Noumenia of Treasury Month Batrachion (VI) – May 16, 2018
**** Knight of Pentacles/Beta ****
“Eyes watching from distant shores, where no trouble erodes the sandy beach, are drawn by wonder and awe. But watching so carefully may lead one to not accomplishing one’s own ends. For hungry eyes may fall into an idle envy, and one’s own healthy ambition can lead to jealous grandeur. Watchfulness is good, but take care not to watch yourself into a nightmare of your own making. Tend to yourself, and know that the hands of the Gods are open. Reach for Us in your longing, and in your desperation. Reach for Those who would guide you back to yourself.”
15th day of Treasury Month Pytheion (V) – (5/01/2018)
“A house built of lies is woven strong with words threaded upon a cloth of deceit. That which you wear becomes you, but the cloak of pride is blown away at the advent of the approach of truth. Merely its proximity prompts action to delay its arrival. These are but futile dreams, rendered into oblivion by the path, revealed. Walk the path, and throw away the lies that have kept you warm. I am here now to brighten the way before you.”
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.”
Theoxenion through Aegletion, 2018
Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 18-Apr. 16, 2018
(Ρ) Rho, (Σ) Sigma, (Λ) Lambda
During the month of Theoxenion, we are warned not to take any drastic action, or make any abrupt or life-altering decisions, at this time. Though we may be eager to make changes, and those changes may even be correct in the long run, we are cautioned to wait, to stop, to hold still until the eminent event passes. In it’s wake, opportunities will be uncovered that we may well make use of to further our own goals.
Pytheion (V) – Apr. 17-May 15, 2018
(Β) Beta, (Ω) Omega, (Χ) Khi
For the month of Pytheion, the main theme of the oracle is hope and diligence. It begins by telling us that we are not alone in our lives and endeavors, that indeed our Lord Apollon is present and affecting circumstances in our lives. But of course, we know that He will help so far as we commit to helping ourselves, therefor we must remain diligent in our endeavors. As the oracle reveals times of trouble are on the way, guided by diligence and aided by hope, we can thrive in the hard times to come. And when these hard times pass, we will meet the just rewards for our labor.
Batrachion (VI) – May 16-Jun. 13, 2018
(Λ) Lambda, (O) Omicron, (Z) Zeta
In the month of Batrachion, we are warned of repercussions of our previous actions arriving, at last. This is as it should be. We must accept our past in order to cultivate a productive present, as well as a better future. Once freed from the debt incurred by our pasts, we may find unique opportunities are ahead.
Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 14-Jul. 13, 2018
(M) Mu, (Ψ) Psi, (Δ) Delta
For the month of Pyrophorion, we are reminded of the merits of hard work. What we do in furtherance of our goals must be infused with our deepest, most profound enthusiasm, and so, we must also manifest this enthusiasm by way of the effort we put into our projects. But to balance our hard work, we must also be cunning, knowing when to apply the most pressure, in order to coax forth the desired outcome. The oracle also tells us that there is no getting out of the work, no matter which of the Theoi we might ask.
Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 14-Aug. 11, 2018
(Y) Upsilon, (E) Epsilon, (K) Kappa
The month of Karneion will bring with it the potential to enter into new and fruitful partnerships. Those whom we connect with on a spiritual, emotional, or physical level during this time, are likely to help feed and nurture our authentic selves, and the work which we are set to accomplish. That which these new partnerships produce will be well formed, indeed. The rightness of this oracle may prove to deter us from its completion, though we should know that attempts to avoid what is set in motion may result in unfavorable experiences.
Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 12-Sep. 9, 2018
(Δ) Delta, (Z) Zeta, (T) Tau
During the month of Agetoreios we are told to be mindful of our timing. If we wish to alter our course, breaking away from long established traditions, customs, or friendships, it is suggested that we very carefully plan to avoid conflict. Bitterness and resentment between former associates only poisons the air between them. So, go with grace, but know that this parting is in many ways, unavoidable.
Lykeion (X) – Sep. 10-Oct. 9, 2018
(B) Beta, (H) Eta, (Ξ) Xi
For the intercalary month of Lykeion, we are reminded that when the time comes to move on, we should do just that. Apollon will assist us in letting go of what we once expected, while the truth in our hearts is overseen by the Gods. We must be honest with ourselves, as well as the Gods. Situations that do not work are not worth our time, and trying too hard to salvage them will only harm us in the long run.
Aegletion (XI) – Oct. 10-Nov. 7, 2018
(Ξ) Xi, (Y) Upsilon, (Δ) Delta
In the month of Aegletion, we are reminded that low quality material is not likely to produce high quality results. If it isn’t working, try something new. That which we choose to turn toward is more likely to lead us to the ends we seek. We need to recognize when it is best to exercise our will, choosing better for ourselves, and those we love.
