High over the trees
Clean through the hearts
Of the young boys
They are running
Screaming in terror
Confused by the wrath
Of a God
The flesh from soft bones
Not yet hardened by life
Hard upon the ground
Red and pooling
Soaking in deep
Throaty and rasping
Keening to the sound
Of bodies thrashing
And convulsing their last
Quiet and still
Soaking in a red scene
Everything lost to hubris
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.
Hello, dear Sisters and associates! The Ktistêsia is soon upon us, and we will celebrate the fifth full year of the Treasury’s existence!
Ktistêsia occurs on the ninth day of Treasury Month Daphneion (March 7, 2017) and is the celebration of the laying of the Treasury’s foundations, the Anniversary of our Sisterhood, and a time of gentle purification.
To mark this occasion, I give you the purificatory formula for the altar wash (of course, feel free to use your own formulas, should you feel so inclined), so that we may enjoy Daphneion, the month of purification, with freshly cleansed spiritual spaces, all in preparation for Theoxenia, at the start of the month after Daphneion.
The ritual of cleansing is simple enough, while it is the preparations for the ritual which should begin almost immediately. Here is the supply list:
A clean bowl that can hold a gallon of water
Something to stir with, like a wooden spoon
Something to spread water with, like a spray bottle and/or rag
1 gallon of water
1 small Citrine, and 1 small Obsidian (quartz can substitute for either)
1 single serving bottle of vodka (rubbing alcohol may substitute, just use less– about three caps full)
9 drops of Bay Laurel essential oil
9 drops of Lavender essential oil
1 tbsp of sea salt
A previously prepared sacred flame, and something with which to apply flame to the water, such as dried bay leaves or bamboo skewers
The first flowers of the season (optional after wash offering)
To begin, you must charge your stones with the appropriate energies. First, charge your Obsidian by the light of the crescent moon on the Noumenia just prior to the Ktistêsia. That is February 27, 2017, for reference. And on one of the remaining days prior to Ktistêsia, charge your Citrine by the light of dawn. After charging, both stones should be kept in a black pouch or cloth until ready for use.
On the day of Ktistêsia, place your stones at the bottom of your empty bowl. Pour the gallon of water over them, while visualizing the light stored within them mingling with and purifying the water.
Next, add the sea salt and stir until dissolved, while singing, chanting or praying to Apollon for the continued blessing of your altars/shrines, and the Treasury itself.
Now, pour in the vodka (alcohol), while continuing to sing, chant or pray. After that, add in nine drops of each essential oil (Bay Laurel and Lavender), while giving thanks to Apollon as you add each one.
Finally, light your bay leaves or bamboo skewers from your sacred flame, and plunge the flame into the water just as you would when making khernips. Your altar wash is now complete.
The next step is to use the altar wash to gently cleanse your altar or shrine, and the objects upon it. In order to do that, you should first strip the altar bare of all icons and accouterments. Set them aside.
If you have altar cloths in need of laundering, go ahead and put them in the wash. Simply add a cup of your altar wash during the rinse cycle. All icons, tools, and decorations may be sprayed down with the altar wash and wiped clean with a dry cloth. To do this, submerge an empty spray bottle in the bowl of altar wash, or use a funnel to pour it into the bottle instead.
Once you have all items removed from the altar, soak a clean rag in the altar wash, then proceed to wipe down your entire altar or shrine area. As you do this, receive the blessings of Apollon into your sacred space, and your life. Contemplate the continued existence of the Treasury of Apollon, and the ways that both it and you have grown over the years.
Now that all has been cleansed, return your icons and accouterments to their usual places upon the altar or shrine. You may give devotion and/or offerings at this time. In addition, if you have gathered the first flowers you have seen growing this season, now is the time to place them in offering upon the newly purified altar or shine, giving your love and adoration unto Apollon as you do so.
As a note, you can use any excess altar wash to wipe down other areas of you home, if you wish, or you may pour what is left over the thresholds leading into your home, or over any stairs outside that lead to your door. This completes the Ktistêsia ritual for altar purification.
