Preparing to honor the Eleusinia ta Megala by speaking for equalilty

“The Eleusinian Mysteries (Eleusinia ta megala), honoring Demeter and her daughter Persephone, were the most popular of the mystery cults.  They lasted for a week, and were held in the town of Eleusis, just outside Athens.  Any person who spoke Greek was allowed to take part.” (emphasis mine)  https://sites.google.com/site/hellenionstemenos/Home/festivals/eleusinian-mysteriesEarlier this week, I spoke on my…

An ugly issue within a beautiful religion

Recently, I have been dealing with racism within Hellenismos. This is an issue that we face daily in the world outside of our common faith and hopefully overcome within ourselves and in the world around us. Racism should NOT be part of Hellenic Polytheism in any way, shape or form as to limit the Gods…

Friday the 13th and Tykhê

Tykhê is the Goddess of Luck, both good and bad. It seems especially appropriate on Friday the thirteenth, a day that is traditionally considered to be an unlucky day, to discuss the goddess that would by definition govern the day in question. “But truly, if Fortuna [Tyche] disapproves, nothing can turn out right for any…

September 11th Observances and Genesios

“ Genesios was a festival in honor of the dead. Today, it is a day to remember deceased ancestors, especially parents, and to hear and tell stories aobut them and what they did and to look through family albums or create them.  If graves of these ancestors are nearby, go visit them and perhaps lay flowers…

Themis — Goddess of Divine Law

“Themis was the goddess of divine law–the primal, unwritten laws governing human conduct which were first established by the gods of heaven. She was believe to have issued these edicts to mankind through the great oracle of Delphi over which she presided alongside the god Apollon.” It is interesting to me that Themis is portrayed as being…

A few comments on recent posts

People who follow my blog might have noticed a bit of a “theme” in my recent posts. I have been writing posts looking at some of the Orphic Hymns as translated by Taylor. Within the past week however, I have found out that a modern translation by Athanasakis is available. I’m going to stop doing…

All lovely to the view — The Orphic Hymn to the Graces

“Hear me, illustrious Graces [Kharites], mighty nam’d,  from Jove descended and Eunomia fam’d; Thalia, and Aglaia fair and bright,  and blest Euphrosyne whom joys delight: Mothers of mirth, all lovely to the view,  pleasure abundant pure belongs to you: Various, forever flourishing and fair,  desir’d by mortals, much invok’d in pray’r: Circling, dark-ey’d, delightful to…

The righteous seal of all — The Orphic Hymn to Nomos (Law)

“The holy king of Gods and men I call,  celestial Law [Nomos], the righteous seal of all; The seal which stamps whate’er the earth contains,  Nature’s firm basis, and the liquid plains: Stable, and starry, of harmonious frame,  preserving laws eternally the same: Thy all-composing pow’r in heaven appears,  connects its frame, and props the…

With vision unconfined — The Orphic Hymn to Dike (Justice)

“The piercing eye of Justice [Dike] bright, I sing,  plac’d by the throne of heav’n’s almighty king [Zeus], Perceiving thence, with vision unconfin’d,  the life and conduct of the human kind To thee, revenge and punishment belong,  chastising ev’ry deed, unjust and wrong; Whose pow’r alone, dissimilars can join,  and from th’ equality of truth…