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Ode to Thirteen Goddesses ver. 2

Lovely Persephone, ruling over the hosts of Hades
You bring solace, both above and below
Assuaging the barrenness of Winter, Death and Time

Indomitable Rhea, in the face of all adversity You smile
For You are the Lioness, whose prowess is known
In the hearts of those who labor on

Shimmering Amphitrite, Lady resting upon the waves
Your gentle motions ease our hearts
While warning of the dangers of the deep
That we may honor the division of Land and Sea

Wild Artemis, running along rivers
Protectress and Huntress of beasts
We honor Your fierce glory
And stand awed by the might of Your Bow

Indelible Ariadne, Lover of Madness, Speaker of Truth
Your lessons are those we find within us
Of Will, and Wisdom, and love’s fickle moods

All-encompassing Gaea, O vastness of Earth
Who is at once Mother and Grandmother
Eternal Creatrix, we praise You
And embrace You at our end

Luminous Hekate, Light at the Crossroads
Tending the unwelcome spirits
Even these have purpose among Your retinue
As we hail them in passing

Compassionate Athena, Lady favoring strategy over brute force
We are the wheels You set in motion
And by our hands is the Divine Work done

Warlike Aphrodite, bane of hearts and Mistress of cruel Ares
You tempt even the strongest of mortals
And Yours is the triumph of procreation

Beloved Hestia, consumed in the flame of enlightenment
Yours is the way of the Unfettered Self
We are but fleeting in the face of Your truth

Illustrious Hera, Queen of Gods, tester of men
Your trials forge character and train resolve
For ego falls away, as Your gaze falls upon us

Resplendent Leto, She of Untamed Spirit
Woe be upon the boasters and fakers
Who with scornful tongues
Will know the peace of Your Offspring

Bountiful Demeter, by whose power Earth’s sustenance is grown
Your gentle hand did guide us in first planting
Thus laying the seeds of civilization for all humankind

Blessed are the Goddesses!  Hail these Magnificent Thirteen!

Gratitude Project 2017, Day 25 – Rhea

08/25/2017

There are five gods who have permanent residence on my personal shrine, no matter what.  Rhea sits in the center of the shrine.  I have been developing my relationship with Her for quite a long time now, and She commands my utmost respect.  I look to Her as one of the finest examples of Queenship there ever was.

Over time, I have had the privilege to learn many subtleties from Mother Rhea– things that can only be observed.  It is through spending time with Her that I have seen how She handles Others.  And She handles Them, expertly.  One of Her duties that I’ve witnessed, is arbitration between two or more Divine parties.

They come to Her because She is thorough, concise, and never coats Her decisions in flowery words.  And although there are times when So some is less than thrilled about the outcome, I’ve never seen Anyone so much as pretend to argue with Her.  Maybe that’s just what happens when you’re almost Everyone’s Mother, or Grandmother.

Her’s is the strength coursing through the Olympians.  Each of Them, I believe, carry a facet of Her within, and when it is most visible, They are truly acting and existing within the sphere of Their power, comfortable and relaxed.  Rhea is very much the ease of power, wielded in confidence. She is the surety that comes with command. These are things that She governs, and Her governance makes possible the smooth handling of the Kosmic Order by the other Gods.

So truly, we all should be grateful for Rhea.  In Her own very subtle way, She makes sure we move through space and time without too much chaos, or too many collisions.

Hail Rhea, Mother of the Gods!

#GratitudeProject2017

Ode to Thirteen Goddesses

Lovely Persephone, ruling over the hosts of Hades
You bring solace, both above and below
Assuaging the barrenness of Winter, Death and Time

Indomitable Rhea, in the face of all adversity You smile
For You are the Lioness, whose prowess is known
In the hearts of those who labor on

Well-loved Columbia, Lady of sweet freedom
Whose strong arms enfold us in warmth
Glad are we by Your presence
And in Your absence left cold

Wild Artemis, running along rivers
Protectress and Huntress of beasts
We honor Your fierce glory
And stand awed by the might of Your Bow

Indelible Ariadne, Lover of Madness, Speaker of Truth
Your lessons are those we find within us
Of Will, and Wisdom, and love’s fickle moods

All-encompassing Gaea, O vastness of Earth
Who is at once Mother and Grandmother
Eternal Creatrix, we praise You
And embrace You at our end

Luminous Hekate, Light at the Crossroads
Tending the unwelcome spirits
Even these have purpose among Your retinue
As we hail them in passing

Compassionate Athena, Lady favoring strategy over brute force
We are the wheels You set in motion
And by our hands is the Divine Work done

Warlike Aphrodite, bane of hearts and Mistress of cruel Ares
You tempt even the strongest of mortals
And Yours is the triumph of procreation

Beloved Hestia, consumed in the flame of enlightenment
Yours is the way of the Unfettered Self
We are but fleeting in the face of Your truth

Illustrious Hera, Queen of Gods, tester of men
Your trials forge character and train resolve
For ego falls away, as Your gaze falls upon us

Resplendent Leto, She of Untamed Spirit
Woe be upon the boasters and fakers
Who with scornful tongues
Will know the peace of Your Offspring

Bountiful Demeter, by whose power Earth’s sustenance is grown
Thank you for the greatest bounty of all
Your Daughter, the Blossom of Spring

Blessed are the Goddesses!  Hail the Magnificent Thirteen!

