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Treasury Festival Dates, 2017/2018

With half ancient festivals, and half modern festivals, the Treasury of Apollon’s calendar is entirely our own creation, meant for our use, and for the use of those who would celebrate with us.

In anticipation of the next Treasury Year, here are our festivals, listed and dated accordingly.

 


 

Sisters and associates, below are the calendar dates for the upcoming year’s major Treasury festivals.  Underlined are the names of each Treasury Month followed by its corresponding number in parentheses.  Next, are that month’s Noumenia and Deipnon dates, according to the Julian calendar. Bullet points are for the major festivals celebrated in a particular month, followed by its day within that month.  As always, all celebrations are optional, though encouraged. This information may be updated at any time.

Perihelios (I) Dec. 19-Jan. 17

Prostaterias (II) Jan. 18-Feb. 15

Daphneion (III) Feb. 16-Mar. 17

  • Stepteria: Crowning and Purification of Apollon after defeating Delphyne [7th]
  • Ktistêsia: Founding Anniversary and Purification of Altars [20th]
  • Daphnaea: Consummation of Daphne and Purification of Priestesses [20th]
  • Daphnephoria: Parade of the Purified Apollon [29th]

Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 18-Apr. 16

  • Theoxenia: Arrival of Apollon [Noumenia]
  • Sminthia [Vernal Equinox]

Pytheion (V) – Apr. 17-May 15

Batrachion (VI) – May 16-Jun. 13

  • Batrachia: Festival of Frogs [7th]
  • Anointing of Apollon at Xanthos [9th]
  • Hyakinthia [Full Moon]

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 14-Jul. 13

  • Pyrophoria [Summer Solstice]
  • Lykaea [20th]
  • Aphelion [23rd]

Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 14-Aug. 11

  • Metageitnia [7th]
  • Karneia [Full Moon]

Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 12-Sep. 9

Lykeion (X) – Sep. 10-Oct. 9

Aegletion (XI) – Oct. 10-Nov. 7

  • Pyanepsia: Thanksgiving to the Departed King [7th]

Telchinion (XII) – Nov. 8-Dec. 7

  • There are no major festivals within this month

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Dec. 8-Jan. 6

  • Hyperboralia: Festival of Lights [7th]
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Next Healing Prayer Dates

The Dates for Healing Prayers, 2017

 

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 the prayer chain.

— Columbine


Prayer should begin at or around sunset, local time.

January 19, 2017

February 18, 2017

March 19, 2017

April 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

June 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

August 13, 2017

September 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

November 9, 2017

December 9, 2017


Guidelines:

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.

All Treasury Festival Dates, 2016/2017

In anticipation of the next Treasury Year, here are our festivals, listed and dated accordingly.

— Columbine


 

Sisters and associates, below are the calendar dates for the upcoming year’s major Treasury festivals.  Underlined are the names of each Treasury Month followed by its corresponding number in parentheses.  Next, are that month’s Noumenia and Deipnon dates, according to the Julian calendar. Bullet points are for the major festivals celebrated in a particular month, followed by its day within that month.  As always, all celebrations are optional, though encouraged. This information may be updated at any time.

Perihelios (I) – Dec. 30-Jan. 28

Prostaterias (II) – Jan. 29-Feb. 26

Daphneion (III) – Feb. 27-Mar. 28

  • Stepteria: Crowning and Purification of Apollon after defeating Delphyne [7th]
  • Ktistêsia: Founding Anniversary and Purification of Altars [9th]
  • Daphnaea: Consummation of Daphne and Purification of Priestesses [20th]
  • Sminthia [Vernal Equinox]
  • Daphnephoria: Parade of the Purified Apollon [29th]

Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 29-Apr. 26

Pytheion (V) – Apr. 27-May 25

Batrachion (VI) – May 26-Jun. 24

  • Batrachia: Festival of Frogs [7th]
  • Anointing of Apollon at Xanthos [9th]
  • Hyakinthia [Full Moon]
  • Pyrophoria [Summer Solstice]

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 25-Jul. 23

  • Aphelion [9th]
  • Lykaea [20th]

Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 24-Aug. 21

  • Metageitnia [7th]
  • Karneia [Full Moon]

Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 22-Sep. 20

Lykeion (X) – 

  • No Intercalary Month of Lykeion

Aegletion (XI) – Sep. 21-Oct. 19

  • Departure of Apollon [Autumnal Equinox]
  • Pyanepsia: Thanksgiving to the Departed King [7th]
  • The Aegletia: Nine Illuminations [From Aegletion 11 to Aegletion 19]

Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 20-Nov. 18

  • There are no major festivals within this month

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 19-Dec. 18

  • Hyperboralia: Festival of Lights [7th]

Happy Noumenia, and Treasury New Year!

I’ve already posted this to the FB page, Sisters, but when I did, I forgot to put it here for everyone who isn’t on FB.  Whoops.

So this is basically a list of our calendar festivals.  I prefer to present dates in calendar format, but I’m really just too tired and it’s too tedious for me to whip up a full calendar each month, at least for now.  So, mark down the festivals that appeal to you on your own calendars, and all will be well.  If anything needs to be added or corrected, let me know.

As always, all celebrations are optional, with the goal being that we each celebrate the festivals which call to us, or those that we find most meaningful.

Also, today (Dec. 12, 2015) is the first day of Treasury Month Perihelios (I). Happy Noumenia, and Happy New Year.

— Columbine


 

Sisters and associates, below are the calendar dates for the upcoming year’s major Treasury festivals.  Underlined are the names of each Treasury Month followed by its corresponding number in parentheses.  Next, are that month’s Noumenia and Deipnon dates, according to the Julian calendar. Bullet points are for the major festivals celebrated in a particular month, followed by its day within that month.  As always, all celebrations are optional, though encouraged. This information may be updated at any time.

Perihelios (I) – Dec. 12-Jan. 10

Prostaterias (II) – Jan. 11-Feb. 8

Daphneion (III) – Feb. 9-Mar. 9

  • Stepteria: Crowning and Purification of Apollon after defeating Delphyne [7th]
  • Daphnaea: Consummation of Daphne and Purification of Priestesses [20th]
  • Ktistêsia: Founding Anniversary and Purification of Altars [28th]
  • Daphnephoria: Parade of the Purified Apollon [29th]

Theoxenion (IV) – Mar. 10-Apr. 7

  • Theoxenia: Arrival of Apollon [Noumenia]
  • Sminthia [Vernal Equinox]

Pytheion (V) – Apr. 8-May 6

Batrachion (VI) – May 7-Jun. 5

  • Batrachia: Festival of Frogs [7th]
  • Anointing of Apollon at Xanthos [9th]
  • Hyakinthia [Full Moon]

Pyrophorion (VII) – Jun. 6-Jul. 4

  • Pyrophoria [Summer Solstice]
  • Lykaea [20th]
  • Aphelion [Deipnon]

Karneion (VIII) – Jul. 5-Aug. 2

  • Metageitnia [7th]
  • Karneia [Full Moon]

Agetoreios (IX) – Aug. 3-Sep. 1

  • Boedromia [7th]

Lykeion (X) – Sep. 2-Oct. 1

  • Departure of Apollon [Autumnal Equinox]

Aegletion (XI) – Oct. 2-Oct. 30

  • The Aegletia: Nine Illuminations [From Deipnon of Lykeion to Aegletion 8]
  • Pyanepsia: Thanksgiving to the Departed King [7th, if not celebrating the Aegletia]

Telchinion (XII) – Oct. 31-Nov. 29

  • There are no major festivals within this month

Hyperboraios (XIII) – Nov. 30-Dec. 29

  • Hyperboralia: Festival of Lights [7th]

