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.
I started late so offering through until 12 a.m Wednesday (and ss I live in Alaska that gives a lit if flexibiluty in ither time zones lol).
Take a look at my shop and make me an offer. I will consider all reasonable iffers and bundles.
Just an update. I have a holiday sale going on at my shop Lykeia’s Botanica. 30% off all orders over 40.00. This sale runs until December 15. My shop can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lykeiasbotanica
New items have also been added. New 5 and 6 inch icons, including hard to find ones such as Apollon Smintheus. I have also added loose bitanical incense!
In households prior to the modern period which has demanded a large turnover if women to the work force, typically the mother or lady of the house was responsible for many financial aspects of the household. While men engaged with worldly affaurs, women were bargaining at the markets, accepting and paying for deliveries to the house, giving to charities, and often paying wages to staff (if there were any). She ran the house presumably like a well oiled engine.
Therefore when people praise and give coins to Mercury for his slick buisness acumin, it is a very different monetary function than with Iuno Moneta. Mervury will aid the growrh of business and aid business savy, but Iuno oversees every penny of the household budget and manages the overall wealth of the house. Mervury brings it in but Iuno invests it, divides it and pays expenses and saves. My mother was born in the Orohic month of this goddess and never have I seen money saviness such as she possesses…truly a gift from this goddess.
By all give coins to Mercury but lets not forget a small money box or coin pouch for Iuno.
In the course of the ritual, reading all the heart felt invitations I felt in the air a rise of fixed attention and outpouring of tenderness. Every one appeared to be very well received. After the offering of poems and incense and wine he charged my small son, not even yet 2 years old, to select eith chubby untainted innocent hand to whom Dionysos selected.
The chosen is Fayruz.
Everyone else who submitted please email me your mail address, that you may have a print. Please allow a couple weeks for mailing lol.
The generous contributor decided that this Dionysos package should go to a worshipper of this form of Dionysos who lives in the USA (for shipping reasons).
Rather than myself selecting someone Dionysis will. You have two weeks to send a prayer inviting him to your home. Dionysos, after each prayer is read to him, will decide by lot who will receive him. Package includes a cult icon, a painted icon a dark spiced Dionysos oil.
All prayers are due by October 23. The reading and drawing will be done Halloween night.
Send submissions to email@example.com
Update: while there can only be one winner, it has been made clear to me Dionysis wants everyone to “win” because he lives his devotees. So if he doesnt select you fir the ultimate prize he will show his love of your offering via a 5×7 print.
Please be aware that these may have to be mailed iver a period of a couple months if there are a lot of submissions 🙂
I am often utterly hopeless when it comes to picking out titles for posts..but really this last week has been one of discovery of what happens when we free ourselves in small simple measures.
Last week one cue from Apulu (Apollon for my Hellenic readers..Apulu/Aplu is how my Etruscan ancestors would gave reffered to him) I shaved my head. This is a symbol of freedom and detachment from vanity and cultural expectations of beauty. It is a symbol too of utter devotion and a measure of personal purufication. Come Monday I will shave off the stubble for the weekly purification rite which includes ashing my head and face to represent burning away of that which was.
Every werk I symbolically burn away that which I accumilated over the week to better myself, to purify and sanctify myself. After the lengthy ritual I chant as I enjoy a lengthy bathing session followed by annointing my scalp with a special blend of annointing oil for Apollon of my own creation.
I am his, that is the thing which I am. His priestess and mystic bride.
When I go to interact with the world I wear a scarf as pertaining to mundane tasks and as a matter of protection (and warmth lol…I do live in Alaska!). But also be ause having my head freed means I am also more sensitive to shifts around me that xan be muffled by these means when I am running errands or being social. As baring my scalp is also designed to bring me closer to my lord I cover my scalp to as a sign of respect to the purpose of shaving the hair rather than attract attention to my bald head.
On the whole is liberating but also brings such a close connection through liberating myself from the barrier of my hair. The hair itself being a symbol not only of my personal vanity but also a sheild around the crown of my head and more depending on its length. The weave of thread is cut and I am bare in all my essence.