Ktistêsia: Foundation Day

Foundation of the Delphic Temple

Ktistesia, the Treasury of Apollon’s founding anniversary, and day for the purification of altars.  It derives its name from Ktistes, the title of the hero-founder, one who would have founded a city, dynasty, or institution in times past.  And the One whom we focus this adoration upon, as our Founder, is of course, Apollon, who rules the family that is our Sisterhood.  Ktistesia provides a time for us, as Sisters, to come together, no matter how far apart, to take our places as the first roots in a system that may yet stretch deep and wide across time and distance, should that remain Apollon’s will.

Today is a busy day, so the ritual of Ktistesia is a simple one, which leaves plenty of time for the work of dusting, washing, and wiping altars, shrines and statues.  It is advised that the general house cleaning be taken care of previously, so that your mind may be focused solely upon the spiritual work ahead.  You will need only a small altar, and whatever items bring you closer to Apollon, as well as offerings, incense, and a libation.  You will also utilize your own bodily energy, and sincere adoration of Apollon.

If you are in a group, each person will take another by the wrist of their adjacent arm, as they stand next to one another.  Close the gap to form a circle around your altar (representing unity), whereupon you have laid offerings and burned incense.  If you are alone, you will grasp your own wrists, holding your arms out in front of you, in a kind of circle, as you stand before the altar.  The Ritual Facilitator lets out a cry of longing, and begins to evoke Lord Apollon, in whatever way is appropriate and agreed upon.

The crying out must not be skipped.  This ritual, though brief, is designed to evoke emotion and familial attachment between us Sisters, and between our Sisterhood and Apollon, present and future.  We are emotionally attached to our families, therefor we must demonstrate this with authenticity.  I genuinely love and care for all of you.  I genuinely want all of you to succeed.  And like any dynasty, we should be concerned with the excellence we leave in our wake.  And if we are lucky, as well as persistent, it will build upon each successive generation.

As that is our hope, in this ritual we offer these future generations solace and care, and a place and family with which to unburden themselves, along side us here and now.  We are their foundation.  Let them lean upon us.  Let us be solid, yet flexible within the shifting ground.

After the evocation, and Apollon has revealed His presence, comes time for standing firm.  At this stage of the ritual, still in our circular stance, we simply pledge to be the strength of the Treasury, to uphold its foundations, and to strive toward excellence, in Apollon’s name.  We pledge to hold our Sisters in their burdens, and to keep compassion and tenderness in our hearts.  We pledge to be the firsts roots of the great tree, soaking in the nutrients needed to sustain our Treasury in the years to come.  And we pledge to tend this tree, and to help it to grow tall and outward stretching, as our Lord sweeps across the world.  We are the roots, intertwined.  We are the system than endures.  These pledges may be uttered spontaneously, or memorized as you please.  What matters is that they are heartfelt.

Once the pledges are made, we release our/each others’ hands, raising them to the heavens, in the traditional pose, as the Ritual Facilitator entreats Apollon for His blessings in this endeavor.  And other offerings from the Sisterhood may be laid upon, or around, the altar at this time.  Ritual Facilitator then offers thanks to Apollon for His presence and blessings.  A final libation is made at this time, with all Sisters expressing our gratitude, and hope for our Treasury’s future.  Again, we thank our Lord, Apollon Ktistes (Apollon the Founder), concluding the ritual.

Afterward, get to breaking down all altars that you wish to be cleansed, and start the important work of the day.  Blessed Ktistesia, Sisters!

[Ktistêsia, 2019]

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Healing Prayer Dates, 2019

As we come to the end of the Julian year, we now give you the dates for Healing Prayer for the upcoming year, 2019.  The dates are marked according to the Julian scheme so as to make it as easy as possible for folks to be active in their participation, without having to convert Treasury Calendar dates.  May the upcoming year bring you joy and fulfillment, and may Apollon and the other Theoi bring you many blessings!

Below you will find all of the Julian dates for Healing Prayer, during the new year.  As always, the Treasury invites you to join us in prayer.


Prayer should begin at or around sunset, local time.

January 27, 2019

February 25, 2019

March 27, 2019

April 26, 2019

May 25, 2019

June 24, 2019

July 23, 2019

August 22, 2019

September 20, 2019

October 19, 2019

November 18, 2019

December 17, 2019


Guidelines:

Prayers are NOT to be directed toward specific persons, UNLESS THEY HAVE CONSENTED to prayers on their behalf.

Participants are encouraged to pray for whatever healing they, or CONSENTING loved ones need (excepting minor children or dependents– discretion lies with parents or guardians), be it physical/medical, mental, emotional, etc.

