Spirituality and the “Real World”

4am lunch break at work and I read what has to be one if the mostly unforgivingly irritating articles here.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have done my share of eyerolls (mental and otherwise) over some spiritual “otherworldly” discussion that borders on the absurd to me…but this author goes so far the other direction  that it rubs me the wrong way. This is what almost seems too much like the humanistic spirituality police. Anything deep and profound that isn’t commonly experienced by your average five senses is ranked and filed as bullshit.

I for one consider the “spiritual world” to be material and interlocked with the phenomenal world of our basic sensory experiences.This means that *this* world…the world we inhabit…is full of spirits which we can sicken, drive away or make homeless due to our environmental impact. Yes this is not an either/or scenario. One can be invested in the world of the spirits and the phenomenal world all at once when recognising that they are not two concretely separate exclusive things. I always considered “the veil” to be a human mental construct…something held over our own perceptions that buffers other activity around us. The only real division that I give credence to is separation of the living and dead. But back to the other veil…initiation in spiritual paths often served as a tool to remove ones buffer to directly communicate with the gods and spirits and was reserved for few.

So in short one can be a mermaidy water girl who plays with water spirits AND be because of that relationship a champion for water conservation and opponent of water pollution.

And don’t even get me started on “Real spirituality is academic”…puhlease. Academia is a great foundation but if that is all it is and is not a concert with the experiential then it has no heart and in my mind pretty dead.

Not to mention…hey nice shaming people for going on spiritual journeys. I have been one, plan on going on more. Criticizing someone for not spending their resources how you think would be best is fucked up. Next time you go on vacation I hope everyone criticizes it as a huge waste of resources for having zero purpose other than R&R. You may not like spiritual retreats but hey at least there is more to it than a vacation.

Theoi boxes and Aphrodite Box

Finally got the Aphrodite boxes out! It pains me in some way that this will ve the last subscription box, but they turned out lovely.

Each box has I/2 oz oil to be used for Annointing statues of Aphrodite or as a perfume to wear in her honor. Included also is print of an oil painting I did some time ago of Aphrodite but which is still very popular that may be framed and used as an icon. A painted shell offering bowl is included for dry clean offerings, a mini theurgy bottle to keep close and present the blessings of this goddess that has been consecrated on her shrine. A polymer pendant on cord with pearls and rose quartz, and rose quartz palm stone.

The future of the Theoi boxes will be boxes that I randomly make…each one unique…that will be posted for sale at my store. I should have a couple boxes come available in August so be sure to keep an eye on the shop! 

Apollon Class Announcement

So here we go 🙂 Since there are a few people interested Apollon has directed me to start on the first of August. This means we will be including two important festivals in addition to discussing Noumenia…and that is the Doric Karneia and the Athenian Boedromeia before class ends September 6th.

As I said in my previous post we will be going over domestic worship, some major cults, major epithets and functions and what this means to us.  Lessons will be put up every three days. 

The class will be 60.00 which boils down to 10.00 a week.

Please make payment to reserve your spot by no later than July 20th if you want to participate. Payments can ve made to my Paypal address at lykeiabotanica@gmail.com

Keep In mind this will be a fundamentals class. There will be future subject specific classes to get into more meaty spirituality in his cult 🙂

Apollon worship class?

I know people do class type stuff for guided religious lessons..usually such being a flat fee for a month to three month class.

Would anyone be interested in attending a series regarding Apollon?

Would break down as intro to the god, archaic and classical cultic manifestations, domestic worship and constructing said space, relationships with his twin, Dionysos, Hermes, Athena and Aphrodite. Exploration in myth.
Thinking maybe a 6 week course for either 50.00 or 75.00 for the course. 

Will include digital copies of my two booklets as reading aids for the class in addition to the lectures which would be every 3 days. 

Subscription Box update

I hate to say this but Aphrodite’s Subscription Box will be the last. I has initially got subscribers from the different areas and when it was around 5 and more I was making a profit. But when I spend a minimum of 30.00 on stuff I need for the boxes..add shipping and boxing stuff for each box…I am barely breaking even when this month only had three people follow through. 

So I am filling those orders this weekend, and am now going to cancel the unpaid invoices 🙂 It was a good idea that maybe I will approach again in the near future if I can set some money aside for a cratejoy account.
In the mean time I will do one box a month like I was doing the subscription boxes and put it up in my shop. It will be a first come first served scenario.

Raffle for Domestic Cult Box

Personal financial hardship has been weighing on my family. I know one of my 150.00-200.00 deity boxes (Not to be confused with the monthly subscription Box, these come with a statue icon) may be out of reach for many, so I was thinking to do a raffle so I can pay my phone bill through which I get internet access. To be successful I need 15 folks  minimum who have 10.00 to spare who wants to participate.

This box will include:

A Hestia statue

A Zeus Melikeios plaque

A small porcelain  Agathos Daimon 

A sculpted Dioskouri symbol

Tablets with sculpted portraits of the Dodekatheon (hangable above the altar)

An offering bowl

And a couple other little goodies

LoGood journey June Subscription box

As I am now shipping off the June Subscription boxes celebrating Dionysos, I find myself eager for honoring next the goddess of love a beauty. While the box will be for Aphrodite my mind is filled with the lasas, attendants of Turan Ati, spirits of flowers and death. I will refrain from adding their likeness to the box so to not confuse Hellenic subscribers but I am sure they will elusuvely turn up in some fashion lol.

I do have in my plans for each box to get an offering bowl shell which I will paint with Minoan style inspired tentacles. These shells will be for non food or liquid offerings of things like flowers, coins etc.

Possibly may include pocket sealed theurgy bottles contain sacred things to the goddess that can be hung on a string from your statue or carried with you.

There are many options of things that can be done to honor Aphrodite! If you want to start a subscription please contact me no later than July 20th! Email me at daphne.kyrene@gmail.com

In the mean time I have one xtra Dionysos box that can be purchased at my etsy shop if you missed out on June’s box!