Persephone, Queen of the Underworld

Much of what I will be including in today’s blog entry is speculation on my part as there is little direct evidence except the lines of the Orphic Hymn in her honor.”O, vernal queen, whom grassy plains delight, sweet to the smell, and pleasing to the sight: Whose holy form in budding fruits we view, Earth’s…

Thoughts on the Eleusinia ta Megala (with Orphic Hymn to Demeter of Eleusis)

“[39] XXXIX. TO CERES [DEMETER ELEUSINIA]The Fumigation from Storax.O Universal mother, Ceres [Deo] fam’d august, the source of wealth, and various nam’d:Great nurse, all-bounteous, blessed and divine, who joy’st in peace, to nourish corn is thine:Goddess of seed, of fruits abundant, fair, harvest and threshing, are thy constant care;Who dwell’st in Eleusina’s seats retir’d, lovely,…

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…