So, I’m finally in my 30’s. I can’t say if it feels any different, but I’m thankful for what I’ve become.
In other news, I’ve revamped the altar at our new place after the repairman broke one of our statues. Seven long years and all it took was a clumsy visitor.
Fortunately, I got a new one (plus three others) shipped from Greece. It took a month to cross two seas and an ocean, but it was well worth the wait. With feast and fire, we blessed them for holy use last Full Moon Night. May they serve their purpose for many a year!
I also printed out photos for our “god-mural” by the hallway, courtesy of Apotheon‘s concept art. Who knew such a sacrilegious game could produce such beautiful god-images!
May the blissful Gods ever receive gifts of beauty from us! Let thanks be returned for their graciousness.
(Photos can also be viewed at our Instagram account, undertwotrees.)
… and may you share good food and drink with them, always.
Sorry for being out of touch! My 29th year is proving to be very, very eventful, indeed.
Roughly a month to go until I turn 30. Wondrous things are about to happen.
Yesterday marked the end of the transitional holidays — can’t really call them “winter holidays” for us here because, you know, no winter — and now it’s back to regular programming for the rest of us.
(Well, unless you’re from Eastern Europe, in which case, I greet you a Happy Christmas!)
Monday, we celebrated our second Vialia (a festival we’ve adopted from Helio‘s fasti) and made our first offerings to the Traveller and his train of goodly road-spirits. May the path be opened to all things beneficent and auspicious, and may no evil ever cross our path!
Here are the new wreaths we laid out for them:
And the sweet offerings we shared for breakfast:
We also baked our own version of libum for the Gods of the household:
More pictures from the New Year where we cleaned the hell out of our house and re-painted the altar:
May all our comings and goings this year be swift and safe and may we make many good memories. Also, more money to go places and travel the world!
Salve, Mercuri! Salvete, Lares viales! Χαίρετε!
Greeting you all a most Joyous and Prosperous New Year! May we all live to our truest to be at our happiest.
And now, for our obligatory photo collage:
May we see through our most cherished hopes and dreams this year and may they bring us much joy to last ten thousand and one years.
Io Hermês! Io Dionysos!
Yesterday, the House celebrated our third Hermaia Eriounia together, dedicated to, no other than, Hermês Eriounios, the Luck-bringer.
A modern Hellenistic festival normally celebrated on the fourth day of the old Makedonian month of Audynaios, it is a time to pray for good fortune for the coming year and give thanks for the good (and sometimes, not-so-good) things from the passing year. To seal the deed, we lay out only the sweetest and most auspicious things to eat.
This year’s Eriounia had two special guests, the God who is invited at every party, Dionysos, and the Lord of this truly rainy month, Poseidôn. Together, they shared an abundant feast with us, which we pray has cheered their hearts.
And as a matter of looking back, thanks to Google, here’s what we had last year:
Καὶ σὺ μὲν οὕτω χαῖρε, πολυστάφυλ᾽ ὦ Διόνυσε, Ποσείδαον γαιήοχε, κυανοχαῖτα, σύ τε καὶ χρυσόρραπις Ἑρμῆς, Διὸς καὶ Μαιάδος υἱέ ! (And so hail to you, Dionysos, god of abundant clusters; Poseidôn, Holder of the Earth, dark-haired lord; and you, Hermes, bearer of the golden rod, son of Zeus and Maia!)