wheat sheaf

The 72 Adorations to Persephone -

I adore you, she of both realms,

I adore you, whose feet dance among fertile soil and brambles,

I adore you, daughter of Demeter,

I adore you, strength-finder,

I adore you, Maiden,

I adore you, with a knowing smile and raised brow,

I adore you, curses in thy name,

I adore you, bringer of fruit,

I adore you, vengeful and just,

I adore you, lips stained with pomegranate nectar

I adore you, who protects girls who never had your choice,

I adore you, of iron and florals,

I adore you, whom we burn meat and pour honey and straight wine for,

I adore you, Queen of the Underworld,

I adore you, whose name is reeled off in curses by those who seek justice,

I adore you, who brings warmth and seedlings to the Earth,

I adore you, who chose her own path,

I adore you, freckle-faced and lion-willed,

I adore you, the one who descends on her own accord,

I adore you, the Terrifying,

I adore you, saviour of the downtrodden and lost,

I adore you, of blood and honey,

I adore you, first born,

I adore you, betrothed to Haides

I adore you, bringer of seasons,

I adore you, from young girl above to the bride and ruler of the throne below,

I adore you, in the stone enclosure,

I adore you, who yearns for both mother and husband,

I adore you, the name of curses and revenge,

I adore you, milled grain and ashes,

I adore you, she who chose to eat the seeds,

I adore you, of the dried fruit,

I adore you, surrounded by wealth of mines and the love of Haides,

I adore you, brought below by horseback,

I adore you, brought back by torchlight,

I adore you, she of both names,

I adore you, coronated by the bloody garnet fruit in your palm,

I adore you, of free spirit and fearsome wrath,

I adore you, offspring of Zeus,

I adore you, of the coins,

I adore you, pure goddess,

I adore you, who seeks,

I adore you, explorer of lush fields and dark crevices,

I adore you, wearing a crown of florals and gemstone shards,

I adore you, trim-ankled,

I adore you, writer of the chapter of her own fate,

I adore you, mistress of Haides,

I adore you, destroyer,

I adore you, the one who is sought,

I adore you, whose name strikes both fear and awe into our hearts

I adore you, both princess and queen,

I adore you, sweet as honey,

I adore you, who chose to be far more than a nuptial agreement,

I adore you, she who reigns for half a year,

I adore you, exactor of Justice,

I adore you, of bouquets of asphodels and sheafs of wheat,

I adore you, risen from sinkholes,

I adore you, she who takes the sunlight with her,

I adore you, the one who picks flowers and reigns with true power,

I adore you, whom we quiver in fear of,

I adore you, friend of nymphs, Artemis, and Athena,

I adore you, who brings death,

I adore you, your refusal to be negotiation nor pawn,

I adore you, noble goddess,

I adore you, of the laws,

I adore you, great goddess,

I adore you, along the River Styx,

I adore you, who we kneel before,

I adore you, Infernal Queen,

I adore you, sunlight and darkness,

I adore you, of vegetation of decay,

I adore you, Persephone, of graceful protection and most fearsome vexation!

Making a Sabbat Wheel

A Sabbat wheel can be an amazing asset to your alter or just for memory/ celebration sake.

STEP BY STEP

  1. Firstly decide what backing you want and what you can afford. Sabbat wheels are usually made with wood or soft stone such as slate and then carved, painted or decorated (a simple round bread board is affordable and great for your first attempt)
  2. Divide it into 8 equal segments
  3. Draw on your designs for each segment in chalk or pencil and once your happy you can carve, paint, burn or even apply leaves/ followers that represent each sabbat. You can use any medium you like to decorate your wheel, even glueing crystals and seeds on.
  4. Finnish with a coat of varnish (If using wood) or a sealer if you are using stone

IDEA FOR DECORATING

IMBOLC: Candle or snowdrops

OESTARA: Eggs, the Hare, Primroses

LITHA: The sun, Green Man, Oak leaves, Sunflowers

Lughnasadh: A single stem or a sheaf of wheat, harvest loaf

MADRON: Scales

SANHAIN: Apples, winter jasmine

YULE: The sun, holly

ALTERNATIVE:

If you cant or dont want to make a wheel on a slate or wood you can improvise and lay somthing symbolic of each Sabbat on a cloth or draw the 8 segments on paper or cloth and place the items

the-sapphic-blade  asked:

I frequently hear the list of Olympians ending in "either Hestia or Hermes (or Dionysus)" and this kind of confuses me. I know it doesn't matter that specifically if I worship all 12 (or 14 it seems) of the small part of the pantheon that compiles the Olympians, but personally I'd like to and I'm unsure how this roster is decided I guess?

The ancient Hellenes did not have a consensus on the Dodekatheon; what mattered was that there was a council of twelve, the Dodekatheon, at all. Who resided on the golden thrones atop Snowy Olympos was subject to debate and varied per location.

The most canonical version of the Dodekatheon is represented in a relief currently located at the Walters Art Museum. The relief dates back to the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD and depicts the Twelve Olympians carrying their attributes in procession: from left to right, Hestia (scepter), Hermes (winged cap and staff), Aphrodite (veiled), Ares (helmet and spear), Demeter (scepter and wheat sheaf), Hēphaistos (staff), Hera (scepter), Poseidon (trident), Athena (owl and helmet), Zeus (thunderbolt and staff), Artemis (bow and quiver), and Apollon (cithara). No mention of Dionysos.

