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.

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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!

Listed Single Box: Ariadne Worship

In my shop I listed a single box (seperate from my monthly subscription box. This Ariadne Worship box is one of many I will be doing that features statue icons. Ariadne Worship box has a 12 in statue of Ariadne, an 8×10 print of Ariadne, a 1/2 oz of Ariane Bridal Initiate Annointing Oil and a copper pendant if Dionysos and Ariadne. Cost of box is 135.00 plus shipping.

View details for purchase here:https://www.etsy.com/listing/518150772/ariadne-worship

Artemis, Artumes, Nemi, Diana Lucifera and Witchcraft

First I am going to say that this will be nowhere near as thorough as I like which is why it is going to be thoroughly researched and written into a booklet on Apollo Luciferos, Diana Luciferia, Nemi and Italian Witchcraft Developing  Hellenic Originating Deities.so this is a brief bloggy overview of some of my thoughts based on a significant period of devotional research in my life.

Yes I said Hellenic originating. Most recognize that despite cultural changes that transformed the borrowed Hellenic deity into one possessing a very Italic cult, this is more debatable regarding Diana. When I am asked about my broad answer is “it depends”. In general I say Diana is a Latin goddess that was brought into Rome. However her shift of cult bases from Nemi is not, in my opinion, wholely of Latin origin. Given temple laws kept written in the Greek language and the similarity in character of the Nemoralia with roughly August fullmoon feasts for Artemis as a goddess who successfully sustains infants through their youth when infant mortality was high makes a Hellenic colonial origin more likely as was occurring all over areas south of Rome. In fact whereas Nemi is just south of Rome, just north of it was the famous chthonic natured oracle of a priestess of Apollo and Diana featured in the Aeneid within Etruscan Territory. Etruscans having borrowed their Artumes and Apulu likely from trading with these southern colonies.

 Greeting the local goddess as Diana Lucifera (as Cicero notes) is reasonable, even as she was also called Virbia and Nemorensis (of the grove). Yet the multutude of lamps found within the temple would suggest Diana Lucifera within the temple…and who would naturally delight in the reflect in the lake known as Dianas mirror. The woodland nature of Artemis would have translated well for a Latin forest goddess when the Latin League was determining a home base. The institution of Iuno Lucina (the birthing form of Iuno) on the local hillside further draws a localized balance between foreign and native deities as Cicero notes the close parallel between these goddesses.what is considered a more “vicious cult” and its legendary ties to Iphegenia, Orestes and Artemis Tauropolis could have easily been part of the early nature if the temple originally instituted as a Spartan temple as one of their many colonies in southern Italy. Sparta’s Artemis had this same mythic inheritance from Taurus. The local lore regarding Hippolytus revived and serving there as first priest may have been a later addition. It could have just as easily been viewed as Orestes as mythic variations have him accompanying his sister, in exile and never recovering from his miasma of blood guilt.

The Iphegenia and Orestes in exile narrative would fit well with local tradition of an escaped slave as someone outside the bonds of society. It would also fit Spartan customs of flogging boys at her temple as they approached adulthood…Orestes himself being near the age of a youth as a young man if memory serves me. Rex Nemorensis wouldnt be far from imagining a broken exiled more seasoned Orestes, if such were the case, hiding away in the woods. The adoration of Hippolytus for Artemis makes a charming narrative, and is linked to the forbidance of horses  at the temple but appears otherwise disjointed from the nature if the cult in my opinion.

If you keep in mind this character if her cult, much like that of Apollon, as being friendly to outcasts and the exiled we can see how this translated in later periods associated with lore of Italian Witchcraft as recorded by Charles Leland as having a basis not too far off the mark when assigning her protection over the outcasts, which would have been even more so true in the advent of Christian rule. It clearly would have become a lot more inclusive.

I do think it is a mistake tho to suggest that this Diana was a Hekate. Or a triple goddess like Hekate. The interpretations of Frazer in his Golden Bough went a long way cementing this association in academic minds of the period and even currently. This is largely based on a coin of Nemi featuring what appears to be three goddesses. However it woukd be a mistake to assume this is Diana Triformis (Diana as Hecate). Rather there are two plausible explanatiins if this appearance. One us that it may represent three distinct forns the goddess takes at her sanctuary. This is not uncommon at Hellenic temples and sanctuaries to find the deity present in nultitude of forms. As such the flower one holds *could be* a torch representing Diana Lucufera, the bow with Diana Nemorensis and the third Diana Virbia. However it is more likely to my mind that this literally represents the three goddesses of the immediate vicinity: Diana (Lucifera not needing artistic differentiating), Iuno Lucina  and the nymph Egeria with a flower. It would be a mistake to assume Diana here is a sorcery goddess like Hecate.

Rather as a goddess associated with witchcraft in Italy from this cult was likely responsive to many factors including Chrustian rule/authority. That said the witchcraft of Diana is different than what you might see with the chthonic (and what I see as more ceremonial) sorcery of Hecate. Most magic recorded by Charles Leland that he received if we are to take it completely at face value deals immediately with aid of nature spirits specifically addressed as faeries. Diana Nemorensis who led hunts with her train of nymphs has become queen of faeries. As such its magic is rustic focusing on needs of the common folk for protection, fertility, ward off storms, good health, gaining wealth. Her pairing with her twin Apollo Luciferos is natural, or even as Apollo of the wood if we may consider that thus may be the identity of Virbius as Diana was called Virbia. Of course many modern witches go with Frazer’s Diana and Dianus although I dont understand why. Leland testifies to Luciferos(Lucifer) and historic cult suggests a strong Virbia/Virbenus and Lucifera/Luciferos probability. Dianus seems to come from nowhere outside of Frazer. 

June Subscription box is all Dionysos

Well there may be a few random things but you will greet June with a box of goodies that will heavily feature Dionysos, Ariadne and Semele in some firm or another.

There will be a print icon

There will be semiprecious handmade grape cluster

There will be a sacred bridal oil called Ariadne

There will be a mini finger labyrinth

And that is just what I have so far! Do remember for every 5th subscription the value will increase by 10 bucks which gets an extra goodie added! 

How do you subscribe? Email me with PayPal info and shipping address. I will add you to the list and send you an invoice. If it is paid before the end if the month you will get your box! 

Yes international folks can participate…but the price will be doubled to cover International shipping costs. 

I am thinking of increasing to 35.00 so I can do flat rate boxes. That will allow more flexibility for stuff I can add.