A Cautionary Tale

Before I begin, let me say how both utterly horrified and mortified I am by what happened, by what I let happen. I have somewhat hidden the evidence, but I am sure it will be found when I move out of my apartment, and I will be paying a lot for this mistake. No matter how much I have to pay for what has been destroyed, it could have been a lot worse. So, let’s begin.

I moved into my current apartment last summer. It is a furnished apartment, so I had to find a place for a shrine based on the flat surfaces that exist here. I don’t own my own furniture. After some consideration, I ended up deciding to use the desk in the spare bedroom. It was not ideal for a number of reasons – I don’t go into that room for much else, the window is drafty and lets in dirt, and even though I tied off the curtains, it’s difficult to pray in there without my arm hitting them, and they’re not clean. Regardless, this is what I chose to go with, and it looked like this.

As you can see, I typically use tea light candles that burn themselves out in anywhere from one and a half hours to four hours depending on where I bought the candles. I know that one ought to remain in the same room as a burning candle, and this is bad decision number 1. I routinely left the door open to that room and went about my business in other rooms while letting the candles burn out after I prayed and made offerings. I would pop in to check on them periodically as I was a little paranoid about a prayer card falling over or something and starting a fire. I was clearly not paranoid enough to not do this but just paranoid enough to keep checking. Don’t worry, that isn’t what happened.

I received a pillar candle as a gift. It was tall and green with dried flowers pressed into it. I bought a glass plate to put under the candle, and when I ran out of tea lights, instead of buying more, I decided to burn the pillar candle. Unbeknownst to me, the dried flowers in the candle weren’t actually dried flowers. They were plastic flowers. I don’t know if this contributed to what did happen or not, but I think it’s an absolutely terrible idea to put plastic flowers (or plastic anything) in a candle. Why? Just why would anyone even make that?

I burned the candle without incident a number of times. As I had always done, I would light the candle, say my prayers, make my offering, and then leave the door open and go about my business. Instead of letting the candle burn out, I would blow it out either before leaving or before bed. So far, so good. The candle was lovely, and there didn’t seem to be a problem.

About a week ago, I started having dreams/daydreams about something on my shrine catching fire. Each time this happened, I took it as a warning and went and blew out the candle early. It didn’t occur to me to change candles, and after this happened two or three times without there being any real problem, I thought it was just me. It was probably just anxiety or some other symptom of my atypical neurology. I kept checking and thanking the gods for the warning, feeling that it was safest to just consider it a warning and that I was catching the problem before anything actually happened, but it didn’t occur to me to change anything.

On the 9th of the lunar month (Thursday), I should have made offerings to the muses. Somehow, my brain got confused and I ended up making offerings to Athena and the Horae. I didn’t realize until afterwards, and I thought it was strange because I don’t recall ever confusing my calendar like that before, but I decided to just go with it. That confusion should have indicated to me that there was something wrong with my brain – potentially a petite mal seizure, but it also could have been just about anything. Neurology like mine is confusing because I am often not aware of problems when they happen. The clues are really small.

You may recall that I always check on the candle multiple times, and I always blow the candle out before bed, right? Well, this time I didn’t. I don’t know what happened. The door was still open, but even when getting ready for bed and getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I didn’t notice the light. It might be because the flame was deep inside the pillar candle and not giving off much light, I’m really not sure. In any case, I completely forgot about the candle.

The next day, I had the feeling of needing to check on the candle, but a quick look at the date told me that it was the 10th (when I have no offering scheduled) and that I hadn’t lit a candle. I didn’t check. My neighbors smoke, and I can often smell it in my apartment, so I figured it was just that that gave me the idea. That night, I have a feeling that I had a similar dream, but I was so tired that I wasn’t lucid enough to heed the warning, and I didn’t check on the candle. I didn’t even remember early enough to make the offering that I had planned to make to Hera (if I had, I would have caught the burning candle), and I planned to make it after I got out of work the next afternoon. That morning when I woke up, on the 11th mind you, I smelled burning. I ran into the spare bedroom to my shrine, and I found a completely melted down waxy mess on the scarf that I use as a base for the shrine as well as broken glass. The candle had completely burned down and broken the glass (was it hotter because of the plastic flowers in the candle that must have also burned?), and the desk had started to burn as well.

the burnt desk

The fire was completely out by the time I found it. The area was still warm, but nothing was burning. I don’t know what stopped the fire. I don’t know why the wood of the desk didn’t burn completely. I don’t know why the prayer cards or photo images didn’t burn. I don’t know why the curtains didn’t catch. I don’t know why I’m still alive.

