With half ancient festivals, and half modern festivals, the Treasury of Apollon’s calendar is entirely our own creation, meant for our use, and for the use of those who would celebrate with us.
In anticipation of the next Treasury Year, here are our festivals, listed and dated accordingly.
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.
27th day of Hyperboraios (XIII) – Jan. 3
Perihelios (I) Jan. 7-Feb. 4
- Treasury New Year [Noumenia]
- Feast of Leto [9th]
Prostaterias (II) Feb. 5-Mar. 6
- Prostateria [7th]
Daphneion (III) Mar. 7-Apr. 5
- Ktistêsia: Founding Anniversary and Purification of Altars [Noumenia]
- Stepteria: Crowning and Purification of Apollon after defeating Delphyne [7th]
- Sminthia [Vernal Equinox]
- Daphnaea: Consummation of Daphne and Purification of Priestesses [20th]
- Daphnephoria: Parade of the Purified Apollon [29th]
Theoxenion (IV) – Apr. 6-May. 4
- Theoxenia: Arrival of Apollon [Noumenia]
Pytheion (V) – May. 5-Jun. 3
Batrachion (VI) – Jun 4-Jul. 2
- Batrachia: Festival of Frogs [7th]
- Anointing of Apollon at Xanthos [9th]
- Hyakinthia [Full Moon]
- Pyrophoria [Summer Solstice]
Pyrophorion (VII) – Jul. 3-Aug. 1
- Aphelion [2nd]
- Lykaea [20th]
Karneion (VIII) – Aug. 2-Aug. 30
- Metageitnia [7th]
- Karneia [Full Moon]
Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 31-Sep. 28
Aegletion (XI) – Sep. 29-Oct. 28
- The Aegletia: Nine Illuminations [From Aegletion 3 to Aegletion 11]
- Pyanepsia: Thanksgiving to the Departed King [7th]
Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 29-Nov. 26
- There are no major festivals within this month
Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 27-Dec. 26
- Hyperboralia: Festival of Lights [7th]
**** Queen of Grains: Themis/Eta ****
“The Law is on your side. Justice is a relentless companion, and you will know with what seriousness She holds Her duty, as unavoidable truths are woven into the net which shall enclose the deceitful ones. Those who would prey upon weakness, or who would break their oaths, are seen and known. Choose the right path, before your choices are made for you, and before the guillotine falls.”
Telchinion through Daphneion 2018/2019
Telchinion (XII) Nov. 8 – Dec. 7, 2018
(Θ) Theta, (X) Khi, (P) Rho
For the month of Telchinion, the theme is one of the triumph of our careful planning over the winds of random change. What we have sown from months past has at last reached the point where we can observe the road ahead, and make our course corrections. However, these corrections must be made, for the many Gods have laid them out for us to see, and we ignore them at our peril. Yet must we also take the time to observe before we act, in order that we will meet with the most favorable return.
Hyperboraios (XIII) Dec. 8 – Jan. 6, 2018/2019
(M) Mu, (A) Alpha, (Σ) Sigma
What we may perceive as a setback, may in fact be the time needed to adjust to the changes we have ourselves initiated. Gradually, not immediately, and through our hard work, are how these beneficial changes will come to pass. And when our lives begin to flow in the ways we desire, know that our success is related directly to both our confidence, and our ability to strive toward our best.
Perihelios (I) Jan. 7 – Feb. 4, 2019
(M) Mu, (Γ) Gamma, (Π) Pi
Perihelios brings with it the very necessary potential for life changing hard work, which will in turn bring forth the ripened fruits of our labors. If you have allowed yourself to coast this far, know that the smooth road ends here. There are no shortcuts, only the toil. Struggle is the way of life, and after all is said and done, it is the struggle which makes us worthy of the crown.
Prostaterias (II) Feb. 5 – Mar. 6, 2019
(Σ) Sigma, (A) Alpha, (K) Kappa
During the month of Prostaterias, we must stand our ground. We must not give in to the enemies around us, though they may swell like the sea. It will be painful, but we must wrench strength from our bodies and souls, once again. The only way out is through, and the only way through is to let them crash against us, unmoving and immovable. We will be a wall, and they will be brittle and breaking.
