Monday, December 11, 2017

Blessed Water For The Home - A Greek Guide

One thing I enjoy doing is creating sacred Hellenic water, and once done, it can be used for a variety of things including purification and protection. One of the great joys I find is that there are several ways to do this. As you can see from the picture on the right, at my front door basically stands a shrine of sacred water and a statue of a Deity (Athene) presiding over it. Now, in the past, many have seen me call upon Gods like Apollon and Poseidon to create pure water, but in the case of the home and self in general, Athene is a great Goddess because She is, among many things, a Domestic Goddess and a protector.

To begin, place a small statue or picture of Athene on the wall next to the entrance of your home, or whichever door you use the most to enter. You can also use a depiction of one of Her symbols, like Her shield. Below it, place a small bowl of purified water on a stand of some kind. When I say already purified, I mean filtered. I have a simple Brita pitcher that I use. It makes sure the water is as clean as possible before the blessing and practices even begin. It can only help in the purity, in my view.

Over the water, recite a prayer like this,

Holy Pallas Athene,
graciously come to my supplication,
and bless this water below you,
that it may make pure this home,
and protect those who enter with goodwill.

Now, when using the water, soak the tip of your finger, touch your forehead with it, and say, Athene purifies and protects me by Her Glory and Might.

This kind of water, in my practice, is replaced once a week or as needed depending on the circumstances that may arise. You can also sprinkle your home, or the room in particular, with it for the same reasons. You can as well bless the doors with it to keep out evil and negativity. It may seem like a very simple or "plain Jane" practice, but trust me, once you touch yourself with the water and recite the words, you will feel the power.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Greek Gods Are Real! Evidence of Ancient Gods in Modern Time

I've worshiped the Greek Gods seriously for 8 years, and through those many days, they have proven their existence and power to me in astounding ways. I would like to share those experiences with the public, so that the idea of Hellenism being an "outdated" or "fantasy" religion will become less and less common. I wish to return the Gods and the religion to legitimacy among the religions of the world. All the stories you are about to read are 100% true.

1. Summer of 2009, High Point, North Carolina, Raintree Apartments.

My soon-to-be wife and I had just purchased our first apartment together that summer, and we were as excited and happy as ever, even though we had little to nothing in possessions. We went to a local thrift to buy a table and chairs for our kitchen. When we got back home, our apartment became assaulted by some unknown entity. In short, a haunting brewed up, presumably from something that had followed us from the thrift store or somewhere else while we were out (neither of us were Hellenic at this time). Doors and cabinets were slammed and sounds of feet running through the house could be heard. The spirit made it very clear that it was hostile and there to do us harm. Being a Christian theist at the time, I began a Christian exorcism which did nothing whatsoever. After a while, my wife who was Pagan, suggested calling on the Greek Gods. The situation was turning desperate so I tried it. When Athena and Apollon were invoked, my wife witnessed a spiritual vision of the two Gods destroying the spirit and all of its negative powers. The haunting came to an end immediately and never again returned. This was our conversion point.

2. Summer of 2010, Winston Salem, North Carolina, Forsyth Medical Center.

My wife became pregnant toward the end of 2009. When June of the next year approached, she experienced pregnancy complications beyond anyone's fault. It was just bad luck. He had to be taken out of the womb at 24 weeks, severely premature and placed in the NICU with the worst chances of survival. Even if he did survive, they said, there was a very high chance he'd be a vegetable for life. Soon after he was born, I placed pictures of Athena, Apollon and Artemis on the windows of his incubator and he began to breathe on his own for a while without the help of a ventilator. Everyone was amazed. I put my trust in the Gods from the first day to the last. My son grew stronger and stronger everyday and made it home. The boy they said would die or be a vegetable is now seven years old, in the second grade, and can walk, laugh, play, and do basic things for himself.

3. 2016, Freeport, Illinois, Friend's Home.

When a friend of mine called me one day about a haunting that had popped up in their apartment, I agreed to come do a house cleansing for them. One of the people who called me was, at the time, an atheist, and they also attested to seeing the spirit. They didn't think the person was hostile, but they did want them gone. They asked me to wait until their child was not there so that the child would not be freaked out, so I waited until that afternoon. I preformed a Hellenic house cleansing rite on every room, calling on Gods like Athena, Apollon, Poseidon and Heroes like Theseus and Bellerophon. When it was over, no more sightings were reported, but what was really astounding to the evidence of the power of the cleansing was their child. The child did not know me, was not Hellenic or even Pagan, and had no idea of the cleansing. However, I was told that the child was now sleeping better at night.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Intercession of Hypatia of Alexandria

Many of us, Pagan or not, know the epic and also tragic story of Hypatia of Alexandria. She was a Hellenist and one of the most profound ancient female teachers and philosophers who lived in Alexandria, Egypt at the time of the emergence of the new religion: Christianity. As the new religion took control, sometimes by force and murder, Hypatia became a threat to the ambitions of the Christian authority. In 415 CE, She was attacked by a mob and brutally killed, her remains being set ablaze. She is now considered by some Hellenists to be a martyr and a Heroine.