I live on the 18th floor. My girlfriend was asleep in my room. There are children in the neighboring apartment. We all could have died. This could have been completely catastrophic.

I have moved the shrine. I put it on a smaller and lower (why I didn’t put it there to begin with) surface on my 晒太 (it’s indoors and connected to my living room but juts out a bit – it’s where we hang clothes to dry. In English, the best translations would be terrace or porch, but none of these are really accurate). I also bought a metal lantern to hold the tea lights so that they will be entirely encased and there is no more risk of a prayer card falling over and hitting a burning candle. It’s now mere feet away from the sofa where it will be very obvious when there is still a candle burning.

I am so thankful to the gods who stopped this disaster. Was it the agathos daimon? Apollon? Hermes? Athena? one of the horae? Someone else? I won’t know without divination, but I will continue to thank them all regardless. I know that it was my fault, and the consequences could have been so much worse than the loss of my security deposit. The gods saved lives that would have been on my hands.

Please, even if you have become complacent or think that you’ll notice if there’s a problem, please reevaluate where you have your shrines and your choices of candles, candle holders, incense, and anything else that burns. Are you making the safest choices that you can? If there’s something that you can change to make your practice safer, please do it. Please don’t have to learn the hard way.

The Sea

My last trip to the sea was over a year ago. I learned to scuba dive in the Philippines (and then saw the sea from Busan in South Korea on my way home). It was an incredible experience that allowed me to feel the grace and power of Poseidon, Amphitrite, and so many others. I wish I could go diving now, but alas, pandemic. I am stuck in a landlocked city.

Apollon also has connections to the sea and some of the various sea gods. I will attempt a short exploration of that side of him today. If any of these epithets sound interesting or inspirational to you, I do hope that you’ll consider exploring them for the devotional. There is no current deadline in the CfS because submissions trickle in too slowly. When I do have enough material, I will publish the volume. I realize that this devotional is quite different and has different requirements than others out there, so please do follow the directions. If your submission is off-topic, I won’t be able to include it no matter how good it is.

So, Apollon and the Sea.

‘Ακτιοσ – As Apollon Aktios, he is a god of the foreshore, seashore, or coast (whichever translation you like). He shares this epithet with Pan. In Actium, once upon a time, Apollon Aktios “cast aside his lyre, took his stand above the ship of Augustus, and flashed an unexpected light into the face of the enemy, while he grasped his bow and exhausted his quiver in defense of Rome and Augustus.” This anecdote was relayed by Propertius, and you can read more about it in the Transactions of the American Philological Association. There was a temple to him built there in Actium and another on the Palatine Hill in Rome, where he was called Phoebus of the Sea (Navali Phoebo).

‘Αποβατήριος – As Apollon Apobaterios, he is a god who protects travelers as they disembark from a ship. He shares this epithet with this twin sister, Artemis and his father, Zeus. There was an inscription to Apollon Apobaterios found at a temple in Cyrene. Dio (63.19.2) relayed the story of how Emperor Nero, after surviving a shipwreck, made an offering to Apollon Apobaterios as the God of Safe Landing.

Δελφίνιος – As Apollon Delphinios, he is a god of dolphins and of sailors, among other things.

Εμβασιόσ – As Apollon Embassios, he is a god of embarkation. He is who is prayed and offered to when people embark on journeys ask that he keep them safe. If you would like to see this epithet in use by characters praying and making offerings to Apollon in ancient literature, try The Argonautica.

Έπιβατήριος – As Apollon Epibaterios, he is a god who conducts people aboard a ship, as well as being a god of seafaring in general. In Troezene, there was a temple dedicated to Apollon Epibaterios founded by Diomedes in thanks for escaping a storm which befell the Greeks on their way home from Troy.

Έύρυαλος – As Apollon Euryalos, he is the a god of the wide sea.

Μυρτώω – As Apollon Myrtoos, he may be a god of myrtle trees or of a particular grove of myrtle trees, but the stretch of sea between the Peloponnese and the Cyclades is also connected to this name. In Cyrene, Emperor Nero also made an offering to Apollon under this epithet, and it could have been just an offering to him under a local epithet, but it could also have been an indication of where Nero’s shipwreck took place. You can read more about this Two Notes Concerning Nero by Keith R. Bradley.

Σαληγενα – As Apollon Saligena, he is rising from the sea. This epithet refers to his birth on the island of Delos.

