Sunday, April 10, 2016

Delphinia 2016


Today's Festival

 Today we celebrated the Delphinia, the festival honoring Apollon Delphinios, who sends his dolphins to guide travelers safely home.

We began with a brief centering and visualization of traveling flanked by dolphins as we circumambulated the altar. Thusia was a baguette, and theoxenia included (dolphin-safe) tuna casserole, fresh veggies, popcorn, and jelly beans.  Libations were made from fruit-flavored sparkling water.


Dolphin-safe tuna casserole
2 cans albacore tuna
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
3/4 of a bag of egg noodles, cooked & drained
1 bag of frozen sweet corn
~ 1 cup whole milk
3 handfuls of crushed cheddar cheese & bacon potato chips

Throw everything except the chips in a casserole dish. 
Mix well. 
Sprinkle the crushed potato chips across the top. 
Bake at 400F for 20minutes.


After theoxenia, in honor of the modern tradition that today also marks Apollon's return to Delphi, we learned about tasiomancy using Greek coffee grounds. While this is a more modern practice than ancient, it is currently a common form of divination in Greece.

Notes from class:

·       Origins obscure (Turkish, Greek, Armenian)
·       Plain white cup & saucer
·       Papagolos coffee boiled in briki (βρηκη)
·       Querent drinks coffee down to sediment (never read for yourself)
·       Put saucer on top of cup, flip cup over, give it 5 min
·       Can put relevant items (ring for relationship, coin for money) on the bottom of the cup while you wait
·       Anything by the handle is the present for the querent
·       Beyond that lies the future
·       If sediment doesn’t fall off, you’re holding on to something too much
·       If it falls right off, your problems are leaving quickly
·       Shapes formed by negative space around the grounds are the divinatory message
Something learned from today's class:  The coffee had been boiled prior to ritual, and the class was done after theoxenia, so it had been sitting for quite a bit longer than it should have.  This resulted in the sediment not wanting to exit the cup in a timely manner.  The coffee should really be drunk by the querent while hot, and then read right away.


Hiereios Timotheos' experiences in Greece.

Lyle, J. & Khan, A. (2000). The cup of destiny. London: Eddison Sadd Editions.

Coming up

FestivalHTAZP Date(s)Gregorian Date(s)
Olympieia16 DelphinionApril 24
Adonia23 DelphinionMay 1
Thargelia15 ThargelionMay 22
Panaphobeia29 ThargelionJune 5
Philokhoria21 PhilokorionJune 26
Anadikia & Hephestaia27-29 PhilokhorionJuly 1-3

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