Prayers ARE to be directed toward closing existing rifts within the spheres of the public Polytheist and/or Pagan communities. This includes local, statewide, national, or online communities.

Prayers should ONLY be directed toward communities that participants are ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN.

ALL prayers should be addressed to the Lord Apollon, or to Apollon and Asklepios, as the case may be for medical intervention.

The Beautiful Truth

Lord Apollon, the very pinnacle of beauty, I pray that You lift the shroud of bias, shame, blame, and control that clouds over the eyes of those who wish to see beauty in the world.  I pray that You, Unshorn One, allow these to see the many truths before them, which they shirk from their sight.  Lord of the Light Unceasing, brighten the world before these who are lost, that they will witness the terrible, ugly, beautiful truth of Nature– that which we see and admire, is also that which may destroy us, even as we sit staring in awe.

The many landscapes are indeed beautiful, especially to those who traverse them not.  Those who look from afar and never step foot into the wild lands.  Fear contains them, and rightly so.  The beautiful world is indifferent to their praises, and hostile to their ignorance.  So, Lord, I pray that You tear away the fragile skin which covers them, that which hides their insecurities, and that which implicates them in the ancient scheme of subjugation.

These whose mouths are open only to speak the ancient falsehoods– that physical beauty alone is the compass of virtue– let their mouths be closed so that their ears, hearts and minds may instead be opened to the vastness of this beautiful, terrible, ugly world.  I pray that You open their eyes to rot and death, to pain and suffering, to plague and fear.  Only then will beauty and ugliness be revealed as twin aspects of the Truth:  All that is beautiful is not automatically good.  All that is good is not necessarily beautiful.  Beauty and ugliness are woven between the fabric of matter, space and time.  One may not exist where the other does not also dwell.

Apollon Despota, Wrathful Lord, I pray that You will do these things and more, to facilitate the growth so badly needed.  For only through the cutting away of disease may the whole body be saved.  So, Lord, to that end, do I offer these gifts, that You might be pleased, as well as favorable toward us who keep Your charge to bring both truth, and beauty, into the world.

Ie Paian!

Next Healing Prayer Dates

The Dates for Healing Prayers, 2018

 

Happy Noumenia, and Blessed New Year!  Today, we enter into Treasury Month Perihelios, marking the start of another year, per the Treasury’s own calendar.  May this year bring you joy and fulfillment, and may Apollon and the other Theoi bring you many blessings!

Below you will find all of the Julian dates for Healing Prayer, during this new year.  As always, the Treasury invites you to join us in prayer.


Prayer should begin at or around sunset, local time.

January 8, 2018

February 7, 2018

March 8, 2018

April 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

June 5, 2018

July 4, 2018

August 3, 2018

September 1, 2018

September 30, 2018

October 30, 2018

November 28, 2018

December 28, 2018


Guidelines:

Prayers are NOT to be directed toward specific persons, UNLESS THEY HAVE CONSENTED to prayers on their behalf.

Participants are encouraged to pray for whatever healing they, or CONSENTING loved ones need (excepting minor children or dependants– discretion lies with parents or guardians), be it physical/medical, mental, emotional, etc.

Prayers ARE to be directed toward closing existing rifts within the spheres of the public Polytheist and/or Pagan communities. This includes local, statewide, national, or online communities.

Prayers should ONLY be directed toward communities that participants are ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN.

ALL prayers should be addressed to the Lord Apollon, or to Apollon and Asklepios, as the case may be for medical intervention.

Aegletia Food Guidelines

Aegletia begins October 1st, and ends October 9th

 

A couple years back, I wrote a short ritual for the Aegletia and felt that it was time to add a little bit to it. One thing I’ve always wanted to have as part of our tradition is some shared foodways. Given that we have many different backgrounds, that’s not easy, but the concepts surrounding the Aegletia give us the opportunity to develop some common culinary practices. I’ve outlined some ideas and will be testing them out this year, but I would also like to invite all of you to share your thoughts and maybe even recipes. The great thing about this is that you can do as much or as little of this as you want to and you should be able to accommodate these ideas, even with a tight budget. I’ve been there myself and I tried to write these guidelines with a mind toward compassion for those of us with smaller budgets or who may not have access to a wide variety of ingredients. First, I offer a blessing for food, which I like to say before a sacred meal. There’s a long-ish list of blessings, but you are meant to choose from those that are relevant to your particular meal. If you don’t have beans, for example, you can leave out the one to Kyamites.

 

Blessing the Meal

 

We give thanks to you, Immortal Gods, for the bounty before us.

