She was a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. She was worshiped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patron of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, the downtrodden, as well as listening to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers. Isis is the Goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility.
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I know I'm a little late, but since there's no Feb. deity yet, I thought I'd post this.
I have an altar to Apollo I'd like to share (it's a shared altar with Artemis). Follow the fake cut
- Music:Indus ~ Dead Can Dance
In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo
is one of the most important and diverse of the Olympian deities. The ideal of the kouros
(a beardless youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts; and more.
As the patron of Delphi , Apollo was an oracular god — the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing were associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius, yet Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague as well as one who had the ability to cure. Amongst the god's custodial charges, Apollo became associated with dominion over colonists, and as the patron defender of herds and flocks. As the leader of the Muses (Apollon Musagetes
) and director of their choir, Apollo functioned as the patron god of music and poetry. Hermes created the lyre for him, and the instrument became a common attribute of Apollo. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans.
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Suidas s.v. Zeus Ktesios :
"Zeus Ktesios (Domestic Zeus) : The deity whose shrine they used to set up even in store-cupboards, as wealth-giver.
In conjunction with the goddess of the hearth, the next god encountered in the household worship is Zeus, who bears the epithet Ktesios [source
]. With this epithet, the god is worshipped as the protector of the family goods as well as 'He who takes care of the prosperity of the Oikos'.
"It is necessary to make the symbol of Zeus Ktesios. We take a new Kathisko with two ears through which we thread white wool and yellow (crocus) thread which we take over the right shoulder so that it hangs in front we then put anything we find and ambrosia in it. Ambrosia is pure water (from a spring) and oil and all-fruit. This we put inside
is a devotee of Zeus and has several posts in her LJ describing the creation of a ktesios jar. I advice you to check her tag here
for some very interesting info about it.
Also Neos Alexandria has a page
King of the Gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky and thunder, law, order and fate. His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, royal sceptre and oak. the god of sky and weather, . He was depicted as a regal man, mature with sturdy figure and dark beard. His concerns are sovereignty, power, justice, oaths, and the social and familial order. But he is also concerned with the home and its larder. He guards guests, strangers, suppliants, and children. He is associated with storms, clouds, rain, forests, and caves. He is the father of most of the Gods and many heroes.
“I sing of Hermes Kyllenios, Argeiphontes, lord of Kyllene and Arkadia
rich in flocks, luck-bringing messenger of the deathless gods
… Hail Hermes, giver of grace, guide, and giver of good things.”
–Homeric Hymn 18 to Hermes
Thus begins the Temple of Hermes
, a lovely place dedicated the the God and which I advise you to check out.
es is the great Messenger of the gods in Greek mythology as well as a guide to the Underworld. An Olympian god, he is also the patron of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of thieves and road travelers, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of general commerce, and of the cunning of thieves and liars. wiki
Persephone, Daughter of Zeus, blessed
Only begotten, gracious Goddess, receive this good offering,
Much honoured, you, overpowered by Hades,
you are beloved and lifegiving,
You hold the doors of Hades under the depths of the earth;
Transactor of Justice, your beloved hair the sacred olive branch of the enemy
Mother of the Eumenides, Queen of the Underworld,
You, maiden from Zeus through secret begetting.
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As the changing of the seasons is in full swing and we're slowly heading towards Samhain, I decided on the following deity to worship this month.
was the embodiment of the Earth's fertility at the same time that she was the Queen of the Underworld, the korē
(or young maiden), and the parthenogenic daughter of Demeter and, in later Classical myths, a daughter of Demeter and Zeus.
In the Olympian version, she also becomes the consort of Hades when he becomes the deity that governs the underworld.The figure of Persephone is well-known today. Her story has great emotional power: an innocent maiden, a mother's grief over her abduction, and great joy after her daughter is returned. It is also cited frequently as a paradigm of myths that explain natural processes, with the descent and return of the goddess bringing about the change of seasons. wiki
To honour Artemis, I felt it was right to make a donation to an animal protection fund. As I'm pleased with it and it has good stats on the Charity Meter, I chose the IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Your gift protects endangered animals, provides emergency relief to animals in crises, and saves pets and wildlife around the world. With your help, we can continue to make a better world for both animals and people.
Muse, sing of Artemis, sister of the Far-shooter, the virgin who delights in arrows, who was fostered with Apollo. She waters her horses from Meles deep in reeds, and swiftly drives her all-golden chariot through Smyrna
 to vine-clad Claros where Apollo, god of the silver bow, sits waiting for the far-shooting goddess who delights in arrows.
And so hail to you, Artemis, in my song and to all goddesses as well. Of you first I sing and with you I begin; now that I have begun with you, I will turn to another song.Anonymous. The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White. Homeric Hymns. Cambridge, MA.,Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1914.
Homeric Hymn 27 to Artemis :
"I sing of Artemis with shafts are of gold, strong-voiced, the revered virgin, deer-shooting, delighter in arrows) own sister to Apollon of the golden sword.
Over the shadowy hills and windy peaks she draws her golden bow, rejoicing in the chase, and sends out grievous shafts.
The tops of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes awesomely with the outcry of beasts: earth quakes and the sea also where fishes shoal.
But the goddess with a bold heart turns every way destroying the race of wild beasts: and when she is satisfied and has cheered her heart, then the huntress who delights in arrows slackens her supple bow and goes to the great house of her dear brother Phoibos Apollon, to the rich land of Delphoi, there to order the lovely dance of the Muses and Graces.
There she hangs up her curved bow and her arrows, and heads and leads the dances, gracefully arrayed, while all they utter their heavenly voice, singing how neat-ankled Leto bare children supreme among the immortals both in thought and deed.
Hail to you, children of Zeus and rich-haired Leto! And now I will remember you and another song also."
The second Deity of the month is:
Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities and one of the oldest. The daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of forests and hills, child birth, virginity, fertility, the hunt, and often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her - wiki
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In honor of Demeter, I made a donation of an Earth Basket to Heifer International. I thought it was appropriate.
Nourish the Earth With an Earth Basket
Earth Baskets provide two essential gifts: additional income for families and support for the environment. Bees produce honey and wax that supply income when sold at the local market. And did you know that an active beehive's pollination makes for more efficient crop growth?
The Earth Basket also contains tree seedlings which provide shade and fodder for animals and prevent soil erosion. Mother Nature would certainly appreciate this thoughtful gift. Give an Earth Basket today.
Through Heifer recipients' dedication to pass on the gift to others, this earth-friendly gift starts a cycle of giving that keeps going.
Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Translated by Gregory Nagy
" I am Demeter, the holder of tîmai. I am the greatest
boon and joy for immortals and mortals alike.
But come! Let a great temple, with a great altar at its base
be built by the entire dêmos.
Make it at the foot of the acropolis and its steep walls.
Make it loom over the well of Kallikhoron, on a prominent hill.
And I will myself instruct you in the sacred rites so that, in the future
you may perform the rituals in the proper way and thus be pleasing to my noos.”
The first Deity of the month is:
The Goddess of grain and fertility, the pure. Nourisher of the youth and the green earth, the health-giving cycle of life and death, and preserver of marriage and the sacred law. In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, dated to about the seventh century BC. she is invoked as the "bringer of seasons", a subtle sign that she was worshipped long before she was made one of the Olympians. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that also predated the Olympian pantheon. - wiki
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