I’m not joking when I say Hecate and Hades are my biggest brotp in our comic.
Hello everyone, I would like to show you this ring that I’ve been the proud owner of for about half a year!
The motif is the goddess Athena, which I why this ring means so much to me, and also why I wear it every day.
I bought it from MarrenJewelry, which is an Etsy shop. Marian makes all the jewelry herself, and she lives in Athens, Greece! She is very open to suggestions (e.g. I wanted this ring to have a slimmer band, and Marian made that possible), so if you are looking for something unique for yourself or a loved one, I really recommend you look up MarrenJewelry on Etsy :)
❝ Don’t fear death, fear the state in which you will die. ❞
- (via ukhti-hood-world-wide)
I finally setup my shrines again! Figured it was an appropriate day to do so.
witknitch replied to your post “hii! I’m curious, is Haides okay with music? like singing to Him or dedicating songs to Him? also, drawing some stuff for Him?”
I have a few songs from Dead Can Dance that work out really well. I’ve found that, while he can be distant, he’s generally appreciative and receptive.
Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 16 Mounykhión 1.698
Shrine getting a little dusty? Time to bust out the barley/natron/vinegar/Windex/elbow grease! Don’t obsess—just do one of the following:
- Detail-dust the smaller ornaments on your shrine.
- Detail-dust the larger ornaments on your shrine.
- Wash and dry your altar-cloths.
- Take a damp rag (or other appropriate cleansing item) and give your icons/eidola/images a mini-bath.
- Wipe, dust, or otherwise clean your altar base (or the piece of furniture where your altar is located).
- Sweep, mop, or vacuum the floor around your altar space.
- Offer some incense, sprinkle some khernips, smoke-cleanse, or otherwise purify your altar-space ritually.
- Altar’s spotless? Tackle a mess in another room of your living space. Cleanliness is next to godliness!
- Stressed out? Emotional and psychological cleansing is important, too. Do something to purify or detox yourself!
Today in the Hellenic Calendar:
- According to the Attic calendar, it’s the 16th of the month of Mounykhión.
- Today is the Mounykhia, a celebration of Artemis as Phoibe (Light-Bringer, the aspect of Artemis associated with moonlight) and Potnia Theron (Mistress of Beasts, the aspect of Artemis associated with wild animals).
- In ancient Athens, the Mounykhia commemorated the time that Artemis became angry with the city’s residents for killing a bear that had entered Her sacred temple. In myths, Artemis values animal life on the same level as human life, so She demanded a daughter of the Athenians be sacrificed to make up for this injustice. One Athenian made a compromise with Artemis: he brought his daughter to be sacrificed, but at the last minute, substituted a goat dressed in his daughter’s clothing.
- It was traditional both to repeat the goat sacrifice and to offer Artemis cakes with circles of candles stuck in them. If you want to offer to Her, get some cupcakes and candles! Animal crackers make good offerings, too.
- The Hellenic Calendar is made up of four-year cycles based on when the Olympics were held in ancient Olympia. We are now in the first year of a new Olympiad—the 698th since the four-year cycle began!
- The 16th of the lunar month is not traditionally associated with any particular Theoi, though Erkhia’s calendar associated it with sacrifices to Semele and Dionysos. Drew Campbell associates it with Artemis.
- Drew Campbell’s list of daily devotions suggests reading Orphic Hymns 35 to Artemis, 1 to Prothyraia (a Theos associated with childbirth), 34 to Leto (the Mother of Artemis and Apollon), and 71 to Tykhe (the Theos associated with the ups and downs of fortune).
- NOTE: Regarding the Orphic Hymns, the public-domain Thomas Taylor translation combines the first two prayers (#0, “To Musaeus,” and #1, “To Hecate”) into one ginormous prayer. The Apostolos Athanassakis translation keeps the two separate. Theoi.com uses Taylor’s Translation (again, because it’s public domain), but Drew Campbell drew from Athanassakis. So if, say, Campbell suggests using Hymn 34 (“To Apollo”), Your Mod will follow Taylor’s numbering system and link to Hymn 33 on Theoi.com. The more you know~
- For those of you who would like to learn ancient Greek, this day of the month is called the hékte mesoûntos (roughly pronounced “HECK-tay meh-SOON-toss”), meaning “the sixth of the middle [of the month].”
- The ancient Hellens divided their lunar month into three sets of 10 days (or two of 10 and one of 9), called “decades,” rather than a number of 7-day weeks.
- If you are looking for a good e-shrine to Artemis, try Tales of Transformation right here!
- Know any other good e-shrines? Have suggestions or corrections? Send us an ask or fanmail!
Happy Mounykhia, everyone!
Where did you get that amazing Haides statue??
Amazon! Though, be careful, mine showed up without his scepter. ):
hii! I'm curious, is Haides okay with music? like singing to Him or dedicating songs to Him? also, drawing some stuff for Him?
I don’t see why not! I usually play a lot of dark ambient stuff for him. I always recommend being creative with you offerings; it can’t hurt to test it out and see what he thinks.
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Day 8 - Variations of Persephone (Aspects, Regional Forms)
Let’s start with aspects.
- Queen of the Underworld. She rules over the Underworld, equal to Hades.
- Goddess of Necromancy. She and Hades preside over rites of necromancy, spirit-summoning. See bayoread’s great post on the Necromanteion of Hades and Persephone.
- Goddess of Curses: Remember Persephone Praxidike, exacter of justice. If you invoke Persephone’s name while casting a curse, you have the force of the Erinyes (over whom she rules) behind you. The Erinyes are punishers of crimes, particularly “filial betrayal, impiety and murder.”
- Goddess of Reincarnation/Passage to Elysium: The initiates of the Eleusinian Mysteries, presided over by Persephone and Demeter, are thought to have been promised a blessed passage to Eysium (the good place to go when you die). When the belief in reincarnation came about later in Greek history, initiates would look to Persephone to bless their passage into the new life.
- Goddess of Spring: Spring came when she returned from Hades. The renewing grain was associated with her.
Okay, now regional forms. There are a ton of them and I don’t know how useful it would be to write them all down, especially when I won’t get to festivals/holy days until later, as well as places associated with her.
She was in many places worshipped together with Demeter as Kore. There were also cults of Demeter, Kore, and Hades, and just Kore and Hades. There are varied local cults which focused on them only with certain epithets, etc. I’ll explore these more in later posts.