Seventh day of Treasury Month Hyperboraios (XIII) – (11/25/2017)
**** Pi (Π), Mu (M), Epsilon (E) ****
“Struggle on! All that you have hoped to achieve is within your reach! There have been many obstacles, and the road has been fraught with difficultly, yet have you stayed true to your desire. Continue, and accept that the reward is sweeter when the risk is great. What honor you will bring to your unions, what shining examples you will set, by being steadfast and resolved. The joy of your accomplishments are the seeds which grow bold, and strong, and secure.”
Telchinion through Daphneion 2017/2018
Telchinion (XII) Oct. 20 – Nov. 18, 2017
(T) Tau, (Δ) Delta, (I) Iota
During the month of Telchinion, there is the warning of separation for one’s own betterment. If you now socialize with, or otherwise associate with individuals who do not share your own ethic of hard work and accountability, then you are better off without them. The Gods and circumstances will conspire to fulfill this promise, if you are unwilling to do it yourself. Things that may hold you back from taking this action may be tradition or customs, cherished and long-standing in your circle, but you must go your own way. Tradition is useless if you stagnate upon it’s corpse. What comes next will be determined by your tenacity.
Hyperboraios (XIII) Nov. 19 – Dec. 18, 2017
(N) Nu, (Θ) Theta, (Π) Pi
The month of Hyperboraios portends a great blessing to be bestowed by the Gods. It will make your life more difficult. This is not an easy blessing to bear, but the Divine Ones walk beside you, guiding and showing the way. You must remain focused, and stay upon the path They have laid out for you. Any attempt to set aside Their gift will result only in loss, pain and hardship. So struggle forward, and you will earn the righteous rewards for your efforts.
Perihelios (I) Dec. 19 – Jan. 17, 2017/2018
(K) Kappa, (M) Mu, (Δ) Delta
A great wave of motion will toss you within its twirling winds, during the month of Perihelios. It will sweep you up, and affect all that you have done up to this point. Do not fight change. Change is the constant. It will grind you down like a weathered stone if you try. And yet, through this change, it is possible to forge ahead on your journey, resting in far off places you never would have known had the great wind not taken you. Change is harrowing, but also a blessing in disguise. Do your work, and the timing for ascent out of the maelstrom with reveal itself to you. Strike then, with force, and be released.
Prostaterias (II) Jan. 18 – Feb. 15, 2018
(T) Tau, (A) Alpha, (Ψ) Psi
During the month of Prostaterias, you will be called upon to release someone (or something– this could easily pertain to a project you have worked on for many months or years– something so dear to you, it is as a child parted from its mother’s arms) into the harsh world, where they may face struggles and criticisms that you can not shield them from. It must happen for the growth of the one you hold dear. Letting them (or it) go now will result in the most favorable outcome. To attempt to withhold them (or it) will likely be disastrous in the long term, though it may assuage your short term fears. The Gods are watching, and have concurred in this oracle.
Daphneion (III) Feb. 16 – Mar. 17, 2018
(O) Omicron, (Φ) Phi, (Ξ) Xi
In the month of Daphneion, we receive a warning. What we give to the Universe comes back to us. Our actions have consequence. When we receive the fruit of our labors, or our words, we must take full responsibility. The Gods are not at fault for what we do and say, and the criticisms or troubles we reap. If we wish to receive the good, we must first cultivate the good in ourselves, so we may send it forth to generate the profits we seek. If we do not, or we do nothing, we can not expect a prize fruit from a tree untended.
— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 7]
The familial lineage of Apollon can tell us much about Him, and about His sphere of influence. Today, we will take a look at Apollon’s Grandparents, Phoebe and Koios, Their domains and the legacy They have left to Apollon, and to Their other Grandchildren.
Koios is the Titan of the Axis of the Heavens, who is traditionally and commonly today seen as governing over the point of the North, in which He personified the pillar of the North, which, along with His Brothers, the Titans Krios (South), Iapetos (East), and Hyperion (West), held up the body of the Heavens (Ouranos).
It is surmised that, as Koios presided over the Axis of the Heavens, the point at which the constellations of the Heavens revolved, He may also have been a God who presided over Heavenly oracles. This could provide further meaning to His name, meaning “the inquiring”, in that an inquiring mind seeks to understand the movement of the body of the Heavens, through such noble pursuits as study and observation (Astronomy/Astrology), as well as seeking the word of the Divine through an oracular vehicle when the information sought is of a more spiritual bent. Also, as His domain is of the North, it is feasible to speculate that the seat of His domain may have been the legendary Hyperborea, the land of eternal summer, which lies further North than the gates of Boreas, or, beyond the North Wind.