I myself had never thought about praying to Her until the other night when I was desperate to change jobs. As I told many of you in one of my recent blog posts, I was working a part time retail position to help pay some of my debts. Retail, as many also know, is the most overworked and underpaid job one can attain. Needless to say, I did not like the position at all. Even if I could have elevated myself to management, I still would have resented the long hours I saw them work. It just wasn't something for me. Besides, I felt I could do better than retail anyway.

While in the shower, I contemplated on who I could pray to (besides obvious Gods) that might give me good intercession on the matter. I first considered the job I actually wanted and thought I could do well in, and one such that was immediately available was Paraeducation at a local school district. It wasn't as hard and paid fairly well. As I thought, I realized that any Heroine I prayed to would have to be one closely associated with teaching, wisdom and knowledge, and Hypatia came to mind. So, in prayer that night, I asked Her to speak to Hephaistos and Athene for me, those being the Gods of labor and wisdom themselves, that I might be able to secure the job I want in that field.

The next morning, I received a call from the school district office offering me a job as a Paraeducator. My prayer had been answered. I wouldn't have to work a job I hated anymore, and I could focus my strengths on something in society that I can do well and enjoy. Hypatia of Alexandria seems to be a strong Heroine to invoke for matters of interceding to the Gods on one's behalf, namely concerning things that She is focused on. The idea behind this form of prayer is that the Heroes and Heroines exist closer to the Gods than we presently do, and therefore can contact them more easily.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Learning From The Greek Heroes: Atalanta

Atalanta (Atalante in Greek), is the Heroine Huntress of Arcadia (Arkadia). From the time of Her birth, She was faced with hardship. Her father, wanting a boy or simply not wanting Her at all, threw Atalanta into the wilderness to die; he just left Her in the middle of nowhere. Artemis, being the Protectress of infants and children (namely young girls), found and cared for the baby. In some versions, Artemis sent a mother bear to save Atalanta's life. Others say hunters found and nursed Her into health. Either way, She escaped death by the blessing of the Gods, and because of this graceful act, She was Divinely favored. Growing into a powerful Huntress and servant of Artemis, She at first shunned men all together. In reality, why wouldn't She? The man who was supposed to have loved Her the most, threw Her away. Nevertheless, She later in life entered a foot-racing contest against potential suitors, all of which failed but one. He beat Her by throwing down golden apples, or in other words, Atalanta simply could not resist Her attraction to him, and to this man She eventually married and gave up Her chastity.

What is there to learn from Atalanta? For starters, sometimes I pray to Her against the "ruthlessness that has always plagued mankind." This ruthlessness I refer to in prayer is what happened to Her as a child. Still today, parents kill or abandon their unwanted children. It's something that has sadly always been with humanity, and if Atalanta teaches us anything it's that the Gods expect us to care for our children; it's our duty as decent human beings, and I pray that Atalanta, by the mighty power of Artemis, shows us the way.

Being a Huntress and a lover of the wild, Atalanta obviously had tremendous love and respect for nature; it was Her home. If anyone ever understood that humans are part of and dependent on nature and not separate from it, it was Atalanta. Without the wilderness, She would have known no place of being. She teaches us that, without nature, there is no us, and we need to always care for, protect and preserve it. 

Lastly, Atalanta, throughout most of Her life, was very much Her own independent person. She relied on Herself in many ways. Sometimes, that's what we have to do as well. We have to understand and harness our own inner strengths and abilities to get through life or to achieve our goals. We can't always expect others to be there, or things to be done for us.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

Atalanta's Patronage
* Infants and children.
* Young girls.
* Orphans.
* Hunting.
* Wildlife.
* Forests.
* Foresters.
* Environmentalism.
* Exercise.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Crocus Gift

I recently took a part time job at a local retailer to help pay off some of my debts. While it's not a hard job, it's not really something I want to be doing. I work it because, at this time, I need the extra cash. It's the life story of former college students and the like. 

On the night of the 28th, I was feeling horrible at work in almost every way imaginable. Depression and anxiety started to kick up and I just didn't think I could go on anymore. I felt all alone and lost in the world and life; I just wanted to give up all together. That was until a woman came to me and handed me something that she, for some reason, had decided not to buy. She placed in my hands a bag of crocus flowers. 

I recognized them immediately because I knew they are the sacred flowers of Hermes, the Messenger of the Gods. Hermes knew I would understand they were a gift and a sign from Him. I felt that Hermes was telling me that I'm loved by the Gods and to never give up hope; that the Gods know what I'm going through and are here. In short, the Gods love me and that's the bottom line. 

