Noumenia of Treasury Month Theoxenion (IV): Theoxenia – (3/18/2018)
Blessed Theoxenia, everyone! May Apollon’s return bring with Him the warmth and radiance of the coming spring! If the flowers have not already begun to bloom, they soon will, and so too will our hearts, full with His affection and grace.
This day marks a turning point in the year, wherein the wild, whirling twilight of Apollon’s primal nature is subdued by His more civilized and anthropomorphic qualities.
These attributes once awakened the oracular powers of the Pythia in Delphi, gave strength and cunning to men during the war campaign season, led farmers to sow, tend, and reap their crops, as well as to raise livestock for food and sacrifice, and much more. Our Lord Apollon is the very soul of civilization.
And so, in honor of our Prince, we welcome Him back into the world which He shall again permeate fully, by welcoming Him back into our homes, for we all are the house of Apollo.
The Lord returns again to the house of Apollo. May the house of Apollo open its doors.
Theoxenia Ritual Outline, by Sunweaver
Hestia, who tends the holy house of the Lord Apollo, the far-shooter of Pytho, welcome to this house. May you, and may Zeus, the all-wise, draw near and bestow your blessings on this place and on all who enter in peace and goodwill.
The Temple at Delphi faced West, welcoming the coming night, the darkness of mystery and the freedom of letting go. That was the house of Dionysus then and this is the house of Dionysus now. We welcome him with an offering of wine.
Dionysos Lyaeus, hear our prayers,
Blessed is the son of Zeus and Semele
Who frees us from care, we offer this to you,
May we be blessed with your favor.
These past few months, we have celebrated the blessings of Dionysos, feasted and reveled in freedom and good company. We lit candles in the moonless nights of the darkest month, reflecting our own divine light and in hope for peace and freedom for all people.
The Temple at Delphi also faced East, welcoming the light of the rising sun, the light of insight and order, the light of reason that makes civilization possible. That was the house of Apollo then and this is the house of Apollo now. We welcome him by lighting a candle in the East.
In those days, the Pythia made and broke nations and kings with her words. She was blessed by Apollo, inspired through the pneuma that rose up from the Earth. The Temple is now broken and the pneuma no longer rises into her holy sanctuary, the adyton, but we offer this incense in thanks for that which Apollo will illuminate for us and in remembrance of the Oracle.
Phoebos Apollo, hear our prayers:
Blessed son of Leto, god of Prophets who sees afar
May I go forth this day with my eyes open,
To see each moment as it truly is
May all beings be well,
and may Apollo bring them to His light
And may we be blessed by all the Gods of Olympos
We have now come to the blessing of First Breakfast:
We give thanks to you, immortal Gods, for the bounty before us
To Hestia for blessing the hearth
To Zeus, who brings the rain
To Apollo, the ripener
To Demeter, for the fruits of the Earth
And her priest, Triptolemos, who taught us to farm
And to Dionysos, for the gift of grapes
May all the Gods and good spirits bless this meal and all who have gathered here!
So Say We All!