Thanksgiving Potnia Demeter

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. A day on which to be thankful for the circumstances that have resulted in good things in your life. Primarily food, perhaps, but all good things.

Potnia is a Greek word meaning “Lady” or “Mistress”. It comes from classical Greek, and from Mycenean Greek, and it might ultimately come from the lost Minoan language. It was a title given to Demeter, Persephone, and Artemis, among other goddesses.  I think that Demeter should be the presiding deity over the Thanksgiving Day celebrations.

I placed my new statue of Demeter on a pedestal next to the altar today, and I say this to the Goddess:

Potnia! Potnia! Potnia!

Potnia Demeter!

Hail and thanksgiving to Demeter, Great Goddess.

Praise to Demeter, queen of earth goddesses;  patroness of crops and cultivation; guardian of fields, groves, and gardens, mistress of the growing earth; lady of the grains.

Accept our praise, Great Goddess Demeter, and our thanks for the food which sustains us, and may you grant us abundance.

Praise the Goddess, Potnia Demeter.

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Published in: on November 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Ello, Poppaeus. It’s been awhile since we’ve talked. would like to talk to you about Antonine sometime soon. Find me on Facebook under the name “Micah DarkFyre”, or email me at wolfen.nightlord@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon. Dream Well.

    Sincerely,
    -Shadow DarkFyre
    The Domain and Realms

  2. Nothing is clearer than that the devotees of Demeter enjoyed the anticipation of a happy future life. It was not merely the vague promise of a future existence, it was the definite assurance of a blissful future that the mysteries of Eleusis offered to seekers for salvation. In classical antiquity this Eleusinian assurance was generally known and appreciated. The Homeric Hymn declared, “Happy is he among deathly men who has seen these things! But he who is uninitiated, and has no lot in them, will never have equal lot in death beneath the murky gloom.” Pindar and Sophocles re-echoed the same thought. “Thrice happy they who go to the world below, having seen these mysteries; to them alone is life there, to all others is misery.” Among the orators, Isocrates declared, “Those who share this initiation have sweet hopes for the end of life and for all future time.” Plato also gave recognition to this conviction when he said that the mysteries taught enigmatically “that he who passes unsanctified and uninitiated into the world below will lie in a slough, but he who arrives there after initiation and purification will dwell with the gods.” At the beginning of the Christian era, this was still the strong hope that the mysteries of Eleusis guaranteed. Cicero said of them, “In the mysteries we learn not only to live happily but to die with fairer hope.” Thus, the mythical experiences of the Eleusinian goddesses in breaking the power of death became the basis for a definite assurance of a happy life beyond the grave. Precisely what the relationship was between the mythological experiences of the Great Goddess and the hopes of her devotees is, indeed, unclear, but that the relationship existed is certain and that the mysteries gave prized assurance of immortality is indubitable.


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