Orphic Hymn to Aurora

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.

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Dedication to Pallas Athene, Patron of Craftsfolk

Pallas Athene Statue

Pallas Athene Statue via Wiki

In this month of April, I’ve returned to my roots.  I’ve delved into art (particularly production design for media like film, TV, illustrated stories, etc.) through immersion in classes, correspondence with others in the business, reading, and tutorials.  The more I learn the more I am energized.  This may be my new career.

I am going to pray to Pallas Athene to be my patron, and at the same time, ask for Her blessing.  I am going to ask if I can integrate Her symbol of the owl, perhaps as part of water-marking my freelance art, as a way to honor Her.  To do this, I will need to perform a ritual. Continue reading

New Resource Link for Classical Greek Correspondence in E-mail

Greek to Me (1)

Greek Handwriting Image by Kim Scarborough via Flickr

There has been a lot piling up of late. Big internal transitions in Hellenion, renewals for current members, ten new members (each with a customized membership kit to prepare), the civic holidays with family visiting, a seminar to coordinate for work, and because I’m getting the lay-off I’m looking for new work as well. Never the less, I have been working on some draft posts. Below is a quick update:

I’ve updated the links in the sidebar and on the links page to include a well-researched reference on how to adapt classical Greek (and Roman) salutations and closings for letters to modern day email.

I’ve used this to update official correspondence as Hellenion’s Grammatues:

(recipient-dat) para {PARA\} (sender-gen) = To (recipient) from (sender).
Tois Joe para Alexandra = To Joe from Alexandra

and

erromenon se hoi theoi diaphulattoien = May the Gods guard your well-being.

Today, I’ll close with this:

Ta d’ alla, seautou epimelou hin hugiaineis. For the rest, take care to stay well.