Category Archives: Prayer

Deipnon Purification Ritual (Dec. 29, 2016)

42 minutes of me praying silently for purification from Apollon, on behalf of myself and a few other individuals, while at the shrine. One candle is lit for each person. About halfway through I light some bay leaves in a rather spectacular fire.

Hail Paian! Hail Pythios! Hail Phoibos!

Winter Intercession, December 2016

Here is the reminder to all interested parties that I will hold my monthly Intercession in two days (December 14th), for the Full Moon. If you have a prayer request for Apollon, you may contact me via email (LaurelColumbine[at]gmail[dot]com), with a short summary of your needs. This is a religious service.  No payment is necessary, though you are certainly free to donate something if you find your requests are answered satisfactorily.

Reopening of Winter Intercession? Maybe!

Back in the beginning of September, Apollon asked me if I’d be willing to reopen my Intercessory Services, for the Winter months.  I closed all of my services in August of last year due to burnout, pregnancy and generally being overwhelmed with life.  But, after a year, things have mellowed out enough that He feels I’m able to tackle one of the three spiritual services I’ve offered in the past.

Previously, those spiritual services were Oracular Divination for Apollon; Libations to Apollon, Poseidon and Ares; and finally, Intercession for Zeus, Hera and Apollon.  At that time, my Intercessory Services were given to me by Zeus, primarily to be focused upon the spirits in my care, but I decided to open it to humans, also.  Though it was never as popular as my Oracular Services, I did have a small few individuals who took me up on it, and who were satisfied with my work.  This time, though, since it was Apollon who made the request, Intercession will be primarily directed toward Him, rather than Zeus and Hera.

As it was in the past, Intercession will occur on the Full Moon, in the months of November, December, January and February.  That is, of course, should I choose to accept this assignment.  Apollon asked me if I were up for it.  This isn’t an order, and I may refuse if I decide I’d rather not take on the responsibility.

I told Him I’d give Him my decision by November 1st, so I also do not have to rush it.  I can sit back for a few weeks after the Aegletia and really assess my priorities and energy level.  It gives me time to gauge the interest of my readers, as well.

So, dear readers, would anyone among you find the reopening of Intercession to be a useful service that you might partake in?

For those who are unaware of the term, Intercession is the prayerful petitioning of a Deity on behalf of another.  It is much like using your standing with the Deity to vouch for someone else, and to help persuade the Deity to act on their behalf.  It is a service that I undertake primarily for the Deity involved, and thus do not charge a set monetary fee, although I will accept donations from those who feel particularly helped by my services.

Donation links can be found at the bottom of any page on this blog.  I take this very seriously, and should I choose to accept Apollon’s request, you can be assured of receiving my full attention to your situation, and the very best that I am able to give toward the desired resolution.

Expect an announcement in early November as to whether I’ve accepted, and please do let me know if you think this might be something you could benefit from.

Also, it should be noted that there are a few things that I absolutely WILL NOT pray for, ever.  I will not pray for money, but I will attempt to aid in you getting a job; I will not pray for harm, but I will pray for your protection; I will not pray for a/Anyone to fall in love with you, but I will pray for your heart to be open for love, especially self-love. And lastly, I will not guarantee that Apollon will fulfill your wishes in any specific way, or that they will be fulfilled, at all.  But I will guarantee my heartfelt Intercessory prayer on your behalf.

So, let me know what you think, so I can make the beast decision for myself, as well as for those I could potentially assist.

Ending Family Detention

The following petition to the Gods was written for the working to end Family Detention, which is the imprisonment of immigrant mothers with young children, indefinitely, in private for-profit prison facilities in the United States, and elsewhere. There is a working scheduled to coincide with the Mysteries of Eleusis, beginning September 22, 2016. However, there will likely be another working scheduled for October. Anyone who wishes may use this petition in tandem with their own for either of the workings.

Thank you all for your interest or participation, and may we achieve our goals.

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Demeter, Mother of Kore, She upon whose bosom rest the children, nourished by divine gifts of sustenance in grain and fruits. She whose love warms the land in spring, and whose lamentations chill the Earth in winter, can You hear the cries of the detained mothers?

The mothers who sought nothing but an escape from the perils of conflict and the threat of starvation? The mothers seeking a new life in a new land where they might provide their children with the great bounty that is Yours to bestow?

