Due in part to the large proportions of my shrine that I maintain (and it is ever growing it seems..it has almost outstripped the limits of its table!), as well as for personal reasons of wanting to facilitate the worship of Apollon, Artemis and Leto here in Anchorage, I had decided to open part of my house as a temple of Apollon that would not only provide a place of worship for those who wish to pay worship but either cannot or will not do it within their own homes, and to offer community services in honor of Apollon.
The following are pictures of the temple/shrine of Apollon, Artemis and Leto. Please be aware that the large statues of Artemis and Leto are still in progress of construction, which has been delayed by lack of funds for me to purchase more supplies. Eventually, when they are finished, a larger shrine table will have to be purchased and set up to house all that is displayed here as well as large statues of Leto and Artemis flanking that of Apollon. Therefore these photos are of the temple-shrine as of this date.
In this first picture you see the entirety of the shrine. As this temple recognizes and values the syncretism of Hellenic and Vedic religion you will not be surprised to see such elements expressed here in the print of Shiva (Apollon) and Parvati (Artemis), and Shiva Nataraja. The shivalinga acts here too as the upright black stone of Apollon Agyieus upon which libations are poured. At the opposite side of the shrine from the linga is the daimon of Delphi, Delphyne. There are three candles representing Apollon, Artemis and Leto, to each side of which is a classic representation of Apollon and Artemis, whereas in the fore are bronzes of Apollon Kitharados and Kali. In the utmost fore is a incense burner especially made to honor them made from a repurposed bronze vessel decorated with deer, and adorned with a snake from sculpy and filled with sand. It makes minimal mess and is a more stable way to burn incense. My bow leans against the side of the shrine. On a small table off to the side is a sacred jasmine plans with a large quartz crystal and a citrine cluster planted in the soil at its base. This is also where the flute is kept that is played every night in devotion at the close of the day. Unseen is a palm tree just to the side of that table. Just behind the image of Shiva is a fountain which flows continuously at the shrine. The main image of Apollon is adorned in indigo blue and red, as well as possessing a Moroccan dagger (which is just to the west of the sacred land of Libya that was considered a sacred garden of Apollon) and represents his golden sword. Upon his shoulder is a ceramic raven and at his elbow is a small bronze stag, for he grasps and quells the flight of the deer, even as his twin is the deer slayer.
The second tier houses devotional and symbolic items. One is a postcard of a raven, as ravens/crows are sacred messenger birds of Apollon. This particular design is particular of Alaskan art in the local traditional design. Just in front of it is a striking bowl which has a turquois disc inside of it which I remove and use to strike the bowl 9 times at the start every service to the gods of this shrine. In the middle are three skulls (one which is a candle holder and two which are handpainted, one in fiery design and the other with crocus flowers that are offered to Apollon in the winter) as decomposition and death are important features for all three gods here honored, Leto with her connections to the underworld in Asia Minor, and both Apollon and Artemis as destructive gods. In front of the skulls are sacred stones and items which include sunstone, carnelian, amber, quartz, ammonite and a clear flattish marble that just appeared on the shrine one day that I decided to leave alone. Just to the side is a unicorn surrounded by the skin of a serpent…both are signs of immortality and divinity and are important as Artemis and Apollon play very significant parts to the end of mortal cycle of the soul. Lastly is a smudge bowl that was made for me with the form of a mouth shaped upon it that is kept for use for purifications. Meanwhile at the foot of the shrine is a tin holding incense, a lyre and a hand-painted drum with Apollon on one side and Artemis on the other made from deerskin.
And this is what worshipers see when they come to give honor to Apollon, Artemis and Leto.