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anonymous asked:

i saw someone say that apollo gets offended if you worship anyone other than him and artemis? is that true? i want to start worshiping apollo but not if i cant keep worshiping the other gods how do i keep him from being mad if i want to start worshiping him?

Oh, sweet anon, no! You don’t have anything to worry about! Some people choose to only honor one or two Theoi, but beside the fact that Hellenism is polytheistic and built to honor as many of the Theoi as possible, Apollon also has a rich history of being honored along with other Theoi. I’m gonna put all this below a read more cut for you, because it’s gonna get long, but sometimes seeing the historical evidence of how the Theoi were honored together can help ease that discomfort of expanding your worship.

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Apollon Festivals

The Seventh day of each month was celebrated as a feast day in honor of Apollo. 

Boedromia was held on the the seventh day of Boedromion (September 21st, 2015) to thank Apollo for his aid to Athens. 

Carneia was a Spartan festival held the 7th thru the 15th of Metageitnion (August 22nd - 30th, 2015). Military operations were suspended during Carneia. The festival was held in honor of Carneus, who was a favorite Seer of Apollo’s, who was slain by a Heraclidae. 

Daphnephoria was held every nine years in honor of Apollo, in Thebes. A young man or boy in good standing lead the procession, dressed in finery with laurels on his head, carrying an olive branch wrapped in purple and saffron ribbons and decorated with bronze orbs to represent the Sun, Stars, and Moon. (“Daphnephoria”. Encyclopædia Britannica 7 (11th ed.))

An Athenian festival held in honor of Apollo and Thesus’ prayers to him before he set off to slay the Minator is Delphinia. Held on the seventh day of Mounykhion (April 26th, 2015), Delphinia consisted of offerings to Apollo for aid in navigation and safe travels over seas.

Lasting three days in Hekatombaion (~July), Hyacinthia was held in honor of Apollo’s lover Hyacinthus. The first day was held in honor of Hyacinthus’ death, and offerings were made to the dead. The second day was full of feasts, celebrations, and competitions of song in honor of Apollo. Citizens and foreigners were both welcome to participate. The third day has not been described historically in much detail, and scholars speculate that it was a day for mystery rites. (Michael Pettersson, Cults of Apollo at Sparta: The Hyakinthia, the Gymnopaidiai, and the Karneia, Paul Åströms Forlag, Stockholm, 1992)

Pyanopsia was held in honor of Apollo as a sun God and ripener of fruits, where offerings were made to him and the Horea during the seventh day of Pyanepsion (October 20th, 2015). A branch wrapped in purple or white wool and adorned with season fruits, jars of honey, and jars of oil was made as an offering to Apollo in thanks for blessings received and to ask for protection from evil. Doors could be similarly adorned, or else the offering branch hung for protection, and left for the year.( “Pyanepsia”. Encyclopædia Britannica 22 (11th ed.))

Held on the sixth and seventh days of Thargelion (May 24th and 25th, 2015) Thargelia honored Apollo and Artemis. Sacrifices were made to Apollo and Artemis, as well as a sacrifice to Demeter to promote a fertile growing year. A purification ritual was held on the first day of the festival. On the second day, choir festivals were held and adoptive members of a family were formally welcomed into the family.