I wrote a bit about connections between Apollon and Poseidon here. There are also a number of sea gods that share similar functions with Apollon under the epithets explained above, but that will have to be another post for another day.

The Wonder of Dionysos

Dionysos never ceases to amaze me at how present he is and how he so often makes his presence undoubtable.

Lately, I’ve been offering from a bottle of wine that I received from my company as a gift about a month ago.  Quality-wise, it’s ok.  Personally, I don’t love it.  It’s a bit too acidic for my tastes.  Today, is the 13th of the month, and I’ve been offering from this bottle since Noumenia.  Most days, I drink the sip or so that is left in the pitcher after I’ve finished making offerings.  Each day, I make a similar face and say another prayer to the effect of “I hope you enjoy this more than I do.”  Last night, I made an offering to both Hestia and Dionysos.  When I took my sip afterwards, I thought to myself, “wow, that’s much mellower than before.”  A moment later it hit me.  Thank you, Dionysos!  He is one of the most ever-present gods I have had the privilege to know, and he is one of the most generous with his signs and gifts.  It is no coincidence that today is when the wine tastes good!  

Praise Dionysos! 

Design Your Own Statuary

Today, I was introduced to a very cool website. It’s Hero Forge, where you can design your own statuary. It’s actually meant to be for folks to design figures for tabletop gaming, but I think it’s an amazing new resource for the polytheist communities.

When you go to their website, I suggest that you create an account first so that you’ll easily be able to save your designs. I have not yet been able to have my first design printed because I live in China, and importing things is…. not fun. I didn’t even check to see if they would ship here. If anyone does end up buying a design, please post a picture in the comments. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Anyway, you do have to choose from two basic gender (or sex) models at first, but all clothing options and attributes seem to be available regardless of what you choose. This choice seems to only affect basic body design. Then you get to choose all of your body parts, and you can make them bigger and smaller and whatnot. They have lots of attributes that your figure can hold, wear on their side, wear on their back, and there are even some that can sit on the figure’s base. Oh, did I mention? It’s not humans only, and there are even some animal heads for our Kemetic friends.

I suspect that if this company had any idea that the polytheist communities would want in on this as much as the tabletop folks, they would add more attributes for us. So, email them if you want something that you don’t see!

They use 3D printing to create the figures, and they have several quality levels of plastic, bronze, and steel. The option that I think is most exciting is the colored plastic, which starts at $45US, which is not bad at all. They have a hand painted option that starts at $150US, but it’s only for their Kickstarter backers at this time. All of their other options are ones that you could paint yourself, though, if you have the miniature painting skills. The cheapest plastic option that you can paint yourself is only $20US, so it’s definitely worth giving it a shot if you design a figure that you really like.

It took me about two hours today to design a figure of Apollon that I am absolutely in love with. Pictures below.

Patron Deities

The idea of patron gods is one that is simultaneously very simple and one that is shrouded in misinformation and controversy. At its simplest, a patron god is a god whose domain encompasses that which you are – in your stage and station in life, your profession, your passions, and your endeavors. A person can have one, many, or no patron gods. A patron god can be both constant and temporary. A mystic or devotee can often operate with two concurrent definitions, yet this can be confusing for newcomers and laypeople.

From a mystic’s point of view, I could consider Apollon to be my patron because he is a hugely important part of my life and my devotion to him goes beyond that for any other god. However, I don’t generally use that term myself to describe him. As a professional and when I was still a student, Athena was/is a patron. I consider her to be the patron god of education and educators. I prayed to her very consistently while a student and sometimes now when I encounter something that I am having difficulty teaching in a way that my students are able to understand and retain. However, during the gap between my own education and when I became a teacher, Athena was not my patron. The patron relationship is not always, and in fact usually isn’t, personal. Personally, I travel quite a bit, I live in a foreign country, and I speak another language (one I did not grow up speaking) daily. Because of these things, Hermes could also be considered a patron. I do have a very close relationship with Hermes, and some of that may be because of these areas of my life, but I think some is just personal connection. Prior to my paradigm shift to Hellenismos, I had similarly close (though different) relationships with a few gods from other pantheons. That those relationships were strong and close did not mean that those gods were my patron gods, either.

What a patron is not is a god or pair of gods that you worship to the exclusion of all others. While some people do only worship one or a few gods, it is not because that god is their patron. Patron is also not a gendered term. There is no such thing as a “matron deity.” Goddesses are also patrons of people working in the domains that they rule.

