Sunday, June 17, 2018

Philokhoria 2018


Apologies for the long hiatus.

Today, we celebrate the Philokhoria, our summer solstice festival, complete with the Philokhoria Puppet Show!

Left to right, we have Helios, Apollon, the narrator who plays the role of a stag, a beautiful woman, and a beautiful man, Zeus, Pan, and Artemis.  The play is based on a somewhat obscure tale from Callimachus.

Plans continue for our migration to WordPress, which will likely happen at or just after our Anadikia retreat next month.  Stay tuned for further developments!

Until then, may the blessings of the Gods be with you!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Diogennia 2018



Today at Temenos Oikidios, we celebrated the Diogennia, Zeus' birthday.

We began with a retelling of the Cretan myth of Zeus' birth.  Thusia was our traditional loaf of bread along with libations of mead and sparkling cider, and theoxenia included lemon chicken, rice, roasted vegetables, fresh vegetables and hummus, blueberry-bran muffins, honey, herbal tea, and cupcakes for birthday cake.

For Pagan Arts & Crafts, we created ktesios jars to invite Zeus Melikhios to bless our pantries.

Coming Up

Next month, we will be celebrating the Gamelia/Theogamia on February 18.

With the change in name, we will be moving to a new blog on Wordpress.  More info to come next month.

In the meantime, may the blessings of the Gods be with you!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Kheimonia 2017


Today we celebrated two things: the Kheimonia and the merging of two temples.

Let's take the second first.

The Hellenic Temple of Apollon, Zeus, and Pan has been sharing a portion of its space with the Hellenic Temple of Hera, Dionysos, and Hermes for some time.  After much divination and discussion, the two have combined to form Temenos Oikidios (Temple of the Little House).

This has resulted in some changes to the space.

Ultimately, this will also result in a change for our website, blog, and Facebook page.  The blog will likely migrate to a different platform, or at the very least to a new URL reflecting the new name.  When that happens, we will announce it here.

Related to this, Kheimonia, already an amalgamation of festivals, has some additional elements this year.

For background, since the Greeks didn't have a winter solstice ritual per se, some modern Hellenic Pagans developed a multi-day festival to honor Helios called Heliogenna.  HTAZP combined this with the traditional festivals of the Haloa (for Demeter) and the Rural Dionysia, eventually adding in the Pompaia (honoring Zeus Melikhios and Maimaktos) and the modern festival of the Dendraia (for Pan) to form the Kheimonia (which translates to Winter Festival).  Over time, we have added the Poseideia and this year we incorporated Hera Chera (Hera the Widow), Aesklepios and Apollon Iatros, and Hermes Taxidios.

If you're wondering how in the world we fit this all into a single festival, the ritual link is here

We offered olive loaf for thusia. Theoxenia included pulled pork sandwiches, pumpkin soup, salad, cookies in shapes appropriate for the Haloa and Rural Dionysia, and ice cream roll.

Though we did some tree decorating on the Panaia, we did a bit more today.

And for gaming, we opted for Rotten Apples to stay in the mode of offering bawdy humor to Demeter to cheer her up.

That's all for now.  Again, an announcement will follow once we have new URLs to share for the website, blog, and Facebook group.  

In the meantime, may the blessings of the Gods be with you!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Panaia 2017


Today at the Hellenic Temple of Apollon, Zeus, and Pan, we celebrated the Panaia, Pan's birthday.

After a pre-procession meditation, we opened with hymns from In Praise of Olympus.  Hiereus Timotheos did a divination with the Astragaloi that we discussed during the theoxenia.

For theoxenia, we offered and shared lamb with spinach over mini-rotelle pasta (which looked amazingly like pine cones) and various pastries for dessert.  Our libations were moonshine and non-alcoholic apple cider.

After, we did the preliminary Dendraia decorations with a miniature tree for Pan along with a drum circle.

Next up will be Kheimonia on December 17.  Until then, may the blessings of the Gods be with you!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Anadikia and Fall Festival 2017


Apologies for the long absence.

Recent Festivals

For the last weekend of June, we once again celebrated the Anadikia at Temenos.

Hestia altar on the hearth.

Main altar.

It was an amazing and reflective weekend of rituals, divination, and simply being away from the everyday hustle and bustle.  As per usual, we determined our calendar for the year at this time.  Upcoming dates below.

Today, we celebrated the Fall Festival.

Our divination was a reminder that while, with courage, we will succeed in our endeavors, these must be for the greater good.

As it is traditional to offer Demeter pork, theoxenia was pork teriyaki along with rice, baked beans, and salad to round out the first harvest, with apple pie to finish.

We also celebrated the Panagon, and thus after theoxenia, we played the game Tiki Mountain, which may not be a marathon but is still a sort of race.

The Year Ahead

(Puanepsia & Oskhophoria at another location.)
October 22 - Genesia 
November 19 - Panaia
December 17 - Kheimonia
January 21 - Diogennia
February 18 - Theogamia & Aphrodisia
March 18 - Eiarinia
April 15 - Delphinia & Hermathlon
May 20 - Thargelia
June 17 - Philokhoria
July 13-15 - Anadikia

All festivals begin at 3:00pm (2:00pm meetup time).  Those who have been named and wreathed are welcome to join us at 12:30pm for a Noumenia ceremony.

Until next time, may the blessings of the Gods be with you!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Philokhoria 2017


So, though it is a bit early, we celebrated the Philokhoria today.

We used the sock puppets created for last year's festival for our dramatization of the tale from Calimachus upon which the festival is based.  Accompaniment was Hymn to the Sun from the CD Music of the Ancient Greeks by the Ensemble de Organographia.  Invocations were from In Praise of Olympos by Hearthstone.

Theoxenia was your basic summer cookout fare:  burgers, hot dogs, potato wedges, salad, and fruit.  We kept it indoors, though, as it was threatening to rain.

Why were we doing our summer solstice-themed ritual so early?  Well, because HTAZP will be at Free Spirit Gathering around the time we would normally celebrate it!  And Timotheos and Scarlet Rose will be leading the opening, main, and closing rituals.

After that, we'll be having our annual Anadikia retreat as we start the new Hellenic year.

Until next time, may the blessings of the Gods be with you.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Spring 2017


Bit of a catch-up post here, as we've had a few festivals since last time.

Diasia & Eiarinia

The Diasia and Eiarinia were celebrated together on March 19.  The ritual can be found here.


The Delphinia was celebrated in April.  As usual, the Hyakinthia was included as well.  And that ritual can be found here.


And today was the Thargelia.

Ritual available here.

Next up will be the Philokhoria in June.

May the blessings of the Gods be with you!