out upon the world, which is ours to behold, to love and to cherish.  You are present in everything we hold dear and beautiful.  Even as You have traversed the world, even as You now depart from the world, You rest within us.

Though we must prepare for the distance, we celebrate the nearness that shall exist, always, between us.  We are Yours, from this moment and all moments after, and there is no separation that can diminish our love.

Blessed Lord, take with You our fond wishes, take with You our stalwart reverence.  Take with You our assurance of home and hearth when You return.  Take with You these offerings of the gifts given to us by You, and all the Gods.  Blessed Lord, take with You our love.

Farewell, Dearest Apollon, Hyperboreios, Ageletes, Anax, and may we meet You again fondly, in the Spring flowers.

 

— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 9]

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Bride of Apollon, accompanying her Beloved across the wave of existence.

4 responses to “Gratitude, and Farewell”

  1. Apollo says :

    The mother in the picture is not Leto. Her name is Jacinta. Her twins are (left) Phoebus and (right) Mars. Phoebus is not Apollo sames goes with Helios and Sol Invictus. They are different individuals and very much close friends.

    • Columbine says :

      I am well aware that the image used for the post (not this post, but the one above it) is not actually of Leto, Apollon and Artemis. It is a painting called “Jeune femme contemplant deux enfants qui s’embrassent” or “Young woman contemplating two embracing children”, by the French painter, William-Adolphe Bouguereau. It is not actually a portrait of Those whom you claim it to be either. However, all that being said, I have used it as a representation of Leto and the Holy Twins, and I find that it works quite well in that capacity. Thank you very much for your input, though. 🙂

    • Columbine says :

      Also, in the matter of Phoebus not being Apollo, as you say, the excerpt I used at the beginning of that post comes directly from the Homeric Hymn to Delian Apollo: http://www.theoi.com/Text/HomericHymns1.html#3

      Phoebus, or Phoibos in Greek/Hellenic, is an epithet of Apollon, regardless of whether or not there is another Deity of the same name, as we find with the epithet Paian. It seems to me that your understanding of Apollon comes chiefly from the Roman period, and while it is in itself valid, it is not a whole or complete understanding of this God. The Treasury of Apollon draws its understanding of Apollon from many sources, but our base is Hellenic, which predates all Roman interpretations.

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