Here are some simple ideas for a modern celebration of Prostateria, the Birth of Apollon. I usually want to have idea posts like this one published at least one week in advance of the day, but busy life got the better of me in this instance, so I’m posting this on the day itself. However, there is no reason why you can not celebrate this festival at a more convenient time for yourself. Everything is flexible. 🙂
For more information on Prostateria, see this post by Lykeia.
Decorating the shrine or altar is one obvious way to mark the occasion– gifts and offerings, incense and lit candles, or anything else that helps to remind you of the beautiful occasion that is His birth into the world. I recommend asking Him beforehand what He might like, through whatever method of divination or oracle that you prefer.
Prepare a meal for Him, a special meal that you only make on special occasions, so He feels welcomed in the best way possible.
Dress nicely for Him. It doesn’t have to be overly formal, but put on something flattering, and be sure to clean up a little around the house, especially in the room where His shrine or altar is located.
Express your love and appreciation for Him, with poetry or songs, art or dance. If you play an instrument, this is an ideal occasion to regale Him with your art form.
Include His Mother and Sister in the festivities. Invite Them also when you invite Apollon to be present in your home. His love for Them is well known, and any celebration in His honor is better celebrated in Their honor, as well.
And finally, one of the very best ways to honor Him on this day, is to decorate a doorway inside your home in His honor. Apollon Prostaterios is the Lord Before the Doors, who, by His liminal qualities, opens us up to all new possibilities. This is especially relevant as the moment of His birth opened the world to the many possibilities of His existence.
Doorways are inherently liminal spaces, existing between one room and another, or between the outside and inside. Birth is a liminal phenomenon, bridging the time between life and pre-life.
To decorate the doorway, you can use any number of things that you associate with new life life. Seasonal flowers or fruits are always nice, and depending on your area and climate, may be readily available. Barring that, you could use artificial flowers and fruits. Although, you might prefer to hang or wrap evergreens on the doorway, for they are symtbolic of the unchanging, youthful nature of Apollon. Evergreens are also usually still available in colder climates at this time of year, in the Northern Hemisphere.
Within the decorated doorway, as opposed to before the altar (or better still, at an altar erected in the doorway), you may choose to present your offerings and recite prayers or poetry, as well as greet the God, in welcoming.
Blessed Prostateria, and Hail to Apollon, on this, the day of His birth.
Ninth day of Treasury Month Perihelios – Feast of Leto (Jan. 7, 2017)
These Adorations of Leto are inspired by common knowledge of the Goddess, and by personal doxa. There are 27 lines, equaling 9, the number of days and nights Leto labored to birth our Prince, Apollon.
Leto, I adore You, who fled from Your Homeland
Leto, I adore You, who ensures the wellbeing of Your Sister
Leto, I adore You, who are followed by a mighty warband
Leto, I adore You, who approached the Queen for Zeus’ hand
Leto, I adore You, who is always unafraid
Leto, I adore You, who brought the gift of Your regal bearing into the realm of Olympos
Leto, I adore You, who knew Your own worth
Leto, I adore You, who snared the King in a single glance
Leto, I adore You, who secured a place for Yourself and for Your Sister
Leto, I adore You, who rides upon the wild winds
Leto, I adore You, who drives that pack of fierce-fanged wolves
Leto, I adore You, who is veiled only before midnight
Leto, I adore You, who is fair-skinned and golden-tressed
Leto, I adore You, whose voice is the howl before the hunt
Leto, I adore You, who swelled with the Holy Twins within Your womb
Leto, I adore You, who traversed many lands searching for a place of birth
Leto, I adore You, who was at last cared for by the Sister You so well protected
Leto, I adore You, who brought forth the life of Artemis without pain
Leto, I adore You, who laid beneath the palm for nine days and nine nights to deliver our Lord Apollon
Leto, I adore You, who returned to Olympos in sweet triumph
Leto, I adore You, who is demure and unflinching in the face of opposition
Leto, I adore You, who is more than what we see in the bright light of day
Leto, I adore You, whose pride is well-respected and rightly earned
Leto, I adore You, whose ire wrought destruction upon Niobe
Leto, I adore You, whose strength is unfathomable
Leto, I adore You, who brushes aside false pride and ignorance
Leto, I adore You, who is the Mother of the dance between Darkness and Light
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.
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
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.