Noumenia of Daphneion, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Daphneion (III), 2020

Daphneion (III) Feb. 25 – Mar. 24, 2020

(Γ) Gamma, (Ξ) Xi, (O) Omicron

A warning, we are given for the month of Daphneion, to not allow ourselves to rest upon the deeds of the past.  What has already occurred, no matter how glorious, no longer serves Apollon to the capacity that He wishes to be served.  Always look forward, keeping in our sights a new endeavor in which to showcase our talents, on His behalf.  Keeping our talents to ourselves does not even serve ourselves properly, and hoarding, even only our own intrinsic wealth, is detrimental to all in our vicinity.  Lastly, we can not expect to receive the best, when our only efforts are of the lowest caliber.

Treasury Month Daphneion (III), 2020 right-click to open

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Noumenia of Prostaterias, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Prostaterias (II), 2020

Prostaterias (II) Jan. 24 – Feb. 24, 2020

(Π) Pi, (Ξ) Xi, (B) Beta

Every step brings us closer to our end result, that which we have studied and striven for.  Never cease striving.  Weigh also the cost of pouring resources, whether tangible or intangible, into areas which never lead to a return on the initial investment.  Be honest about whether or not we can, or even want to repair whatever may be broken.  Perhaps it is best to be rid of the thing that hinders or harms.  Again, Pythios declares His assistance, and we are expected to uphold and fulfill our promises.

Treasury Month Prostaterias (II), 2020 right-click to open

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Noumenia of Perihelios, 2020

**Oracular Forecast – Eighth Year of the Treasury – Perihelios (I), 2019/2020

Perihelios (I) Dec. 27 – Jan. 23, 2019/2020

(I) Iota, (T) Tau, (B) Beta

When in the midst of the grind, keep our goals in sight, and stay primed for success, so that we already know what course of action to take in the event of, thus mitigating the chance of crippling setbacks in the aftermath of such achievement.  Be not idle, therefor the work must continue.  We need not bear witness to the falling away of unnecessary adversaries, for our own endeavors keep us occupied.  Know that we will soon deal only within the frameworks we choose, and build.  Should we feel the need, the Lord of Pytho will hear our petition, yet must we remember that all success is ours to cultivate or subdue, and we must own our final result.

Treasury Month Perihelios (I), 2020 right-click to open

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Treasury Festival Dates, 2019/2020

“Cicada Shell on Bay Laurel Tree”, by Vivian Evans.

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.

Perihelios (I) Dec. 27 – Jan. 23, 2019/2020

Prostaterias (II) Jan. 24 – Feb. 24, 2020

Daphneion (III) Feb. 25 – Mar. 24, 2020

  • Stepteria: Crowning and Purification of Apollon after defeating Delphyne [7th]
  • Ktistêsia: Founding Anniversary and Purification of Altars [12th]
  • Sminthia [Vernal Equinox]
  • Daphnaea: Consummation of Daphne and Purification of Priestesses [20th]
  • Daphnephoria: Parade of the Purified Apollon [Deipnon/29th]

Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 25 – Apr. 23, 2020

Pytheion (V) – Apr. 24 – May 22, 2020

Batrachion (VI) – May 23 – Jun. 21, 2020

  • Batrachia: Festival of Frogs [7th]
  • Anointing of Apollon at Xanthos [9th]
  • Hyakinthia [Full Moon]
  • Pyrophoria [Summer Solstice]

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 22 – Jul. 20, 2020

  • Aphelion [13th]
  • Lykaea [20th]

Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 21 – Aug. 19, 2020

  • Metageitnia [7th]
  • Karneia [Full Moon]

Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 20 – Sep. 17, 2020

Aegletion (XI) – Sep. 18 – Oct. 16, 2020

Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 17 – Nov. 15, 2020

  • There are no major festivals within this month

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 16 – Dec. 14, 2020

  • Hyperboralia: Festival of Lights [7th]

Healing Prayer Dates, 2020

“Sick Child, Brought to the Temple of Aesculapius”, by John William Waterhouse.

As we come to the end of the Julian year, we now give you the dates for Healing Prayer for the upcoming year, 2020.  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 16, 2020

February 13, 2020

March 16, 2020

April 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

June 12, 2020

July 12, 2020

August 10, 2020

September 9, 2020

October 8, 2020

November 6, 2020

December 6, 2020


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.

Noumenia of Hyperboraios, 2019

**Oracular Forecast – Seventh Year of the Treasury – Hyperboraios (XIII), 2019

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 27-Dec. 26, 2019

(Γ) Gamma, (Σ) Sigma, (Z) Zeta

All that we do will be remembered.  We need not worry about how we will fare at the end of things, for our harvest will be ripe and bountiful, and all that we deserve.  When encountering hardship, or a simple impasse, make no drastic moves, and hold ourselves with composure.  The Bright One will shine upon all, leaving falsehood open, and vulnerable to the Light of Truth.  Do not turn away from the maelstrom upcoming.  Stand without fear, knowing that justice is our soft shore.  In flight, we may be struck down.  It is better to withstand, and survive.

