hellenic religion

Pallas Athena/Minerva with her aegis.  Roman mosaic (3rd cent. CE), surrounded by a modern (18th century) mosaic depicting celestial bodies and geometrical patterns.  Now in the Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican City.

My Typical Prayer

Katharmos (Purification)

Cleansing

  • I wash my hands or put on hand balm if I’m low on spoons.
  • If I have more energy, I wash my face, shower, or brush my teeth because I know the gods would want me to be clean for myself and for them.
  • I bind my hair with a buff so that none of it is showing and I’m clothed respectably (e.g. I’m not naked but I’m usually just in my PJs).

Making Khernips

  • I fill a shot glass with tap water, light Hestia’s candle, pass a eucalyptus sprig through the flame, extinguish it in the shot glass, and waft it around my altar.
  • I dip my fingers in the shot glass and sprinkle water all over my altar.

Rituals

Hestia Prayer

  • I recite “Welcome to Hestia” (which I wrote) with my palms turned upwards to establish the beginning of the prayer.
  • I scribe her name in Greek on my Buddha Board.
  • I acknowledge all the gods and other deities potentially listening in.
  • I pass my finger through the flame and extinguish it (because the candle is really small).
  • I recite any extra prayers or thanks to Hestia and make any offerings.

Persephone Prayer

  • I recite “Welcome to Persephone” while holding an item from her shrine.
  • I scribe her name in Greek on my Buddha Board.
  • I burn the shrivelled up offering from a few prayers ago which is usually a flower or berry. I place a new offering on the shrine which is fresh.
  • I recite any extra prayers or thanks to Persephone and make any offerings.

Any other introductions, prayers, or offerings to other gods (usually to Dionysus, Aphrodite, or new gods).

Athena Prayer

  • I light Athena’s candle and recite “Welcome to Athena” while holding my owl crystal. I make a point of kissing the crystal because I’m a devotee and this part of my prayer is usually very special.
  • I scribe her name in Greek on the Board.
  • I talk with Athena casually and recite any extra prayers or thanks and make any offerings.

Closing

  • I make any offerings that would go to the gods collectively and usually leave them out overnight.
  • I say thank you to each of the gods I have a shrine to on my altar.
  • I take three deep breaths to wait for any signs, feelings, or communications.
  • I extinguish any flames and tidy up.
The Evolution and Adaptation of Witchcraft in the Modern World.

Originally posted by mollyspersonallypersonalblog

I keep seeing people bitching and being gatekeepers about pop culture witchcraft but here’s the thing, in order for something to survive it must adapt and that’s what witchcraft is doing, it’s adapting to fit our modern times. And I’m not saying the old ways aren’t valid anymore because they still are but the craft is evolving because in order to survive and keep going it needs to.

If you practice the old ways, that’s cool, you do you. If you are using the modern adaptation of witchcraft, cool. If you’re doing both, fantastic! But don’t discredit shit because it doesn’t follow your path or it isn’t “the traditional way!” It’s also toxic as fuck to tell someone to do the path of witchcraft you want them to do because that’s being a controlling, manipulative asshole.

Hell, if technology didn’t advance those people wouldn’t be able to make a tumblr rant about modern witchcraft.

Witchcraft evolves to survive like everything else but it can still keep its old elements. And I won’t be arguing with anyone about this because I’ve made my point and if you can’t see my side then you’re not worth the time.

Have a magical day ya’ll.

OKAY EVERYONE IMMA LEARN YOU A THING

SO LETS SAY THE WHOLE ENTIRETY OF EXISTENCE IS AN APPLE PIE

WOO APPLE PIE RIGHT?

NOW RELIGION IS US TINY LITTLE HUMANS TRYING TO EAT THIS PIE RIGHT?

SO SOME OF US ARE LIKE : YEAH, I CAN EAT THIS WHOLE PIE WITH NOTHIN BUT A FORK AND IMMA CALL IT THE UNIVERSE AND THATS AS COMPLEX AS IT NEEDS TO BE.

NUT OTHER PEOPLE ARE LIKE, YES, BUT IM GONNA CALL IT A CAPITAL G GOD AND EAT IT WITH MY FORK.

LOOKS DIFFERENT BUT IS STILL AN APPLE PIE RIGHT?

NOW OTHER PEOPLE ARE LIKE, MAYBE I DONT WANNA EAT THIS WHOLE PIE IN AT ONCE. NAYBE ILL CUT IT UP AND GIVE EACH SLICE A DIFFERENT NAME (EX: THE GREEK PANTHEON)

STILL AN APPLE PIE THOUGH RIGHT? JUST EASIER TO CONSUME..

NOW YOU CAN CUT IT HOWEVER YOU WANT AND GIVE IT WHAT EVER NAME/S YOU WANT (POLYTHEISTIC) , BUT EXISTENCE IS STILL THE PIE AND YOUR PRORBABLY GONNA EAT IT (RELIGION).  NOW YOU CAN CHOOSE NOT TO EAT IT CAUSE THE PIE DOESNT APPEAL TO YOU (AGNOSTIC/ATHEIST) AND THATS OKAY TOO BUT YOU STILL ACKNOWLEDGE THE ESISTENCE OF THE PIE OF EXISTENCE.

tHANK YOU THAT IS ALL.

hekate · goddess of magic and witchcraft

Hekate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea. Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion became she Persephone’s minister and companion in Haides. Hekate was usually depicted in Greek vase painting as a woman holding twin torches. Sometimes she was dressed in a knee-length maiden’s skirt and hunting boots, much like Artemis. In statuary Hekate was often depicted in triple form as a goddess of crossroads.

