Apollo – My Seer God

I have never discussed my working with Apollo publicly before, however I have had a respectful relationship with him for decades which began when I started working as a professional tarot reader.

Who is Apollo?

Apollo is a God in the Hellenic pantheon.  

He is the God of Archery, Prophecy, Poetry, Music, Dance, Medicine, Healing and represents light and the sun as Hellios.

He is the twin of Artemis, son of God Zeus and Titan Leto and father of Asclepius and Troilus.   Shown as a youthful athletic handsome man (one of the most beautiful Gods) who carries a quiver of silver or golden arrows and a silver or golden bow – due to creating archery, along with his sister.

Apollo was also recognised as the national divinity of the Greeks because he is considered the most Greek of all the Gods.

Some Myths of Apollo

  • Killed Python (who tormented his mother) with a bow and arrow, gifted to him by Hephaestus.
  • Served King Admetus of Pherae for several years due to killing Python who was a child of Gaia and was temporarily banned from entering Mount Olympus.
  • During the Trojan War fought with Troy against the Greeks by guiding Paris’s deadly arrow to Achilles heal as well as bringing a plague to the camp of the Greeks.
  • When he was rejected by Cassandra (Daughter of King Priam) cursed her and her prophecies to be viewed as madness.
  • Won a contest against Pan to see who was a better musician.
  • Shot by a golden arrow of Eros which made him fall in love with the nymph Daphne, who turned into a laurel tree to escape him.
  • Romantically linked with all the 9 muses.
  • Lover of Hecuba (wife of King Priam) who bore him a son called Troilus.
  • Lover of Hyacinthus (Spartan Prince) whom he accidently killed during discus practice – as an envious Zephyrus took it off its course. Apollo was so upset at the loss of Hyacinthus he made a flower which flowed from Hyacinthus’s blood and called it the Hyacinth in his honour.
  • Lover of Cyparissus whom he gave a deer to.  Cyparissus accidentally killed the deer and due to his grief was turned into a cypress tree by Apollo to be allowed to cry forever.
  • The Temple of Apollo in Delphi housed the Oracle of Delphi whom he gave the gift of prophecy to.

Apollo’s Symbols

  • Bow and Arrow
  • Cypress Tree
  • Deer
  • Dolphin
  • Fox
  • Laurel Wreath
  • Lyre
  • Python
  • Raven
  • Sun
  • Swan
  • Wolf

Apollo’s Sacred Places

Apollo was born (along with his twin Artemis) on Mount Cynthus on the island of Delos and is the guardian and patron of the sacred site of Delphi and the town of Actium.

Apollo’s Sacred Days

Sunday and during the monthly Noumenia (New Moon).

Apollo’s Historic Sacred Festivals

What does Apollo do?

Apollo speaks the truth as his role as an oracular and prophetic God.  He repels evil and helps those to ward against it.

Apollo protects the young and helps youth blossom and grow along with safeguarding and encouraging their education and good health. As such Apollo is a God whom presides over the transition from child into adulthood. During this time, the male children of Ancient Greece would cut their hair to symbolise their move into adulthood and it was dedicated to Apollo.

Apollo reveals and presides over poetry, music and dance due to his connection as companion to the Muses and the creator of string instruments such as the lyre.

Apollo is the God of crops and herds and is the patron of shepherds, herdsmen, seafarers and foreigners and as such protects fugitives, refugees and colonists.  He also was foundational in the creating of new towns and its construction, therefore had domain over creation of its laws, where the people would consult him in those endeavours. 

Apollo is associated with healing and medicine and can assist those who require assistance in those areas whether they be healers or those requiring healing. Yet is he is also attributed as the God who can bring forth plague and illness.

Some of Apollos Epithets

Acersecomes (He Who has Unshorn Hair)
Acesius (Healing)
Acestor (Healer)
Aegletes (Light of the Sun) 
Agyieus (Street)
Alexiacacus (Warding off Evil)
Aphetor (To Let Loose)
Apollo Atepomarus (The Great Horseman)
Apollo Belenus (Brilliant/Bright)
Apollo Cunomaglus (Hound Lord)
Apollo Moritasgus (Masses of Sea Water)
Apollo Vindonnus (Clear Light)
Apollo Virotutis (Benefactor of Mankind)
Apotropaeus (To Avert)
Archegetes (Founder)
Arcitenens (Bow Carrying)
Argyrotoxus (With Silver Bow)
Averruncus (To Avert)
Chrysocomes (He Who has Golden Hair)
Clarius (Allotted Lot)
Clytotoxus (He Who is Famous for His Bow)
Coelispex (Sky)
Cullcarius (Of Midges)
Delphinius (Delphic)
Epactaeus (God Worshiped on the Coast)
Epicurius (To Aid)
Genetor (Ancestor)
Hecaergus (Far Shooting)
Hecebolus (Far Shooting)
Hellus (Sun)
Iatrus (Physician)
Latromantis (Prophet)
Leschenorius (Converser)
Loxias  (To Say)
Lycegenes (Born of a Wolf)
Lyceus (Light)
Lycoctonus (Wolf)
Manticus  (Prophetic)
Medicus (Physician)
Musagetes (Muse Leader)
Nomius (Pastoral)
Nymphegetes (Leader)
Paean (Physician/Healer)
Parnoplus (Locust)
Patroos (Related to One’s Father)
Phanaeus (Giving or Bringing Light)
Phoebus (Bright)
Proopsios (Foreseer)
Pythius (From Delphi)
Sauroctunos (Lizard Killer)
Sol (Sun)

A Hymn to Apollo

The Homeric Hymn to Apollo

Some Offerings to Apollo

  • Date Palm
  • Bay Laurel
  • Barley
  • Figs
  • Olives
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Incense
  • Wine
  • Raven/Crow Feathers
  • Hyacinth Flowers
  • Sun Blessed Purified Water
  • Cake made from almond and honey
  • Poetry
  • Dance
  • Music
  • White linen

I personally created the following incense I have used successfully when divining (for myself or giving readings to clients) which you can easily make yourself:

Apollo Oracle Incense by Setjataset

1 part Dried Bay Laurel

1 part Aniseed

1 part Frankincense

1 part Myrrh

Instructions: crush herbs and resins in a mortar and pestle and sprinkle over hot charcoal or throw into a fire pit.  Scry using smoke or flames.

I personally created the following oil blend I have used successfully in trance ritual and dance which is an anointing oil you can easily make yourself to induce visions:

Apollo Anointing Oil (For Visions) by Setjataset

Base Oil: 15 mils Olive Oil

Add: 12 Drops Cinnamon

Add: 1 Dried Laurel Bay Leaf

Instructions: place into a clear dry glass jar in the following order: 1 dried bay laurel leaf, 15 mils of olive oil and 12 drops of cinnamon oil (bark or leaf is fine) and put in the sun for a full day (Sunday is the best day to do this as summertime). After the day is over place out of direct sunlight and succuss (shake the bottle) every day for 3 weeks and then the oil is ready for use.


(C) T. Georgitsis 2022,
Recipes by me mentioned in this article first appeared in
With Lyre and Bow: A Devotional in Honor of Apollo by Bibliotheca Alexandrina in 2016

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