If you have ever wondered who you should try to build a relationship with and ask for help in a specific area, what you are looking for is a patron. That god may only be with you for a short time, if they choose to respond and help you with your request. You might begin looking for a patron to render assistance and build a relationship so strong that it does not fade when your need fades. At that point, this god is no longer your patron, though some may consider them so from the perspective of that second definition that we talked about earlier.

The gods don’t generally appear to people and demand or request their worship out of the blue. If you are waiting for something like this to happen before you begin worshipping anyone, you are likely going to wait for a very long time. I made offerings to Apollon, not regularly but occasionally, many times before he ever took an interest in me. I even met him “in person” while he was riding a human horse during a large ritual where I felt like he saw right through me years before he ever took an interest in me. The gods don’t run on the same timelines that we do. I don’t know why he finally took an interest in me, but when he did, I was either about to turn or had just turned 31 years old. I had already been some flavor of pagan for 16 years and a polytheist for more than a decade.

I am profoundly lucky and blessed to have the relationship that I do with Apollon. I am not the only person with this type of blessing, but it is not the norm. Most people never experience something like this. It can be difficult to meet other polytheists and feel like everyone has this type of relationship but you. It only feels like this because our communities are so small, and it is generally the mystics, the priests, and the other specialists who share their experiences the most, who are the most vocal. The people who fervently love a god (or several) and hear nothing are usually quite private about their practices and lack of experiences. They may feel that they have nothing to share or simply that they don’t measure up.

Beginning around the age of 22, I became involved with a community of pagans and polytheists that had quite a large group of shamans and spirit workers. I wasn’t one. I always felt like they knew things that I didn’t know and did things that I couldn’t do. Some of that is true – they did have experiences that I hadn’t had, and many of them have skills that I didn’t and still don’t possess. That didn’t make them better than me, though, and I am not better than you. When I made an offering, the gods thought no less of my offering than theirs. In fact, a lot more was required of them than of me because they had the ability to do more, and they had made commitments to do more.

So, in conclusion, there is no invitation required, and you shouldn’t wait around for one. Do you love playing music, or are you a professional musician? Start praying and making offerings to Apollon, to one or all of the muses, to Pan, or to any of the several other gods with connections to music. These gods are the patron gods of musicians. Are you a gardner or farmer, choose to begin a devotional relationship with Gaia, Demeter, Persephone, or any of the other gods whose domains encompass what it is that you do. If you are at a loss, leave a comment. Other readers and I will be happy to give you suggestions of gods who rule over what it is that you do. You are the key. You can make the first move.

I wanted to end with the last paragraph, but there is one final bit of advice that I feel I need to share. You can worship a god for any reason at all. You do not need a patron god, and it’s ok if you never have one. The most important thing is to find a god (or quite a few!) that inspires you to love them.

A Vocabulary Lesson

It has been brought to my attention that there are certain terms that are often used without definition in the Hellenic blogosphere and even in publication. Here, then, for you, I will create a little glossary. If I am missing a term you would like to have defined, please leave it in the comments.

agora: an open public space used for assemblies and markets (ἀγορά)

archon: one of the nine chief magistrates in ancient Athens; this word has also been used to refer to any kind of group leader. In modern Greek, this word refers to someone who holds some form of status or power. In the Coptic church, an archon is a leading member of the laity, so that term might have crossed over into some Hellenic communities. Since it could mean the leader of the group, the leader of the laity, or some other person with status in the group, you’ll always need to ask a new group how they’re using the word. (ἄρχων)

cultus: a system or type of religious worship; pay cultus is often used synonymously with worship

devotee: someone who is worships a particular god is a devotee of that god – generally, this worship is more than what they give to other gods. people are unlikely to list off more than a few gods that they are a devotee of even if they actively worship dozens

discernment: distinguishing between what is real and what is your imagination

evocation: the calling forth of a god – this may be found embedded in a prayer, and a god’s response or lack thereof is up to them

hubris: excessive pride towards or defiance of the gods

hymn: a song in praise of a god

libation: a drink poured out in offering to a god, usually wine, water, or milk, though other drinks can also be offered

matron: a married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position, a woman who has charge of the domestic affairs of a hospital, prison, or other institution, or a woman serving as a guard, warden, or attendant for women or girls, as in a prison – this is not the feminine version of patron

miasma: spiritual pollution – see article

offering: anything that you give to a god

patron: a god who rules over your area of work, the one you would pray to if you were having a problem or needed help (some use this term for their whole life rather than just their work)

