The Delphic Maxims: some favourites

So I’m back at it. Maybe after taking a break coming back to it gradually rather than going in head first all guns blazing will do me some good. I found it easier to talk about how I can obey the Gods rather than the Gods themselves, so here’s some of my favourite and least favourite Delphic Maxims.

Favourites

Pray for happiness (Ευτυχιαν ευχου) – Happiness is what I want from life and therefore what I pray for often as happiness is harder to find than it seems.

Love friendship (Φιλιαν αγαπα) – My friends are everything to me, I literally couldn’t cope without the support of other people even if they do get on my nerves sometimes!

Do not tire of learning (Μανθανων μη καμνε) – High school put me off learning a lot, it put it in a really horrible environment where I wasn’t supported at all. I hope this changes at college and I can get back to enjoying it again.

Rever a sense of shame (Αισχυνην σεβου) – Feeling genuine shame often means you’re doing something wrong and it gives you a chance to better yourself.

Least favourites

Rule your wife (Γυναικος αρχε) – hahahahahahaha no.  Just no. Do I even need to explain this one?

Intend to get married (Γαμειν μελλε) – I’ve never been big into marriage and it did (I say did because my country has legalised gay marriage now it’s the best thing the British government have done in about 20 years) erase certain groups. I suppose I could interpret it as ‘find someone to share your life with’ but then again it still implies that you have to settle down.

Respect your parents (Γονεις αιδου) – I can understand how you should respect the people who’ve looked after you as you couldn’t have done without them but my dad has done some things (I don’t want to go into detail but things that a father should not do) and I cannot and will not respect him.

Kind of a personal and not very informative post but it’s something. I tried veiling for the first time today and I got this gut instinct to put something up here so here you go.

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A post I never wanted to make

I’ve hit the wall and the saddest part for me is that I can’t tell the difference from when I was confident about my faith. I’m completely headblind, I’ve never seen Gods in dreams or visions, nothing. I just can’t help thinking that everything that I’ve thought about the Gods is just a lie and that They can’t hear me and that They don’t want me to follow Them etc. I’m kind of scared to pray because I know my heart won’t be in it.

I really don’t know what to do now. I’ll post again if anything changes.

Also apologies for a depressing post.

I just ask one thing:  if your Gods have made Their presence known to you take the time to thank Them for it.

Prayer to Epione, Goddess of the soothing of pain

Praise be to tender and merciful Epione. I honour and adore you. Beloved wife of Asklepios, Godly mother of Iaso, Hygeia, Panakeia and Akeso and celestial mother to many more. Forgive me for my errors. Kindly Goddess, I beg you to ease my burden of loneliness, jealousy, heartache and fear. Please stop me from hurting so badly that I cannot continue. I plead to your grace and the grace of your family. Lay your fair hand upon me, comfort me as no one else will. I want so very strongly and I know that is wrong but I pray that you will not let me endure more than I can bear when I don’t think I can last much longer. Honour, worship and respect to you, gentle and learned Goddess. I am thankful for your blessings.

Zeus hears all prayers

‘So Achilles prayed
and Zeus in all his wisdom heard those prayers.
One prayer the Father granted, the other he denied:
Patroclus would drive the onslaught off the ships-
that much Zeus granted, true,
but denied him safe and sound return from battle.
Once Achilles had poured the wine and prayed to Zeus,
he returned to his shelter, stowed the cup in the chest
then took his stand outside, his spirit yearning still…’

– Homer’s Iliad, Book 16

Zeus is the Father and king of Gods and men. He protects the weak. He upholds the law. In layman’s terms, He’s the big boss of just about everything. There are instances in the mythology where He recognises the authority of others (such as Nyx), but on the whole, He is supreme. It is therefore logical to presume that He hears any and every prayer. As is shown in the Iliad, He cannot grant every prayer as sometimes Fate gets in the way but it’s safe to say that every prayer is heard.

I pray to Zeus. I pray that His great and mighty will be done, not mine, as for me right now, Father knows best.

Post-libation thoughts

So I went out to what was the last libation in that particular spot (I go home from my holidays tomorrow) and afterwards I went a little bit down a slightly different path and saw a building that I’d never seen before in my life. I thought about going closer to look there but then I thought ‘not yet, but one day’ and I don’t regret not going. I kept the sand in my shoes on the walk home as a reminder.

Sometimes life gives you everything you need, you just need to look around you and it’s there. ‘More’ is a bigger word than I thought. It’s no bad thing to aspire to greater things but that shouldn’t stop you from living in the meantime. Sometimes right now is enough.

It was just a thought, but as it came to me after doing a libation I thought I’d share it.

Divine Inspiration

My Gods, do I love the internet. Really, I do. Nothing else has allowed me to connect with other people in the same way.

And I love it when people write about a Deity that they whole heartedly love, when you feel the passion and devotion through their words and you know that they really mean what they’re saying. It’s very encouraging and it inspires me to grow stronger in faith.

For example, today I read a very beautiful post about Apollon and now I have this feeling that I really should worship Him. I think gut instincts are very important and if I can go with them then I will.

I hope that one day I will become close enough to a Deity that I will be able to write about them with that level of love and security but I think I have a long way ahead of me yet.

Libations in 5 minutes

There will be times in your life it will be just too difficult to find the time and space to do libations, for example if you’re away with people who you don’t want to know about your faith (which is my present situation). In these times I go for the notion that any libation is better than no libation at all and go for a makeshift, faster version.

Note/disclaimer: This is not the best way to do libations, if you do have the time/space/whatever to do a proper one then do it. Don’t cheat the Gods.

All of these steps here are ‘if possible’ so adapt them as you wish. You won’t need anything out of the ordinary so all you’d need to say is ‘I’m going for a walk’ or something to that effect. Just a water bottle (filled with water obviously, as that’s the libation) and perhaps a notebook and something to kneel on.

  1. Planning is essential. This could be the only libation you make for the day/week/whatever frequency you normally do them, so be sure to include everything you need to. It helps to have a good idea of what you want to say (or whisper if you’re in a relatively public place) so that you don’t get lost for words under pressure.
  2. Find somewhere where you won’t be disturbed. This is often easier said than done but try to go somewhere a little off the path behind a tree or a bush so you’ve a little privacy . Worst comes to worst someone might think you’re having a wee. It’s worth bringing something to kneel on, especially if it’s sandy or muddy.
  3. Often meditation takes too long, so taking a few deep breaths and trying to centre just a little bit will suffice. If you have to walk to get to your chosen spot then you might want to try mediating in motion. (Have a quick google, you never know you might discover something new that really works for you.)
  4. Before you do anything, be honest and say ‘[names of God/s you’re worshipping], I have a limited amount of time.’ or something to that effect. Chances are you’re going to have to make the libation to multiple Gods so you should always be aware and respectful. Apologise if you want to but make your main focus the worship.
  5. Do your libation from the water bottle however you would do it normally. Try not to rush this part even if you do feel pressed for time. The key here is to be sincere. If you followed step 1 and have a good idea of what you’re going to say then this step is easier. I would suggest maybe beginning with something for a text (for example: ‘I will sing of Zeus’) and then going on with your own words to say whatever you need to say.
  6. Thank the Gods for Their time and blessings.

As long as you are respectful and heartfelt I don’t think you can go far wrong, and even if you do, the Gods will let you know.