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.”
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.”
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.
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]
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.
Because Eilithyia, goddess of sore travail, had not heard of Leto’s trouble.
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.
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.
…and Leto was glad because she had borne a strong son and an archer.1
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.
The Eiresione brings berries and bread,
honey and strong wine,
so you go drunk to bed!2
We now come to the blessing of the meal:
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.
We give thanks to Hestia for blessing our hearth
We give thanks to Zeus for bringing the rain
We give thanks to Apollo for healthy crops and herds
We give thanks to Dionysos for the gift of wine
We give thanks to Demeter for the fruits of the Earth
We give thanks to Athene for the gift of olives
We give thanks to Triptolemos, who taught us to farm
We give thanks to Aristaeos, who taught us to make cheese, keep bees, and tend animals
We give thanks to Kyamites, who taught us to grow beans.
“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
- 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.
- Adapted from:
Burkert, Walter. Greek Religion. Harvard University Press; Cambridge, 1985. p. 101
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.”
Noumenia of Treasury Month Theoxenion (IV): Theoxenia – (3/18/2018)
Blessed Theoxenia, everyone! May Apollon’s return bring with Him the warmth and radiance of the coming spring! If the flowers have not already begun to bloom, they soon will, and so too will our hearts, full with His affection and grace.
This day marks a turning point in the year, wherein the wild, whirling twilight of Apollon’s primal nature is subdued by His more civilized and anthropomorphic qualities.
These attributes once awakened the oracular powers of the Pythia in Delphi, gave strength and cunning to men during the war campaign season, led farmers to sow, tend, and reap their crops, as well as to raise livestock for food and sacrifice, and much more. Our Lord Apollon is the very soul of civilization.
And so, in honor of our Prince, we welcome Him back into the world which He shall again permeate fully, by welcoming Him back into our homes, for we all are the house of Apollo.
The Lord returns again to the house of Apollo. May the house of Apollo open its doors.
Theoxenia Ritual Outline, by Sunweaver
Hestia, who tends the holy house of the Lord Apollo, the far-shooter of Pytho, welcome to this house. May you, and may Zeus, the all-wise, draw near and bestow your blessings on this place and on all who enter in peace and goodwill.
The Temple at Delphi faced West, welcoming the coming night, the darkness of mystery and the freedom of letting go. That was the house of Dionysus then and this is the house of Dionysus now. We welcome him with an offering of wine.
Dionysos Lyaeus, hear our prayers,
Blessed is the son of Zeus and Semele
Who frees us from care, we offer this to you,
May we be blessed with your favor.
These past few months, we have celebrated the blessings of Dionysos, feasted and reveled in freedom and good company. We lit candles in the moonless nights of the darkest month, reflecting our own divine light and in hope for peace and freedom for all people.
The Temple at Delphi also faced East, welcoming the light of the rising sun, the light of insight and order, the light of reason that makes civilization possible. That was the house of Apollo then and this is the house of Apollo now. We welcome him by lighting a candle in the East.
In those days, the Pythia made and broke nations and kings with her words. She was blessed by Apollo, inspired through the pneuma that rose up from the Earth. The Temple is now broken and the pneuma no longer rises into her holy sanctuary, the adyton, but we offer this incense in thanks for that which Apollo will illuminate for us and in remembrance of the Oracle.
Phoebos Apollo, hear our prayers:
Blessed son of Leto, god of Prophets who sees afar
May I go forth this day with my eyes open,
To see each moment as it truly is
May all beings be well,
and may Apollo bring them to His light
And may we be blessed by all the Gods of Olympos
We have now come to the blessing of First Breakfast:
We give thanks to you, immortal Gods, for the bounty before us
To Hestia for blessing the hearth
To Zeus, who brings the rain
To Apollo, the ripener
To Demeter, for the fruits of the Earth
And her priest, Triptolemos, who taught us to farm
And to Dionysos, for the gift of grapes
May all the Gods and good spirits bless this meal and all who have gathered here!
So Say We All!
