Tuesday, June 28, 2011


The Adonia is a festival commemorating the death and resurrection of Adonis.  It may be celebrated on two separate occasions or as a two-part festival.

Adonia 2015

Sunday, June 26, 2011

June News


Today, we celebrated the Philokhoria, the time when the days shift and begin to grow shorter once again.  A few days late, but  the Gods seem to understand that we meet when we can.

It was a gorgeous day for it, and so the festival was held outside.  (I forgot to take pictures.  Sorry!)  After the procession and as part of the offerings, we re-enacted the Kallimakhos myth upon which the festival is based by way of the Philokhoria Puppet Show.  We're hoping the Gods found it as amusing to watch as we did to perform.  We also made offerings of dance, both a group choreography that Temple regulars have been learning together over the last couple of months and a solo that I just managed to pull the choreography together for this past week.

Feasting followed, as it does, along with a bit of processing, future planning, and fellowship.

We have a bit of a running joke that started when I went on a binge of watching The Vicar of Dibley, that wouldn't it be cool to have our own show about our various foibles (which, like the original, would ultimately touch on an underlying theme of our strengths as a group), which would just have to be called The Hieros of Cranston.   Sort of the "outtakes" of what we get up to on festival days, the stuff that probably has the Gods either laughing or at least shaking Their heads in bemusement.

So, this week on The Hieros of Cranston, somehow, disposing of festival remnants got turned into us joking about the Vashta Nerada.  (Hey, who turned out the lights?)  Also, once we'd finished making noise and settled down, Corbie the cat made clear her displeasure at having not been the center of attention all day.  Pointedly clear, shall we say.

Next weekend, we'll be holding the Anadikia or Great Noumenia retreat, so there will probably be another update shortly after that.

May the blessings of the Gods be with you!