Diviner’s Prayer to Apollon

Please be aware that should you use this prayer yourself, you should edit it slightly as it strongly reflects my personal relationship with Apollon.  

Khaire Apollon Kouridios,
I, Melia, come before you today as your gynaíka and mantis.

My beloved, Apollon Khrysmodós,
I seek wisdom, insight, and guidance for ___.

My love of loves, Apollon Alexikakos,
Please guard us from the Algea; from pain, grief, and distress.
Please guard us from Adikia, from injustice.
Please guard us from Amekhania, Aporia, Penia, and Ptokheia;
allow us to support ourselves and those in our care.
Please guard us from Apate, Dolos, and the Pseudologoi; help us to be honest in our interactions and receive honesty in return.
Please guard us from the Arae, that we might not be hunted.
Please guard us from Kakia, that we might be led by Arete.
Please guard us from Koalemos, help us to use the wisdom we have been granted.
Please guard us from Deimos, Phobos, and Phrike, that we might live with peace of mind.
Please guard us from Dyssebeia, Hybris, and Thrasos, that we might know ourselves as we are and behave accordingly.
Please guard us from Epiales, let our sleep be restful and inspiring.
Please guard us from Limos, that we may always have enough to eat.
Please guard us from Momos, that when we receive criticism, it be gentle and constructive.
Please guard us from the Phonoi, that we might die gently at the time decreed by the Moirai.

My adored Apollon Philísios,
I ask that you bless me and ___.
Help us foster good relationships with those who would bless and protect us.
We ask for the blessings of Aletheia, may she be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of Anteros and Eros, may they be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of Kairos and Eutychia, may they be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of the Horae; Dike, Eunomia, and Eirene, may they be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of Eleos, may she be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of Elpis, may she be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of Eudamonia, may she be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of Hygeia, may she be ever honored.
We ask for the blessings of the four sisters: Eupheme, Eukleia, Euthenia, and Philophrosyne, may they be ever honored.

My respected Apollon Moiragetes,
I take this time to honor the Moirai, those who assign to every being their portion of good, of ill, and of time.
Khaire Klotho!  You who spin the thread of life, thank you!
Khaire Lakhesis!  You who measure the thread of life, thank you!
Khaire Atropos!  You who cut the thread of life, thank you!

My treasured Apollon Orthos Logos,
Please help me to speak the truth for ___ and find the wisdom that s/he seeks.
Thank you for your protection.
Thank you for your support.
Thank you for your blessings.
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Opening Prayer for Divination

Khaire Hermes Trikephalos,
You who see in many directions,
You who listen in many languages,
You who carry messages from the Blessed Ones,
Please allow me to access the knowledge that I seek.
Please help me to see and hear clearly.
Please bar the path of misfortune, illness, and malintent.

Khaire Zeus Basileus,
You who are the king of heaven,
You who lead the Fates,
You who are the father of Apollon who speaks your word, of Hermes who guides,
and of mortals and heroes uncountable,
Please hear my prayer and know that I honor you.

Khaire Poseidon Basileus,
You who are the king of the seas,
You who hold and shake the earth,
You who watch,
Please hear my prayer and know that I honor you.

Khaire Hades Basileus,
You who are invisible,
You who receive us all,
You who are wealthy beyond measure,
Please hear my prayer and know that I honor you.

Gods whom I have honored,
I ask that you bless me.
Allow me to speak your truths and your desires.
Please bless all those who came before me, those who spoke for you.
Please bless all those who will follow me, those who will speak for you.

To my ancestors, may your names be remembered.
May I give to charity and do good work in your names.
I ask the blessings of my father, [name redacted].
I ask the blessings of my grandmother, [name redacted].
I ask the blessings of my grandfathers, [names redacted].
I ask the blessings of my great grandmothers: [names redacted].
I ask the blessings of my great grandfathers: [names redacted].
I ask the blessings of my great great grandmothers: [names redacted].
I ask the blessings of my great great grandfathers: [names redacted].
May all of my maternal and paternal ancestors, both named and unnamed, be honored.

I ask that the questioner for whom I seek answers be blessed.
I ask that the tools through which I seek truthful and accurate answers be blessed.
I ask that all those who serve the gods in their own fashion be blessed.
I ask to be blessed that I might serve the gods cleanly.

Teach me how to divine so that I may know how to divine;
Teach me how to appease the holy powers so that I may appease the holy powers;
Teach me how to prescribe sacrifices so that I may prescribe sacrifices;
For wisdom is all that I am seeking, and this wisdom is my greatest wealth.

The last stanza was written by Ochani Lele and appears on the Diviner’s Prayer Card.  The capitalization has been changed to suit my style.  

More Epithets!

Apollon has a lot of epithets.  A  lot.  Some of them are better known than others.  Some of them have more written on them than others.  I would absolutely love it if we could cover as many of them as possible for He Who Rules With Honey.

Some of you have written or painted pieces that discuss Apollon in one of His epithets already.  Thank you!  Want to do more?  Email me whatever you’ve got.  The more I have to work with, the better this book will be.  Some of you have been thinking about it.  You’ve perhaps been considering which epithets you know Him best by.  You’ve been thinking and writing and deleting and thinking and writing….but not submitting.  It’s ok.  You still have time.  Keep writing.  Keep painting.  Keep drawing.  Keep taking pictures.  Keep doing what you do.

In this post, I want to just throw some epithets out there for which I don’t yet have any submissions.  I would love to see something for these epithets!  None of us know Apollon in His entirety, so I don’t think this book would be possible were it to be written by one author.  However, working together, I think we can paint a better picture of Him and give Him a better gift than we could each working alone.  If you know Him by any of these names, I’d love to see a submission by you.  If you don’t know Him by any of these names, work on something for Him by a name that you do recognize.  Please help me make this project a worthy portrait of this god whom we hold so dear.

Apollon Aiglétes (Απόλλων Αιγλήτης), Radiant; Shining; Lightning, Averter of Storms 

Apollon Akersekómes (Απόλλων Ακερσεκόμης),  He of Beautiful Unbound Hair; the Unshorn 

Apollon Akésios (Απολλων Ακέσιος), Healer; Averter of Evil; Healing 

Apollon Akestor (Απόλλων Ακέστωρ), of Healing Arts; Averter of Evil 

Apollon Áktios (Απόλλων Άκτιος), He of the Foreshore; of the seashore; God of the Shore 

Apollon Alaíos (Απολλων Αλαίος), Wanderer 

Apollon Àlexikakos (Απόλλων Άλεξικακος), He Who Wards Off Evil; Restrainer of Evil; He Who Diverts Calamity; Averter of Evil; Plague Healer 

Apollon Amazónios (Απόλλων Αμαζόνιος), of the Amazons 

Αpóllon Anax (Απόλλων Αναξ), the Great King