The AGON of being a Hellenic Parent

AGON – ΑΓΩΝPronunciation: ȦgōnSingular: AgonPlural: AgonêsOther Forms of the Word:Agonia: a consequence of AgonCommon English translation: strife, struggle, conflict, contestTranslated definition of the word:AGON originally denoted ‘a gathering’ and was later extended to mean an athletic contest. An AGON commences and takes place within the context of an ‘ago’ which is a gathering of the THEOI…

Promoting ARÊTE in our homes

“What are concrete ways that you/we can do to promote ARÊTE and the Hellenic kosmotheasis?” was a question asked in one of the online fora that I am on. And that is something that bears thinking about. As I sit here at home, feeding my child her breakfast, I have time to think on this…

The need for Persephone’s descent

Today is the 6th day of the Greater Eleusinian Mysteries by the calendars that I go by. And part of this Mystery has to do with dying and being reborn. This leads to the reason for Persephone’s annual descent. Plato, in his dialogue Phaedo discusses the immortality of the soul and the afterlife. And it…

Purification rituals for the modern day

Today is the 4th day of the Eleusinian Mysteries according to the calendars that I am using. It is the last day of preparation and purification before the high point of the Mysteries themselves. I feel that this is a good time to discuss purification of self and home. I personally work to cleanse the…

A look at some of the epithets of Demeter

“I begin to sing of rich-haired Demeter reverend goddess (semne thea)–of her and her trim-ankled daughter [Persephone] whom Aidoneus [Haides] rapt away . . . Right blessed is he among men on earth whom they freely love: soon they do send Ploutos (Wealth) as guest to his great house, Ploutos (Plutus, Wealth) who gives wealth…