In households prior to the modern period which has demanded a large turnover if women to the work force, typically the mother or lady of the house was responsible for many financial aspects of the household. While men engaged with worldly affaurs, women were bargaining at the markets, accepting and paying for deliveries to the house, giving to charities, and often paying wages to staff (if there were any). She ran the house presumably like a well oiled engine.
Therefore when people praise and give coins to Mercury for his slick buisness acumin, it is a very different monetary function than with Iuno Moneta. Mervury will aid the growrh of business and aid business savy, but Iuno oversees every penny of the household budget and manages the overall wealth of the house. Mervury brings it in but Iuno invests it, divides it and pays expenses and saves. My mother was born in the Orohic month of this goddess and never have I seen money saviness such as she possesses…truly a gift from this goddess.
By all give coins to Mercury but lets not forget a small money box or coin pouch for Iuno.
In the course of the ritual, reading all the heart felt invitations I felt in the air a rise of fixed attention and outpouring of tenderness. Every one appeared to be very well received. After the offering of poems and incense and wine he charged my small son, not even yet 2 years old, to select eith chubby untainted innocent hand to whom Dionysos selected.
The chosen is Fayruz.
Everyone else who submitted please email me your mail address, that you may have a print. Please allow a couple weeks for mailing lol.
The generous contributor decided that this Dionysos package should go to a worshipper of this form of Dionysos who lives in the USA (for shipping reasons).
Rather than myself selecting someone Dionysis will. You have two weeks to send a prayer inviting him to your home. Dionysos, after each prayer is read to him, will decide by lot who will receive him. Package includes a cult icon, a painted icon a dark spiced Dionysos oil.
All prayers are due by October 23. The reading and drawing will be done Halloween night.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: while there can only be one winner, it has been made clear to me Dionysis wants everyone to “win” because he lives his devotees. So if he doesnt select you fir the ultimate prize he will show his love of your offering via a 5×7 print.
Please be aware that these may have to be mailed iver a period of a couple months if there are a lot of submissions 🙂
I am often utterly hopeless when it comes to picking out titles for posts..but really this last week has been one of discovery of what happens when we free ourselves in small simple measures.
Last week one cue from Apulu (Apollon for my Hellenic readers..Apulu/Aplu is how my Etruscan ancestors would gave reffered to him) I shaved my head. This is a symbol of freedom and detachment from vanity and cultural expectations of beauty. It is a symbol too of utter devotion and a measure of personal purufication. Come Monday I will shave off the stubble for the weekly purification rite which includes ashing my head and face to represent burning away of that which was.
Every werk I symbolically burn away that which I accumilated over the week to better myself, to purify and sanctify myself. After the lengthy ritual I chant as I enjoy a lengthy bathing session followed by annointing my scalp with a special blend of annointing oil for Apollon of my own creation.
I am his, that is the thing which I am. His priestess and mystic bride.
When I go to interact with the world I wear a scarf as pertaining to mundane tasks and as a matter of protection (and warmth lol…I do live in Alaska!). But also be ause having my head freed means I am also more sensitive to shifts around me that xan be muffled by these means when I am running errands or being social. As baring my scalp is also designed to bring me closer to my lord I cover my scalp to as a sign of respect to the purpose of shaving the hair rather than attract attention to my bald head.
On the whole is liberating but also brings such a close connection through liberating myself from the barrier of my hair. The hair itself being a symbol not only of my personal vanity but also a sheild around the crown of my head and more depending on its length. The weave of thread is cut and I am bare in all my essence.
Out of 15 people between facebook and wordpress, this morning I prsyed to Persephone and drew a name.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
I am doing a free drawing as an autumn offering on behalf of the gods for this 6 inch Persephone. It is 100% free. Unfortunately this is only for the USA as international shipping is beyond me means. Please enter your name by Friday.
Here they are..the first 3 sponsored and completed cards: Apollon Hyperboreios, the Sibyl and Apollon Alexikakos.