Treasury Month Hyperboraios (XIII), 2019 right-click to open

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

Noumenia of Telchinion, 2019

**Oracular Forecast – Seventh Year of the Treasury – Telchinion (XII), 2019

Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 29-Nov. 26, 2019

(X) Khi, (Θ) Theta, (Π) Pi

Continue down the paths we tread, for we are doing our souls’ work, following the true paths laid before us.  We simply must continue.  We must never lose sight of ourselves and our destinies.  What awaits us is sweet, and satisfying.  Apollon, our Lord, and the other Blessed Gods, are with us, having blessed our works, and we should endeavor to live up to Their blessing, by completing our portion of the work before us, as we are charged to do.  The more obstacles we face, the more sure we should be of the choices we’ve made, for these are the trials we must face in order to claim our success.  There will be obstructions, and we will remove them, for they are not so troublesome, lacking the depth to keep us bound.  We do our Lord’s will when we do our own.

Treasury Month Telchinion (XII), 2019 right-click to open

**All Oracular Forecasts are divined twice a year, on Aegletia 7, and Ktistêsia.

The Refracting Crystal and One’s Relationship with the Gods

Photograph by Alberto Ghizzi Panizza.

This post has come about from a couple of starting points. One is in a comment to a friend’s post regarding godspouses, and then again in conversation tonight when speaking of the nature of the gods as it pertains to how we worship and establish relationships with them. The gist was an idea established earlier by Plutarch that when we interact with the gods we are in actuality perhaps interacting with a spirit that a god sends to interact with us on their behalf. And while this may very occasionally be the case in perhaps the most informal of communication, such as perhaps when a person who has an undeveloped relationship with a god is giving up an offering to the god and asking the blessings of a god among other gods invited to the banquet or occasion, I overall disagree that this is a common case. Rather I have my own perceptions on the matter.

When it comes down to it, the gods as far as I can tell are beyond what our limited perceptions have the ability to cope with, see or even understand. They are huge and immeasurable, and have an entirely different state of existence than us. I would liken this to, say, something vibrating at a higher level, moving faster than we can grasp. The word theoi (for the gods), is directly related to the concept of running. This is a great metaphor I think for how the gods are ever moving, ever running, and ungraspable by us as being who can neither move as fast nor to such heights. But as they are so much bigger and fast than us, that we are incapable of true perception of them, the gods themselves can become multiple as they would desire. A god is one, but at will can divide himself into particulars. We find this particular in the Hellenic religion where we focus at a given time on different perspectives of the god rather than the whole of the god. Any body of art is presented at a given time to a certain form, or in poetic form may deal with specific mythic subjects one at a time. While some scholars say that when a god possesses this many names that it may point to a god absorbing different gods that they come into contact with, it seems more likely to me that these are just refractions of the same being.

The god in this case is as a crystal. Perfect and unblemished, but refracting at so many angles and directions that every time he moves you see something different in each refraction of light being emitted. And then another refraction again where that is too reflected. This can happen in a larger sense as we find with epithets, and in many more tiny precise moments as we find with individual relationships with the gods. A Greek poet Yannis Ritsou wrote of this a bit in his poem Marpessa’s Choice.

“It wasn’t by chance that Marpessa preferred Idas over Apollo,
despite her passion for the god, despite his incomparable beauty —
the kind that made myrtle tremble into blossom as he went by. She
never dared raise her eyes above his knees.
Between his toenails and his knees, what an inexhaustible world,
what exquisite journeys and discoveries between his toenails and his knees.”

It speaks of the full presence and beauty of just the smallest glimpse and smallest portion of the god that an inexhaustible world could dwell between his toenails and knees. And this would be so even with the god not coming in his full glory, for we know that this does not happen. Greek myth when dealing with Semele tells us that the Greeks did not think that ever did the gods come in their true forms to the women that they love, but rather in a smaller proximity form of themselves. Like a shard of light from the massive crystal that is the entirety of their being. A refraction of a refraction of light coming to us, giving us a beautiful image of the god, that is full of the innumerable parts of the god, in touch with each of those portions through the refractions of their own light, but by the choice of the god, presented to us in a smaller way that we may personally communicate with us. It is still our god that we are speaking to and giving worship to, yet never while being the same of the whole, never appearing the same way or having the exact same kind of relationship develop in each way he manifests to each of his devotees.

At the same time his crystal catches the light of other gods nearest to him, and that too can draw our awareness of other closely related gods. I who so love Apollon may catch a reflection of Dionysos in a particular angle of the refraction Apollon shows to me, and through my love of Apollon may show adoration and appreciation more for Dionysos, and perhaps that light of Dionysos too had the reflection carried within it of Aphrodite, and so mingling her essence in my worship to bring her necessity into my life and bind her to how I understand the god I serve. I understand and appreciate the other gods through my devotion to my god, and all of this through the smallest portion, a sliver of his being, that he presents to me.

