Category Archives: The Treasury

Within the Center: A Meditation of Apollon’s Domain

Another entry into my audio library, but also for the Treasury of Apollon.  I wanted to do a more ambitious video, but I did not have the patience required for that.  Not today.  So, you’ll have to settle for two audio tracks, instead of two audio tracks plus pictures.  <3

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Bi-Yearly Oracular Forecast

I tried to reblog this, which is my preferred way to share, but since about half the time I try to do that I end up sharing to the wrong place, and since WordPress allows you to reblog something exactly once, I have to just go ahead and copy the whole post here.  Yay.


Telchinion through Daphneion 2018/2019

 

Telchinion (XII) Nov. 8 – Dec. 7, 2018

(Θ) Theta, (X) Khi, (P) Rho

For the month of Telchinion, the theme is one of the triumph of our careful planning over the winds of random change.  What we have sown from months past has at last reached the point where we can observe the road ahead, and make our course corrections.  However, these corrections must be made, for the many Gods have laid them out for us to see, and we ignore them at our peril.  Yet must we also take the time to observe before we act, in order that we will meet with the most favorable return.

Hyperboraios (XIII) Dec. 8 – Jan. 6, 2018/2019

(M) Mu, (A) Alpha, (Σ) Sigma

What we may perceive as a setback, may in fact be the time needed to adjust to the changes we have ourselves initiated.  Gradually, not immediately, and through our hard work, are how these beneficial changes will come to pass.  And when our lives begin to flow in the ways we desire, know that our success is related directly to both our confidence, and our ability to strive toward our best.

Perihelios (I) Jan. 7 – Feb. 4, 2019

(M) Mu, (Γ) Gamma, (Π) Pi

Perihelios  brings with it the very necessary potential for life changing hard work, which will in turn bring forth the ripened fruits of our labors.  If you have allowed yourself to coast this far, know that the smooth road ends here. There are no shortcuts, only the toil.  Struggle is the way of life, and after all is said and done, it is the struggle which makes us worthy of the crown.

Prostaterias (II) Feb. 5 – Mar. 6, 2019

(Σ) Sigma, (A) Alpha, (K) Kappa

During the month of Prostaterias, we must stand our ground.  We must not give in to the enemies around us, though they may swell like the sea.  It will be painful, but we must wrench strength from our bodies and souls, once again.  The only way out is through, and the only way through is to let them crash against us, unmoving and immovable.  We will be a wall, and they will be brittle and breaking.

Daphneion (III) Mar. 7 – Apr. 5, 2019

(R) Rho, (Π) Pi, (I) Iota

When we find ourselves making strides in our lives, let us not forget those we have left behind, or those who struggle to keep up.  To succeed, we must rely on the love and strength of those who have chosen to traverse these paths with us.  Let us truly be brethren, and let us never yield our power, or our commitment to the truth.  The work ahead will be long and arduous.  Hold fast; the reward is within reach.

[Aegletia, Day 7, 2018]

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He Comes, Bearing the Fruit of Conquest

Today is Theoxenia on the Treasury’s calendar.  Theoxenia is the day when Apollon returns to us from His abode in Hyperborea, where His focus was no longer upon the everyday needs of mankind, but instead set upon the many, many deeply primal aspects of creation, over which He governs.  It is widely accepted that during this time, Apollon is absent from our world, yet, as many devotee’s of the god will know, He often is most keenly present in our lives during His Hyperborean stay.

This might be due to the nature of the connection that intimate devotees share with Him.  Not only are we in constant contact with Him, what we experience of Him during the Hyperborean season especially, is well below the surface of what He shows to many others.  He is Lykeios and Telkinios, the wolf and the wind, ripping and cutting away the weak, in nature.  He is the blizzard that whites out all before you, leaving you stranded yet totally enveloped by Him.  He is also the spark that dwells in your heart and never fades, its light always there to show the way through the darkness.  And in this darkness, in this reality of the Hyperborean season, we walk a path that He has laid out– a path that leads to Him.

