The Calendar

The calendar?  How about a calendar?  In the ancient Greek world, each city-state had its own calendar with its own names for months and its own unique festivals.  Today, many modern Hellenic polytheism revivalists reconstruct an Athenian calendar simply because it is the one for which we have the most information.  However, if you are unused to following a lunar calendar, then there are some things that you need to know.  First, all days start at sundown the night before and end at sundown.  That means that any dates I give you on the calendar below actually start the evening prior.  Second, the dates will not correspond neatly to the solar calendar used today the world over for everyone.  When I calculate my dates, the year begins based on the date and time of the first new moon following the summer solstice – that is where my first month begins.  For the date, it depends on the time of the arrival of the new moon and the time of sunrise where I live.  From there, calculating the beginning of each new month is the same.  In some cases, if someone lives where sunrise is even an hour earlier or later, their new month will not start on the same day (evening the night before) as mine.

Will my calendar be of use to you?  Maybe not.  This calendar does not contain every festival or holy day, only the ones I celebrate (at this time).  Nevertheless, I want to give you an example of what a month of holy celebration can look like.  In addition to any other time during the month when I might pray to a particular god for any reason, these are times where I say prayers and make offerings for no reason other than honor, respect, and adoration.

April 20, 2016 – Day of Dionysos

April 23 , 2016 – Day of Artemis

April 28, 2016 – Day of Athena

May 6, 2016 – Hekate’s Deipnon

May 7, 2016 – Noumenia

May 8, 2016 – Agathos Daimon Day

May 9, 2016 – Day of Athena

May 10, 2016 – Day of Hermes, Aphrodite, & Hebe

May 12, 2016 – Day of Artemis, Thargelia

May 13, 2016 – Day of Apollon, Thargelia

May 15, 2016 – Day of the Muses, Roman Festival for Mercury (solar calendar)

I used to celebrate two additional days for Athena each month, but I felt odd because She is not the primary deity of my house (and four days was more than any other deity had), and I suspected that we only know of so many days for Her because we know so much more about the Athenian calendar, so I did some divination.  The days for Her on this calendar are the two that She most wanted me to keep, at least for now.

I chose the 4th of each lunar month for Hebe because She does not traditionally have a day of Her own (that I know about), and the 4th is sacred to Heracles, Her husband.  I don’t currently keep a shrine for Heracles, but it made sense to me to honor His wife on this day.

Update: He Who Rules With Honey

We are now a quarter of the way through the submission period for He Who Rules With Honey, and I have received some breathtakingly beautiful submissions, for which I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

All of the submissions that I’ve received so far have been prayers and artwork.  I would love to have a prayer for each epithet, so this is absolutely fine, and I’d love to see more.  If you have other ideas for pieces you’d like to submit (poetry, re-imagined myths, essays about personal experiences, academic papers, etc…) then no one else has done it yet, so just think, you could be first!

Only a few epithets have received submissions:

  • Delphios
  • Erythibios
  • Hyperboreos
  • Noumenios
  • Phoibos
  • Pythios

If you have been considering addressing one of these epithets, please do!  If you have been considering addressing one of His other epithets, please do!  If you would like me to assign you an epithet, please e-mail me!  (pythioumelissa at gmail)

Thank you for all of your hard work so far.  I am confident that together we can create a volume to truly honor Him, my most beloved of gods.