Yesterday, our Sisterhood was asked to explain the symbolism of our banner. We thought we would post our response here, as well.
The Treasury of Apollon’s banner has many meanings, layered upon one another. Not all of them are open for public discussion. What can be disclosed, will be disclosed.
Firstly, the lambda represents certain aspects of Apollon that we have come to know, those that we have forged a deep connection and commitment to, those that are most often understood more in the context of their harshness.
The Apollon who punishes Telphusa and slays the Python; He who pursues Daphne, and He who slays Koronis. We could go on with the names of those who have met their fate at His hand. These parts of Him are feared, rightly, and yet that fear can cloud one’s vision. We who know Him intimately, sometimes see glimpses of what some others may not. And in our love of Him, we choose to inform, and to dispel misunderstanding, to the best of our ability, and with openness and kindness, and acknowledgement of those who have come before.
In short, the lambda is the truth that is obscured, that which we might see as our doom, rather than the balm which soothes us in our despair or pain, which it might very well be.
It is also our hope to bring these, and other aspects of Apollon, into various degrees of manifestation, be they upon the shrines and altars of our Sisterhood, or those of anyone who chooses to utilize our small contributions toward His glory. And we have greater plans, of course.
The nine-pointed star, aside from nine being a number of import to our Lord, has many meanings in this context. What we can tell you, is of the beauty, symmetry, and motion of the Kosmos it represents (which turns like a wheel). This, for us, is as the struggle of our lives, always striving to be as He would prefer– as He would mold us– even with our ups and downs. There is more, but that is for the Sisterhood, and only relevant to the Sisterhood.
Finally, the Ouroboros. This has a straight forward meaning here: All things encompassed by wisdom, unhindered by change. The fangs that could lash out are instead tucked away, unbothered, and busied by responsibility. The Ouroboros is Apollon, who encompasses us, who protects us, and who guides us.
We hope this was enough to satisfy everyone’s curiosity. Thank you so much for all your interest, and for following our blog!
— Treasury of Apollon
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]
I love all of you ladies, so much. Let us usher in the seventh Aegletia, of this sixth year of the Treasury, with joy and pride in our accomplishments.
The first Aegletia occurred five months before the formation of the Treasury, thus its celebration was the prelude to our Sisterhood, and is acknowledged as one of our most important festivals.
So, Sisters, let us begin again, with this feeling of love and perseverance among us.
Even as our Lord traverses the world during His flight North, we will welcome and honor Him in our hearts and homes. We will bring Him joy at the end of one Season, and the beginning of the next. And our Lord will return our joy tenfold, come Spring.
Peace and Love to you, my Sisters. Love and Praise, always, to Apollon!
— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 1, 2018]