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…

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…

Pyanǽpsia

Pyanǽpsia The Pyanǽpsia: Generalities The Pyanǽpsia (Pyanepsia; Gr. Πυανέψια, ΠΥΑΝΕΨΙΑ) is a major festival of all Ællinismόs (Hellenismos; Gr. Ἑλληνισμός), the ancient Greek religion, that is celebrated by many modern people who worship the Gods, both in Greece and beyond. The name of the festival is derived from the words pýanos (Gr. πύανος) meaning “bean”…

Artemis Monthly Ritual

Artemis Monthly Ritual Begin your ritual by cleansing yourself of miasma: This can best be done by washing and dressing in clean clothing or simply just washing your hands and/or face. You may do the latter either by using khernips (or blessed water) or perhaps simply an herbal soap that has a scent that puts…

Hesiod’s Works and Days

WORKS AND DAYS , TRANS. BY H. G. EVELYN-WHITE HYMN TO ZEUS [1] Muses of Pieria who give glory through song, come hither, tell of Zeus your father and chant his praise. Through him mortal men are famed or unfamed, sung or unsung alike, as great Zeus wills. For easily he makes strong, and easily…

Hermes Monthly Ritual

Hermes Monthly Ritual Light the hearth fire Hestia, you who tend the holy house of the lord Apollo, the Far-shooter at goodly Pytho, with soft oil dripping ever from your locks, come now into this house, come, having one mind with Zeus the all-wise — draw near, and withal bestow grace upon my song. Purification:…

Libation to Hermes

Libation to Hermes Priest: “Koimeson stoma!” Priestess: “Silence your lips!” Priest: “Daughter of Gaia, Venerable Guardian of the Unwearying Flame, The ministers of the sacred rites are Thine, mystics much blessed and holy. The Gods have fixed their dwelling place in Thee. Strong, Stable basis of the mortal race, Many-Formed, eternal, laughing, blessed, Lovely Queen,…

The Proerosia

The festival took place at Eleusis, site of the Great Mysteries and setting of much of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. The explanation for the rite was that a plague had afflicted the whole of Greece, and the Delphic Oracle said that Apollo ordered a tithe to Demeter of the first harvest on behalf of…

Oracle of Hermes Agoraios

Pausanias, Description of Greece 7. 22. 2 : “The market-place of Pharai [in Akhaia] is of wide extent after the ancient fashion, and in the middle of it is an image of Hermes, made of stone and bearded. Standing right on the earth, it is of square shape, and of no great size. On it…

Hellenic Festival Year

Hellenic Festival Year The Hellenistic base of worship is the monthly lunar calendar (the ‘Mên kata Theion’, ‘sacred month’). This calendar is constructed from various ancient sources, and is conglomerated with Hesiod’s auspicious days. First Decad – Waxing Moon – Mên Histámenos 1. Noumenia – Selene, Apollon Noumenios, Zeus Herkios and Ktesios, Hestia, and the…