PCPG: Peer Corroborated Personal Gnosis – see the definition for UPG for a definition of personal gnosis, but this is basically that which a number of people have found to be true independently of each other (so, it’s not when one blogger writes about it and then a lot of other people believe them) either through intuition or revelation.

polis: a city-state in ancient Greece

prayer: anything that you say to a god – you do not need to pray for something, per se

shrine: this is a place that you build as a “home” or “resting place” for a particular god or group of gods – it is a place where you leave offerings for them and may keep things that you have given to that god that are more permanent in nature. It is often decorated and contains an image or statue of the god.

storax: a type of incense resin also known as styrax that comes from the Turkish Sweetgum tree (liquidambar orientalis), not what is commonly sold as storax (also called benzoin) that comes from a different plant entirely

UPG: Unverified Personal Gnosis – this is something that someone believes to be true about the gods, cosmology, theology, or natural law that they do not have evidence for, neither practical nor historical. It can be from intuition or divine revelation.

working with: People who use the term “work with” usually mean one of two things. The first is that they’re involved in some kind of magical practice and they think a particular god helps them in that endeavor. They may or may not be correct in that line of thinking. The second thing that folks can mean is that a god has some goal in the world, and they need people to do particular things to help them achieve that goal. They will then generally call into service folks with the skill sets they need who also have enough signal clarity to understand what they are to do and who wants them to do it. Occasionally, a person has only one of those features, so a god will set about making the other feature available to them through that person.

worship: to pray and make offerings to

Apollon’s Garden

It’s spring! For those of you with private spaces to plant things (community gardening is not a good idea right now; please stay home!), a garden in honor of Apollon is a beautiful possibility. Which plants you can plant does depend on where you are, but you could also make a container garden on your deck or patio, the steps leading up to your apartment, or even inside your room.

Bay Laurel, Melia Phosphorou

The bay laurel is the most obvious plant to plant in honor of Apollon. It is his most sacred plant. I used to have one in a pot in my bedroom when I lived in America, and while in Greece, I saw it flourish everywhere. If you live in a climate where you can plant this outside, it can grow really quite tall and can even serve as a hedge. Apollon has several epithets related to this plant. The first is Δαφνειος (Daphneios), which is translated sometimes as to whom the laurel is sacred and of the purifying laurel as well as just as laurel and of the laurel. There is also Δαφνηφόρος (Daphnephoros), which is translated as carrier of the bay branches, he who carries the laurel, he who carries the branches of laurel, and bearing a wreath of laurel – all quite similar in meaning just worded a bit differently by different writers and translators.

Larkspur is another idea for your garden. It is sacred to Apollon because it grew where his lover, Hyakinthos, died. You can read more about that here.

As Apollon Myricaeus, he is bearer of heath. Why is he the bearer of heath? I have no idea. If you’d like to plant some heath (also known as broom and gorse) in your garden for inspiration and then do some research into the matter, I would love it if you would then record your findings and submit them to the devotional.

Another flower with a possible connection to Apollon is lupine. Some scholars believe that his epithet Θέρμιος (Thermios) means he of the lupine flowers or of lupines. This is somewhat controversial, and I’m not sure why he is connected to lupines, but you could plant some and hope to find out. If you do find out, be sure to share what you find in the comments below, or better yet by submitting to the devotional.

Budding Cornel Tree by Manfred Richter

Apollon’s epithet Κάρνειος (Karneios) has several disputed translations, but one of them relevant to our garden is he of the cornel tree. Now, I have not been able to find out why Apollon has or would have a particular connection the cornel tree in particular, but perhaps one of you know or would be interested in undertaking that research? If you would like to write about Apollon’s connection to any of the plants I’ve discussed here today or any of his other epithets, please do submit to the devotional. It is still very much a work in progress.

Ash Tree, by Alicja

Another tree for which Apollon has an epithet is the ash. He is known as Apollon Μελιαιος (Meliaios). The connection here may be a confusion or syncretism between the Meliai, the ash tree nymphs, and a particular Melia who was an okeanid nymph of the Ismenian spring in Thebes. She was beloved of Apollon and bore him two sons – Ismenos and Teneros.

Autumn Lake Plane Trees by Evgeni T.

Apollon really does have quite a few epithets related to trees that I haven’t had the opportunity to fully research yet. As Πλατάνιστιος (Platanistios), he is he of the plane tree. Do you know why? I don’t know why. I would like to know why. Comments are welcome, but submissions to the devotional are better!