So, as He does each year at the height of the winter darkness, Apollon seizes the hearts of many new devotees.  These will be led through the wilderness of the Hyperborean season, and out through the gates of coming spring.  And then they will know Him in His completeness, as the light grows with the passage of time.

When He arrives at the doors of the House of Apollo, made up of the households and individuals dedicated to Him, He carries the enthusiastic and unfiltered love and adoration of those whose hearts He won in winter, who will be added to the glorious collection of souls that greet Him on Theoxenia.  For, as befits a conqueror, Apollon comes bearing the fruit of His conquest.

May we all celebrate the inclusion of our new fellows among the blessed of Apollon.  May we welcome them openly, and share what we have to share without hesitancy.  And, may we love them under the light of Apollon, as the members of His family that we all are.  For some, walking an Apollonian path may be difficult, and they may desire varying amounts of guidance.  May we be gentle in our interactions with them, remembering always, that once, many of us were conquests, too.

Hail Apollon!  Blessed Theoxenia!

Seasons Turning, and New Beginnings

Well, where to begin?  Apollon has begun His tour of the world before He inevitably retires to Hyperborea for the Winter.  Persephone has begun Her decent into the Underworld.  Winter is on its way, and I have felt the stirrings of the veil between the worlds.  The Departed Ones will soon join us once more, in our Autumn celebrations.

What does this season mean to you?  In years past, even last year, I met this season with anxiety and foreboding.  I was, and am prone to be, stretched too thinly in my attentions at this time of year.  But this time around, I have resolved to be less, fervent, shall we say, and instead more present in my life and in the festivals that I celebrate, as they come.

So, the Aegletia this year will be less performative, and more contemplative. It will be for me a family celebration, as it was always meant to be.  This is my son’s second Aegletia, and he is at a point of forming memories of our time together with Apollon, so this is very important for our household.  It is time for us to be in the spirit of the season, and not outwardly focused.

And I have another reason to feel intensely the turning as it unfolds.  It has been five years since Apollon and I exchanged our marriage vows.  When we did, He did not tell me for how long we were to be joined, but only that I should enjoy each day as it comes, and welcome Him into the whole of my life.  And I have. Earlier this year, however, He told me it was time to renew our vows, this time for another seven years.  I knew this was probably coming; for a least a year I had anticipated it.  And yet, when I was given the news and the time frame, I just sort of… retreated into myself.  I have been putting it off for the better part of the year.  Apollon, patient and understanding that He is, only asked me to find myself before making this commitment.  To be certain that this is what I want for the next seven years. It’s taken time, but I believe I have worked through my apprehension and that I am now ready for the new commitment.

So, on the second day of Aegletia, when the Treasury welcomes our Lord into our hearths and hearts for the duration of the festival, Apollon and I will once again exchange our vows.  New vows this time. Clearer vows.  Deeper, more meaningful vows.  I won’t lie and say that I am not nervous still, but I am definitely no longer stuck, unable to move forward.

And I’m happy.  I usually spend so much time worrying about things– how will I organize the festival, how will I balance my time online with my time with the children, how will I deal with the sheer agony of being separated from Apollon when He has finally left?  Not this time.  Not this year.  This year, I will let myself just be in the season, and in the turning.

First Treasury Shrine of Apollon!

Hello, dear readers!  I have finally reached a level of completion on my secret project that allows me to share it with you all!  For what feels like forever, I have wanted and worked toward opening a shrine for Apollon that would be accessible to my community.  Well, I have at last been blessed enough to be able to see that dream become reality!

The First Treasury Shrine of Apollon website is up and running!  It’s kind of bare-bones at the moment, because I just really could not wait any longer to share it with you.  As of now, my Shrine Keeping Services page is up, along with some others, including the Virtual Guestbook, for visitors to leave written offerings to Apollon that I will read aloud before His Shrine.

In a few months, the shrine will be complete enough for me to open to the local public in Corpus Christi, Texas, for veneration, which is the most exciting part for me, as Shrine Keeper.  Facilitating others’ worship of Apollon is all I have ever wanted to do, and now I am able. I have been truly blessed beyond measure, and am so excited to bring my Lord’s shrine into fruition.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement!

Hail Phoibos!