May you bless our meal, so that from it we might gain strength, health, and long life.

 

We give thanks to Hestia, for blessing our hearth.

We give thanks to Zeus, for bringing the rain.

We give thanks to Apollon, for healthy crops and herds.

We give thanks to Dionysos, for the gift of wine.

We give thanks to Demeter, for the fruits of the Earth.

We give thanks to Athene, for the gift of olives.

We give thanks to Triptolemos, who taught us to farm.

We give thanks to Aristaeos, who taught us to make cheese, keep bees, and tend animals.

We give thanks to Kyamites, who taught us to grow beans.

 

Guidelines for eating during the Aegletia

 

First Night: Purification

 

Drink nothing but water today and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Meals should be high in fiber and plant-based. If you have any sensitivities, such as lactose intolerance, avoid those foods especially today. Avoid added and refined sugars, where possible, as well as highly processed foods.

 

There are a lot of “detox” foods and drinks floating around, but the science behind them is dubious, at best. Nutritionally speaking, water and fiber are your two best weapons against toxins in the body. Our bodies are usually very good at expelling toxins, but need water and fiber as the vehicle with which to do that.

 

Example: Seasoned chick peas, herbed barley, roasted peaches with cinnamon, and fresh salad.

 

Second Night: Arrival

 

Include dates, which Mother Leto ate upon Lord Apollon’s arrival. Include imported foods to remind us that Delos is barren and produces no food for herself. For our purposes, any food not produced locally or regionally is sufficient to consider “imported.” I live in the American South, for example, so anything produced west of the Mississippi river and north of Kentucky would be considered outside my region and, therefore, “imported,” even if it’s not necessarily from another country. The distinction isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but rather one you can make for yourself based on what you would consider “regional.”

 

Apollon’s arrival may be cause to have a somewhat bigger, nicer, “Sunday Dinner” sort of meal, since we are inviting our Bright Lord on this day.

 

Example: Baked chicken with dried Mediterranean apricots, tropical fruit salad, brown rice or barley, steamed broccoli, and whole dates.

 

Third Night: Artemis

 

Food that has been caught from the wild or hunted would be appropriate for the third night, but availability and expense of something like venison or wild-caught fish might prevent this option from being a practical one. Instead, if you live in a household with children, it is their day to choose their favorite meal. Otherwise, a favorite meal from your own childhood, one that inspires fond remembrances, would also be appropriate. If you have pets, this is a good day to give them a special treat.

 

Example: Hot dogs, sweet potato fries, and baked beans with finely chopped onions and apples. For the dog: a small serving of unseasoned sweet potato, thoroughly cooked and skinned.

 

Fourth Night: Leto

 

Once again, this is a good night to serve dates, for the same reason as we did in the second night. This night, it is the mother’s night to choose what’s for dinner. If you are not yourself a mother or no mothers live in the household, you might choose something that reminds you fondly of a motherly figure in your life. This does not necessarily need to be your own mother, just someone who nurtured you as Mother Leto nurtures Her own children and those devoted to Her. Drink only water today and kindly offer water to others when you can. The people of Lycia denied water to Mother Leto, but water is for everyone and should be shared freely.

 

Example: Chopped dates with roasted nuts, ratatouille, barley with herbed pesto and flax seed.

 

Fifth Night: Awareness

 

There are some foods that are supposedly good for your brain and may help you be more alert and aware. The scholarship on this may change over time and we can always make adjustments if that happens. A modest amount of caffeine is appropriate today and foods like flax seed, almonds, eggs, beets, fatty fish (such as salmon), walnuts, fresh fruit, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, whole grains, broccoli, carrots, winter squash, and dark chocolate are purported to be good for concentration, focus, and memory.

 

Example: Spinach/tomato omelettes, whole wheat carrot nut muffins, orange juice

 

Sixth Night: Beauty

 

For the sixth night, it doesn’t matter what you decide to make as long as you put some effort forth into making it look nice. Make food with lots of bright, natural colors, make use of a little garnish, arrange the food nicely on the plate, tidy up the kitchen table, put out the good china. Even if you’re having chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, put a sprig of parsley on top of that mac and cheese; make it look a little bit fancy.

 

Example: Purple cabbage with onions (sauteed in olive oil with salt and pepper); steamed carrots tossed in honey and butter, baked herb chicken, parsley garnish.

 

Seventh Night: Fellowship

 

This is a good night to invite a friend to dinner or have a potluck with friends. You could even share food with friends and neighbors. There’s a lot of room for creativity and opportunity for strengthening friendships on this day.

