Oracle of the Serpent Kickstarter

For some time I have been slowly working my Apollo Oracle cards, doing one card at a time through my own efforts and from individual card sponsors. Since I would love to have the deck ready for release by October I decided to put up a kickstart. It is an all or nothing Kick start. If it fails it will exponentially affect the release date by likely a couple years. Sponsorship allows me to devote more time for creating.

The unique thing about this deck is that it us a combination of inferring representations via cult names and referring to myths to unpack the meanings of the cards. Even this is valuable as there us no one absolute way to read these. I will be providing a booklet with suggested interpretations. It heavily relies on the reader. As this deck deals most directly with Apollon and his relationship with other gods this deck will likely be useful for those who perform divination in service to him.

Doing as little as pledging the reduced cost of a deck at 40.00 (will likely be a bit higher when sold afterward) will do so much to help this get going.

There are of course many tiers with goodies for pledging.

Something I am currently working. Have been for a while but doing so in a more official basis for anyone who may be interested.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1364486482/oracle-of-the-serpent-apollos-oracle-deck#

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Icons for underprivileged worshipers Charity

Lykeias Botanica (my shop) will begin a service called Icons for Under privileged worshipers Charity. I will put my own money into it, 10% of my profits and be open to donations.

This charity is designed to accumulate funding to provide (1) 8-10 inch statue of deity of their choice plus shipping. Once appropriate funding and shipping has been achieved the person at the top of the wait list will receive an email confirming their selection and to inquire what icon they would like made.

With so many lacking the means for religious supply, as an iconographer I wanted to put something within reach of those who have little. But as I cannot fund it by myself this also depends on generous contributions for the lengthy and expensive process if making terracotta icons.

Much of time will be donated, therefore the mark to raise per statue is going to be about 50.00 plus shipping vosts..between 20.00-30.00 domestic, more for international. It will just depend on whose next on the list.

If you would like to donate send money via PayPal to lykeiabotanica@gmail.com

Every 2 weeks I will post an update where donations are sitting.

If you would like to be put on the waitlist please email me at lykeiabotanica@gmail.com with following questions answered:

Name?

Why would you like to be on the list?

Valid contact info?

It is that easy. This is 100% dependant on honesty of applicants and generosity of coworshipers.

Clearance Icon Sale!!

To make room for new stock the following items are up on 50% or more clearance. Everything listed is grouped by shipping cost category. The listed prices with the items does not include the shipping. You will have to calculate the item plus the shipping of the category. For any purchases you want to make please email me directly at lykeiabotanica@gmail.com

$10 shipping category. All 6 inch icons in this category are 30.00 each plus shipping

1. Dis Pater

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2. Apollon Smintheus

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3. Thanatos

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4.  Hermanubis

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5. Juno Moneta

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6.  Morghanna

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$15 shipping category

1 Ariadne 10 inch statue $25 SOLD

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2 Pythia Oracle 8×10 $25

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3 Apollon Karneios 8×10 $25

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4 Artemis Eurynome 8×10 $25

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$20 shipping category

1 Mountain Mother/Rhea 9×11 $30.00

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2 Semele 9×11 $30

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4 Ariadne 9×11 $30

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5 Sobek 9×11 $30 SOLD

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6  Hera 10×10 $25

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7 Jupiter 10×10 $25

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8 Fulfuns/Dionysos 9×11 $30 SOLD

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9 Queen of Heaven 12 inch $35

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$24 shipping category

1 Persephone 16×20 $60 SOLD

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2 Serapis 16×20 $45

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3 Ares 16×20 $40

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4 Hera 16×20 $50

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5 Taweret 12 inch $50 SOLD.

 

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category $35 shipping

Hathor 12×24 $70

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Apollon to Apulu, Hellenic to Etruscan

Over the last year I have been going through a dynamic change that was spurred by repeatedly oracles telling me to turn to my ancestral Etruscan traditions. Easier said than done given information available. I had tap danced around them through my history with both Hellenic and Roman Polytheisms, but never actually went there. Needless to say this experience, especially with the Hellenic in regards to borrowed gods like Apollon (as Apulu), and possibly Turan from Aphrodite Ourania, it has been a fruitful experience giving me considerable information, background and experience to draw upon. The best result has been that I have connected in stronger bonds with a number of gods that had been trying to click but failing on the Hellenic end. It has also been a time of discovering familial gods such as the case with Turan and Uni (and Apulu will be added to that for my children and descendants via his close connection to our household through my vows to him). I marked this transition be renewing my original summer vows to Apollon at winter solstice to Apulu.