Demeter of the richness of Earth, the most loving of Mothers, can you hear the cries of the babies locked in cells without hope, without even sufficient clothes or diapers or the many other things which bring stability and happiness to young childhood? The babies and children who have nothing and no one but their mothers, who wished to provide them a better life? The babies and the children who are forced to witness the helplessness of their mothers in the face of inescapable abuse and neglect?

Do You hear them, O Lady? Do You hear the mothers’ cries for compassion and generosity, for charity and kindness, for understanding and benevolent aid? But most of all, Great Demeter, do You hear the mothers’ voices raised in anguish at the imprisonment of their innocent offspring?

Blessed Mother, we ask that You open Your arms to these who are defenseless, these who lack the favor of the people; those people who can make a difference to end the suffering of the detained mothers and their children. We ask that You offer them your succor, keeping them close in Your power, and alleviating their suffering. May these mothers and children receive Your nourishment, and Your Divine Compassion.

O Lady, please help these who are helpless in the face of bigotry and fear. For Yours is the power to feed bodies and souls, and in Your power will these children and their mothers receive all that is needed to free them from this inhumane and illegal imprisonment.

Beloved Kore, She who dwells in the boundless sun, making the flowers bloom, do not the babies and the little children deserve to feel the bright sun upon their skin, and to be free to run in the autumn wind? Like the flowers and green growing things that You command, the little children are less healthy without Your Mother’s power and nourishment. They wither, along with their mothers. They languish in cells without due process of law.

Gentle Kore, She of kind heart, please lend whatever power You can toward the release of these innocent babies and young children, along with their mothers who sought only the betterment of their lives, and their safety, in a place of opportunity.

Please listen the mothers’ cries of desperation for freedom, those mothers who would prefer death over the continued humiliation of watching their children grow up behind bars. And if they would seek to end their lives, please stay their hands, and help Your Blessed Mother, Great Demeter, to assure them of justice, and to enfold them in Her compassionate embrace.

O Kore, O Persephone, Queen of the realms of the dead, if it be within Your power, let not another detained mother or child enter into Your presence in desperation of freedom. Instead, by Your grace, let them walk free on Earth, greeted by the sun’s nourishing light.

Bloody Ares, He who despises rapists and abusers, do You also hear the mothers’ pleas for justice? Ares of the spear and the sword, Champion of the victims, we call upon You to defend the defenseless, and to subjugate the perpetrators under Your heel.

Let not a single abusive guard or official of these private prisons be allowed to abuse or to rape again. Let justice be done, and let every last one of the abusers be caught, tried, convicted, sentenced for a fitting amount of time in accordance with the law, and brought to the end they deserve.

Let them not escape with weak sentences, and let the judges be true to the law, and also to common sense. By Your power, Lord Ares, may the mothers and their children be vindicated, and avenged.

Gloried Athena, She who is the Great Strategist among the Gods, in Your infinite wisdom, please guide us in our endeavors to end this false imprisonment, this so-called family detention, once and for all.

May You keep our minds clear upon the goal, and may we be inventive of ways in which to gain the attention of the relevant authorities. For those in power must be made to see, and to understand the grave errors that their silence has sanctioned. They must be held to account for the needless suffering which occurs in their jurisdictions, and under their watch. The powerful are not innocent. Only the children are innocent, and by extension, their mothers.

Athena, strike down the lobbyists who grovel for the money to continue this barbaric and xenophobic practice. We beseech You to lift up the voices of the activists who bring attention to these disgraceful prisons, and to magnify their voices, so that many others will hear to call to put an end to the suffering of babies and young children.

By Your power, may all those who work for change be successful in their endeavors to sway their government representatives toward humanity and good conscience. Now and for all time, may there never again be indefinitely imprisoned upon our soil, in private for-profit facilities, another man, woman or child.

Praise the Gods, those who are great and powerful!

Hail Athena, the Wise!

Hail Ares, the Just!

Hail Kore, the Benevolent!

Hail Demeter, the Compassionate, and Mother of us all!

The Temporary Shrine

Short prayer to Apollon at my temporary shrine. I am speaking, but it’s windy and the ceiling fans are on, so you won’t be able to hear me.

I am once again in a state of transition, having returned to Texas.  For now, I reside in the place that is the seat of my Queenship duties on Earth, and have been able to recharge and reconnect with the Land, and with the majority of my spirits.

I can’t yet have a permanent shrine to the Prince, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have something.  It’s important for me to be able to continue my worship of Him, no matter where I am.  So I praise Him as often as possible, with shrines of various configurations.  This is the latest incarnation of the temporary shrine.

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