Happy Noumenia, and Treasury New Year!

I’ve already posted this to the FB page, Sisters, but when I did, I forgot to put it here for everyone who isn’t on FB.  Whoops.

So this is basically a list of our calendar festivals.  I prefer to present dates in calendar format, but I’m really just too tired and it’s too tedious for me to whip up a full calendar each month, at least for now.  So, mark down the festivals that appeal to you on your own calendars, and all will be well.  If anything needs to be added or corrected, let me know.

As always, all celebrations are optional, with the goal being that we each celebrate the festivals which call to us, or those that we find most meaningful.

Also, today (Dec. 12, 2015) is the first day of Treasury Month Perihelios (I). Happy Noumenia, and Happy New Year.

— Columbine


 

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. 12-Jan. 10

Prostaterias (II) – Jan. 11-Feb. 8

Daphneion (III) – Feb. 9-Mar. 9

  • 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 [28th]
  • Daphnephoria: Parade of the Purified Apollon [29th]

Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 10-Apr. 7

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

Pytheion (V) – Apr. 8-May 6

Batrachion (VI) – May 7-Jun. 5

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

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 6-Jul. 4

  • Pyrophoria [Summer Solstice]
  • Lykaea [20th]
  • Aphelion [Deipnon]

Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 5-Aug. 2

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

Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 3-Sep. 1

  • Boedromia [7th]

Lykeion (X) – Sep. 2-Oct. 1

  • Departure of Apollon [Autumnal Equinox]

Aegletion (XI) – Oct. 2-Oct. 30

  • The Aegletia: Nine Illuminations [From Deipnon of Lykeion to Aegletion 8]
  • Pyanepsia: Thanksgiving to the Departed King [7th, if not celebrating the Aegletia]

Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 31-Nov. 29

  • There are no major festivals within this month

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 30-Dec. 29

  • Hyperboralia: Festival of Lights [7th]
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About Columbine

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

8 responses to “Happy Noumenia, and Treasury New Year!”

  1. Lis says :

    Most likely the dumbest question in the world, but would you mind explaining Noumenia and Deipnon? Is the Deipnon the first day of the new moon? And then the Noumenia happens once the moon is visible?

    I apologize, Wikipedia isn’t spelling it out well enough for me. And apparently I’m easily overwhelmed by calendars. 😦

    • Columbine says :

      Deipnon translates to “Dinner” and is the last day of the lunar month, sacred to Hekate, in which She and Her entourage receive a special dinner in exchange for Her removing negative spirits from the household. The Deipnon is what most non-Hellenics refer to as the “New Moon” or “Dark Moon”, when the Moon is no longer visible. Noumenia translates to “New Moon”, and is the night that the Moon actually becomes visible after the darkness. The Noumenia is considered the first day of the lunar month, and is sacred to Apollon. 🙂

      • Lis says :

        Thank you so much for explaining. ❤

        Is there a traditional manner of celebrating the Noumenia? Or do people tend to find their own methods?

        And out of curiosity, do you participate in the Deipnon for Hekate?

      • Columbine says :

        No problem. It can be kind of confusing at first, so I understand.

      • Columbine says :

        The Deipnon and Noumenia go hand in hand, so yes, I honor Hekate on the Deipnon. It is seen as a day of monthly purification, so traditionally, people would clean their houses and all household shrines in preparation for Hekate’s blessing that evening, as well as for Apollon’s blessing the next day. The dinner for Her and Her entourage was/is typically left at the edge of the property (or at the doorway, if the former is not possible) and is not to be touched by mortals, because feeding the dead and all that. (More wealthy persons were known to have full processions to a crossroads to leave their offerings, but it’s not entirely necessary.) However, in the old times homeless or needy persons would usually be there to partake of the meals, and so in modern times the dinner has become an opportunity to offer food charity to local homeless or needy persons on Hekate’s behalf. I wouldn’t skip on giving Her a meal just to volunteer at a soup kitchen, but as long as She is getting Her due, volunteer work or food bank donations are another good way to honor the role She played in feeding the masses.

        On the Noumenia, Apollon Noumenios presides over the day, along with all the Gods of the household, who are each given offerings and usually a meal, which is shared among the family, made to Apollon’s liking. They then bless the household for the coming month and a good time is had by all.

      • Lis says :

        Somewhat overwhelming in scope, with a dozen questions about Hekate’s entourage, household gods, and households that don’t honor the same gods, but I appreciate the descriptions of what the Deipnon and the Noumenia celebrations often look like. It sounds beautiful and honoring. Thank you for explaining.

      • Columbine says :

        No household ever has the exact same Gods, so everybody honors the Gods that they regularly work with and worship, whomever that may be.

        Hekate’s entourage are the restless spirits of the dead and the hounds which consume (or chase away) evil spirits walking the roads and otherwise bothering people, and of course any negative energies/spirits that have been a nuisance within homes during the previous month.

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