There is a story floating about the internet and even some modern texts on Hellenic mythology, that Hestia gave up Her throne to Dionysos. Apparently, this is an ancient myth, and the ancient Hellenes would have believed this as well. It’s a story so frequently told, one that is so common-knowledge, that very few people bother to check the source. Well, the source is Robert Graves’ ‘The Greek Myths’, written in 1955. From that book (27.12):

“Finally, having established his worship throughout the world, Dionysus ascended into Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of Zeus as one of the Twelve Great Gods. The self-effacing goddess Hestia resigned her seat at the high table in his favour; glad of any excuse to escape the jealous wranglings of her family, and knowing that she could always count on a quiet welcome in any Greek city which it might please her to visit.”

Graves provides two sources for this story: Apollodoros’ Bibliotheka 3.5.3, and and Pausanias’ Hellados Periegesis 2.31.2. As you can read for yourself, there is no mention what so ever of Hestia giving up Her throne. In fact, the sources only address the part of Graves’ text that follows afterwards, about Dionysos bringing His mother Semele up to Olympos as well.

So, did Graves lie? Well, yes and no. Graves is a storyteller; he spun stories based on facts he could find. If he could not find a fact, he made it up to fit the story. Because of this, his books are a great read but they are not reliable as far as ancient mythology goes.

Obviously, Theoi who were held in high regard in a certain city-state would have held the thrones, according to the people who lived in that city-state. This means that it’s quite likely there were people in ancient Hellas who firmly believed that Dionysos occupied one of the thrones of the Dodekatheon. Most likely, there were also people who believed Hestia did not occupy one of the thrones. It’s entirely possible that some people–perhaps even the same people who believed Dionysos was part of the Dodekatheon, but not Hestia–believed that Hestia gave up Her seat to Dionysos. The problem is that there are no ancient sources to support this, and there was most certainly not a wide-spread myth to this effect that held sway in ancient Hellas

In my personal practice, who hold the thrones of the Dodekatheon is nearly irrelevant. I follow the festival calendar and have my daily ritual practice. through that, all ‘major’ Theoi are honoured and many of the 'lesser’ as well. The pantheon, after all, is much larger than just the children of Kronos and Rhea.

Kyosukashi tsuba Daigoro school Edo Period (1615 - 1867) 7.7 cm Iron tsuba of Daigoro school decorated in yo-sukashi, representing a sheaf of wheat with, cherry blossom and branches.  Japan.

Fall is bittersweet for the Great Mother and her Bringer of Fruit. 

Amid the coziness of longer evenings and autumn harvests creeps Demeter’s growing grief. Her daughter, although still in Demeter’s company, begins looking to the earth in anticipation of her husband’s emissary. That swift-footed scoundrel that steals Persephone away, no matter the pain her absence causes.

Persephone reminds her mother not to fret. She helps her mother tend to the ripe fruit and vegetables, weaving wheat pulled from their sheafs into Demeter’s hair and recounting stories whispered to her by the flowers and bees that flock to the Maiden during her spring and summer stay. 

But the Daughter of Spring sees the red and orange smudges on the otherwise green trees, and sorrow for her mother’s loss mingles with the excitement for her husband’s embrace. 

By the time the last leaf browns, Persephone will have left Demeter, and the latter’s suffering will be apparent in the winter frost. But for now, amid fields of pumpkins and a growing chill, Mother and Daughter comfort one another.

I am a 12th generation American. My paternal ancestor Thomas Hooke immigrated here from England on the ship “Goulden Wheat Sheaf” in 1668 under bondage to the captain of that ship. His great grandson, James, served as a Captain in the Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War. Members of my family have lived on this land longer than our country has been a country. We are all immigrants.

This quote is a portion of the second part of a sonnet by Emma Lazarus: The New Colossus. She donated it to raise funds for the construction of the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. The full text of the poem has been on display on a plaque on that pedestal since 1903.

anonymous asked:

Er. A bit late, but if you're still taking prompts...? Anything from the Greek Gods AU please

Anakin remembers being startled the first time he saw - well, what looked like a three-dimensional hologram burst into being above a camper’s head. It was - the camper had been a kid, just a few years older then him, and his dark eyes had been so very surprised as he stared up at the sheaf of wheat rotating gently over his head.

…then Yoda’s stick had thwapped into the ground like a paper fan against folding curtains. Hail, he’d cried. Hail to Bail Organa, son of Demeter, lady of the harvest, monarch of the seasons,goddess of fertility -  there had been a list of titles, and then the campers had knelt, bowing to the brunette who stared back at them, stunned, something like dawning wonder on his face.

Anakin’s seen more then a few gods (and goddesses) claim their offspring since then - some Athena kids, a few Aphrodite kids, and at least one Ares kid (Obi-Wan had looked vaguely disgruntled as his face was drenched in the red light emanating from above him - it was hilarious). But - he’s never seen a symbol shine into being above his own head.

