Semi-Monthly Oracular Statement

Noumenia of Treasury Intercalary Month Lykeion (X) – Sept. 10, 2018

**** Seven of Grains/Theta ****

“The new way of wealth and renewal is ahead– that which I have brought to bear! Its time flows through you, for you are makers of the current! You have received the next seeds for planting. You have raised up the previous crop. Now pass this wisdom on, in Fellowship.

“What I have told you before has come to pass. So, too, has this, which was foretold. You are the beginning with no end. You are the living potential. Now, make the move toward happiness for your Order.”

— Apollon

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The Beautiful Truth

Lord Apollon, the very pinnacle of beauty, I pray that You lift the shroud of bias, shame, blame, and control that clouds over the eyes of those who wish to see beauty in the world.  I pray that You, Unshorn One, allow these to see the many truths before them, which they shirk from their sight.  Lord of the Light Unceasing, brighten the world before these who are lost, that they will witness the terrible, ugly, beautiful truth of Nature– that which we see and admire, is also that which may destroy us, even as we sit staring in awe.

The many landscapes are indeed beautiful, especially to those who traverse them not.  Those who look from afar and never step foot into the wild lands.  Fear contains them, and rightly so.  The beautiful world is indifferent to their praises, and hostile to their ignorance.  So, Lord, I pray that You tear away the fragile skin which covers them, that which hides their insecurities, and that which implicates them in the ancient scheme of subjugation.

These whose mouths are open only to speak the ancient falsehoods– that physical beauty alone is the compass of virtue– let their mouths be closed so that their ears, hearts and minds may instead be opened to the vastness of this beautiful, terrible, ugly world.  I pray that You open their eyes to rot and death, to pain and suffering, to plague and fear.  Only then will beauty and ugliness be revealed as twin aspects of the Truth:  All that is beautiful is not automatically good.  All that is good is not necessarily beautiful.  Beauty and ugliness are woven between the fabric of matter, space and time.  One may not exist where the other does not also dwell.

Apollon Despota, Wrathful Lord, I pray that You will do these things and more, to facilitate the growth so badly needed.  For only through the cutting away of disease may the whole body be saved.  So, Lord, to that end, do I offer these gifts, that You might be pleased, as well as favorable toward us who keep Your charge to bring both truth, and beauty, into the world.

Ie Paian!

Semi-Monthly Oracular Statement

Noumenia of Treasury Month Karneion (VIII) – (7/14/2018)

**** Meadow Saffron/Tau ****

“Selene moves silently across the night sky, following a path of ages you can not comprehend. With Her light, She invites you to follow after.

“Over stark landscapes, and desolate streets. Through the ruins of once affluent neighborhoods. Nowhere will escape the destruction.

“You will find your nation and your people in a despair that accompanies only the fallen. And with them, you will walk between the flaming towers, and their light shall cast down upon the land with glee, and ash shall follow in their wake.

“But for the few, there will be peace in due time.

“Let the world defend itself. Let the rain of truth fall now upon the world.”

— Apollon

Semi-Monthly Divinatory Statement

Noumenia of Treasury Month Batrachion (VI) – May 16, 2018

**** Knight of Pentacles/Beta ****

“Eyes watching from distant shores, where no trouble erodes the sandy beach, are drawn by wonder and awe. But watching so carefully may lead one to not accomplishing one’s own ends. For hungry eyes may fall into an idle envy, and one’s own healthy ambition can lead to jealous grandeur. Watchfulness is good, but take care not to watch yourself into a nightmare of your own making. Tend to yourself, and know that the hands of the Gods are open. Reach for Us in your longing, and in your desperation. Reach for Those who would guide you back to yourself.”

— Apollon

******* Oracular Statement *******

15th day of Treasury Month Pytheion (V) – (5/01/2018)

“A house built of lies is woven strong with words threaded upon a cloth of deceit.  That which you wear becomes you, but the cloak of pride is blown away at the advent of the approach of truth.  Merely its proximity prompts action to delay its arrival.  These are but futile dreams, rendered into oblivion by the path, revealed.  Walk the path, and throw away the lies that have kept you warm.  I am here now to brighten the way before you.”

— Apollon

So, you want to celebrate Thargelia?

Introduction

 

This particular adaptation of the holiday is what might be called the “back half” of it. The front half, or first night, is a little more low-key and involves whatever elements of purification and/or katharsos are appealing to you. For me, I make the panspermia, a terrible name for an excellent food, in which I cook some of the dry beans I’ve saved since last Thargelia and save some to plant after blessing them on the second day. This is a good time for spring cleaning and while my focus tends to be on my pantry, this is also a good time to think about other decluttering efforts. Others make poppets to replace the traditional sacrifice, which is another excellent way of going about it. The ancient celebration involved driving the ugliest man out of town with rocks and switches. Tempting though it may be, I don’t recommend that as a contemporary practice.