 

Example: Chili and cornbread, but with friends.

 

Eighth Night: Quietude

 

For the eighth night, you will want to avoid caffeine and have foods that are calming in nature. Again, like the fifth night, our ideas about what foods are meant to have a calming effect on the body and brain might change over time and we can adjust accordingly when we have new information. As of now, however, you might consider asparagus (which tends to be expensive this time of year), avocados, berries, oranges, foods containing zinc (oysters are suggested, but I find them repulsive), walnuts, almonds, salmon, spinach, turkey, and oatmeal.

 

Example: (For breakfast) Oatmeal with dried berries and walnuts, sweetened with a little honey. (For dinner) Spinach salad topped with sliced almonds, mandarin oranges, avocado, slices of grilled or baked turkey, with a raspberry walnut dressing.

 

Ninth Night: Farewell

 

Hera gave an apple tree to Zeus as a wedding gift and it grows in Hyperborea under the heavy guard of the daughters of Atlas, the Hesperides, and the dragon Ladon. Not even Herakles could go and get any apples himself (having had to ask Atlas to do so), and even if we could, we would have to return them. We do, however, have delicious mortal realm apple trees, so thank the Gods for that! We can eat “golden,” yellow, or green apples on this day to remind us of the probably way more amazing ones that grow in Hyperborea.

 

This is also a good night for simple comfort foods, since we will soon be parted with our Bright Lord, the Discerning One. This may mean different things to different people, depending on your upbringing, but warm soups and stews or any sort of fare that reminds you of the comforts of home will do nicely. This is not a day for fancy food that takes hours to prepare.

 

Example: Grilled cheese and tomato soup with baked cinnamon apples.

— Sunweaver

Next Healing Prayer Dates

The Dates for Healing Prayers, 2017

 

Happy Noumenia, and Blessed New Year!  Today, we enter into Treasury Month Perihelios, marking the start of another year, per the Treasury’s own calendar.  May this year bring you joy and fulfillment, and may Apollon and the other Theoi bring you many blessings!

Below you will find all of the Julian dates for Healing Prayer, during this new year.  As always, the Treasury invites you to join us in the prayer chain.

— Columbine


Prayer should begin at or around sunset, local time.

January 19, 2017

February 18, 2017

March 19, 2017

April 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

June 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

August 13, 2017

September 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

November 9, 2017

December 9, 2017


Guidelines:

Prayers are NOT to be directed toward specific persons, UNLESS THEY HAVE CONSENTED to prayers on their behalf.

Participants are encouraged to pray for whatever healing they, or CONSENTING loved ones need (excepting minor children or dependants– discretion lies with parents or guardians), be it physical/medical, mental, emotional, etc.

Prayers ARE to be directed toward closing existing rifts within the spheres of the public Polytheist and/or Pagan communities. This includes local, statewide, national, or online communities.

Prayers should ONLY be directed toward communities that participants are ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN.

ALL prayers should be addressed to the Lord Apollon, or to Apollon and Asklepios, as the case may be for medical intervention.

Prayer of Farewell

O Lord of the breath between life and death, He who set the dragon to rot in the holy light of Helios, our Bright Shining God, pleased are we to have hosted You and Your Family.

Delighted were we in Your constant presence, and grateful are we for Your arrival here. But now, as our festival ends, we acknowledge that You must now depart.

In our love for You, we have given You our best, and made room for You in our innermost realms; that which is personal, and that which we share with our loved ones.

O Truth-bearer, we have not recoiled from the lessons You have seen fit to teach, nor have we scorned the revelations You have bestowed.  We know that with Your favor comes a price, and we are glad to pay it.

But for now, we rejoice in the knowing of You, O Lord, in Your coming and in Your going forth from this world.  For there are Other worlds that You must now tend to, with their many corresponding concerns.  Though we love You beyond what mere words can convey, never would we think to deprive these Others of Your grace and devotion.

And so, Apollon, Beloved Anax, Beloved Aegletes, Beloved Hyperboreios, we send You to complete Your journey with naught but love in our hearts.  We know that You will again return to us, so we are not concerned by Your absence.  What is inevitable always comes to pass.

Lord of the Winds, who brings winter in His wake, do not look back, and do not worry, for we are Yours and we are strong.  We are what You have made, and we will shine Your light in the dark months.

And when You return, Apollon, we will be here to welcome You in all Your feral glory, and we will help to ease Your transition back into civilization.  But for now, think only of what awaits You over the threshold.

Farewell, Apollon.  Farewell, Beloved.  Farewell, our Bright Shining God.

— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 9]