good libations

anonymous asked:

hi, do you know what kind of offering is appropriate for Athena ? I already tried olive oil but I used this offering several times and I'm afraid she could be upset about it. Also do you know any other way to worship this goddess ? thanks

So, first things first, you do not need to worry about mixing up offerings. You can give the same thing every day for as long as you worship and it’s still a good offering. Think about libations, mixed wine was the standard since that’s what people were drinking with dinner, so they’d pour out some mixed wine for the Theoi. Different offerings are/were appropriate for different festivals, celebrations, holy days, and rituals; but different offerings for daily worship are not a necessity.

Next, for the most part, historical offerings on a general basis did not vary between different Theoi. You’d get slightly different types of offerings between Ouranic and Khthonic Theoi, and you could give special offerings based on what things are sacred to a Theos, but the offering list for the most part is going to look the same for any given Theos.

For Ouranic Theoi (like Athene) you’re looking at a general list like this:

  • Branches 
  • Bread 
  • Cakes 
  • Cheeses 
  • First Fruit of the Season 
  • Fruits in general
  • Honey 
  • Incense
  • Libations
  • Meat, especially cattle
  • Milk 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Statues
  • Thigh bones, the tail, vertebrae and the sacrum of animals 
  • Vegetables 
  • Wheat 
  • Wine mixed with water

If you’re looking for inspiration for specific/special offering based on what is important to a Theos, then looking at the way They were portrayed in ancient art, the cultic practices surrounding Them, and Their myths can be great places for inspiration. Theoi.com is a great place to start, and searching Pausanias’ Descriptions of Greece for Athena can be a big help as well.

Snakes, horses, owls, and a Gorgon head all appear frequently in art depicting Athene. Along with a helmet, spear, and shield. She’s also strongly connected to weaving. Images of these things (or taking up hobbies relating to them) can be good offerings.

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  • I made sure that I can get on StarWars.com here at work, because you’re damn right I am going to be streaming all the Star Wars Celebration stuff next week. Give me an Episode VIII trailer, dammit!
  • Like, I have a mountain of work to get through. I’ll equate it to Everest, but I am still not gonna work tomorrow.
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I hope you have a fun, and relaxing weekend with good libations and/or food, and low stress levels.

27th; uphill

april is the cruellest month they said
ye gods, this year let it be kind!

no, they said. no.
we drink it over (this is a problem)

send curses up in smoke
send wishes up in smoke

for good measure, libations
& turn the cards over (nobody wins)

i sprint swift turquoise through red lights
over lawyers’ letters, uphill

days clouded with grief (not mine &
somewhat mine) or hurt sharp when bright

still we don’t stop won’t stop can’t stand still
i feel it in my thighs, the april burn

the cruelty i refuse to entertain
& i keep on & on & on

on two wheels,
on, uphill (& on)


Τετρὰς Ἱσταμένου, IV day
From today’s sunset: fourth day of Metageitnion.
The fourth is always sacred to Aphrodite Pandemos, to Hermes and to Herakles, as the symbolic day of Their birthday.
Honors are paid to Eros and Hermaphroditos.

Banquet of the Tetradistai.
“So it is no wonder that the ancient cooks were au fait in sacrificial rites; they presided, for instance, at weddings and festivals. Hence Menander, in his Flatterer, makes the cook on duty at the fourth-day club-feast (Tetradistai) or the day of Aphrodite Pandemos, speaks as follow: ‘Libation! Round with the tripe! Mind what you do. Come Sosias, boy, libation! Good for you! And now pour out. To all above we will pray both Gods and Goddesses (take the tongue), and may Life, Health, and many a blessing come of this, and those we’ve got Heaven grant we never miss!”
Athenaios 14. 659D, describing a private celebration of the Tetradistai in Aphrodite’s honor.

“But take care to avoid troubles which eat out the heart on the fourth of the beginning and ending of the month; it is a sacred day: especially during these sacred days it is convenient to get rid of all the activities that make you suffer, which, if at other times you need to choose them as necessary, in these days you should not.“

The fourth day is also a suitable day for marriage.

(Terracotta statuette of the Goddess Aphrodite within a shell, Hellenistic period, circa 3rd century BC, at the Christie’s collection…)

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I see so many folks trying to figure out which holidays to celebrate, how to celebrate them, and specific details for those celebrations…so–I’ve taken the time to write down which festivals I celebrate (or haven’t previously, but plan on celebrating in the upcoming year). This is just my personal festival calendar, and certainly not the only way to do it, but I hope it helps some people get ideas :)

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Τετρὰς Ἱσταμένου, IV day
From today’s sunset: fourth day of Elaphebolion.
The fourth is always sacred to Aphrodite Pandemos, to Hermes and to Herakles, as the symbolic day of Their birthday.
Honors are paid to Eros and Hermaphroditos.

Banquet of the Tetradistai.
“So it is no wonder that the ancient cooks were au fait in sacrificial rites; they presided, for instance, at weddings and festivals. Hence Menander, in his Flatterer, makes the cook on duty at the fourth-day club-feast (Tetradistai) or the day of Aphrodite Pandemos, speaks as follow: ‘Libation! Round with the tripe! Mind what you do. Come Sosias, boy, libation! Good for you! And now pour out. To all above we will pray both Gods and Goddesses (take the tongue), and may Life, Health, and many a blessing come of this, and those we’ve got Heaven grant we never miss!”
Athenaios 14. 659D, describing a private celebration of the Tetradistai in Aphrodite’s honor.

“But take care to avoid troubles which eat out the heart on the fourth of the beginning and ending of the month; it is a sacred day: especially during these sacred days it is convenient to get rid of all the activities that make you suffer, which, if at other times you need to choose them as necessary, in these days you should not.“

The fourth day is also a suitable day for marriage.

(This squat lekythos depicts an idyllic garden scene with a seated female, an Eros figure, a small bird, and a pair of trees. The female’s chiton is rendered in the so-called wet-drapery style, with the folds of the dress clinging closely to the body and revealing the contours of the figure underneath. Her hair is pulled back into a tight bun, and she wears jewelry on her arms and ears. Her right arm reaches out toward an approaching winged Eros figure, who is offering a small circular object resembling a piece of fruit. A partridge, the sacred bird of Aphrodite, rests on the ground below Eros’s outstretched arms.
From Attica, 400 BCE; now in the Yale University Art Gallery…)

For a while there I felt like I was losing my groove with this story. Vaults aren’t fun places to write, especially not when you’re trying to bend a universally-mocked canon plot to a protagonist of your own creation.

There’s something in this chapter, though, that makes me think it’s coming back. This one’s heavy on Butch - if you’re reading for him, read on!

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