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.
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.
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.