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.
Noumenia of Treasury Month Aegletion (XI) – (09/21/2017)
**** Mu, Psi, Beta ****
“What is beautiful is divine, and what is divine in human nature is always striven for through toil and hard work. To release the intrinsic divinity within, you must sweat away what is base and human. This will bring you closer to the Gods, as the Gods have spoken on numerous occasions. There is no shortcut, there is only the trial and the pursuit of excellence. And in this pursuit, you are well looked-after. So have said the Gods, and thus have I brought you this message.”
Seventh day of Treasury Month Batrachion (VI) – Batrachia: Festival of Frogs (6/01/2017)
“Those who are weary of the turmoil which pours from the wounds of this world, those who seek a respite from the ills of pain and fear and death, turn away from the foul pollution that seeps into your hearts. You who would proclaim the names of the Theoi must be purified in the likeness of the Eternal Ones. Miasma has no end that is not won with the desires of your own seeking. Be still, My loves, and I shall wash away the uncleanliness.
“I know that deep inside you are afraid. Afraid of the battles ahead, for you have seen the tide rising upon the shore. But there is always the ebb and the flow. What is drawn in will be drawn out once more. This is the way of all things that live and breathe and die upon Gaea’s breast. There is only the change– the shifting, and the weaving of lives together into many intersecting journeys.
“To be prepared for your own journey, you must be cleansed of the rot which even now preys upon you like a swarm of maggots on decaying flesh. This is natural, but only when the flesh is dead. You, My loves, are still living, and within My sphere, and are to be protected, as I am your Protector. So, hear Me, and obey Me, and seek My holy katharmos.
“This I have said unto you, My loves. This is My desire, and if you desire to please Me, you shall do as I have commanded.”
Theoxenion through Aegletion, 2017
Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 29-Apr. 26, 2017
(E) Epsilon, (Γ) Gamma, (Z) Zeta
In the month of Theoxenion, seeds which were sown in months past will come to bear fruit, and partnerships will coalesce into a cohesive and formidable whole. Spiritually, this could mean joining with a new Deity, or delving into a previously unexplored relationship or mode of worship, or deepening a relationship with a Deity you already know, love or serve. This new found cohesion will also come just in time for a great hardship, or test, which will shake loose the foundations of which we have become accustomed. Don’t fight against it. Do not be ridgid, or you will crumble into dust, like a pillar that believes it is strong, but in truth, is only as strong as the ground beneath it.
Pytheion (V) – Apr. 27-May 25, 2017
(Z) Zeta, (Ψ) Psi, (Ξ) Xi
In the month of Pytheion, the trial continues. But here is where we make our stand, cutting from our lives all that will no longer serve a purpose, all that hinders our growth, all that is no longer the truth of our hearts, all that no longer resonates with our lives and goals as we have determined them, and all for which progress is stagnant. Letting go will not be easy. We will want to hold onto the familiar, but the outcome can only be delayed, not changed. These things are leaving. This is fact. The forces that shall bring about the change are already in motion.
Batrachion (VI) – May 26-Jun. 24, 2017
(I) Iota, (O) Omicron, (Π) Pi
In the month of Batrachion, our rewards will be directly proportional to our efforts. While this is true at all other times, it is especially relevant to remember during this month. Only that which you have cultivated will mature, physically and spiritually. If you set a goal, work toward it a little at a time, be gradual with your efforts and this will help you to stay the course. In Divine relationships, kharis is a reciprocal obligation. You can not receive if you have not contributed. For your efforts, you will receive the prize of personal satisfaction, in addition to what rewards the Gods see fit to bestow. Never cease your striving, and you will never know a time without gain.
Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 25-Jul. 23, 2017
(Ω) Omega, (E) Epsilon, (Γ) Gamma
The month of Pyrophorion will bring discord to all manner of relationships, particularly, human relationships. When cultivating good will with our loved ones, we should try not to grasp at unripened fruits. Do not prod at a sensitive area or wound, lest your hand be bitten. Do not demand action or answers before it/they are ready to be given. However, for all our trying, sometimes the circumstances will not allow us the proper time to wait. In these instances, know that there will be a price to pay for moving things along before their natural time, whether the movement itself was intended. The situation should even out as the month draws to a close, and you are made aware of a previously unseen bounty.
Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 24-Aug. 21, 2017
(I) Iota, (K) Kappa, (Z) Zeta
The month of Karneion has the potential to bring crisis into our lives. The only way to see ourselves, and our families, through is to continue trudging forward. The path will be laden with obstacles, but we must remain surefooted. Keep working, and work hard. Keep building, and build high. For every tower that falls, a new one must be erected in its place. You are the weathered river stone, smooth to the currents of hardship. Don’t fight the river, though the river may insist on fighting you.
Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 22-Sep. 20, 2017
(X) Khi, (A) Alpha, Π) Pi
The month of Agetoreios brings with it a turn in fortune. After several months of inexplicable hardship, at last, we begin to see the true rewards of our labors. We will see our goals clearly, and obstacles that hindered us before will be swept aside, either by our hands or by Another. These goals are mainly physical in nature, and they will be attained through the maintenance of kharis with our Gods, especially Apollon. Although, in a spiritual sense, kharis itself may be the attainable goal. Respect the Gods, respect yourself, and respect the path, even the troubles which came before, because they have tempered you into a fine metal, and soon, a golden mantle will be placed upon your shoulders. Rejoice, yet understand that with it comes deeper responsibility.
Aegletion (XI) – Sep. 21-Oct. 19, 2017
(Γ) Gamma, (N) Nu, (M) Mu
In the month of Aegletion, an unexpected gift will yield both favorable and unfavorable surprises. Like a double-edged blade or a tool with two purposes, it cuts the stalks for harvest, but also cuts the enemy in battle. And now is the time to fight, for yourself, for your desires, and for the Gods. They have set this path upon you, and you upon this path, for only you will bring it, and Their Will, to its completion. You will have all that you need to fulfill this oracle when the time comes, for the Earth is rich and provides much, so never shirk your destiny.
Aegletion through Daphneion 2016/2017
Aegletion (XI) Oct. 2 – Oct. 30, 2016
(Μ) Mu, (Ο) Omicron, (Ζ) Zeta
Aegletion looks to be a difficult month, one which compels us to lay strong foundations to rest upon for the coming year. All that we do has its purpose, and we will reap what we sow. But, for the trials ahead, it may be best for us to stockpile our energies for the time when they will be most effective. When we are in the midst of the turmoil is not the proper time to set our will against it.
Telchinion (XII) Oct. 31 – Nov. 29, 2016
(Ρ) Rho, (Θ) Theta, (Ξ) Xi
In Telchinion, we may wish to bide our time. It is fruitless to try to force action, especially of others, at this time. If they do not come around to your position, know that the Gods are with you and will support your endeavors. Do not become bogged down by the irreverence or bad attitudes of the people around you. There is a time for everything, and when it comes, with the help of the Gods, you will be ready.
Hyperboraios (XIII) Nov. 30 – Dec. 29, 2016
(Λ) Lambda, (Ω) Omega, (Ε) Epsilon
In Hyperboraios, things may be more than what they seem. There will be difficulties, but it is up to us to see what positive effects are brought about by change. We will not want to see these things, for we will prefer to hold onto the status quo. We may also only see the negative impact of change, instead of acknowledging the great benefit of unnecessary barriers crumbling to the ground. We must not leap to ‘fix’ things too quickly, lest we undermine the reordering which is necessary. We will not enjoy this time, and yet, what is right is right.
Perihelios (I) Dec. 30 – Jan. 28, 2016/2017
(Ζ) Zeta, (Ι) Iota, (Ο) Omicron
Perihelios has the potential to be a frustrating month, but if we remain steadfast, we may achieve our goals. Keep a check on your temper, never stop working for what you want, and know that the fruits of your labors will be ripe and sweet when you remember to take the proper care.
Prostaterias (II) Jan. 29 – Feb. 26, 2017
(N) Nu, (Ω) Omega, (M) Mu
In Prostaterias, harsh truths will be spoken, but they are necessary. Uncomfortable words will gather on your tongue, and you will afflict loved ones and strangers alike. Do not pretend, and do not cloud your meaning behind empty platitudes. Truth is the gift of Apollon, meant to be spread amongst deserving ears. This may make for a hard road in the immediate aftermath, but when the dust clears, the way forward will be unmistakable.
Daphneion (III) Feb. 27 – Mar. 28, 2017
(Z) Zeta, (Π) Pi, (Χ) Khi
Daphneion seems to be when the trials of the previous months come to a head in success. At this time, we will ride the waves of fruition, being brought ashore by the tide. Keep your head low, avoiding all controversy, surfacing only to complete your tasks and to claim hard-won rewards. The end is propitious, and to be savored.
— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 7]
Sigma, Kappa, Omega, Xi
“Wait for Me, for I am coming. The land pulses with the change of seasons and soon I will leave this world. But I will not abandon you, My darlings. Rejoice now, for I am coming to share My splendid glory with you for the these nine days.
“Fret not, and know that I can not be persuaded to remain here. The winter is long and arduous, and My leave can not be avoided. Though I will soon embark upon the journey, I am coming now to comfort you.
“Difficulties build the character of my beloveds, so endure what is difficult, grow and change with the oncoming storm. The rain, though it may be dreary, is essential. The snow, though it may freeze the land, also prepares it for new life in the spring. So do I prepare you for My return. For without absence, none may appreciate attachment.
“And if still you are angered by my leaving, know that the wretched emotion will color your thoughts and actions for weeks to come. If you would share beauty with Me for Aegletia, you must first be beautiful, cultivating it in your heart and in your soul.
“Take solace, My loves. I am coming. So, prepare.”
— Apollon (Transcribed by Columbine) [Aegletia, Day 1]