Theogamia/Gamelia

  The anniversary of the marriage (gamos) of Zeus Teleios (authority, head of the family) and Hera Teleia, giving the month its name. Not much is known about this festival except that it was celebrated with great feasting. Because the sacred marriage was commemorated this month, the month became the ideal time to marry, perhaps…

The Garden of Proserpine

The Garden of Proserpine By Algernon Charles Swinburne Here, where the world is quiet;          Here, where all trouble seems Dead winds’ and spent waves’ riot          In doubtful dreams of dreams; I watch the green field growing For reaping folk and sowing, For harvest-time and mowing,          A sleepy world of streams. I am tired of tears…

The Pythagorean Daily Practice

The Daily Practice This advice should be adjusted by the practitioner, to suit his or her circumstances. 1. Awake early, preferably a little before sunrise. 2. Wash yourself, and do so mindfully, with an attitude of going before the Gods in purity . Not only do you become physically clean, but the practice speaks to…

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras

1. First worship the Immortal Gods, as they are established and ordained by the Law. 2. Reverence the Oath, and next the Heroes, full of goodness and light. 3. Honour likewise the Terrestrial Dæmons by rendering them the worship lawfully due to them. p. 2 4. Honour likewise thy parents, and those most nearly related…

Pythagorean Fasting and Purification

The Physician Within “Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick…

Astrapsoukos’ Spell for the Favor of Hermes

Astrapsoukos’ Spell for the Favor of Hermes Preparation Make from olive wood a small statue of a dog-faced baboon with Hermes’ winged hat on its head. There should be a box in its back with a lid to close it. Write with myrrh ink on papyrus the following name of Hermes: Phthoron Phthionê Thôuth. You…

Lesser Dionysia

We harvested the grapes at that time of the year when the Eleusinian Mysteries are held (c. Sep 29 – Oct 5), in that month when the Divine Child Dionysos was snatched from the womb of Semele (who is also Persephone), where He had been for seven months, since the time of the Lesser Mysteries…

Mounikhia Apollo and Artemis Ritual

Mounikhia Apollo and Artemis Ritual Mounikhia Ritual by Timotheos Preparations: The altar is adorned with an image of Artemis and a picture of the full moon shines behind her. Open faced sandwiches have been made using soft tortilla shells due to their round shape (or pita bread, whichever is available). These are placed at the…

Summer Solstice Rite to Helios and Apollon

Gather at meeting place Process to Ritual Area- Priestess carries Barley to altar Prior to entering Ritual Area all will wait to be cleansed with Khernips (Lustral Water)- and Sage. . Khernips– usually spring water used to wash hands of participants before entering ritual space to ensure cleanliness of participants and also to honor the…

History of Blood Rituals

The power of blood in belief and superstition has often been the subject of ethnographic discussion. Among the Greeks what is striking is, if anything, a certain reticence towards blood magic; there is nothing of a universal blood taboo as in the law of the Jews. Animal sacrifice is the shedding of blood; that the…