Roman statue of Minerva (Athena) holding an owl.  Made from marble and gilded onyx.  Artist unknown; 2nd cent. CE with 18th cent. restorations.  Now in the Louvre.  Photo credit: Janmad/Wikimedia Commons.

Recent Drama about Artemis

SO there has been a lot of drama about Artemis and who she belongs to , or something like that. This has been from non-Hellenic religious people

I have seen things like this: 

  • “Artemis is aro/ace” (and you have to agree) 
  • “Artemis isn’t a lesbian, Aphrodite has links to Sappho use her as your lesbian icon”
  • “Why are you stealing our lesbian goddess [Artemis] from us you lesbophobes”
  • “It is lesbophoic to deny lesbian ties to Artemis” 
  • “I  wish the people making a stink about this would just admit that they only knew about her being associated with the moon and just ignorantly jumped to labeling her a lesbian”
  • “Stops stealing Artemis from the ace community” 
  • “Artemis being labeled a Lesbian triggers self harm” 
  • “Both Aphrodite and Artemis are ours sorry”
  • “ I have never met in my entire life a cishet worshiper of Artemis”

I’m not going to try and have a discussion about non-Hellenics using our Goddesses; only this– if you want to use our Gods don’t be surprised when one of us starts get upset about it and joins in on the “discussion”. These posts are all over Tumblr so whether they are religious or not they are going to reach the eyes of Hellenic worshipers sooooooooooo: 

I am making this post for the sake of new Hellenic Polytheists or anyone religiously interested in the Greek Gods. 

I see questions like these alllllll the time on and off anon: 

  • I am asexual can I still worship Aphrodite? 
  • I am a man can I worship Artemis? 
  • I am trans-woman can I worship Hera? 
  • I am gay man can I still worship Aphrodite? 
  • Is worshiping mother goddesses okay if I don’t want children?

And so many other similar questions. 

Lets get the bottom line religiously: The Theoi do not pick sides. You cannot slap a sticker on any God or Goddess and say “MINE.” They all want to be worshiped. 

Discourse throughout the religious Hellenic community about these sexuality/gender ideas has always been civil and people respect the fact when a particular worshiper doesn’t want to contribute to this discussion. Is Artemis aro/ace? Some worshipers see her that way and that is their right, it is not their right to force it on other worshipers. And this is the consensus I have seen within this community. 

If you are ace you can worship Aphrodite. If you are a lesbian you can worship Artemis. If you are a man you can worship Hera. If you are childless you can worship Rhea. If you are a woman you can worship Apollo.

No matter your sexuality you can worship any Theoi. No matter your gender you can worship any Theoi. No matter your lifestyle you can worship any Theoi. No matter your profession you can worship any Theoi. 

You. Anyone reading this. Can worship any Theoi, just as you are.  

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If they do, then the Hellenic community should be unwelcoming to that individual. 

I find it so interesting how differently people see the gods.

Part of it is UPG and such, but also it’s the facets that they show to you. 

Like Aphrodite and pink is so common here on Tumblr, but I always see her in sea green and aquamarine, with gold and pearly white on her trim and in her hair. To me, she’s not at all romantic, she’s not even that loving all the time. What she is, is the calm all-encompassing warmth that comes after a particularly bad meltdown, and the fierce, protective look on my best friend’s face as she tells me I’m worth a million of him. 

Half of the Athena aesthetics I see focus on libraries and books, glasses perched on noses. So many people focus on her role in your own learning. Spending time researching can be a great offering to her, that’s true, but I feel closest to her when I’m actively teaching someone else, in the moment it clicks for them and you can feel the spark behind their eyes light up. I feel her smiling when my students ask me questions I hadn’t even thought of before.

Hermes is a trickster yes, he’ll mess with you a hundred ways from Sunday if you’re not careful. But he’s also a hand on your shoulder as you cross the street, making sure you’ve looked both ways (which I hadn’t, thank you friend). He’s laughter as you spill your coins everywhere trying to pay for ice cream, and the thrill of mutual understanding through a language barrier.

I’ve always vaguely believed that gods show themselves as what you need the most at the time, but it wasn’t until I started paying attention that I really understood what that really meant. 

Ancient Roman statuette (Dolomitic marble) of the goddess Nemesis, with a “wheel of fortune” in her left hand and a conquered enemy beneath her right foot.  Her facial features and hairstyle resemble the empress Faustina the Elder (100-140 CE), wife of Antoninus Pius.  Artist unknown; ca. 150 CE.  Now in the Getty Villa, Malibu.  Photo credit: Marshall Astor/Wikimedia Commons.

any other witches who grew up in a different, bigger and more established religion, (for me it was christianity) sometimes feel scared and guilty over your new religion and deities? like when you pray this guilt and fear about sin hits you like a spear and then you feel guilty about insulting your current gods with that? anyone know how to handle that?

selene · goddess of the moon

Selene was a Titan goddess in Greek mythology, daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. She was the goddess of the moon, which she drove every night across the skies. Selene was linked to Artemis as well as Hecate; all three were considered lunar goddesses. She had an affair with a mortal named Endymion, whom Zeus had granted the choice of when he would die; Endymion chose to fall into an eternal sleep to remain ageless and deathless. Selene drove the silver moon chariot which was carried by two snow-white horses, as opposed to the golden sun chariot which was carried by four. According to other sources, Selene was one of Zeus’ lovers and they had a number of children

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