Happy Solstice!

I have only a quick post for today, since it is the Solstice and I will be celebrating the honor of Zeus our Father, and His birth, rearing and defeat of the Titan Gods.  This is not an historical observation, and indeed some may see this celebration as a bit of a stretch, however, it truly makes perfect sense to me and mine, and we have upheld this tradition for several years now.

There will be a savory meal prepared for us to share with Zeus, our Father, Mother Rhea, and with Gaea, our Great-Mother.  And we will stay up late into the night to mark off the individual observations that we have for this holy night. And during the night, as Mother Rhea labors to bring forth our Father, we will bake sugar cookies in the shape of the Sun, which will be finished near to the time of His delivery (as we have conveniently and perhaps arbitrarily determined for our own household).  And while we eat our cookies, we will tell the tales of our Father’s youth, and we will dance for Him and His glory.

And after all of that, those of us still awake will sit quietly, awaiting the Sunrise.  In those moments of twilight, we will honor the lifting of the darkness, as Zeus, young and virile, leads the Olympians to ultimate victory. We will then praise Him in the light of the young Sun, for ending the time of darkness and stagnation, and for ushering in a new age of light and growth.

And this shall be our celebration for the Winter Solstice.  How shall you celebrate, friends?

Winter Solstice: Honoring Zeus

Over the years, I’ve celebrated the Winter Solstice in varying ways (and in varying degrees), for the honor of various gods.  Apollon and Helios, both being Hellenic deities who are highly associated with Solar imagery, are never lacking in devotion during this season of long nights, while we await the Sun’s eventual rebirth.  Of course, this attention to those two gods in particular is natural, understandable, and logical for any Hellenic Polytheist who, like myself, chooses to observe these seasonal changes.  However, this year, as the Solstice drew nearer, I found that I was not meditating on the profundity of either Apollon’s or Helios’ roles in this shift of seasons, indeed, this shift of awareness, this shift of Power that will continue with the lengthening of days, and the warming of the land.  This year, my thoughts were/are concerned with showing honor to Zeus, King of Gods and men.

Now, I am not one to arbitrarily assign birthdates to gods just to fit them into a certain season, but it seems to me that honoring the birth of the King, who would grow to free all of his siblings from the darkness of Kronos’ belly, is just as fitting as any other celebration taking place at this time of year.

Just think… if Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia had never been twice-born.  What kind of world would exist in place of this flawed world that we are so fortunate to enjoy?  Would we even exist in such a world?  My guess is probably not.

When Zeus was born, hope was born along side him.  The hope of freeing the Universe from Kronos’ tyranny.  The hope of releasing the world and its inhabitance from stagnation, and the fear of inevitable change that I believe the swallowing of Rhea’s daughters and sons represents.

So, as the Kouretes danced their war dances around the tree-hung cradle of the baby Zeus on Mt. Ida (in one version of the myth), hope and a new beginning blossomed into being.  Zeus, having grown strong and ready to deliver his brothers and sisters, and indeed the world, from darkness, becomes an even more profoundly symbolic manifestation of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.

I see the Solstice (the actual point in time that the solar shift occurs, which falls at around 11:30 CST) as the moment of the King’s birth, while the subsequent hours of darkness before the dawn are representative of Zeus’ maturity.  And the dawn itself, for me, becomes that glorious moment of triumph when Kronos regurgitates the other gods, freeing them, and all of their evolutionary powers.

Of course, we understand that the tale doesn’t end there.  The war between the Olympians and Titans raged violently for some time after.  However, through the release of his siblings, Zeus (with Metis’ aid) becomes the catalyst for change, a reminder that the best hope against these dark days, and harsh realities, comes from the wisdom to accept that nothing ever stays the same.  Seasons change.  Autumn passes into Winter, which in turn passes into Spring.

So, tonight, as many others are paying their respects to my Lord, and to Helios as well, I will be mindful of Zeus, our Father and King, who led the Olympians to victory over the Titans.  And I will honor his mother, and her mother also, for their pivotal roles in Zeus’ birth and upbringing.  In fact, I am so moved by this new (for me) revelation of the importance of the King’s birth, that this celebration may become a yearly event at my house.  Yes, that feels right (for me and my family).

How ever you intend to celebrate the turning of seasons and the solar cycle (if indeed you do), I hope this Winter Solstice is a joyous and moving night of awe and reverence for the divine.  Blessed Solstice, friends.  And of course…

Hail to Zeus, King of Gods and men, Glorious and Skillful Son of Mother Rhea, Grandson of Gaea, Great-Mother of the Gods!  Hail, and Blessed Be!