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Hades

Symbols: Cerberus (his three-headed-dog), drinking horn, sceptor, key, the helm of darkness, pentacles

Sacred Animals: The screech owl, serpents, black rams

Plants: Cypress tree, asphodel, mint, white poplar, narcissus

Scents: Frankincense, patchouli

Gems and Metals: Onyx, jet, black tourmaline, black obsidian, hematite, coal, all metals and stones (especially black ones)

Colours: Black

Time: Midnight

Offerings to Hades:

  • Water, wine, honey, milk, or oil (best poured into a hole in the earth)
  • Pomegranates
  • Bones
  • Caring acts towards the dying
  • Caring acts towards dogs
  • Coins, gemstones, and metals
  • Leaving flowers on graves, cleaning up graveyards
  • Pictures of deceased loved ones

The meander motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. The motif is also known as Greek key or Greek fret.

Meander was the most important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things. Many temples and objects were decorated with this motif, and it is considered that there is a connection with the Cretan labyrinth – indeed - a labyrinth can be drawn using a Greek key.

Meander symbolizes as well the bonds of friendship, of love and devotion and that’s the reason it’s often given as marriage gift. It can symbolize as well the four cardinal points, the 4 seasons, waves – especially in the round version of it, or snakes, among others.

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theoi moodboard →  Ἑστία / Hestia

Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honor: glorious is your portion and your right! For without you, mortals hold no banquet–where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last.

anonymous asked:

I'm trying to collect pendants that represent each of the Olympians to wear on appropriate occasions [e.g. Hera pendant to a wedding]. I already have a Corinthian helmet for Ares and am thinking a Caduceus for Hermes and eagle for Zeus. Do you have any recommendations for the others? Thanks.

Most of the theoi have a pretty well established history of attributes, which is actually how they’re identified a lot in art! So, even if you’re looking for inspiration form the source material, there’s plenty to look at, and that’s without even bringing in more modern associations and symbols, I’m going to though.

I’m going to italicize classic representations and attributes, while leaving modern ones plain. I’m also going to keep this under a read more because it’s super long, and I’m likely to update this over time as I find more stuff. I’m not limiting this to the Olympians, but it is in alphabetical order. Links take you to posts I’ve done on the individual theos and their representations, where I expand on some stuff.

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There’s this interesting dynamic in my house during this time of year. My ‘sister’ grew up celebrating Christmas. My brother and I grew up Christian, but not celebrating Christmas. Beau is Christian. Many of our friends and family celebrate Christmas.

So we end up in this odd place, where Christmas is both not ours, and part of our traditions all at the same time. Amanda and I celebrate our own religious holidays during this time of year, but we also want to be involved in the celebrations of those closest to us. 

If anyone asks us, we tell them that we don’t celebrate Christmas. I’ll explain to people who prompt further that my fiance does, as do most of our family and so we join them for celebrations, but we don’t observe Christmas ourselves.

We end up blending our traditions. The things each of us observes, the things that are important to us during this time of year, the traditions we observe, they all blend together into this conglomerate celebration that allows us to fit everyone’s celebrations into a single day. Sometimes it feels perfect. Sometimes I feel a bit odd, that my house is decked out in Christmas decor, but it’s all the wrong colors and imagery. There’s pine, ivy, flowers, and winter fruits everywhere. Candles and lanterns set on tables. Gilded bits of nature adorn every surface, and our altar is proudly displayed as a focal point of the room. Stocking hang above our entertainment center, boxes piled under fake trees, and piles of cookies are sitting on the counter.

Beau prays to Jehovah, and we pour out libations to Zeus and Hera, to Hestia, Demeter, Dionysos, Artemis, and Persephone. We sit friends and family at our table, and we leave aside a small portion of food that never gets touched–a roll, a bit of meat, a slice of fruit. 

We save our prayers until everyone has left. Until after gifts have been exchanged and candy consumed. Until after we’ve hugged everyone and said goodnight. There aren’t any grand gestures of faith from anyone until the door closes behind the last guest.

This is our compromise. Hellenic tradition dressed up in Christmas. Christmas bedecked in Hellenic symbols. There isn’t an easy name for what we celebrate. But it’s ours, and our family has built it together.