 

The first night is also a great time to honor both Leto and Artemis. We could think of this as sort of a Hellenic Mother’s Day, if that’s a metaphor that works for you. Since kharis is one of our foundational principles, a gift to charitable organizations that help mothers and women is as good a sacrifice as any. Charity Navigator compiled a list of highly rated charities that benefit women’s equality, rights, education, and social services, (retrieved 27 April, 2018) for Women’s History Month. If that kind of donation isn’t possible for you, remember that the Theoi are more interested in the content of your heart than the content of your wallet. Any kindness toward women and mothers, including yourself if that describes you, is appropriate if you take care to remember the Labor of Leto and Artemis’ clever midwifery.

 

In regards to seasonally-appropriate holiday food, I have always celebrated Thargelia as a feast of last fruits on the first day and a feast of first fruits on the second day. “First fruits,” which may neither be first, nor strictly fruits, will vary depending on where you live and what the weather has been. In Middle Tennessee, it’s strawberries and a number of green things such as kale and green onions, which makes for a light and fresh lunch.

 

This ritual is meant to be a guide, but there’s room for a great deal of adaptation, as best suits you and your needs.

 

Happy Thargelia!

— Sunweaver


Thargelia

 

[Host]

Hestia, who tends the holy house of the Lord Apollon, the Far-Shooter of Pytho, welcome to this house. May this place be made holy, as were the temples of old, with our work and your love.

 

[host lights a candle for Hestia]

 

Blessed are the Gods of Olympos, Immortal Twelve, who have brought us to this moment. May our joy sustain us through the coming season.

 

[host lights a candle for the Immortal Twelve]

 

Blessed are You, Apollon, light of this world, born to queenly Leto.

 

[host lights a candle for Apollon]

 

[First]

Delos was very glad at the birth of the far-shooting lord. But Leto was racked nine days and nine nights with pangs beyond wont.

 

[Next]

Because Eilithyia, goddess of sore travail, had not heard of Leto’s trouble.

 

[Next]

As soon as She set foot on Delos, the pains of birth seized Leto, so she cast her arms about a palm tree and kneeled on the soft meadow while the earth laughed for joy beneath.

 

[Next]

Then the child leaped forth to the light into hands of Artemis Midwife and all the attendant goddesses raised a cry. Straightaway, great Phoebos, the goddesses washed you purely and cleanly with sweet water and swathed you in a white garment of fine texture, new-woven, and fastened a golden band about you.

 

[Next]

…and Leto was glad because she had borne a strong son and an archer.1

 

[Host]

We offer the Eiresione (“ir-es-ee-on”), here a grapevine swathed in wool, and the first fruits to Phoebos Apollo, slayer of Python and ripener of fruits.

 

[All]

The Eiresione brings berries and bread,

honey and strong wine,

so you go drunk to bed!2

 

Hail Apollon!

 

[Host]

We now come to the blessing of the meal:

 

[All]

We give thanks to you, Immortal Gods for the bounty before us. May you bless our meal that from it we might gain strength, health, and long life.

[First]

We give thanks to Hestia for blessing our hearth

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Zeus for bringing the rain

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Apollo for healthy crops and herds

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Dionysos for the gift of wine

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Demeter for the fruits of the Earth

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Athene for the gift of olives

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Triptolemos, who taught us to farm

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Aristaeos, who taught us to make cheese, keep bees, and tend animals

 

[Next]

We give thanks to Kyamites, who taught us to grow beans.

 

[Host]

“When you have put away craving for sweet food, come with me singing the hymn, Ie Paean!, until you come to the place where you shall keep my rich temple.” So said Apollo.1

 

…and so say we all

 


 

  1. Adapted from: Homeric Hymn 3 to Delian Apollo. Lines 90-129, 495-505

Anonymous. The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White. Homeric Hymns. Cambridge, MA.,Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1914.

  1. Adapted from:
    Burkert, Walter. Greek Religion. Harvard University Press; Cambridge, 1985. p. 101

 

Semi-Monthly Oracular Statement

Fourth Day of Treasury Month Pytheion (V)

 

This entry is the interpretation of an oracle using bibliomancy that was performed on 19 April 2018.


“The act of communing with Apollo should be considered a positive loving art that treats our relationship with Him as living, growing thing that can be honed over time and requires regular work to maintain.

“Formal communication (through verbal/spirit communication, tarot cards, bibliomancy, or any other medium) is benefited by following a consistent ritual. This not only serves as an amplifier for communication, but the use of traditional practices such as ritual cleansing, offerings, etc, can aid in establishing a safe space of mutual consent and understanding of the boundaries of both parties, especially for those new to practice.

“It is important to Apollo that we understand that we are not merely tools of his divine will, but active participants in our own practice. Our involvement should not compromise our mental, physical, spiritual, emotional health and we should always practice diligent self care, especially as we are asking more of ourselves by opening up to divine communication.

“The goal of this communication should ultimately be to improve upon ourselves, in order to live a more moral and conscious life that improves the quality of our lives and encourages veneration of Apollon.”

— Aionia