Category Archives: Offering and Sacrifice

Breath of the Seasons

I really was not going to post this here, or anywhere, not because I think it’s bad, but because this is the first time I’ve done this.  Apollon came to me with the idea after I received oracle from Him, via Camilla.  I don’t think He had me do it just so He could hear my voice though.  After all, I speak with Him all the time.  But, I’m seeing it as a wonderful exercise in calm and patience, because recording technology is often finicky.  Also, He Told me to go ahead and stop hiding.  It’s a part of me getting out into the world, I suppose.

So, I foresee more of these vocal offerings coming in the future, and I don’t think they’ll all be in poetic form.  I’m already jotting down ideas for new stories, and meditations, since I haven’t written a short story for this  blog in a while.

And with that, do enjoy this brief (less than two minutes) vocal offering to my Everlasting Prince.  May I please Him in all the ways that I am able, and may He be praised lovingly by the multitudes.  Hail Apollon!

[Image used for the recording is called “Four Seasons”, by Dawn42 on DeviantArt.]

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What’s it like to be Apollon’s?

It’s like kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver, and you are the pottery, of course.  There are lots of ways you could be kept, also.  But when the time comes and He decides to take you down from the shelf you were placed upon, pristine and untested, you will learn of the range of treatment you may receive at His hand.

Sometimes, He likes simply to fill His vessels and to see them glow with His light as they sit upon that shelf.  Sometimes, He prefers to use His vessels like a favorite teapot, constantly filling, heating and pouring its contents out over the world.  And yet sometimes, through distraction or mischief, He drops His vessels, leaving them cracked, broken or even shattered.

When this occurs, we can easily blame Him, or we can blame ourselves for not being some kind of “enough” to prevent it.  But really?  Really?  Is a/Anyone really to blame?  I think there are parts of His personality that humans do not like, or desire to confront.  But they are still parts of Him, and these parts can be seen and felt as uncaring, unemotional, distant or calculating.  I can understand this point of view, since I did share it for a long time.  But now, after having experienced that dropping and shattering more than once in His care, I can see Him for what He is in these times.

Apollon the Genius, Apollon the Eccentric, Apollon the Perfectionist, whose every movement is a calculated step in His kosmic dance.  Even flats and sharps have their place in the score that He composes.  So, if He drops us, He does it for a reason.  And sometimes that reason is just because He wants to repair a broken vessel, before seeing it shine anew.

He will then meticulously place each broken shard back into it’s rightful order, adding the gold lacquer to fill in any open spaces.  After the process is complete, what He holds in His hands is in many ways far superior, and far more valuable to Him than what He started with.  The once unbroken-then-broken pot has become a symbol of His love and devotion, and also of the art with which He crafts His masterpieces.  Indeed, we are each a masterpiece of His making, but once we’ve reached this point, there could very well come a time when Apollon is not the only one admiring His many masterpieces.

These are very hard times for those who are, or have been His.  The love that He shows and uses to repair or remake those who are His, reveals us in all our unique beauty to the outside world, and those Others who also inhabit the world.  Sometimes, even just sitting upon that shelf, we attract Their attention.

And when it happens, we think we’ll just fall again into pieces.  But we don’t. We have been remade, after all, and are stronger now than we ever have been before.  This strength is evident in the gold joining our previously separated parts.  It is evident in the light and glory that Apollon has left inside us.  So, even if the time comes when He decides to relinquish possession of one of His many fine gold-lacquered pots, we can at least know that a part of Him will always be present with us.

A part of Him– a very loving and attentive part of Him– will always be there to remind us of the strength which fortifies us, and allows us to continue moving forward in life, and to continue being useful to Whomever we may encounter, or may now be tied to.  It isn’t always easy, being Apollon’s. Sometimes, it’s downright terrifying, because one must always face reality with Him.  And one reality is, that once touched by Him, we’ll always be beautiful, but there is no guarantee that we will always be His.  So, cherish the moments that He spends with you, never take them for granted, and please, please love Him, even as He places you upon a shelf, or into the hands of Another.

The Aegletia: Nine Illuminations

Begins October 1st, and lasts through October 9th

Welcome, friends! This is the announcement for the Treasury of Apollon’s third annual celebration of the Aegletia, a modern festival in honor of Apollon as Aegletes, the Bright or Gleaming One, before His departure to Hyperborea in the Winter!

Previously, the festival was known simply as the festival of nine days, but now, after extensive thought, divination and discussion, we have settled on a name, as well as the basic outline for celebration and contemplation.

The overall theme that has persisted throughout these (nearly) three years, and continues to persist for this year’s celebration, is coming to grips with Apollon’s eventual and necessary leaving of this world during the Winter. We can each approach His absence in a variety of ways, but the purpose of the Aegletia itself is to assist in our unique illumination of the bonds we share with Him. Each of the nine days is meant to guide us through a particular modality of His power and being.

