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

Lack of Static State with the Gods 

Nothing exists in a vaccum, nothing dwells in a static state of not changing. This is especially true of our relationship with the gods . In retrospect of the last 23 years as a polytheist…it is rather remarkable.

To give some context…when I began I was 14. I had been familiar with the gods from age 12 with my first readings of mythology. Back then I was Greco-Roman fluid. This was due to two things…1. That most written material was about the Hellenic Religion, and 2. I could not dismiss my Italian ancestors (at that time I was unclear of where my great grandfather gad immugrated from.) I did get more active in Religio Romana due to it being the first organization I was in contact with, and then floated over to dominantly Hellenic when I studied Orphism and gained friends in Greece and among American Hellenic Reconstructionists. More recently my ancestors and gods joined together these backgrounds to put me on the coyrse hinted at with serving and honoribg my gods as they truly were to me. Understanding my gods as Etruscan made a lot of connections stabilize and get stronger….this is especially true if Turan when I had a mixed relationship with Aphrodite. 

Traditions aside which one may pass through by lot or direction of the gods…the gods themselves may change in their relationship. For berevity sake I shall refer to my gods by Etruscan names, although I will give their Hellenic and Roman equivalents initially. In the beginning it was Artumes (Artemis/Diana) who was the fore divinity for me in all absoluteness. Then there was Menrva (Minerva/Athena) for my art and study, and Nethuns (Neptune/Poseidon) for the sea so loved…and being a coastal Alaskan island born much of my diet was fish. In my 20s Apulu (Apollo (n)) started becoming mire present until he moved to the foreground with Artumes. Menrva dropped back. She started pushing back foreward in 2009 but it has been gradual. All the while Turan (Venus/Aphrodite) was demanding equal honor with Artumes that I failed time and again to provide.  Meanwhile Uni (Juno/Hera) was respected but I never conbected with her, despite her obvious close network with Artumes. I dont know if it was because I failed to recognize her power abd direct influence in my life I am not sure. Whereas I was always detached with Hera, it wasnt until I finally embraced my Etruscan hereditary gods that all of a sudden the queen of the heavens came into my life with her  banners and glory so to speak.  What among women woukd gave been a natural transition from tge domain of Artemis to Hera never happened until then. Artumes is still with Apulu and Turan is now recognized as my family’s tutelary deity…but Uni is just as there, whereas several gods are secondary or in the background. 

We cannot expect our relationship with the gods to not change. That deity who is the center of your world now may drop away or share the center stage with others. As you change professions/trades gods may come and go. As you transition to different stages of life or different focus in your activity. Some are gods that will be with you forever. It wont stay the same.