It has been my experience several times in the past few years when I have actually been having difficulties with something I was trying to do on the internet that if I call upon her with respect and make a small offering things smooth out very quickly. From what I can see, with Kyberia, this may be because she is joyful to finally be acknowledged for the wondrous beings she is and for the gifts that she still has to bestow upon us.
There has been some musing on the subject of Modern and/or “Found” Gods and Goddesses. One of the ones that I have found is valuable to honor in this day and age of almost instant online communications is Kyberia, who I have the feeling is a daughter of Eris and Hermes. Hermes is obvious as he is the Messenger of the Gods in the Greek pantheon. Eris is less so because many people have only a negative view of her and do not see that the “strife” she brings is both in striving to improve AND striking the sparks for social change.
I had to search far and wide for the link to where I first heard about her and which I actually had thought was lost. But thanks both her help and to a friend of mine who had an archived link to the site “Sannion’s Sanctuary”, I was able to find the “Votive Hymn to Kyberia” which Sannion wrote. I have included the link and the entire contents of the page for people to read on their own so that they can enjoy the beauty of what happens when we DO honor these young God/desses.
I was having difficulty updating my website, when in desperation; I called out to Kyberia, Goddess of New Technologies and the Computer, promising that I would honor her with a hymn and a libation if she offered me the assistance I so greatly needed. Now this was a Goddess I had only heard spoken of jokingly, and I didn’t expect it to work. Well, to my total shock and considerable pleasure, all of the trouble I had been having ceased and I was able to successfully complete the task. That very night I made my libation to her, and now I have written this hymn in her honor. I hope that she finds it pleasing – and that she will remember me in the future.
Sing, Muse, of Kyberia, patroness of new technologies,
gentle guide through the Internet’s pathways,
who bestows shining insight
to all those who call upon her blessed name in prayerful tones.
She stands over the computer, dear creature of her heart,
and with her fiery sword chases off the baneful viruses
and those vexing adds for porn.
When she is remembered, and AOL ‘s silver
start-up discs are offered
on her altar with honey-sweetened wine
there are no 404 errors,
and one needn’t fear their screen turning blue.
She delights in the hum and whir of old computers,
and the clickedy-clack of fingers on keyboards.
When you are writing code or working to upload graphics to your webpage,
remember her and recite a pleasing hymn in her honor,
and I swear to you, it will go a lot easier!
Unbidden the answers will come to you,
and your hands will speed across the keyboard
typing out the right things,
even if you haven’t the vaguest clue what those things are.
Who is this Goddess whom I hymn?
Some say she is grey-eyed Athene,
known under a different name,
or the daughter of Eris,
brought into being by the mad-rush of technology.
I do not know for sure, but I call her Kyberia and Tekaté
and I proclaim her a Goddess dear to my heart!
Hail, Goddess! I will remember you with many songs!