Day 1 – Preparation and purification/spent alone in meditation

Day 2 – His arrival at the festival and in our homes/personal celebration between Apollon and each bride, devotee or celebrant

Day 3 – Celebrating Artemis and the unbreakable bond between the Twins/celebrating the freedom of being His

Day 4 – Celebrating Leto and the ferocious spirit the Twins have inherited from Her/acknowledging risk, danger, fear, and the unknown existing within the liminal

Day 5 – Celebrating the awareness of life as the danger passes/celebrating the world in all its splendor, truth and ugliness/abstinence from lying

Day 6 – Exploration of the illuminated world/ritual, art and celebrations with dance and music, as well as competitive games and sacred theater

Day 7 – Celebration of the Treasury as Apollon’s extended mortal family, as well as a safe community of brides and devotees/proclamations of love, ecstatic ritual and prayer, and oracular trance/family oriented celebrations

Day 8 – Calming and quieting, resting with the knowledge and insights gained from the previous days/meditating on connections established between us, by our Lord, and connections we’ve established with all things that love His light

Day 9 – The Procession and farewell to Him as He goes off to Hyperborea/intricate or long-planned offerings for His departure to burn in honor of Him

The Aegletia is designed so that anyone may participate from the comfort of their own home or ritual space, while also eluding to a time when the Treasury exists as a physical space wherein Sisters and the outer circle gather to celebrate together for the full nine days. This is the future we see and hope for. We believe there is plenty of room for each of us to personalize our celebrations while remaining within the overarching theme of accepting Him and His influence, reveling in His nature, the light and the world, and accepting His departure while maintaining the certainly that He will return to us in the spring.

So, be welcomed into our celebration, if you will, and join us as we experience His purifying light, illuminating us all from within!

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Prayer for Libation to Poseidon

Blessed are You, Lord Poseidon, Deliverer of Rain, Who travels through the atmosphere, thick in clouds.

Poseidon, Who churns the molecules before their release and subsequent fall to Earth, oh Lord, send your rains to us who have gambled our lives upon the breaking drought.

May this moisture supply the ripening fruit with wide girth, and the fields also, rich in grain and corn.

Look now upon the trees, and see how they bend with the weight of abundance; that which You have provided, Bountiful Lord.

Your showers come suddenly, pouring with abandon upon the City, and all the rural Lands.

We have awaited Your presence with quiet breath, for Your storms are fickle, and we are but one species in need of Your attention.

We honor You, Poseidon, and we acknowledge Your dominion over the crucial elements, those which permit the furtherance of human life.

Lord over Water and Earth, we give back in drink and nourishment, so that You may continue to look favorably upon us, easing the Summer passage with sweet rains.

Please, accept this Offering, and this Libation, on behalf of those who live and work upon this Land.

Please, render unto us Your bounty, so that we may again pour sweet wine, offer rich meats, and waft incense toward High Olympos, in due time.

May we who know and honor You, Lord entwined within the mystery of life, be always humble, knowing of the truth of our toil.

We live by Your grace, Lord Poseidon, and by the grace of the many Blessed Gods.

And as we give, so do we receive in glorious abundance, Your love, poured out over the Land and Sea.

Hail, Lord Poseidon!

Prayer for Libation to Ares

Ares, Great Father of Warfare, Whose hands are bloodied and worn by the weight of many weapons, we of this place and time do offer these Libations to You, oh Piercer of Flesh, delighting in the many perils of battle.  You Who are not above the muck, and the countless stacks of bodies strewn across the fields; come now, Lord, and listen to us as we speak fondly of the role in which You so dutifully, and happily partake.

Ares, You have assisted us many times, if not within the bounds of proper battle, then Your aid has come in the struggle faced within by all who know and honor You, Dearest of Lovely Aphrodite.  Your Power, Your Manliness, compels even She Who is Love itself to take flight, and to bear arms in Love’s defense.

Ares, be favorable toward us, and send Your mighty Sons, Panic and Terror out to strike fear in our enemies, for our work honors You and the many Blessed Gods.  But, we humbly ask that You turn not Your Dread Face upon us who are devoted, and that You always move within the spirit of Arete,  Xenia and Kharis, as shall we.  We ask, Lord, that you find favor with us as we have found favor with You, and that when You walk beside us, that it is with the willingness to be bound in civilization.

Ares, of the depths of human emotion– Ares Who lives within the struggle of all living things, be pleased by this Libation, poured out to You in respect and reverence, so that You thirst not, knowing also that we do not spurn Your Power, but embrace and defend our strength by word and deed, when the offence requires.  We are not meek, nor do we shy from the challenges of life.  Instead, we acknowledge Your necessity, and celebrate You openly and with great fervor!

Hail Ares, Man Slayer!  Hail Ares, In Chains!

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Reminder to any interested parties:  the actual Libation will be performed tomorrow.  You still have time to send in your own prayer, if you wish.

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Update [ 04/04/14]:  The Libation to Ares was wonderfully successful, and I am looking forward to doing this for Apollon and Poseidon soon, also.  :)