There are a number of reasons to worship Aphrodite this week. According to the Hellenion website, which is run by Hellenic polytheists, there will be a worldwide ceremony held in honor of Aphrodite on Saturday, February 9th, 2019. Since many members of the polytheistic community will be holding their rituals on this day, it’s a good time for anyone that does astrological magic or worships Aphrodite on their own to join. February 9th might be the closest Aphrodite gets to a religious festival this year. The fact that many people will also be holding rituals at the same time should increase the connection to the goddess. So, it might be a good idea to perform a ritual on Saturday, and if there is time, to check in and watch the libation online. Also, worshippers or magicians might add offerings, hymns, or other components to there usual rituals, to make them more elaborate and have a greater celebration of the goddess of love, creation, harmony, and beauty.
Every ritual has candles and incense at its crux. It seems a time- honored and universal practice. The act of using flames and burning herbs, resins, plants, and woods for the unique smells emitted to accompany religious rituals likely go back before written records and before material culture had advanced enough to do it with competence. However, both ritual accessories can be major health risks due to the toxic fumes they release. In fact, I recently looked up the dangers of incense and candles, and it had a devastating effect on my burgeoning spiritual practice. I want to share my thoughts upon giving up my candle and incense burning, and make suggestions for how to move forward after understanding the risks involved.Continue reading “Performing Healthy Rituals: The Dangers of Candles and Incense”
The irrational impulse is inevitable. We are not created in a world of perfection. Every move is littered with hypocrisies, falsehoods, contradictions, and the irrational. Irrationality drives us all.
There are impulses that consciousness rides on like a piece of driftwood on the waves. Desirous impulses overcome the soul. Sometimes, in our own bodies, we witness the body behaving in a way that our rational minds can’t fathom. Drives and behaviors occur now and then, and we are helpless against them, regardless of the strength of our rational side. It’s inevitable. Being okay with falling, being okay with the darkness, that’s an important lesson for all of us.
With every ritual, there should be an accompanying hymn and a prayer. The hymn gets the attention of the god, and the prayer, though of a private nature and entirely up to the worshipper, may contain statements, offerings, and requests. The Orphic Hymns in particular are a good group to work with, though there are others that have survived the ravages of history. I am sharing a prayer I wrote for Mercury, based on some research I did on ancient ritual and the guidance of astrological magic practitioners. I have included various names of Hermes that were used at his temples. Continue reading “Prayer to Hermes”
The Greek dark ages left one particular piece of wisdom to posterity: worship the gods. The Delphic maxims were a collection of one hundred and forty seven sayings that were attributed to the Seven Sages and paying due attention to the traditional deities was the third maxim. “Honor the gods; revere the gods,“ it read as translated by Melissa Gold. As it was over two millennia ago, worship of the Olympian gods is not exactly popular anymore. So you might be surprised to learn that recently I’ve begun experimenting doing just that. Even a few months ago, if someone had told me I’d end 2018 building altars and performing rituals for Venus and Jupiter, I would have laughed out loud in disbelief. It is the last thing I would’ve expected. But here I am, and I’ve got seven weeks of rituals worshipping the ancient deities under my belt. I’ll tell you how I got involved, my first experiences with altars and rituals, and my observations as a beginner.Continue reading “Rituals to Venus and Jupiter”