Pistachio Tree

I love pistachios, always have, but I honestly had no idea that they were sacred to Apollon or connected to him in any way until I started researching his epithets. As Apollon Τερμινθέως (Termintheus), he is of the pistachio grove. It is possible that these as yet unexplained tree epithets just come from the type of trees that a particular group chose to plant as a sacred grove for Apollon, which does imply that should you want to plant a grove for him, you can choose any tree you like and give him an epithet accordingly.

Apollon has another epithet, Ώρομεδον (Horomedon), which while not connected to an individual type of plant, it does connect to his relationship with growing things. It has been taken by some to mean ruler of seasons or ruler of time and refers to his connection to the horae because in Peloponnesian cults, the horae and Apollon were both called on to promote the growth of plants. As Ζωόγόνος (Zoogonos), he is generative or producing life – surely an epithet under which he would be honored by your garden. You could choose any plant that you especially like and dedicate it to Apollon Horomedon or to Apollon Zoogonos..

As Υλάτης (Hylates) , Apollon is the god of the grove, and as Ναπέυς (Napeus), he is worshipped in groves. If you have a wooded area or would just like to plant several trees in your yard, creating a small grove for Apollon Hylates would be a wonderful devotional act that is also helpful for the environment.

If a vegetable garden is more your speed, don’t forget some corn. As Apollon Sitalkes, he is the protector of the corn. Not to mention that dried husks can be used to make dolls, which can also make adorable (and biodegradable) icons and offerings.

As Apollon Όριος (Horios) he is the god of boundaries. If you use any of these plants (or any other) to form a boundary between your property and your neighbor’s, you can surely dedicate those plants to Apollon ask that he guard your property and keep boundaries clear.

I hope you have a beautiful and healthy spring full of flowers and growing things! Hail Apollon!

Worshipping Hestia

I have been worshipping Hestia for so long now that I don’t remember when I started. Her worship is an integral part of Hellenismos as we make offerings to her first and last, so ideally, she should be receiving an offering every time we make an offering to any other god.

Once upon a time, I built a shrine for her above the set of cabinets that was above my stove. As she is the goddess of the hearthfire and I had a gas stove (with a pilot light), this was an ideal location in my home. Now, she shares a shrine with the other deathless ones above my desk. Many people build shrines for her in the most central parts of their homes or on the mantels of their fireplaces.

One of my most regular offerings to Hestia alone was the first portion of anything that I cooked from scratch. I didn’t cook from scratch often, so it was kind of a big deal. I cook from scratch multiple times a day now, so I don’t make this offering so much anymore. It doesn’t feel special to me anymore, at least right now.

Hestia is a goddess with whom I have built a relationship that doesn’t feel very personal. I don’t go to her especially to ask for anything or if I have a problem. I pray to her out of thankfulness and praise, not out of need. To me, she is modest and calm, deeply capable and slow to react. Even if it weren’t traditional practice to pray to her first and last, I would still pray to her and give her offerings just for the love Apollon bears her. He (along with Poseidon) once courted her to be his wife. She refused and became an eternal virgin who rules over all sacrifices, but while not his wife, she still tends the house of Apollon.

Prayers to Hestia
The Homeric Hymn to Hestia – there are two
Underflow: Prayers to the Gods of Olympus – Hearthstone has written quite a few – use the search bar on her blog.
Devotion: Prayers to the Gods of the Greeks – This book also contains quite a few lovely prayers.
Orphic Hymn No. 83
First and Last: A Devotional to Hestia – This book contains the Homeric Hymn to Hestia (trans. Shelmerdine) set to Bogorditse Devo by Rachmaninov by yours truly as well as a number of great pieces by others in our community

A Hymn to Epione for Relief of Pain

I was blessed by the muses tonight. I’ve wanted to write a song, a plea, to Epione for several months now, but I didn’t have the right music in my head. I normally wouldn’t ever post a song online that I’d just written – you never know what it will sound like in the light of day tomorrow, next week, or next month, but I am feeling moved to share this one. This is very much a rough draft, so please do give me your feedback.

Epione, Epione, Epione
Fair and gentle you are
in face and form and charm
Io Epione, Epione, Epione
Pain, I feel pain, pain beyond what I can stand
Epione, Epione, Epione
I pray for your grace, for your gentle outstretched hand
I pray, for your grace, please come and find me.
Io Epione, Epione, Epione
Epione, Epione, Epione,
Praise Epione, Epione, Epione

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