The Alternative Spirit (Issue 13): Regular Column – Ancient Medicine

In this issue of of The Alternative Spirit Magazine, I’m talking about one of my favorite subjects – medicine of the ancients!

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Athenian New Year

The 25th of June marks the Athenian New Year.

Although no official festivals occurred during this time in Ancient Greece, sacrifices were made to Athena and Zeus for protection for the coming of the new year.

This is an auspicious time to clean and revamp your shrines and finish up projects before the start of the new year

(C) T. Georgitsis

Prometheia Festival

On the 17th of June, the Prometheia festival is observed.

The Prometheia festival is a modern Hellenic festival in honor of the gift of fire given to mankind by Prometheus.

This is an auspicious time to light the flames of your hearth/shrine/altar.

(C) T. Georgitsis

 

Dipolieia/Bouphonia Festival

 

 

On the 9th of June, the Hellenic Dipolieia/Bouphonia festival is observed.

The Dipolieia/Bouphonia is a festival which is dedicated to  Zeus.

The clergy would ritualistically sacrifice an ox for the desecration of Zeus’s alter at the Acropolis.  Afterwards the ox would be eaten during a feast as part of the festivities.

This is an auspicious time to make an offering to Zeus to recognize him as the king of the Gods.

Here is a prayer you can use to honour Zeus on this day:

To the Son of Cronos, Most High
[1] I will sing of Zeus, chiefest among the gods and greatest, all-seeing, the lord of all,
the fulfiller who whispers words of wisdom to Themis as she sits leaning towards him.
Be gracious, all-seeing Son of Cronos, most excellent and great!”

The Homeric Hymns a Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White

(C) T. Georgitsis

 

Skiraphoria Festival

On the 7th of June, the Hellenic Skiraphoria festival is observed.

The Skiraphoria is a 3 day agricultural festival which is dedicated to Athena, Poseidon, Demeter and Kore.

The clergy at the time would ritualistically enact the fertilizing of the crops through three sacred plowing which included blessings and thanksgivings.

The women of Athens would gather in public during this time and would eat garlic to ensure they abstained from sexual interaction wfrom men which they withheld on this day.

On this day young men would race to Dionysos’s shrine carrying vibe branches and the champion would receive food and drink which Athena blessed on the day.

This is an auspicious time to start putting into action some of your project plans for the future.

Offer wine, honey, cheese, olive oil, fruits and grains.

(C) T. Georgitsis