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…

Ancient Greek Wedding Ritual

Ancient Greek Wedding Ritual The Wedding Ceremony For a young girl, marriage rites marked three phases: separation from her oikos , transition to a new home, and integration into her new roles as daughter and wife within a new oikos.19 She changed from a parthenos, a maiden, to a nymphe, a married woman without children,…

Athena Tritogenia Ritual

Athena Tritogenia Ritual The third day of the month is sacred to Athena Tritogenia, as the symbolic day of Her birthday. It is also sacred to the Charites. 1. LIGHTING THE SACRED FLAME Before the start of the ritual, light the incense and candle or oil lamp and recite Homeric Hymn #24: “Hestia, you who…

Agathos Daimon Ritual

The second day of every Athenian lunar month is the sacred day devoted to the Agathos Daimon. Agathos Daimon is most often represented in the form of a snake, a symbol of healing, or of a young man with a cornucopia. “The great mind of Zeus steers the daimon of the men whom he loves”…

Noumenia Ritual

History The Noumenia was the first day of the lunar month and also a religious observance in ancient Athens and much of Greece. The Noumenia was marked when the first sliver of moon was visible and was held in honor of Selene, Apollon Noumenios, Hestia and the other Hellenic household Gods. As celebrated in Athens…