In February I celebrated not only the natal day of Apulu, but also the marital ceremony of Uni with Tinia. in March was a festival of Turan as lady of rivers in honor of the spring thaw. On the 1st I honored the marriage of the hearth and tomb by celebrating the nupitals of Apulu Suri with the hearth goddess, daughter of the sun, Cautha. My weekly schedule is all over the place that is relationship dependent.

Sunday=Apulu Suri, Cautha and Usil (sun god) as a divine family

Monday= Apulu, Diana/Artumes and Uni for the new week/keeping the young

Tuesday= Hercle and Menvra as a matched pair, sometimes including Apulu too

Wednesday= free day/ random deity as needed. Open for Turms.

Thursday= Tinia and Uni (king and queen of heaven)

Friday= Turan and Uni (love and bonds of the family)

Saturday= Tethus, Nethuns and Diana (bodies of water on earth, manifestation of water on the earthly level as nurturing and destroying force)..sometimes including Fulfuns

Apollon and Owning Your Own Shit

I finally have home internet lately  (yay!) and I have been thinking of what sort of post I wanted to kick off my return to my blog.  I finally hit on something I think is important.

It may not have escaped the notice of many devotees that those who belong to Apollon reflect our god, just as you find with other devotees to varying degrees. As such, while we can be great listeners and healers, we aren’t your crutch or going to give you platitudes to please  you. Apollon is the lord of truth. Part of that is frankly..owning your own shit/personal accountability for your own behavior and being. You are expected to act like a responsible adult, not lie, whine or emotionally blackmail. If you need help and ask for it he will be there to give some comfort and support. If you expect him to step in and coddle you and bend over backwards to protect your feelings, you are in for a disappointment. Cassandra broke her vow and had to deal with the shit storm of consequences. Cruesa breaks down and goes into a temper tantrum Apollon distances himself from it. He sent Herakles to serve a term of slavery to resolve a blood debt. Frequently exiled murderers.  Apollon brings all that you plant into fruition, so the word of advice is watching what you sow because you will be reaping it. It is not his job, or that of those who are his, to be your personal champions or knight in shining armor. He is not a knight. He is a mirror. What you see is not always pretty but it is something that can help you grow and develop if you choose to accept it as such.

Myth has a history of people blaming Apollon because they don’t like how shit turned out when near him. Orestes blamed Apollon for the truth of the Oracle given to him. Cruesa blamed Apollon for the loss of her son that she chose to abandon.  The Erinyes blamed Apollon because they were loosing influence in favor of his domain. Apollon is a destroyer god. Herakles had a tantrum and tried to steal the tripod because Apollon was going to make him deal with his own shit storm he created for himself and not going to make it easier for him by giving him an oracle. He burns out in the infection so that one can heal. That means labors and trials. That means getting dirty and facing shit you don’t like to face. To face your own vulnerabilities and shadows. He will even give you a hand and light it up so you can get an even better glimpse of that stuff you don’t want to even look at.

He won’t protect your ego or sensitivities. Rarely will one who is devoted to him do so either…it seems to be a trait fairly common passed on to those who are his. It is not personal, anymore than a storm is personal. That said if you are having trouble coping with these things you are presented, reach out a hand and ask for help. He is generous and kind even if it may not be exact response that you wanted.

I have had to rub elbows with owning my own shit in my relationship with him for some time now. My life, my spiritual growth and welfare, my identity as a person, keeping my word and honor…all of these things and more I am responsible for even when it is not easy. Especially when it is not easy. Friction is necessary.

My weekly calendar

While I tend the shrine daily and my Vodouns, I do have other regular practices. This is my own devised weekly calendar not counting sacred days through the month.
Monday I have established as the beginning of the new week and end of the old week (it is at once the 8th day and the 1st day..my way of conciling the Etruscan week with the modern week). This is my holy day of the week…my busiest day. I honor Shiva in the morning. Apulu and Artumes are especially honored. Day also for Culsans (Etruscan equivalent ofJanus), Uni Ati and Tinia Apa.
Tuesdays are for Nethuns and Menrva
 Wednesday is for Phersipnai
Thursdays are for Hercle and Fulfuns
Fridays are for Turan Ati
Saturday honors Cel Ati and Letun (Leto)
Sundays are for Usil