Preparing the Home for Aegletia
[Aegletia begins October 1st, and lasts through October 9th]
Here is a short guide for those who may wish to prepare their homes for Apollon’s arrival during the Aegletia festival.
The first day of Aegletia this year (2016) falls upon the Deipnon of Treasury Month Lykeion, so any and all of your usual cleansing activities will serve to purify the space of your home with little extra effort on your part. You may, however, decide to do a few things specifically to make the space more alluring to Apollon for the purposes of this festival. And because the second day of Aegletia, meant to welcome Him into your space, falls upon the Noumenia of Treasury Month Aegletion, which, like all Noumenia celebrations, is a time to honor and welcome our Lord as the new light shines upon us, your preparations will be even more meaningful.
The Aegletia takes its name from Apollon Aegletes, the Lord of the setting sun, the waning light (particularly as it decends over the ocean, that vast expanse separating continents– and thus is a metaphor for our separation from Apollon), who soon will leave us and this world’s affairs behind to take up residence once again in His ever-blooming abode of Hyperborea, in the North. In keeping with the theme of this epithet, one may choose to acquire a few crystals of a bold, sunlit nature. Some are partial to yellow or orange calcite and carnelian, though selenite, quartz and amber are also appropriate. These are only suggestions, however, so feel free to substitute with those crystals that you find are personally relevant.
You may lay the stones upon Apollon’s altar in the week leading up to the festival to gain His blessing, or alternatively, you may lay the stones out at dusk to acquire the particular solar energy that comes only at that time, for a succession of days. When the first day of the festival arrives, you may place the stones in various locations throughout your home, to bring forth these solar energies, or Apollon’s blessings, as well as for a subtle decorative effect.
Another action you may take, which is of a purificatory nature, is to fill a jar with salt water and place it on your dining room table up to a week before the start of the festival. After placing the jar, go about your normal routine, but be aware of your thoughts and the general type of energy that pervades the space. If you feel negative, try holding the jar and allowing the salt water to absorb the troublesome emotions. This clears the space, especially upon the table, where you might choose to set up a temporary festival shrine so that Apollon will be brought nearer to you and your family as you celebrate the various days. Ordinary table salt and tap water are fine to use, though some may choose spring water or sea salt. On the morning of festival day one, pour out the salt water, either in the dirt somewhere off your property, or down the drain of your kitchen sink.
Bringing fresh flowers into your home is another idea that fits well within the framework of the Aegletia. Not only does Apollon enjoy the look and perfume of all types of flowers, they may also serve as a reminder of the fleeting nature of His time with us before His final departure. Many flowers only last a little over a week, so with the festival lasting nine days, by the final day, they would make an appropriate offering to the ritual fire, if you have chosen to have one. Flowers are also beautifully decorative and will brighten up all manner of household spaces.
You may also choose to designate a cozy spot, perhaps in your living room, for the presentation of gifts or offerings to Apollon, Artemis and Leto. This may be done at the main shrine or altar to Apollon, or you may set aside another space. Again, this spot may be decorated with flowers, crystals, or any other thing you deem appropriate. The purpose here is to display the physical reminders of your joyous love for Apollon, and His Sister and Mother.
We will now conclude with a few relevant links for those who choose to celebrate the Aegletia with us. May you all be blessed, and may our Lord Apollon see you swiftly upon the morning of the second day. Hail Aegletes! Hail Apollon!