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.

Keep in mind, you don't have to do consecrations. In ancient Greece, sanctuaries had containers of water for people to use before they entered, and the water normally came from a specific place, like a well or spring. That's all it took. However, other times, it came from the sea, which combines the most powerful of purifying elements (water and sea salt). So, pour your purified water and add sea salt to it, that's it. You have authentic Hellenic religious water, unless you live close to the sea then you can get it right from the source. Sea salt isn't expensive. In fact, Morton Sea Salt is even made in the Mediterranean.

In the Goodness of the Gods,

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