Daphneion (III) Mar. 7 – Apr. 5, 2019
(R) Rho, (Π) Pi, (I) Iota
When we find ourselves making strides in our lives, let us not forget those we have left behind, or those who struggle to keep up. To succeed, we must rely on the love and strength of those who have chosen to traverse these paths with us. Let us truly be brethren, and let us never yield our power, or our commitment to the truth. The work ahead will be long and arduous. Hold fast; the reward is within reach.
[Aegletia, Day 7, 2018]
**** Seven of Grains/Theta ****
“The new way of wealth and renewal is ahead– that which I have brought to bear! Its time flows through you, for you are makers of the current! You have received the next seeds for planting. You have raised up the previous crop. Now pass this wisdom on, in Fellowship.
“What I have told you before has come to pass. So, too, has this, which was foretold. You are the beginning with no end. You are the living potential. Now, make the move toward happiness for your Order.”
Fourth Day of Treasury Month Pytheion (V)
This entry is the interpretation of an oracle using bibliomancy that was performed on 19 April 2018.
“The act of communing with Apollo should be considered a positive loving art that treats our relationship with Him as living, growing thing that can be honed over time and requires regular work to maintain.
“Formal communication (through verbal/spirit communication, tarot cards, bibliomancy, or any other medium) is benefited by following a consistent ritual. This not only serves as an amplifier for communication, but the use of traditional practices such as ritual cleansing, offerings, etc, can aid in establishing a safe space of mutual consent and understanding of the boundaries of both parties, especially for those new to practice.
“It is important to Apollo that we understand that we are not merely tools of his divine will, but active participants in our own practice. Our involvement should not compromise our mental, physical, spiritual, emotional health and we should always practice diligent self care, especially as we are asking more of ourselves by opening up to divine communication.
“The goal of this communication should ultimately be to improve upon ourselves, in order to live a more moral and conscious life that improves the quality of our lives and encourages veneration of Apollon.”
Today is Theoxenia on the Treasury’s calendar. Theoxenia is the day when Apollon returns to us from His abode in Hyperborea, where His focus was no longer upon the everyday needs of mankind, but instead set upon the many, many deeply primal aspects of creation, over which He governs. It is widely accepted that during this time, Apollon is absent from our world, yet, as many devotee’s of the god will know, He often is most keenly present in our lives during His Hyperborean stay.
This might be due to the nature of the connection that intimate devotees share with Him. Not only are we in constant contact with Him, what we experience of Him during the Hyperborean season especially, is well below the surface of what He shows to many others. He is Lykeios and Telkinios, the wolf and the wind, ripping and cutting away the weak, in nature. He is the blizzard that whites out all before you, leaving you stranded yet totally enveloped by Him. He is also the spark that dwells in your heart and never fades, its light always there to show the way through the darkness. And in this darkness, in this reality of the Hyperborean season, we walk a path that He has laid out– a path that leads to Him.
So, as He does each year at the height of the winter darkness, Apollon seizes the hearts of many new devotees. These will be led through the wilderness of the Hyperborean season, and out through the gates of coming spring. And then they will know Him in His completeness, as the light grows with the passage of time.
When He arrives at the doors of the House of Apollo, made up of the households and individuals dedicated to Him, He carries the enthusiastic and unfiltered love and adoration of those whose hearts He won in winter, who will be added to the glorious collection of souls that greet Him on Theoxenia. For, as befits a conqueror, Apollon comes bearing the fruit of His conquest.
May we all celebrate the inclusion of our new fellows among the blessed of Apollon. May we welcome them openly, and share what we have to share without hesitancy. And, may we love them under the light of Apollon, as the members of His family that we all are. For some, walking an Apollonian path may be difficult, and they may desire varying amounts of guidance. May we be gentle in our interactions with them, remembering always, that once, many of us were conquests, too.
Hail Apollon! Blessed Theoxenia!