Athenian Calendar 2018/19 (Southern Hemisphere)

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The best time to honor Hekate is the Deipnon and Noumenia.  With that said, every year I create an Athenian Calendar to calculate the Deipnon and Noumenia using the Southern Hemisphere New Moons, to ensure my devotions are on the right evenings from my location.  This is calculated by the start off point of the Summer Solstice in Greece of that particular year.

The Athenian Calendar also known as the Attic Calendar was a lunisolar calendar used during the classical period of Ancient Greece during the 4th and 5th Centuries BC.  It was exclusively used in Athens at the time and each month starts at the first sighting of the new moon, with the year beginning just after mid-summer.  It’s become a modern go to for practicing Hellenics and as such, what we use and have today is a reconstruction of what they used around 300-500 BC.  I have superimposed this Athenian Calendar over our modern Gregorian one, to loosely create a festival calendar of 12 months based on the cycle of the moon which starts at the beginning of the Athenian year – on the summer solstice in Athens. The names of the months reflect the gods and festivals honored at that time and have agricultural links to the planting or harvesting of food in the northern hemisphere.

Here is what the yearly Athenian Calendar basically looks like:

Summer (Θέρος)

1          Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών)           July/August

2          Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών)             August/September (named after Apollo)

3          Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών)                September/October

Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4          Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών)                    October/November

5          Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών)          November/December (named after Zeus)

6          Poseideon (Ποσειδεών)                      December/January

Winter (Χεῖμα)

7          Gamelion (Γαμηλιών)                         January/February

8          Anthesterion (Ἀνθεστηριών)              February/March (named after the festival of Anthesteria)

9          Elaphebolion (Ἑλαφηβολιών)             March/April

Spring (Ἔαρ)

10        Mounichion (Μουνιχιών)                    April/May

11        Thargelion (Θαργηλιών)                     May/June

12        Skirophorion (Σκιροφοριών)              June/July

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Every month lasts for approximately 29-30 days in total.  Each month is broken up into 10 days of three which reflect the moon phases in the following order: Waxing, Full and Waning Moons.

Days 1 to 8 were all sacred to gods or spirit entities and the last day of the month, known as “hene kai nea” translated as “the old and the new”, is dedicate to Hekate as it’s her Deipnon along with the first day of the month, Noumenia which is also dedicated to Hekate.

Here are the details of those 8 sacred days in the Athenian Calendar month:

Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon)

Day 2: Agathos Daimon

Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

Day 29-30: Deipnon

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To get you all started with adapting the Athenian Calendar to the Gregorian one, here is the Athenian Calendar I created for 2018, calculated for Southern Hemisphere practitioners:

21 June 2018, 1.07pm = Summer Solstice in Greece (Winter Solstice in Australia 8.07pm)

Summer (Θέρος)

1          Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών) July/August

13 July                   Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 12.47pm – Super New Moon & Athenian New Year

14 July                   Day 2: Agathos Daimon

15 July                   Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

16 July                   Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

17 July                   Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

18 July                   Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

19 July                   Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

10 August              Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

2          Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) August/September (named after Apollo)

11 August               Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 7.57pm – Super New Moon

12 August               Day 2: Agathos Daimon

13 August               Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

14 August               Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

15 August               Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

16 August               Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

17 August               Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

9 September           Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

3          Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών) September/October

10 September         Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 4.01am

11 September         Day 2: Agathos Daimon

12 September         Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

13 September         Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

14 September         Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

15 September         Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

16 September         Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

8 October                Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4          Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών) October/November

9 October               Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 2.46pm

10 October             Day 2: Agathos Daimon

11 October             Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

12 October             Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

13 October             Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

14 October             Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

15 October             Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

7 November           Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

5          Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών) November/December (named after Zeus)

8 November           Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 3.01am

9 November           Day 2: Agathos Daimon

10 November         Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

11 November         Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

12 November         Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

13 November         Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

14 November         Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

6 December            Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

6          Poseideon (Ποσειδεών) December/January

7 December           Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon) 6.20am

8 December           Day 2: Agathos Daimon

9 December           Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

10 December         Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

11 December         Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

12 December         Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

13 December         Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

5 January 2019      Day 29-30: Deipnon

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2018

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Vodka: Spell For Freezing

Aids: Banishing, cleansing, warding, strength, courage and perseverance. Movement forward and accomplishing targets set. Freezing someone out of your life. 

Chakra: Solar Plexus.

Element: Fire and Water.

Number: 5.

Planet: Mars.

Purpose: Used in magick to ensure spells last.

Star Sign: Fire and Water Signs (no specific star sign).

Tarot Card: Temperance.

Spell work: On the back of a photo of the person/situation you want to frozen out of your life write:

“I (your name) daughter/son of mother/father’s name
Hereby freeze (situation or person’s name).

Sprinkle vodka on the photo and the back of the photo.  Place in a zip log bag at the back of the freezer where it wont be disturbed until your desire is fulfilled.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2018

Vinegar: Spell For Sourness

Aids: Getting rid of a problem person, breaking up with a person or situation who wont release you.

Chakra: Solar Plexus.

Element: Fire.

Number: 1.

Planet: Mars.

Purpose: Used in magick to induce sourness, dissolve and tear things apart. 

Star Sign: Fire Signs (no specific star sign).

Tarot Card: The Magician or The Sun.

Spell work: On a piece of paper write the name of the person/situation you want to sour towards you. Place paper in an empty glass jar.  Fill the jar with vinegar whist stating the following intention:

“As this fills you with Sourness,
So do you become Sour towards me.”

