Hellenic Festival Experiences

TPWard:

Boosting signal for this exciting idea.

Originally posted on A Forest Door:

I’m in the middle of writing Komos: Celebrating Festivals in Contemporary Hellenic Polytheism, and it occurred to me that I might like to include some experiences/ideas from other Hellenic polytheists to balance my own.

IF YOU IDENTIFY AS HELLENIC POLYTHEIST (in whole or part) AND HAVE EITHER ADAPTED AN ANCIENT FESTIVAL OR CREATED AN ENTIRELY NEW ONE, and are willing to have it included in this book, please EMAIL ME a brief (one or two paragraphs) description of what it was about, why you did it, how you celebrated it, etc. I’m looking for festivals that have actually been implemented, not just theoretical ideas.

Please note that at this point, this is just a preliminary possibility. I’m not sure if I will definitely go ahead with it (depending on the submissions received and the way the book takes shape as a whole), and if I do, I’m not sure if I want…

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About Greece

Dear Poseidon,

I’ve been thinking about Greece. It’s in the news a lot now, as it goes through the most recent — and apparently most dire — throes of the debt problems that have plagued it since that country joined the Eurozone. I don’t know how many of my ancestors made offerings to you, Poseidon, but I do know that if they did, it was probably in Greece that it happened. Greece, where you were old when Homer was young. Greece, where today your worship is not recognized at all. Surely there is a lesson hidden in this chaos.

To hazard a guess, I’d have to say that debt is the problem. We love to borrow money, but paying it back isn’t as popular. I’m not a big fan of debt, because I am an animist who honors the spirits of money, and I believe that debt is miasma for those spirits. Debt will show up in a ledger as balanced, because the credit (the amount borrowed) is equal to the debit (the amount owed). That’s tidy, but on a spiritual level the transaction isn’t balanced until the debt is paid. The sheer amount of debt in the world’s economy creates a massive amount of money miasma, which can be mitigated, but really just needs to be paid off. Greece’s government wasn’t able to hide large amounts of debt by inflating the currency once the country adopted the Euro, but its problems were not created by the currency switch. Larger nations and combined economies like the Eurozone can absorb more debt for longer periods of time than Greece could, but eventually we will all be too polluted for the money spirits to work with us.

I’ve long felt that you have a powerful role in the economy, as Asphaleios and Agoraios, so I kind of suspect that Greece going through this is either tough love or dire warning. If I’m correct that debt is the problem, it’s going to be quite interesting to try to solve it. If the cause is something else, I hope we can set aside the hubristic attitude that we control money long enough to figure out what you’re really trying to tell us.

While I’m on the subject, I do you hope can smooth things out for the Greeks, Poseidon. They are lying in the bed that their forefathers made without looking at the instructions. Mistakes were made, and we will all pay for them in full, but if you could manage to help them find the new normal without too much misery, that would be nice. I know lots of regular people are pitching in, so maybe you could, too.

Thinking of you,

TPW

PS — thanks for sending me those extra hymns to write for my devotional to you. The last two really surprised me.  I think I will have the last hymn written by the dark of the moon.

Ode to Poseidon

Power of a million steeds, charging like a wave is your authority O Supreme Poseidon, Holy King of the Sea and Ocean Depths.
Wielder of the Royal Scepter, we call the Silver Trident, given to thee of Holy King by your deathless uncles called the Cyclops.
Earth mover, creator of All Horses, Sovereign and Master of the quickening Storms. Holy One, son of Kronos the Time Lord, who vanquish the Titanic race during the Great War with thy kin.

-Carlos Cisneros.
©2015.

Offering

 Yesterday I went to a memorial in a local park, commemorating a friend who had died unexpectedly.  I found an abandoned skein of embroidery floss in the road on my way there, and together with a pair of toothpicks from my pocket — obtained from enjoying some food samples earlier in the day — it inspired me to make this as an offering to my deceased friend, which I will hang in the same park later.

I have a lot of ideas about how to make these even more beatiful, but what I’m missing is a way to hang them if I create more.  Is a slip knot sufficient?  If not, if there a jewelry finding which may fit the bill?

I’m asking you, o creative Pagan peoples.  Got any ideas?

First Submission to the Public Polytheistic Shrine Project

TPWard:

While I thought this was a cool idea from the get-go, I didn’t have the impetus to create a public shrine until one of my cats went missing. I prayed to Poseidon, Hermes, and Artemis for his safe return, and they all played a part him coming home. The offerings I made didn’t feel like enough, but then I remembered this project, and knew what I had to do. I took some wood scraps from a recent project around the house and brought them to a small park nearby. The spot I selected is more hidden than I expected, but I feared the someone stumbling on the shrine and losing eir footing in other locations.

For Hermes, who gave me the silver tongue I needed to find the right person to talk to, I offered some raffle tickets and an 8-sided die made of steel. To Artemis, who watches over the wild spirit of my cat that keeps him from accepting a life inside, I gave one of Alley Valkyrie’s bees. And for Poseidon, who kept me grounded so I would not give up, an assortment of shells and marine animal toys. Each of the gods also received offerings of water and barley.  Together, they made it possible for me not to repeat history.

I can’t wait to see pictures of other public shrines, and I kind of want to make more myself.

Originally posted on Gangleri's Grove:

Today I received the first submission to the Public Polytheistic Shrine Project. ^__^ T.P. Ward sent me images of this shrine, made in thanks to Hermes, Artemis, and Poseidon. Thank you, T.P.

This was created in a public park near his home.

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Folks, if you are interested in joining this project (and i hope at least some of you are!), see the guidelines here.

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Exciting.

I have given money to support people attending this important conference already, but if I can scrape up some more, I will make an offering to Dionysos by helping the Bakcheion team get there. Maybe even if I can’t.

Polytheist Public Shrine Project – Reboot!

TPWard:

This.

Originally posted on Gangleri's Grove:

Roughly a decade ago, maybe longer, my friend Krei S. started the “public altar project.” With this project she encouraged Pagans, Heathens, and Polytheists of all stripes to create shrines – temporary, ephemeral, often with found objects – in public places for the Gods. This project ran for a few years and then, due to a number of circumstances, fell by the way side. I had participated in it three times, first with a shrine to Holda erected in Berlin, then one that I did with my adopted mom to Ran, Aegir, and Their Nine Daughters erected on the beach at Big Sur, and finally a shrine to Eir at the base of a tree in a NYC park. I hadn’t thought about the project in years, until last week while on my artist’s residency.

During the residency, each artist had to give a brief presentation on his or her…

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