We had the great pleasure of entertaining Melissa of the Bees in our home before she flew back to Canada. She saw my window-side altar to our household gods and was moved to sing the Orphic Hymn to Aurora (Dawn) in ancient Greek. We recorded her lovely offering and it’s available on her channel where many of her other beautiful songs can be found. See her video on her YouTube channel for her additional notes on the song.
This year many of the holy days are linked to pages online which describe the ancient festivals, some with suggestions for how to celebrate them in the modern world. To read about all of them at once, go to our Temenos site list of festivals. The Temenos site can be edited by any Hellenion member. So if you are a member, you can add how you celebrate the holy days to our collective experience there! Regardless of whether you are a member of Hellenion, your personal experiences are also welcome on Hellenion Chat, which is affectionately called “Hellenion’s Front Porch”.
By using this calendar and the festival resources available at the Temenos, you’ll be celebrating alongside fellow Hellenic Polytheists. We look forward to celebrating with you!
"Thanks!" in Portuguese via fountain pen in blue ink Image via Wikipedia
As Grammateus (Secretary) of Hellenion, a non-profitreligious organization with 501(c)(3) status, I have many duties. This includes, but isn’t limited to, processing new member applications. That duty involves several tasks. One of my predecessors started a tradition that has become my favorite task as Grammateus, and that is personalizing our welcome kit and sending it to new members.
I was delighted yesterday when I saw that my new friend, Jota, had posted pictures on Facebook of the arrival of his welcome kit and documented his excitement opening it. This was especially grand considering that he resides in Brazil and is the brother to another member in Brazil. I am kindling quiet anticipation of new demoi (congregations) emerging all over the globe.
With his permission, I have included his pictures and comments below to give all of you would-be-applicants an idea of what you can expect to receive when you first join. Continue reading →