He’s not Obi-Wan. He wanted to know about his father, he wanted his dad to be proud of him, he’d wanted,  oh, Anakin had hoped for a father who would be strong and good and brave, who’d want him in return, and - and his Mom had never, ever said anything bad about his Dad. She was the best person Anakin, so - so his Dad had to have been a good guy? Right?

It isn’t until much, much later - after he finds out his father’s name, after he’s beaten back at least some of his powers into a tentative control (he’s keeping the spontaneous ability to give perfect foot massages. Few people realize just how valuable that is), after he’s torn through all the references that Obi-Wan sits him down and points out a very simple thing.

Chaos is - everything and nothing and all things in between, but in Greek mythology, as Obi-Wan pointed out, it’s the primordial void. 

Literal nothingness.

Your father’s symbol has been blaring over your head for every day of your life, Anakin.

Speaking of weddings, I keep seeing people asking for an Inquisition Wedding DLC, and yeah I’ll admit that I think that would be fun, too, partially because I’m a romantic dork, but also because how great would it be to delve into weird Thedosian wedding customs?

I want to know about the orange blossom crowns, what colors the bride and groom have to wear, what gets thrown or stepped on or buried, or whatever.

And in the extreme unlikelihood that they ever did develop such a DLC (personally I don’t think it would appeal to enough people to warrant one, alas), I would want it to vary at least a little based on the origin or the LI, because a Dalish wedding shouldn’t look exactly like a Tevinter wedding, which should be different from a Free Marcher/Fereldan/Orlesian Andrastian wedding.

I want to hear about how in Kirkwall the couple wears elbow length gloves to ward off evil, or how in Ostwick the Revered Mother hands them hunks of cheese to exchange, or what wedding masks look like in Orlais, or how in Ferelden one family presents the other with a special pelt cloak to wear at the ceremony, or if three goats and a sheaf of wheat is really a thing.

Weird Thedosian wedding traditions, please.

 DEMETER (Δημητηρ)  was the great Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, the prime sustenance of mankind. She also presided over the foremost of the Mystery Cults which promised its intiates the path to a blessed afterlife. Demeter was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat and and a torch.

❉ sweet & simple sorority thanksgiving decor! ❉

Q: I’m the alumnae chair for my sorority and we’re planning a thanksgiving brunch in a couple weeks! Do you have any ideas for cheap and easy to make decorations? We don’t have a house so my chapter is using a room on campus. Thank you!

A: Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday for DIY decorations! You can really have fun making centerpieces and other decor. Try some of these simple and inexpensive ideas for your brunch! {all photos from PInterest}

Thankful Activities: As part of your decor, provide a way for your sisters and alumnae to be thankful for all their blessings. These are some creative ways for sharing thanks {choose one} ~ 

  • At each table, place a decorated mason jar with craft sticks inside and a black sharpie. Ask each guest to write down what they are thankful for. Then pass the jars around the table. Each sister picks a stick and reads in aloud. 
  • Spray paint several artificial pumpkins white and provide a black sharpie for your guests to write what they are thankful for on the pumpkin. One could be on each table, or located at the entry to the room.
  • Create a ‘Thankful Tree’ from branches with tags and pens nearby. Each attendee writes down what she’s thankful for when entering the party. Alternative is to have a tree, tags and pens as your centerpiece on each table. 
  • Thankful placemats are cute too. Cut rustic placemats from brown craft paper and decorate each one with a place to write a list of things to be thankful for. Provide fine point Sharpies in a mason jar on each table. After the sisters fill out their placemat, they can go around the table sharing their blessings.

❉ Simple Centerpiece Ideas!

  • Inexpensive, plain vases filled with small pumpkins.
  • Simple cylinder vase filed with cranberries and wheat.
  • Mason jar with fall leaf arrangement (real or artificial.)
  • Real or craft store pumpkins with berry garland. Pumpkins can be spray painted if you want them to be white instead of orange.  

 More Ideas for Centerpieces, Buffet Table and Room Decor!

  • Inexpensive clay flower pots filled with daisies.
  • Hot glue craft store flowers to pumpkins. 
  • Include pine cones with pumpkins for a fall feel. 
  • Carve out a real pumpkin and fill with a potted plant. Both from the grocery store. 
  • Hot clue fall flowers around a real or artificial pumpkin.
  • Tie a sheaf of wheat together with a burlap bow. 

❉ Simple Room Decor Ideas! 

  • String real or craft store leaves on invisible fishing line and hang around your event space. 
  • Find rustic baskets and full with pumpkins and vines. Place around your party room. 
  • Make a “thanks” garland from poster paper and large letters. String with twine and hang. 
  • Fill old baskets with corn and berries for a rustic display. 
  • Paint a real or artificial pumpkin with your greek letters for extra sorority sugar. 

DIY Garlands for Your Photo Booth & Decor!

Garlands made from scrapbook paper, fabric, pinecones, leaves, glitter leaves and more are charming and inexpensive to make. Use with a Thanksgiving banner and props for your photo booth. String items on ribbon, twine, or invisible fishing line. 

❉ Have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your sorority sisters!! ❉