So, there have been some calendar changes since the Diogennia. The Hephaestia has been postponed until Spring, and today was the Gamelia. (Actually, today was always the Gamelia. The listing in the last edition was in error.)
For today's ritual, we incorporated a telling of the myth of Zeus and Hera's courtship and wedding, which is also the origin myth for the institution of marriage. Invocations from Peregrine Ursano's book In the Names of the Gods - Poems, Prayers, and Reflections upon the Hellenic Pantheon were used. Theoxenia included chicken cordon-apple (chicken stuffed with ham, cheese, and apples), Italian wedding soup, chocolate cake, and wedding cake.
Between courses of feasting, our Pagan Arts and Crafts session consisted of making Happy Hera Mojo Bags.
Fabric from Hera's wedding dress from last year
Ribbons that have been used in Hera's wedding garb in past years
Apple seeds (associated with Hera)
Amethyst chips (associated with Zeus for the "all-seeing" aspect as well as the priestly color and its connection to the planet Jupiter)
Jasmine flowers (associated with Zeus)
feathers (peacock or related colors if possible, associated with Hera)
Place the apple seed in the center of a 4-5 inch square of fabric
Add a pinch of dried jasmine
Add a chip or two of amethyst
Add a feather or two (may be enclosed inside or left poking out)
Tie the bag shut
If you do not have a previous year's wedding dress fabric or ribbons, you may wish to do a divination around what would be most pleasing to Her that you can access.
Set your intention for the bag, which may be to attract a partner or to bring happiness and stability into an existing marriage or other committed relationship, and ask for Hera's blessing on it. If its purpose is to attract a partner into your life, then wearing it on your person would be ideal. If its purpose is for an existing partnership, then keeping it in the bedroom or on a home shrine to Hera would be preferred.
February 15 - Aphrodisia
Until then, may the peace of the Gods be with you.
The members of HTAZP