Helios, bringer of joy

In a typical year in my country, there aren’t that many days of sunshine per year and the highest temperature I’ve ever experienced was about 25°C. That makes it all the more special when Helios does decide to bring us sunshine and heat. It’s very much a part of the culture here to ‘make the most of the sun’ (as it usually doesn’t last long) which means that on a sunny day the majority of people will be go outside to enjoy themselves.

This, in my eyes, in Helios’ blessing. He gives me the opportunity to get out of the house and go and do something, live my life, in you will. I went down to the beach today (I’m on my holidays at the minute though still in the same country) and even while I was walking down there there was such a profound feeling of happiness in the air that I ended up including Helios in my libations (that’s another post coming up soon) even though I had not originally planned to.

To me Helios symbolises making the most of the here and now, and truly revelling in any happiness that comes your way.

And to make up for the large amount of UPG in this post, I’ll end with a quote,

‘Hail to you, lord! Freely bestow on me substance that cheers the heart.’ – Homeric Hymn #31

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The importance of being heartfelt

Have some of my personal opinion on worship. I don’t believe that there is only one ‘right’ way to worship the Gods but then again I’m not a full on reconstructionist. Anyway, here we go.

Imagine two situations in which a person (let’s call them Mark, why not?) worships the Gods. In the first scenario Mark carries out a full ritual with as much historical accuracy as is possible but mentally he’s totally uninterested and his mind has wandered to what he’s going to have for tea rather that focussed on praising the Gods. In the second scenario Mark does nothing expect close his eyes, clasp his hands together and pray but his mind is totally centred on his worship. Which of the two scenarios is more pleasing to the Gods? Which one worships Them more thoroughly? That’s for the individual to decide.

As important as it is to honour traditions, I think it’s more important to be sincere in what you’re doing. Carrying out rituals is difficult for me anyway as I have the attention span of a gnat and living with my family does limit me in terms of time, space and how much noise I can make. One day I would love to take part in a group ritual which would maybe be easier for me in focus in but for now I think I’ll stick to simpler forms of worship and be heartfelt in them.

Unless the Gods tell me otherwise, of course.

Ares who inspires courage

Today included an event that I’d been having a lot of anxiety over, which was working against me and stopping me from being able to function to the best of my abilities. In an attempt to overcome this, I turned to a Deity who is strong and fearless. Ares, mighty God of war and battlelust, has these qualities in spades. Last night, I decided to attempt to contact Him.

I saw a list of adorations on this blog and took the time to write them out, thinking out each one and its meaning in order to acknowledge Ares’ greatness and therefore worship Him fully. The act of physically writing them out, rather than just reading them, helped me tremendously.  I asked Him to help me find the courage I needed. Later, I drew a tarot card for the event and got the 4 of wands, a card which to me symbolises a warm welcome and stability. I felt this was a sign from Ares that there was nothing to fear.

At the event today I was still a little nervous but not nearly as anxious as I had been in the days leading up to it and I believe Ares is to thank for it. Tonight I’m going to write out the adorations again and thank Him profusely for his help.

So that’s that story, I hope you enjoyed reading it. I know I’m not the best writer but I try my best.

Hail Ares!