Bi-Yearly Oracular Forecast

Theoxenion through Aegletion, 2019

 

Theoxenion (IV) – Apr. 6-May. 4, 2019

(M) Mu (Γ) Gamma, (Ρ) Rho

“You have begun the work, together, as it should be done, each according to her skill and interest.  Continue in this vein.  Do what is necessary to keep your traditions alive.  The Earth, in all Her bounty, cradles you in Her hands, and you shall receive of Her gifts tenfold, but keep the promises you shall make, for they will be forged in blood and ichor.  Strive not to vainglory, even in your beauty, even in your grace.  Humble yourselves in solace of the peace gained through mastery of your own ego.  Your time will come, My swans.”  – Apollon

 

Pytheion (V) – May. 5-Jun. 3, 2019

(Y) Upsilon, (Δ) Delta, (I) Iota

For the month of Pytheion, we are warned not to allow our work ethic to consume our daily lives and relationships.  There will always be work to be done, and as we are conquering the many fields before us, we may again become consumed with the battles of immediate import.  Yet, we must not walk down the path of self-destruction.  A steady pace, with time allotted for tranquility and normal life, is best.  We do our best work for Him when we are at our best.

 

Batrachion (VI) – Jun 4-Jul. 2, 2019

(B) Beta, (T) Tau, (A) Alpha

Batrachion is the time to sever ties with all which does not, or no longer, serves a purpose toward our ultimate goals.  Between the words, it is stressed that our work for Apollon, particularly, be considered here.  Those individuals who spread toxicity toward our God(s), or who simply can not abide our existence, for whatever reason, must all be left behind.  Once we have done this, our paths will be opened in ways we have yet thought possible.  And beside us, our Prince shall stand, a guiding force, whose light will shine our way forward.

 

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jul. 3-Aug. 1, 2019

(Λ) Lambda, (H) Eta, (N) Nu

We must strengthen our defenses in the month of Pyrophorion, for Apollon warns of imminent malicious intent, which shall be focused upon us at this time.  Stay alert and watchful, and know that all deeds done under the Sun, are seen and recorded.  There is no hiding from the Gods.  And when dust is settled, our patience and strength shall be reward enough.

 

Karneion (VIII) – Aug. 2-Aug. 30, 2019

(M) Mu, (O) Omicron, (Ω) Omega

Karneion may come with a bitter harvest, as the seeds sown by troublemakers in the previous month, though cut down, still leave some residue upon the blade.  We must continue to cleanse ourselves of all ill, and to follow the roads Apollon has paved for us.  What is difficult often offers the most satisfying reward, come the end.  And again, all that is given is what is earned.  Walk in the right, and right shall precede you, in truth.

 

Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 31-Sep. 28, 2019

(Ξ) Xi, (P) Rho, (Π) Pi

We find ourselves waiting in Agetoreios, for that which we have long hoped for, but, is what we have hoped for truly what is best?  If we have waited so long, why has our idleness not been rewarded?  Perhaps it is time to cease waiting, for what is not ready, may never be ready for us.  Our destiny awaits, regardless.  When we accept this, the goal shall become tangible.

 

Aegletion (XI) – Sep. 29-Oct. 28, 2019

(P) Rho, (Ξ) Xi, (E) Epsilon

In the month of Aegletion, we can see ahead, the fruit of our labors.  We see all the potential, and all that is good within the promises we have made, and kept.  We may seek to quickly grasp what lay ahead, but that time has not yet come.  Patience is still required.  We must allow events to ripen, and roots to take hold.  This will ensure that the tree has a solid foundation, as it grows, branching toward the heavens.

 

[Ktistêsia, 2019]

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Ktistêsia: Foundation Day

Foundation of the Delphic Temple

Ktistesia, the Treasury of Apollon’s founding anniversary, and day for the purification of altars.  It derives its name from Ktistes, the title of the hero-founder, one who would have founded a city, dynasty, or institution in times past.  And the One whom we focus this adoration upon, as our Founder, is of course, Apollon, who rules the family that is our Sisterhood.  Ktistesia provides a time for us, as Sisters, to come together, no matter how far apart, to take our places as the first roots in a system that may yet stretch deep and wide across time and distance, should that remain Apollon’s will.

Today is a busy day, so the ritual of Ktistesia is a simple one, which leaves plenty of time for the work of dusting, washing, and wiping altars, shrines and statues.  It is advised that the general house cleaning be taken care of previously, so that your mind may be focused solely upon the spiritual work ahead.  You will need only a small altar, and whatever items bring you closer to Apollon, as well as offerings, incense, and a libation.  You will also utilize your own bodily energy, and sincere adoration of Apollon.

If you are in a group, each person will take another by the wrist of their adjacent arm, as they stand next to one another.  Close the gap to form a circle around your altar (representing unity), whereupon you have laid offerings and burned incense.  If you are alone, you will grasp your own wrists, holding your arms out in front of you, in a kind of circle, as you stand before the altar.  The Ritual Facilitator lets out a cry of longing, and begins to evoke Lord Apollon, in whatever way is appropriate and agreed upon.

The crying out must not be skipped.  This ritual, though brief, is designed to evoke emotion and familial attachment between us Sisters, and between our Sisterhood and Apollon, present and future.  We are emotionally attached to our families, therefor we must demonstrate this with authenticity.  I genuinely love and care for all of you.  I genuinely want all of you to succeed.  And like any dynasty, we should be concerned with the excellence we leave in our wake.  And if we are lucky, as well as persistent, it will build upon each successive generation.

As that is our hope, in this ritual we offer these future generations solace and care, and a place and family with which to unburden themselves, along side us here and now.  We are their foundation.  Let them lean upon us.  Let us be solid, yet flexible within the shifting ground.

After the evocation, and Apollon has revealed His presence, comes time for standing firm.  At this stage of the ritual, still in our circular stance, we simply pledge to be the strength of the Treasury, to uphold its foundations, and to strive toward excellence, in Apollon’s name.  We pledge to hold our Sisters in their burdens, and to keep compassion and tenderness in our hearts.  We pledge to be the firsts roots of the great tree, soaking in the nutrients needed to sustain our Treasury in the years to come.  And we pledge to tend this tree, and to help it to grow tall and outward stretching, as our Lord sweeps across the world.  We are the roots, intertwined.  We are the system than endures.  These pledges may be uttered spontaneously, or memorized as you please.  What matters is that they are heartfelt.

Once the pledges are made, we release our/each others’ hands, raising them to the heavens, in the traditional pose, as the Ritual Facilitator entreats Apollon for His blessings in this endeavor.  And other offerings from the Sisterhood may be laid upon, or around, the altar at this time.  Ritual Facilitator then offers thanks to Apollon for His presence and blessings.  A final libation is made at this time, with all Sisters expressing our gratitude, and hope for our Treasury’s future.  Again, we thank our Lord, Apollon Ktistes (Apollon the Founder), concluding the ritual.

Afterward, get to breaking down all altars that you wish to be cleansed, and start the important work of the day.  Blessed Ktistesia, Sisters!

[Ktistêsia, 2019]

Bi-Yearly Oracular Forecast

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.

[Ktistêsia, 2018]

Bi-Yearly Oracular Forecast

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.

[Ktistêsia, 2017]

Ktistêsia Altar Purification

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.

— Columbine


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.