This ritual is adapted from my personal purificatory regimen, for use by any bride, lover, consort, etc., of Apollon. Of course, any devotee may use this ritual, but it was adapted with His many lovers in mind. It is not traditionally Hellenic. It is shared for Aegletia, to be done on the first day: purification. It is to be done before bedtime.
You will need:
A clean shower or tub
White clothes and veil (optional)
Two prepared purification waters of your choice; one to drink and one to pour over the body
An anointing oil of your choice (olive oil may be used)
A prepared offering of your choice
Bay leaves, and a means of burning and containing them
Special diet consisting solely of fruits, breads, herbs/spices, olive oil, honey, salt and water, must be adhered to for at least twenty-four hours prior to purification ritual.
First, wash the body and hair, shave appropriately (if you choose to shave), then scrub down your whole body with sea salt. Do not rinse. Dry and dress in white clothes, and a loose white veil.
Approach the shrine or altar. Propitiate the Beloved. Give thanks, and praise unto Him. Unveil, and drink previously prepared inner purification water. Anoint the body with an oil that both you and Apollon find pleasing. Begin purificatory visualization, breathing exercises (optional), and chakra cleansing (optional).
Visualize the flow of water, flushing away the impurities, leaving the body clean. Visualize the same for the auric and astral bodies. Continue chakra cleansing (optional), and breathing exercises (optional), while visualizing.
Visualize yourself ascending a tall spiral staircase leading to a spiritual abode where the Beloved waits for you, becoming more pure with each upward curve toward perfection. Visualize your arrival and the Beloved’s presence enshrouding you. Repeat these words: “I am whole. I am holy. I am perfect. I am Yours.”
Commune with the Beloved.
After your communion, awaken, and give thanks and praise unto Him. Veil yourself again, and ask that He create a shield from, and a system with which to flush away all future impurities before they have the opportunity to take root. Accept His divine touch. Give thanks and praise unto Him.
Present previously prepared offering, then burn bay leaves to seal your intent. Give thanks and praise unto Him.
Now, invite the Beloved to be received into your home on the second day of Aegletia. Leave the shrine or altar and commence rinsing body and hair in a warm bath or shower, then pour previously prepared outer purification water over your body. Dry, dress in comfortable night clothes (or not, as the case may be) and sleep.
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I have designed this ritual as one means for devotees of Apollon to assess their behavior and responses to that which they may not understand or appreciate throughout the course of a day. If you would like to alter some of your ingrained responses, this ritual may be able to help.
Firstly, you will conduct the ritual as more of a conversation with Apollon. Yes, there will be the usual propitiation and other traditional elements, but there will be a lot of just talking to Him about your day, as well.
To begin, set up the area in which you will speak with Apollon. This could be your shrine or altar to Him, or this could be the coffee table in front of your couch. Just make certain that the surface area is clean and dust-free.
Place an image of Apollon of your choosing upon this surface area, along with an appropriate incense holder, keeping in consideration the type and volume of incense to be burned, the accouterments for making khernips, and some blank paper with a pen. Have also an open bottle of wine and at least one glass– two if you’re planning on having any.
It is not necessary to bathe before this ritual, though you certainly may, but a simple washing of the face and hands will suffice.
As is typical, we will begin with a procession. Approach the designated ritual area solemnly. Sit before the image of Apollon (it is important that you make yourself comfortable) as you prepare the khernips. Proceed to purify yourself and the space.
Next, you will propitiate Him through whichever epithets of His that are personally relevant to you, while you light and offer incense. I like to use a bundle of stick incense– one stick for each epithet called.
Pour Him a glass of wine for listening, about half way in the glass. Pour yourself one, too, if you want.
Now is the time for you to greet Apollon, to let Him know the purpose of His visit, to obtain His cooperation through your preferred divination method, and finally, to go over the details of your day with Him. Be honest. Mention each time you had a hypercritical thought about someone or their choices, or any other negative/unnecessarily cruel (on your end) interactions with other people or beings. This is a confession, not to absolve you of past wrongdoing, but for you to acknowledge what was done, said or thought, in order to clear the path for change.
At this time, you will ask Apollon for purification, through the release of your anger, resentment, jealousy, desire to control, etc. To symbolize this purification, you will hand write one letter of apology to each individual wronged that day. Take this seriously, and remember that Apollon is watching and listening. This is your physical act of contrition, and you may or may not choose to actually deliver the letters. The important part for now is just to acknowledge that there are things about past interactions that you would like to change.
Next, you will set an affirmation– something attainable, such as “mindfulness toward compassion”, or “an open exploration of empathy”, etc. This will be your guidepost for interactions throughout the subsequent day.
Now, you will praise Apollon, truly and sincerely, in your own way, in your own words. During this praise, you will pour a libation to Him, of wine, finally filling His glass.
In closing, you will express gratitude to Apollon, for His presence and purification, and for His willingness to assist in your transformation.
The ritual is meant to be performed every day for a set amount (your choice) of days, preferably at the same time each day, for best results.