Theoxenion through Aegletion, 2018
Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 18-Apr. 16, 2018
(Ρ) Rho, (Σ) Sigma, (Λ) Lambda
During the month of Theoxenion, we are warned not to take any drastic action, or make any abrupt or life-altering decisions, at this time. Though we may be eager to make changes, and those changes may even be correct in the long run, we are cautioned to wait, to stop, to hold still until the eminent event passes. In it’s wake, opportunities will be uncovered that we may well make use of to further our own goals.
Pytheion (V) – Apr. 17-May 15, 2018
(Β) Beta, (Ω) Omega, (Χ) Khi
For the month of Pytheion, the main theme of the oracle is hope and diligence. It begins by telling us that we are not alone in our lives and endeavors, that indeed our Lord Apollon is present and affecting circumstances in our lives. But of course, we know that He will help so far as we commit to helping ourselves, therefor we must remain diligent in our endeavors. As the oracle reveals times of trouble are on the way, guided by diligence and aided by hope, we can thrive in the hard times to come. And when these hard times pass, we will meet the just rewards for our labor.
Batrachion (VI) – May 16-Jun. 13, 2018
(Λ) Lambda, (O) Omicron, (Z) Zeta
In the month of Batrachion, we are warned of repercussions of our previous actions arriving, at last. This is as it should be. We must accept our past in order to cultivate a productive present, as well as a better future. Once freed from the debt incurred by our pasts, we may find unique opportunities are ahead.
Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 14-Jul. 13, 2018
(M) Mu, (Ψ) Psi, (Δ) Delta
For the month of Pyrophorion, we are reminded of the merits of hard work. What we do in furtherance of our goals must be infused with our deepest, most profound enthusiasm, and so, we must also manifest this enthusiasm by way of the effort we put into our projects. But to balance our hard work, we must also be cunning, knowing when to apply the most pressure, in order to coax forth the desired outcome. The oracle also tells us that there is no getting out of the work, no matter which of the Theoi we might ask.
Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 14-Aug. 11, 2018
(Y) Upsilon, (E) Epsilon, (K) Kappa
The month of Karneion will bring with it the potential to enter into new and fruitful partnerships. Those whom we connect with on a spiritual, emotional, or physical level during this time, are likely to help feed and nurture our authentic selves, and the work which we are set to accomplish. That which these new partnerships produce will be well formed, indeed. The rightness of this oracle may prove to deter us from its completion, though we should know that attempts to avoid what is set in motion may result in unfavorable experiences.
Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 12-Sep. 9, 2018
(Δ) Delta, (Z) Zeta, (T) Tau
During the month of Agetoreios we are told to be mindful of our timing. If we wish to alter our course, breaking away from long established traditions, customs, or friendships, it is suggested that we very carefully plan to avoid conflict. Bitterness and resentment between former associates only poisons the air between them. So, go with grace, but know that this parting is in many ways, unavoidable.
Lykeion (X) – Sep. 10-Oct. 9, 2018
(B) Beta, (H) Eta, (Ξ) Xi
For the intercalary month of Lykeion, we are reminded that when the time comes to move on, we should do just that. Apollon will assist us in letting go of what we once expected, while the truth in our hearts is overseen by the Gods. We must be honest with ourselves, as well as the Gods. Situations that do not work are not worth our time, and trying too hard to salvage them will only harm us in the long run.
Aegletion (XI) – Oct. 10-Nov. 7, 2018
(Ξ) Xi, (Y) Upsilon, (Δ) Delta
In the month of Aegletion, we are reminded that low quality material is not likely to produce high quality results. If it isn’t working, try something new. That which we choose to turn toward is more likely to lead us to the ends we seek. We need to recognize when it is best to exercise our will, choosing better for ourselves, and those we love.
The Dates for Healing Prayers, 2018
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 prayer.
Prayer should begin at or around sunset, local time.
January 8, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 8, 2018
April 7, 2018
May 7, 2018
June 5, 2018
July 4, 2018
August 3, 2018
September 1, 2018
September 30, 2018
October 30, 2018
November 28, 2018
December 28, 2018
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.