Last night we had our ritual for Kyknosia. I wish if I had any forethought I would have found my daughter’s small recorder instrument to be like a small flute, a sort of piping for the sun. Still we had fun with the lyre. We read hymns to Apollon and to the sun (as the sun should not be discluded, for though we see the bright fingers of Apollon from his chariot as the sun approaches, there is still the sun holding its place in the sky over which he has rulership). My daughter gave the god sweettarts candy that she set before the swan statue. You cannot see it in th epicture because the picture was taken at the beginning of the ritual. We offered the god a libation of pure water.
In the picture you will see that the silk sunflower has been replaced with budded branches from our yard, to symbolize the presence of spring, though otherwise it is completely disguised with all of the snow we have on the ground here). Ideally I would like to have got budded apple branches, but that will have to wait and see if I can get some budded apple branches next year. This year it wasn’t possible sadly. Also next year I plan on putting more amber into the swan. The small amount inside and the necklace around the neck of the swan were all I could afford to buy this year. Still it was a pleasant surprise when I woke up and saw half of the amber lifted up to the back of the swan, doubtlessly due to water pressure 🙂
I misread my calender and had missed the dates for the lesser mysteries of Demeter so I will do something belated today for Persephone and Demeter. Memo to me, I need to print the calendar out and tack it to the wall if I can’t remember the dates for the month LOL. And for the next Apollon festival, Delphinia, is next in the planning, it is coming in April 🙂