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]
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]
[Aegletia begins October 1st, and lasts through October 9th]
Here is a short guide for those who may wish to prepare their homes for Apollon’s arrival during the Aegletia festival.
The first day of Aegletia this year (2016) falls upon the Deipnon of Treasury Month Lykeion, so any and all of your usual cleansing activities will serve to purify the space of your home with little extra effort on your part. You may, however, decide to do a few things specifically to make the space more alluring to Apollon for the purposes of this festival. And because the second day of Aegletia, meant to welcome Him into your space, falls upon the Noumenia of Treasury Month Aegletion, which, like all Noumenia celebrations, is a time to honor and welcome our Lord as the new light shines upon us, your preparations will be even more meaningful.
The Aegletia takes its name from Apollon Aegletes, the Lord of the setting sun, the waning light (particularly as it decends over the ocean, that vast expanse separating continents– and thus is a metaphor for our separation from Apollon), who soon will leave us and this world’s affairs behind to take up residence once again in His ever-blooming abode of Hyperborea, in the North. In keeping with the theme of this epithet, one may choose to acquire a few crystals of a bold, sunlit nature. Some are partial to yellow or orange calcite and carnelian, though selenite, quartz and amber are also appropriate. These are only suggestions, however, so feel free to substitute with those crystals that you find are personally relevant.
You may lay the stones upon Apollon’s altar in the week leading up to the festival to gain His blessing, or alternatively, you may lay the stones out at dusk to acquire the particular solar energy that comes only at that time, for a succession of days. When the first day of the festival arrives, you may place the stones in various locations throughout your home, to bring forth these solar energies, or Apollon’s blessings, as well as for a subtle decorative effect.
Another action you may take, which is of a purificatory nature, is to fill a jar with salt water and place it on your dining room table up to a week before the start of the festival. After placing the jar, go about your normal routine, but be aware of your thoughts and the general type of energy that pervades the space. If you feel negative, try holding the jar and allowing the salt water to absorb the troublesome emotions. This clears the space, especially upon the table, where you might choose to set up a temporary festival shrine so that Apollon will be brought nearer to you and your family as you celebrate the various days. Ordinary table salt and tap water are fine to use, though some may choose spring water or sea salt. On the morning of festival day one, pour out the salt water, either in the dirt somewhere off your property, or down the drain of your kitchen sink.
Bringing fresh flowers into your home is another idea that fits well within the framework of the Aegletia. Not only does Apollon enjoy the look and perfume of all types of flowers, they may also serve as a reminder of the fleeting nature of His time with us before His final departure. Many flowers only last a little over a week, so with the festival lasting nine days, by the final day, they would make an appropriate offering to the ritual fire, if you have chosen to have one. Flowers are also beautifully decorative and will brighten up all manner of household spaces.
You may also choose to designate a cozy spot, perhaps in your living room, for the presentation of gifts or offerings to Apollon, Artemis and Leto. This may be done at the main shrine or altar to Apollon, or you may set aside another space. Again, this spot may be decorated with flowers, crystals, or any other thing you deem appropriate. The purpose here is to display the physical reminders of your joyous love for Apollon, and His Sister and Mother.
We will now conclude with a few relevant links for those who choose to celebrate the Aegletia with us. May you all be blessed, and may our Lord Apollon see you swiftly upon the morning of the second day. Hail Aegletes! Hail Apollon!
You, streaking across the wilderness
Darting between the doors of civilization
A phantom, an apparition now gone
Trailing behind You is the red cloak of sunrise
For where You have passed, night retreats
And where You have been, the sun too shall be
And when the light arrives, I will be waiting,
Waiting to catch the scarcest glimpse of You
Fading into the dawn
O Lord, Who is the majesty of the spaces between our natures
Of animal and human
Of predator and prey
Of survival and starvation
Of twilight and midday
Wrap me in Your blood red cloak,
That I might always feel the blood within me
Like rivers upon the landscape
O Shining God!
Welcome to these lands
Nourished upon Your Truth
Strengthened by Your perilous winds
And never to feel a moment without Your Love
Come, O Glorious One!
As the day progresses, so too shall my thoughts of You
And Your red cloak drifting downward,
Sunset settling upon my dwelling place
— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 1]
Dearest Apollon, we thank You for Your presence in our lives and in our homes these past nine days. We thank You for Your love and guidance. You are the well-spring of truth, and Your gentle hand leads us to be purified.
In all the days of our lives, You are here, distantly shining out upon the world, which is ours to behold, to love and to cherish. You are present in everything we hold dear and beautiful. Even as You have traversed the world, even as You now depart from the world, You rest within us.
Though we must prepare for the distance, we celebrate the nearness that shall exist, always, between us. We are Yours, from this moment and all moments after, and there is no separation that can diminish our love.
Blessed Lord, take with You our fond wishes, take with You our stalwart reverence. Take with You our assurance of home and hearth when You return. Take with You these offerings of the gifts given to us by You, and all the Gods. Blessed Lord, take with You our love.
Farewell, Dearest Apollon, Hyperboreios, Ageletes, Anax, and may we meet You again fondly, in the Spring flowers.
— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 9]