Ancient Greek Gods
“Asteria of happy name, whom Perses once led to his great house to be called his dear wife. And she conceived and bare Hekate whom Zeus the son of Kronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by…[Read more]
LII. THE BATTLE OF THE GIANTS (GIGANTOMACHIA)
 Once upon a time mother Earth, jealous of the heavenly kingdoms and in pity for the ceaseless woes of the Titans, filled all Tartarus with a monster brood, thus giving birth to that which proved a very bane. Her womb swollen with this monstrous birth she opened Phlegra’s side and brought forth f…[Read more]
this is why I drink alone…hahaha
The FUMIGATION from AROMATICS
HEAR me, illustrious father, dæmon fam’d.
Great Saturn’s offspring, and Sabasius nam’d;
Inserting Bacchus, bearer of the vine,
And founding God, within thy thigh divine,
That when mature, the Dionysian God 5
Might burst the bands of his conceal’d abode,
And come to sacred Tmolus, his delight,
Zeus is the first. Zeus the thunderer, is the last.
Zeus is the head. Zeus is the middle, and by Zeus all things were fabricated.
Zeus is male, Immortal Zeus is female.
Zeus is the foundation of the earth and of the starry heaven.
Zeus is the breath of all things. Zeus is the rushing of indefatigable fire.
Zeus is the root of the sea: He is the…[Read more]
Hymn to Zeus
(c. 300 – 220 B.C.)
O God most glorious, called by many a name,
Nature’s great King, through endless years the same;
Omnipotence, who by your just decree
Controls all, hail, Zeus, for unto you
Must your creatures in all lands call.
We are your children, we alone, of all
On earth’s broad ways that wander to and…[Read more]
“‘Tis yours, O queen! to will
113 The work, which duty binds me to fulfil.
114 These airy kingdoms, and this wide command,
115 Are all the presents of your bounteous hand:
116 Yours is my sovereign’s grace; and, as your guest,
117 I sit with gods at their celestial feast.
118 Raise tempests at your pleasure, or subdue;
Apotropaic magic (from Greek apotrepein “to ward off” from apo- “away” and trepein “to turn”) is a type of magic intended to turn away harm or evil influences, as in deflecting misfortune or averting the evil eye. The Greeks made offerings to the averting gods (Ἀποτρόπαιοι θεοί: Apotropaioi Theoi), chthonic deities and heroes who grant safety an…[Read more]
36. Ἀρτέμιδος, θυμίαμα μάνναν.
Κλῦθί μου, ὦ βασίλεια, Διὸς πολυώνυμε κούρη,
Τιτανίς, βρομία, μεγαλώνυμε, τοξότι, σεμνή,
πασιφαής, δαιδοῦχε, θεά Δίκτυννα, λοχείη,
ὠδίνων ἐπαρωγὲ καὶ ὠδίνων ἀμύητε,
λυσίζωνε, φίλοιστρε, κυνηγέτι, λυσιμέριμνε,
εὔδρομε, ἰοχέαιρα, φιλαγρότι, νυκτερόφοιτε,
κληισία, εὐάντητε, λυτηρία, ἀρσενόμορφε,
Ὀρθίη, ὠκυλόχεια,…[Read more]
To Silenus, Satyrus, and the Priestesses of Dionysus
– Fumigation from Manna –
Selenus, great Nurturer of Dionysus, honored by the Gods, Incline to my prayers.
By mortals at the triennial feast,
Thou art reverenced as the best, Holy and August,
Source of lawful rites, powerful and vigilant,
With Sylvans dancing ever young and fair, leading ivy…[Read more]
I call Ǽrohs: mighty, holy, lovely and sweet,
the valiant archer bearing wings. On your flaming footpath you strike quickly
as you play with Gods and mortal men.
Skillful, two-formed, you hold the keys to everything:
of the upper aithír, of the sea, and of the earth, and as much as mortals
are nurtured by the all-generating winds of D…[Read more]
58. Ǽrohs (Eros, Cupid, or Love; Gr. Ἔρως)
The Fumigation from Aromatics.
I Call great Cupid, source of sweet delight,
Holy and pure, and lovely to the sight;
Darting, and wing’d, impetuous fierce desire,
With Gods and mortals playing, wand’ring fire:
Cautious, and two-fold, keeper of the keys
Of heav’n and earth, the air, and sprea…[Read more]
31. Kourítæs 1 (Curetes ; Gr. Κουρῆτες)
Leaping Curetes, who with dancing feet
And circling measures, armed footsteps beat:
Whose bosom’s mad, fanatic transports fire,
Who move in rhythm to the founding lyre:
Who traces deaf when lightly leaping tread,
Arm bearers, strong defenders, rulers dread:
Propitious omens, guards of Proserpine…[Read more]
The DOMOS HAIDOU (House of Hades) was the land of the dead–the final resting place for departed souls. It was a dark and dismal realm where bodiless ghosts flitted across the grey fields of asphodel. The Homeric poets knew of no Elysian Fields or Tartarean Hell, rather all shades–heroes and villians alike–came to rest in the gloom of…[Read more]
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