The first few lines occurred to me when I was praying to Apollon, and the remainder followed swiftly. The poem is free-writing because after I finished my prayer beads, I started thinking about the part of the Platonic Theology about Apollon and Helios (and so on); this is where it went. I often rush to … Continue reading Some Verses from Prayer This Morning
The divination question was about self-improvement with a community focus. This post contains the divination results and a bit of commentary.
For the past three days, I have been pondering a few lines from Aristonoos' paian to Apollon, written in a Delphic context, as translated by Furley and Bremer in Greek Hymns: Volume 1 – The Texts in Translation. (I put it in the Thargelia ritual.) The translators say that "Delphi awarded Aristonoos and his descendants … Continue reading Contemplating Aristonoos’ Compositions for Apollon and Hestia
four drops of bay oil three together, the fourth alonecircling as they twistedsmaller circle inspirallinguntil they pressed together in contactlike prayer hummingwithin the mindlight descending victorious When I prayed this morning, the drops of bay oil I gave to Apollon caught the light, three grouped together, the fourth alone. I watched the smaller bit inspiral … Continue reading Four Drops of Bay Oil
Next Thargelia isn't until May 17-19, 2021. In 2020, I used a ritual outline, and I'm uploading it today so it has enough time for Google's crawlers to find it in time for people frantically searching for a ritual outline next year. Some Background As I said in a previous post, my ritual outlines tend … Continue reading A Complete Thargelia Ritual
I have three blog post drafts going right now. Two have existed as drafts for longer than expected because they are proving more complicated than originally envisioned. The third is a short thing related to coping with the pandemic, which I will probably delete. This post is better due to being a bit more useful … Continue reading Some Updates
A prayer to Apollôn about COVID-19. May our families, friends, and communities be as safe as the Fates permit. 💌
Verses written after contemplating Apollôn's role as the one who brings and averts plague and sickness.
What is this unstirring nectar,the gift we beg receivinga double serpent moving swift,laurel branches rustling,the scent of bay awakening,frankincense oil burning so delicateas if we inhabit a fractal floweropening up in vivid stillnessuntil it flows like that springstruck by Pegasus for the Mousaithat welled up to make all song.Is this nectar truth, yet ungraspable,so mind-tangible … Continue reading Truth (a poem)