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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A Prayer for Healing

A simple modern prayer to request healing. Calm yourself. Say the words out loud slowly, don’t rush through them. While you say the words pass your hand, left or right, gently over or just above the afflicted area. Instead of using the word “heart” you could use the word “body” or the name of the afflicted area that needs to be healed. Instead of “the gods” you could name a specific deity or deities. 

 

Be healthy, heart, be healed.

Be healthy, heart, be kealed.

Be healthy, heart, be healed.

 

Through the grace of the gods.

Through the grace of the gods.

Through the grace of the gods.

 

So be it.

So be it.

So be it.

Published in: on July 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm  Comments (1)  

A Hymn to Flora

This picture of the Sabine earth and flower goddess Flora started out as a line drawing from Thomas Hope’s “Costumes of the Greeks and Romans”. I made a copy of the drawing, colored it by hand, added a Grecian frame created on an Excel worksheet, and placed it in a plastic photo holder and thus made it into an icon. Thomas Hope’s book was originally published in 1812 but has been reprinted in paperback form by Dover Publications and is an excellent source for traditional illustrations of the Gods.

The Coming of Flora

Behold, Flora comes, the goddess of a thousand flowers, lady of a thousand blossoms.

Crocus and hyacinth spring forth at each step.

Her radiance is like a sunflower.

Like golden yellow marigolds and chrysanthemums shining in the sun.

Her touch is like the coolness of peony petals and tulips.

She brings the fragrance of violet and rose.

Of lilac, lavender, and lily.

She dances in the dark greenness of the forest and woodland depths

And in the bright sunlight of flower filled meadows.

She is the goddess of all flowers.

She causes all things to grow, and blossom, and flourish.

The goddess comes, Flora, dressed in garlands of a thousand flowers.

Celebrate spring, the season of flowers, the season of growth and new beginnings.

Decorate your home and altar with flowers and garlands.

Burn floral scented candles and incense.

Wear a floral crown, and adorn your body with scented oils and colored robes.

Dance and make love in the cool darkness of spring nights,

And in the sparkling sunshine of spring days.

Crocus and lily

Narcissus and hyacinth

Iris and daisy

Oleander and myrtle

Violets and roses

Green leaves and pink petals against ivory skin

White and gold against bronze

Flora, great one!

She comes!

She is here!

Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm  Comments (1)  
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A Litany to Faunus

A litany to Faunus, written several years ago. Faunus is an Italian god of forest and meadow, of flocks and fields, of oracles and mysteries, of boundaries between worlds. He was often identified with the Greek Pan. The illustration shows the Dancing Faun, a Greek bronze sculpture recovered from the House of the Faun in Pompeii. Hellenistic Greek in style, probably dating from the second or first century bce, it is a very fine work of art. Filled with the joy of life and sensuous pleasure, the faun (or satyr, if a Greek term is preferred) dances in the light of the sun, or the light of the moon. This specific picture is from “Buried Cities” by Jennie Hall, originally published in 1922 ce. Reading that book back in the 1950’s and seeing that picture for the first time was one of the things that led me to the world of classical paganism and to the ancient gods.

A Litany to Faunus 

Hail Faunus! The kindly one.

Hail Faunus! The guardian of forest and field.

Hail Faunus! the protector of flocks and herds.

Hail Faunus! Son of Picus.

Hail Faunus! Grandson of Saturn.

Hail Faunus! The walker among the trees.

Hail Faunus! The speaker in the forest.

Hail Faunus! The one who knows the names of the Gods.

Hail Faunus! The giver of oracles.

Hail Faunus! The sender of dreams.

Hail Faunus! The finder of the hidden.

Hail Faunus! The one who grants favors.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, the kindly one.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who guards forest and field.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who protects crops and herds.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, son of Picus.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, grandson of Saturn.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who walks among the trees.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who speaks in the forest.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who knows the names of the Gods.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who gives oracles.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who sends dreams.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who finds the hidden.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who grants favors.

Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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