Happy Heliogenna!

A tabletop solstice tree with lit candles. One of the ornaments says Happy Solstice. This is from an Etsy shop called ForageWorkshop, which sells wooden holiday decorations. The little beeswax thing and the greenery on the table come from the Etsy shop NaturalWitchRemedies. The pumpkin comes from the grocery store down the street from me.
Another view of the holiday tree with lit candles. There’s a sign that says GOD JUL in the background. My apartment is actually pretty decked with Tomtes and julboks and other festive things right nao, and I might be about to make GF lussekatt. Allegedly.

Helios stretches his hands
around the ropes of his chariot.
The stallions are restless.
Below, across the vast Earth,
storms and squalls shower the north.
In the patterns of day and night,
today is the balance of the apex,
a trough in the sun’s bright gifts.
Helios gives light where he can.
Worship him in your candlelit
ceremonies, where saffron-warm
yellow candles greet the new cycle.
All darkness will pass; all passes.
All lightlessness consumes; all rebirths.
Hail Helios with your strong stallions.
Hail Helios, the giver of light.
Hail Helios, who stands strong in the line
of light-filled gods, son of Hyperion,
child of blue-shimmering Theia.
Hail Helios — may the coming cycle
be a happy one beneath your light.

Note: Heliogenna is a modern festival. My personal opinion is that we’re not a reenactment society and that enough modern groups do it for it to be a meaningful religious development. Then again, I’m more fond of Late Antiquity than 5th Century BCE Athens because I think the former provides more realistic guidance on syncretism and religious pluralism, especially for those of us who worship Greek gods but are not ethnically Greek, so go figure. You can read more about Heliogenna here and here. YSEE USA does something similar, but my understanding is that they’re more focused on Herakles; I’m not a Facebook user, so I can’t see a lot of the info they have on their event page about what they’re up to.

One thought on “Happy Heliogenna!

  1. Happy Heliogenna! The first thing I ever heard about Paganism was, at the age of six or seven, the thrilling but probably inaccurate story that ancient Pagans would go to the tops of hills and light bonfires because they feared that the sun wouldn’t return. I remember thinking how wonderful it sounded.

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