So, I had another Silent Hekatombaiôn this year, though not for the same reasons. I just thought it would be nice to revisit the practice; it never hurts to get off of social media once in a while, especially if you intend to do more worthwhile activities. (I did not give up Reddit, though, as I consider the lists I follow as places for high learning.)
Speaking of busy, the House have been rather engaged over the past few months as we had just recently established a regular schedule for sacrifices. Since my friend, the Indophile, and I have fixed days off at work, we decided to hold regular sacrifices every Sunday.
Some of these “sacred picnics” coincide with the festivals, so they serve a second purpose, too. In any case, if a festival falls on a weekday, the feast is to be held on the preceding or following Sunday, whichever is closer.
Here are some grainy pictures, complete with hashtags, thanks to my Instagram:
#Thargêlia Greetings! Happy Birthday, Lêtô’s twins!
Do You Wanna Build a Pharmakos? #Thargêlia
Cakes for the mammies bought by my Mammy #MothersDay
#Thargêlia and #MothersDay celebration under a mango tree. Hail Grandmammy Earth, Mammy of all things; Rhea-Durga, Mammy of the Gods; Hêra, Queen Mammy of Olympos; and shining Lêtô, Mammy of Mammyhood!
I know it should be the Baby Buddha, but Happy #Wesak, anyway!
Sundays on the farm, communing with the gods of nature and slacking #randomSunday
Country bumpkins preparing the feasting grounds #randomSunday
Hermês loves a good bargain, especially if it’s candy. #randomHermaia
The star of my hometown! #paganMagdalene #AlapanFiesta
New Moon’s Greetings! #noumenia #calends #Skirophorion
Celebrating the Festival of #Wepwawet and the #Naukrateia with couscous, tarbouleh, veggie pops, ginger ale, and fruit
A sacrifice of sweets for Hermês the Traveller on behalf of a friend and regular “client” of my sacerdotal services #randomHermaia
Veggie pops in the making
Homemade chapatti and fruit in season for #Vestalia and #FathersDay
Wine and cheese (and my phantom arm) on #Vestalia and #FathersDay
What is given is returned. Do ut des.
Future fathers and lords of grassdom #FathersDay
A multicultural feast for our multicultural Ancestors #AncestorSunday
Fish tofu and dilis (anchovies) for my Amoy Chinese and Pinoy ancestors #AncestorSunday
Pfanner Orangensaft (orange juice) and beer for my Germanic forebears; and yoghurt rice for the Indophile’s cultural ancestors #AncestorSunday
Aceitunas (olives) for my Mediterranean ancestors and fruit for the landwights/diwata/nymphs #AncestorSunday
Minatamisang munggo (mung beans in honey and milk) for the Ancestors in general #AncestorSunday
Tzatziki and Fineti chocolate hazelnut spread on “French bread” (baguette) for my Greek and Lebanese forebears #AncestorSunday
At the end of every month, Hekatê is paid her due. #monthend #deipnon #Skirophorion
New Moon offerings and my new chanter. #noumenia #calends #Metageitnion
What is given, is returned; a piece of ours, back to them. #noumenia #calends #Metageitnion
A new hearth in time for the New Moon: May the burning Goddess find you fitting to be her throne. #noumenia #calends #Metageitnion
Merlot, grapes, and a crescent cookie for the new month of grapes. #noumenia #calends #Metageitnion
Happy Birthday, Senior Horus! #DaysupontheYear
I vowed to hold a feast in Your honour, and so I did. Hail, lords of health! #Asklepios #Apollon
I vowed a sacrifice of white wine and chicken, but see, I brought more. Remember me and my house, Son of Apollôn, and preserve our good health. #Asklepios
Drink of blood-red beer, Sekhmet, and turn your anger away from us. #WepRonpet
I swear, if I get any lazier, I’ll turn this into a photoblog. Anyway, welcome back, me!