So, I bought the flowers, and placed one bulb in my pocket for the rest of my shift. The God's gift made me so happy and peaceful that work no longer bothered me, nor did life itself. I felt like Odysseus when Hermes gave Him Moly to protect Him from the spells entrapment. Except this plant (the Crocus) was given to protect me from my own hardships, which in themselves were entrapment.

When I arrived home, I offered some of the flower bulbs back to Hermes with a prayer of thanks for His blessings and Divine Guidance. As the Guide of the universe, Hermes can take us by the hand and show us the way down every road and path, and the thing is, when He does so, you know it, like I did this night. It's always of the utmost comfort when you know the Gods are there.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Learning From The Greek Heroes: Bellerophon

Bellerophon is one of my Patron Heroes, and enjoys a handsome adoration in some of my daily rites. His name is also pronounced Bellerophontes and means "Wielder of Missiles," probably referring to His attacks on the Chimera monster, which begs the question, what was His real name before the battle of the beast? Some say it was Hipponous, which means "Horse-Minded." But the thing is, there are other people in Greek religion with the same name, so it could have been a John Doe title for those who were nameless. We may never actually know Bellerophon's real name, but that's fine because His latter is a great one.

Bellerophon's story begins with a tragedy, but also one that gave Him Heroism. After being found guilty of manslaughter (accidental killing of another human being), He was banished from the land until He could seek and achieve purification from the offense, murder being considered a high pollutant. When He came into the presence of the king who could grant Him the release, the king's wife fell in love with the Hero who refused her advances for reasons of honor. Being angered at this, she falsely accused Bellerophon of trying to rape her. The king, believing his wife over a stranger, sent Bellerophon to another leader with a note to have Him sent to fight the Chimera. The former king didn't want to kill a guest for fear of pollution upon his own house, so He sent the Hero to meet a bloody end at the hands of the fire-breathing monster that was ravaging the countryside. But the Gods were on His side. After Athene showed Him how to harness and use the winged horse of the Gods (Pegasos), He flew overhead where the Chimera couldn't reach Him. When the right moment presented itself, He ran His lance or spear down the creature's throat and killed it. He returned an exonerated Hero.

Bellerophon is the Patron of men who are falsely accused of sexual misconduct, and can be prayed to for help against overwhelming challenges, enemies, and evil and negativity in general. His alleged tomb still stands today in modern Turkey. ( Tomb of Bellerophon )

What can we learn from Bellerophon? First, honor is of the highest importance. If you don't have your honor, you don't have anything. No one will trust or admire a dishonorable individual. He also teaches us to never be scared of the challenges or monsters that face us. We can, through the favor of the Gods, overcome anything if we are willing to fight and never give up. Any hurdle or obstacle can be flown over.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Many Functions of Incense During Prayer/Ritual

We often think incense to be among the simplest of religious and ritual tools, but it does, in fact, serve a range of functions in one's spirituality, and knowing this can help a practitioner grow.

The first step in using incense properly and successfully when you pray is to find some that is of quality make and sweet fragrance. Often times, people settle for cheap brands that can be found in places like Walmart. They smell terrible and are probably not made from pure material. It's a cheap knock off and it's not going to be pleasing to anyone sensing it. Walmart may have other great things, but incense isn't one of them. I know this because, back in the day, I also used to purchase said incense and it was always unbearable. When I started buying quality material like frankincense from reputable suppliers, the difference was amazing. A Pagan supplier is going to give you your best incense, not cheap chain stores. It's important to know the difference.

When you burn your cones or sticks during ritual and/or prayer, the first obvious purpose is offering to the Gods. Since ancient times, incense products have been used to invoke and please Deities. Certain kinds, such as frankincense, also act as a purifying force to cleanse the area of negativity and miasma (pollution). Sometimes when I just want to pray at my shrine, I'll light a cone of incense on the altar for the purpose of purification and to burn as a consistent offerings to every God I pray to during that time. It's easier than presenting individual gifts. Perhaps one could call it a bulk offering. Incense lasts quite a while, giving me the ability to pray and offer to numerous Divinities one right after another.

The smoke of the incense and its fragrance can also travel with your prayers/words to the Gods who are near at hand when invoked, and thus your prayers arrive at them in great sweetness and pleasantness. It helps gain the attention and admiration of the Gods to your verbal statements and petitions. In short, the incense helps to please them when hearing your prayers.

Incense is also pleasing to your own self, and this is very important as well. The nice smells can lessen your stress, quiet your mind, and calm your very soul. This aids greatly in spiritual focus and physical health.

There really is no reason to not burn incense often, either during your religious activities, personal time, or both.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.