Today's FestivalToday 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.
RecipeDolphin-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.
Sprinkle the crushed potato chips across the top.
Bake at 400F for 20minutes.
Activity/ClassAfter 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.
Sources:Hiereios Timotheos' experiences in Greece.
Lyle, J. & Khan, A. (2000). The cup of destiny. London: Eddison Sadd Editions.
|Festival||HTAZP Date(s)||Gregorian Date(s)|
|Olympieia||16 Delphinion||April 24|
|Adonia||23 Delphinion||May 1|
|Thargelia||15 Thargelion||May 22|
|Panaphobeia||29 Thargelion||June 5|
|Philokhoria||21 Philokorion||June 26|
|Anadikia & Hephestaia||27-29 Philokhorion||July 1-3|
Until next time, may the blessings of the Gods be with you.