Welcome, my Lord! Welcome here today! From now until the end of the ninth day, I will see to your every comfort! All that you desire shall be my pleasure, and all that you care to bestow shall be received in reverence!
Welcome here, my Lord, and rest upon the throne we have prepared! High upon the mantle may you oversee our love as it ascends toward you! Also, may you shower us in return with your grace and presence!
Welcome here, my Lord, and rejoice in the love of your family! We wish only for your happiness, and to honor you with honest, joyous praise! We have waited the long months since your Return, preparing to send you forth into your Departure gladly, and with much celebration!
So, welcome here, Apollon Aegletes! Welcome, Apollon Lykeios! Welcome, Apollon Telchinios! Welcome, Apollon Hyperboreios! Welcome, Apollon Anax! Welcome, our Bright Shining Lord, Father and Protector of this house!
— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 2]
It is the Autumnal Equinox, the day whereupon the Treasury of Apollon recognizes our Lord Apollon’s Departure from this world. But it is not a time of immediate departure, but rather, the beginning of a tour of gradual withdrawal. In our tradition, this withdrawal ends on the final day of Aegletia, when we bid Him a fond farewell.
He has been with us throughout the year, from Theoxenia onwards, and He has guided us through our unique transformations and circumstances. Now, as winter approaches, He turns His mind toward other affairs, and other responsibilities.
He is our Lord, and though we, as a species, will be in His thoughts from time to time, along with the other inhabitants of this world, Apollon must now take His leave of us, and travel to His far-northern home in Hyperborea.
So, dear friends, take a moment to acknowledge Apollon’s waning light. Acknowledge His presence as His attention shifts, and be thankful for His power, His love, and all that He gives to our world. For He is the Civilized God, but now, He again becomes the Wild God– the Wolf, Lykeios, lurking in the twilight.
Again, He is Telchinios, the harsh winds of winter approaching. Once more, He is Aegletes, the sun falling under the horizon. And He is Anax, the Northern King, who will watch this and other worlds from afar. Acknowledge His seasonal shift, and be consoled by the truth of His eminent return, next year, when Theoxenia comes again.
And please, if it suits you, join with us in celebration of our Lord’s Departure. Join us in the Aegletia, for His love is boundless, and now, as He prepares to leave us and our concerns behind, He desires to show us that love, that deep affection which is His. Apollon welcomes us all into the fold, so that we may know His embrace, and long for it, as the harsh months pass in His absence.
[Aegletia begins October 1st, and ends October 9th]
Begins October 1st, and lasts through October 9th
Welcome, friends! This is the announcement for the Treasury of Apollon’s third annual celebration of the Aegletia, a modern festival in honor of Apollon as Aegletes, the Bright or Gleaming One, before His departure to Hyperborea in the Winter!
Previously, the festival was known simply as the festival of nine days, but now, after extensive thought, divination and discussion, we have settled on a name, as well as the basic outline for celebration and contemplation.
The overall theme that has persisted throughout these (nearly) three years, and continues to persist for this year’s celebration, is coming to grips with Apollon’s eventual and necessary leaving of this world during the Winter. We can each approach His absence in a variety of ways, but the purpose of the Aegletia itself is to assist in our unique illumination of the bonds we share with Him. Each of the nine days is meant to guide us through a particular modality of His power and being.
Day 1 – Preparation and purification/spent alone in meditation
Day 2 – His arrival at the festival and in our homes/personal celebration between Apollon and each bride, devotee or celebrant
Day 3 – Celebrating Artemis and the unbreakable bond between the Twins/celebrating the freedom of being His
Day 4 – Celebrating Leto and the ferocious spirit the Twins have inherited from Her/acknowledging risk, danger, fear, and the unknown existing within the liminal
Day 5 – Celebrating the awareness of life as the danger passes/celebrating the world in all its splendor, truth and ugliness/abstinence from lying
Day 6 – Exploration of the illuminated world/ritual, art and celebrations with dance and music, as well as competitive games and sacred theater
Day 7 – Celebration of the Treasury as Apollon’s extended mortal family, as well as a safe community of brides and devotees/proclamations of love, ecstatic ritual and prayer, and oracular trance/family oriented celebrations
Day 8 – Calming and quieting, resting with the knowledge and insights gained from the previous days/meditating on connections established between us, by our Lord, and connections we’ve established with all things that love His light
Day 9 – The Procession and farewell to Him as He goes off to Hyperborea/intricate or long-planned offerings for His departure to burn in honor of Him
The Aegletia is designed so that anyone may participate from the comfort of their own home or ritual space, while also eluding to a time when the Treasury exists as a physical space wherein Sisters and the outer circle gather to celebrate together for the full nine days. This is the future we see and hope for. We believe there is plenty of room for each of us to personalize our celebrations while remaining within the overarching theme of accepting Him and His influence, reveling in His nature, the light and the world, and accepting His departure while maintaining the certainly that He will return to us in the spring.
So, be welcomed into our celebration, if you will, and join us as we experience His purifying light, illuminating us all from within!
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The Treasury of Apollon is a loose organization of women from across the globe, who are devoted in love and honor to our Lord, Prince and Boss, Apollon, the Son of Zeus.
Ultimately, our goals are to join together in reverence of Him, and especially to create safe worship and living environments for His women, be they lovers, brides, daughters, sisters, possessions, students, disciples or other devotees; as well as their minor children; and also, to dispel many of the myths currently affecting the Hellenic/Pagan communities, which say that the Deathless Ones, Apollon specifically, can not, or simply do not, express, or accept, love from Their devotees.
Our interim goal is to build friendships among one another based on mutual respect, and our love for Apollon, while this blog exists as the public voice of our private community.
The Treasury of Apollon’s blog is also meant to serve as a platform for all devotees and worshipers of the God, regardless of gender or spiritual tradition. This means that if you have something to say to, about, or for Apollon, and you need an inclusive and anonymous space in which to publish your work, please do not hesitate to contact us, at TreasuryofApollon[at]gmail[dot]com.
Though the inner circle of our community is for women only, we acknowledge the necessity of all points of view in regard to Apollon, for He is a vast and inclusive God.
Hail, and welcome, dear readers, to a project that is very dear to my heart. I originally conceived of the idea for a safe, open and welcoming place for the many different types of Apollonian devotees a few years ago, but had no way of making my dream a reality. But, now that my Lord and Beloved has allowed me to become acquainted with a few of His other brides and devotees, I am finally able to put together the tribute that He has waited so very patiently for. His patience knows no bounds, I can wholeheartedly say.
And here it is, the Treasury of Apollon, where anyone who feels a deep connection to our Lord may have a voice, to publically declare their love and devotion to Him. No matter what path you follow, be it Hellenic (Traditional/Reconstructionist or Ecclectic), Roman, Wicca, or any other, know that you and your contributions are welcome here. It is Apollon Who brings us together, and only Apollon may judge.
So, dear readers, let us praise Him as He deserves, together, with our loving words. (More to come, very soon!)
Hail always to our Prince, Apollon, Who turns away all evil!