Phoebe, on the other hand, was the Titaness who governed and ruled over the Axis of the Earth, Delphi, also called the Navel of the World. She received Delphi from Themis, who in turn received the prophetic seat from Gaea, Earth Herself, the oracular tradition at Delphi already having been long established by the time of Phoebe’s ascent. Phoebe’s name means “radiant prophesy, or purity”, and may give a clue as to Her function at the oracle.
For one to dispense the infallible word of the Theoi, one must be pure and ready to receive the radiance of the Theoi into oneself. Phoebe may have acted as a kind of Divine bridge from which the sybils learned how to properly treat themselves before and during the oracular possession. Before Her, Themis ruled the oracle, and Hers is the domain of Divine Law, Justice and Morality. She would likely have been concerned more with the absorbtion of decrees handed down to the people (through the sybils) by the Gods, rather than the giving of specific and personal advice. Once Phoebe had been established as the head of the oracular seat, by Her very nature the focus of the oracle would have changed to suit a more open and receptive dynamic between Goddess and sybil.
Furthermore, we can see that the joining of Koios and Phoebe would produce a specific set of traits, handed down in fact to Their Daughters, Leto and Asteria, which would have seamlessly married the domain of the Heavens with that of not only Earth, but with the bright radiance of illumination in all forms.
Leto, whose name may mean “the unseen”, is the Mother of Apollon and Artemis by Zeus. She is the Goddess of the light between night and day, of the twilight, and as such is often veiled, obscuring the truth of her full potency from those who may not yet be ready to look upon such things. With Her Sister, Asteria, Mother of Hekate by Perses, She arrived in the lands held by the Olympians, having come from the North. Specifically, Hyperborea, which later Apollon would come to rule for half the year. Asteria, whose name means “falling stars”, may have been seen as a Goddess of the signs and portends of the night sky (Astrology), as well as of the Divine inspirations of Oneiromancy.
Leto passes down Her radiance to Apollon and Artemis both, who in later times were said to be representative of the Sun and Moon. Although, it should be noted that the idea that They have somehow usurped the domains of Helios and Selene are entirely false. Apollon and Artemis are torch-bearing Gods who deal in the illumination of truth– both the truth of the mind and logic (Apollon), and the truth of one’s nature and the natural world (Artemis). Naturally, light becomes a metaphor for these truths, thus the Twins are seen to govern the properties of light. This perceived governance in no way detracts from the domains of Helios or Selene, who are the physical bodies of the Sun and Moon, respectively.
Apollon becomes the light which purifies and casts away all evil– and of course, that which burns if we look upon it for too long a time; and Artemis becomes the subtle light that aids in the darkness, the light by which the farmers may still gather their crop after nightfall. These are all the Divine radiance of Phoebe, inherited by the Twins through Their Mother, Leto.
Asteria, who walks often in the company of Nyx, is however, typically seen to represent the shadow, the dark which obscures the truth before illumination, or the dreamscape which reveals hidden messages. As dreams, and thus sleep, are often thought of in tandem with death, the final sleep, Asteria passes down these Mysteries to Her Daughter, Hekate.
Hekate, whose name means “worker from afar”, is another torch-bearing God, this time illuminating the way of the Dead into the Underworld. Along with Her deep associations with necromancy and other forms of magic, this may help to explain the truth of Her name. The restless dead which Hekate escorts are of a nature long considered miasmic. Hekate purifies the living by removing the dead from in and around living spaces. Wandering spirits, and spirits who cling to their loved ones in their dwelling places, are gathered up into Her retinue, where they either remain with Her, or are taken into Hades to complete their journey. She gathers the souls of living folk, as well, if they are unfortunate enough to cross Her path, especially during the Dark Moon.
Perhaps this is why She is the worker from afar. Her domain takes Her, and thus those dedicated to Her, into realms far removed from the works of the everyday man or woman. She lives within the company of the Dead, and so one may communicate with the Dead, through Her. The oracular power of Hekate comes from the Khthonic realm, deep within Earth (Gaea), the first source of the oracular gift.
However, we must not forget that Hekate holds equal dominion over Earth, Sky and Sea, a vast domain inherited from Her Titan Parents, much as Apollon and Artemis both hold sway over vast arrays of the natural and civilized worlds. Indeed, the Twins and Their Cousin hold Their torches high to illuminate all spaces of the fathomable world. Their power runs deep, poured out from the Heavens, and welled up from the Earth. They are the nexus at which the Ouranic and Khthonic converge. They are the legacy of Koios and Phoebe.
Sources: Various Theoi.com pages used for reference, but mostly my own insights.