Sunday, June 28, 2015

Philokhoria and Adonia 2015


We did the Philokhoria a week before the actual Summer Solstice, so apparently it made sense to post that festival a week after?  Oops.

Helios was gracious enough to keep the sun out for us until after the ritual proper, after which Zeus, fittingly, let a bit of a storm roll in.  Very fitting, considering the underlying myth.

Today, we celebrated the Adonia at Scarlet Rose and Draconis Pyrozale's site, temple name still under construction.

Scarlet Rose led the ritual, which we celebrated in two parts.  The first part commemorated the mourning of Adonis' death, with offerings to Persephone and the heart-wrenching Lament by Bion.  At the completion of this part of the festival, we processed out of the temple and returned to celebrate Adonis' return.  This part of the day featured a group reading of the Orphic Hymn to Adonis.

Our next festival will be the Anadikia, at which point the next year of festivals will be mapped out.

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