Apollon and the New Year

By Lykeia

Apollon is in Hyperborea, dwelling among the blessed in his never dying, eternal, garden. To imagine this is to see the god in his eternal, changeless, ageless face. Like a flower that never yellows or wilts, ever in its vibrancy of youth and beauty. In some way this seems to be a strange vision for a god who is a god who presides over the passage of time, particularly the flow of the seasons for he, himself, is without season of life. He is not typical of other gods of fruition and harvest which are often characterized by themselves undergoing cycles of dying and birth. But the distinction that should be made here is that he is not the god that is traveling through the passage of the seasons giving his own vitality to the growth. He it outside of it, he is the steward of the passage of life and death for which he is adequately named the Destroyer. He is not a slain god, nor does he bare the mysteries poignant of a slain/sacrificed god. His journey to the other world is independent and on his own power and means rather than transported by an outside agent (ie slayers, guides, abduction etc), in fact he has more than once served the purpose of being the action upon the slain vegetation god. In some mythic variations he is responsible for the death of Adonis, and he can be viewed as a slayer of Dionysos in his position as reaper of the vine as the vineyard harvest begins with Karneia.

He directs the passage of time as we understand from the Orphic hymn in which he conducts the movement of the seasons, even as he himself expresses the season of growth and fruition (or rather that his particular power holds particular sway at this time of the year as opposed to the power of fertilization and sowing of seed that is particular to the season of Pan. As such he provides the necessities for the sustainment of life (through light, harmony, healing, purifications, provision of plenty etc), as well as the passage from life for which he is, as we see for example in the Iliad, the embalmer kindly wrapping the body in linen in respect of the life that once was contained within, the perfumer who anoints the flesh of the deceased to ease the passage of the soul in preparation of its journey, and the guardian of the cemetery where he guards the place of rest, the physical connection of the deceased to the living world. Here too then we see he provides for the soul of the living.

This certainly makes him an appropriate god at the Noumenia every month as the month renews again and a new cycle begins, and for the introduction of the New Year (regardless of what time of the year one celebrates). The Celebration of the New Year commonly on the Noumenia following a particular stellar or solar occasion (ie the Athenian New Year being the Noumenia after the Summer Solstice) would have been naturally presided over by Apollon regardless of whether he was among us or in his Hyperborean garden. This fulfillment of beginning and ends at once and the keeping of the passage of time in his vigilance and under his caretaking for the furthering of life and abundance, including the guardian of such (but as averter of evil and as protector of the tomb) is reasonable that aside from his domestic worship as Apollon Noumenios he is also the god before the road/door. We can understand something almost Janus-like in his nature (although lacking  an aged face), and with the new year we can see his presence as one that is purifying and bestowing blessings for a prosperous new year.

Lord of the doorway, lord of keys, turner of time, lord of life (both protector and destroyer), hail to Apollon in the new year’s dawning.

Dark Lord of Light: A Treasury Hymn for the New Year

I am actually quite a bit late with composing something for the Treasury’s New Year, as it has already passed, though not very long ago.  But, since tomorrow is secular new year, I suppose it’s not too, too late.  ❤

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O, Apollon, Yours is the coarse wind ripping through the tree branches, bare and clawing at the sky, ripe with the howl of Boreas. You drive a chariot of swift-winged swans, gliding through the air, and You direct the wolves’ hunt below, and the flight of their wily prey.

O, God of terror and beauty, Winter, Your Season, is both beautiful and terrible. Though we in this time may forfeit the knowledge of the true darkness of Winter, we remember traces of fear, deep in our bones.

You, the very darkness, are upon us now, veiled by a shroud of light. Ever growing, it spreads out across the land to awaken the slumbering flora. As time passes, as one Season becomes the next, each day has its turn to hold Your magnificent light. And each day, the light reveals a steadily building heat which soon shall envelope the land, in all its glorious anticipation.

With the warming will come the melted snows, to fill the rivers and streams, and the Spring rains shall seep into the Earth. Moisture is the catalyst, and it will herald the births of the new fauna, as surely as it entices the green-growing things. And all this is possible through You, O God of the liminal, of the sacred transition.

Be You now present as the old year falls away. Be You now the bridge over which we all shall cross. And in time, as the Seasons turn and turn again, may You be the dark embrace of Winter, veiled in light, to brighten our way through each long, cold night.

— Columbine