Close the jar ensuring the vinegar has completely covered the paper.  Place in an area where it wont be disturbed until your desire is fulfilled.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2018

Reality Sandwich: Interview on the Emergence of Sekhmet

It was a great honour to be included as part of the Tamra’s article of 12 devotees interviewed on the Emergence of Sekhmet.  Follow the link below to read a copy:

Emergence of Sekhmet Twelve Interviews

Honey: Spell For Sweetness

Aids: Sacred space, fertility, prosperity, binding together and offerings.

Chakra: Solar Plexus

Element: Fire

Number: 6

Planet: Venus & Sun

Purpose: Used in magick to induce sweetness and hold things together. Also used as gifts to Gods.

Star Sign: Fire & Earth Signs (no specific star sign).

Tarot Card: The Sun & The Lovers.

Spell work: On a piece of paper write the name of the person you want to sweeten towards you. Place paper in an empty glass jar.  Fill the jar with honey whist stating the following intention:

“As this fills you with Sweetness,
So do you become sweet towards me.”

Close the jar ensuring the honey has completely covered the paper.  Place in an area where it wont be disturbed until your desire is fulfilled.

                                                                                                   

(c) T. Georgitsis 2018

Starlit Path: Issue 2 Summer 2018: Walking with the Goddess, “How Hekate Became My Patron”

My new column Walking With the Goddess is series of regular articles building on devotional practice from the ground up.

My first column in this series is “How Hekate Became My Patron”.

The Starlit Path is a free magazine which can be downloaded here: Start Lit Path: Issue 2 Summer 2018

Starlit Path: Issue 1 Spring 2018 (The Purification of Autum: Ritual to Hestia)

Writing for a new magazine The Starlit Path and in this issue I talk about the Purification of Autumn to coincide with the Southern Hemisphere and how my Greek roots connect to that with a ritual to Hestia.

To get your free copy follow the link below:

Start Lit Path: Issue 1 Spring 2018

2018 Moon Phases: Melbourne, Australia

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Specific magickal workings need to be conducted on specific moon phases.  Here are the  New and Full Moon Phases for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 2018:

New Moon Full Moon
Date Time Date Time
16 Feb 8:05 AM 2 Mar 11:51 AM
18 Mar 12:11 AM 31 Mar 11:36 PM
16 Apr 11:57 AM 30 Apr 10:58 AM
15 May 9:47 PM 30 May 12:19 AM
14 Jun 5:43 AM 28 June 2:53 PM
13 Jul 12:47 PM 28 Jul 6:20 AM
11 Aug 7:57 PM 26 Aug 9:56 PM
10 Sep 4:01 AM 25 Sep 12:52 PM
9 Oct 2:46 PM 25 Oct 3:45 AM
8 Nov 3:01 AM 23 Nov 4:39 PM
7 Dec 6:20 PM 23 Dec 4:48 AM

Hekate: Home Is Where The Hearth Is

Preparing and cooking food is an act of magick itself, so for me, I like to have an altar in my kitchen. Back in the days of old, the kitchen hearth was a place of magick especially when it came to folk magick and it continues to this day since many of us practice the craft in our own homes.

Crafting in the kitchen can often evoke warm, safe and happy memories. Considering this is a place well known to most, it can be used to work magick through creating food and drink in a familiar loving surrounding.  Food itself contains energy and the spark of life, therefore it is only understandable to honor this gift of the gods by creating an altar in your kitchen.  Having a kitchen altar can increase the vibration of your home, especially if you consider that an altar is sacred space and can further empower the process of food crafting.  This starts with the ingredients and tools used, to the methods employed to prepare and cook the food, all the way to the finished product.

Altars in the home have been around since ancient times as this was sometimes the only place an ordinary person could commune with the gods in sacred space.  Since the kitchen was the main room where meals were prepared, which were often seen as gifts from the gods, it was often an ideal place to put a household shrine.  Kitchen altars can be the power spot of the house where energies can be used to bring balance and harmony into the home and those who live there.

A simple kitchen altar can be placed in a niche, shelf mounted on a wall, in a cupboard, on the kitchen table or on a surface like a bench top.  It can be elaborate which can bring attention to it or it can blend in with the décor of the kitchen and be overlooked by inquisitive guests.

What you place upon your kitchen altar is completely up to you and your own tastes.  If you are following a specific path such as Wicca I suggest placing an image of a god or goddess of the hearth such as Hekate, Gaia, Hestia, Aradia, Ceres, Ida, Lakshimi, Vesta, Demeter and items which represent the four elements such as:

Earth: bread, salt, flowers, fruit, acorns, crystals;

Air: oil burner, leaves, tiny brooms, feathers;

Fire: a lighter, matches, oil lamp, candle;

Water: bowl/glass/bottle of water, witch bottle, shells.

These items including a witches blade, used for cutting up herbs, can be placed on the kitchen altar along with a mortar and pestle for grinding up salts, spices and herbs.  Remember to keep the altar clean and free of clutter to further resonate this magickal energy into your home and your life.

When food crafting I find myself instantly drawn to the kitchen altar. Here I light a candle and offer up a little hymn to the goddess to imbue and bless my food with health, vitality and delicious flavor in her name as well as guarding and protecting my home and those who live within it.  Here is a hymn I have written for Hekate whom is the patron of my home’s hearth which you can use:

 

‘Hekate –

Great Goddess of the hearth and household

Watch over and protect those within our fold

To your honour we feast and drink

Bless us with your eternal link

Filled with health and vitality

So I will it, so mote it be”

 

(c) T. Georgitsis 2010

 

 

 

FOI: Isian News, Brigantia 2018

Linda Iles has produced a great issue this season of the Fellowship of Isis zine which is a free magazine with members contributing from all around the world.

I have contributed an article on Bellydance and for your copy follow this link:

Isian News, Issue No. 167, Brigantia 2018