There is no way, even as immense as the gods appear to us in their fractional selves that they present to us, that we really know how immense the gods are. There is a Hindu image I particularly love of Krishna and how he presents himself to Arjuna that I am attaching to the end of this post in which the god presents his innumerable multi form. For we cannot ever know or comprehend how vast and in how many forms the god has within in his entirety. How many refractions for his divine crystal. And even if we can see numerous face at a given time….we can never see the entire scope of the god and he manifests to each worshiper and devotee. The gods are that limitless and multiformed in their singularity.

Or so I believe it to be.

I would like to note that the concept of the gods as refracting light in crystal is highly influenced by the philosophical-religious concept of Indra’s net in which the gods are like drew drops reflecting light on a net, and each dew drop carries within it the reflection of all those near it from whatever angle you look at it. I took this and isolated it and asked myself what I would see of the dew drop of itself suspended in space refracting light in numerous hues and expressions. So while these are ideas are not completely related it was a significant groundwork for this understanding I developed in my own experience.

— Lykeia

End of the Aegletia

“The Muses Leaving their Father Apollo, to Go Out and Light the World”, by Gustave Moreau.

Today, I’ll see Him off…

 

Before the dawn, on this, Your day, I once again lament the swiftness of time, and how it does not wait for me to feel at ease with Your absence.  How it continues, unswayed by my protests, unmoved by my tears.  And yes, I do spill tears for the loss of You, even when I know You can never be lost– to me or to anyone.  For, Apollon, You are the measure of this world, and it may not function without Your power, coursing through the currents of all life and matter.

I am grateful for the attention You have shown me, Aegletes, even as You shall wane from my awareness, and I am grateful for the care You have expressed.  As You complete Your journey, I hope You will think of me, remembering my love for You, and knowing that our home awaits You, come spring.


There are a few reasons that I’ve always thought this day was a beautiful day to look forward to, but since it has also become the final day/night of the Aegletia, it has taken on a somber quality which lends itself well to solemn goodbyes.  A beautiful day, indeed, and also my least favorite day, for at the end of it, I’ll say farewell to my Lord, until we meet again on a cool, spring morning.

But, though His most immediate presence will be absent from our world, the underlying power, which threads and harmonizes the Universe, is and will remain forever present.  These are the same basic resonances to which individual natural phenomena and individual lives are bound.  That intrinsic spark of Apollon remains within us, and all the world.  Through it, may we commune with the very core of ourselves, as well as with Him, and in this way, may we pass the harsh season.

As we say our goodbyes, it is good to remember that we are not alone in experiencing this absence.  The coming months are a good time to reaffirm our connections to those we know and love; to really cultivate those connections, so that when Apollon returns home, He will have many harmonious homes to return to.  In so doing, we may prepare for the eventual, and welcomed reintegration of His immediate presence into our lives.

Hail to Apollon Aegletes!

Hail to Apollon Hyperboreios!

Hail to Apollon Anax!

Hail and farewell!

— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 9, 2019]

Honor the Stillness, to Honor the Path

“Apollo, God of the Sun”, by Juan Manuel Molleví.

Apollon of Delos, and of Delphi, and of Hyperborea

Lighter of the Way, Revealer of the Path

Prince, Benefactor

God who warms, illuminates and inspires

Revealer of the way to the illustrious island

Who is generous, Who is kind

But stern, commanding absolute loyalty

Prince, Benefactor

God Who sears, and melts away impurity

Revealer of the way to the Truth of the individual soul

Who is fierce, Who is joyous

And immeasurably firm

Prince, Benefactor

God Who coaxes life forth with burning passion

Revealer of the way to the land of our descendants, yet unborn

Who is steadfast and unwavering, Who is prime and youthful

But deathless, immortal, yes, so very ancient

Prince, Benefactor

Lighter of the Way, Revealer of the Path

Apollon of Delos, and of Delphi, and of Hyperborea


Apollon’s is the hand which guides us, and leads us toward our ends. Whatever those ends may be, only He knows the extent to which we will be bound by them, thus our goal is to make the choices that will take us down His path, in eventuality.

But how do we know which choices are the right ones? By thinking them through, as any logically-minded Apollonian would; then, by applying our spiritual discernment, may we further inform our decision-making process, testing all decisions along side our established spiritual objectives. When both head and heart agree, then we know it is safe to act.

What our Lord brings into our lives, and what we often ask for, is many times, much more profound and difficult than what we have anticipated, whether it be a mental exercise, physical task. or emotional labor. It is imperative that we take the time to suss out our plans of action, rather than dive headfirst into difficult or unknown situations. Quiet and stillness of being will serve us well in these instances, for it is better to perfect a task after careful training, than to repeat a task for lack of preparation.

Calm and quiet. Let these be a mantra within you, to assist in your assessments, so that we may make the most informed decisions possible, and also so that we may do so within the sphere of Apollon’s influence, always to center His will within our work, and lives.

— Columbine [Aegletia, Day 8, 2019]