Tag: Anthesteria

My Anthesteria

Spring is finally starting in South Bend Indiana. Appropriately enough, the warmest day we’ve had all winter was on the first day of Anthesteria. In this climate, there are no flowers yet, but the snow began to melt on the first day of the festival, and yesterday I heard birds chirping for the first time.…

Day Three of Anthesteria

Day Three – Khutroi the Day of Pots The Day of Pots was devoted to appeasing the dead. Vegetables, beans, and seeds were cooked together in one pot and left outside the house for any spirits wandering the night. Offering were also given to Hermes Khthonios, the Pyskhopomp, who guides souls to the Underworld. Presumably…

Day Two of Anthesteria

Day Two – Khoes, ‘Pitchers’ the Day of Swings The second day of Anthesteria is called Khoes, meaning Pitchers. It is also called the Day of Swings. Khoes was celebrated with drinking matches, which was rewarded with a skin of more wine. This day was erotic and sensual, and ghosts were believed to wander the…

Busy Religious Schedule

Things are about to get very busy for me religiously. This Friday I’m holding a public Adoration of Aphrodite ritual. This is not a ancient festival but a modern ritual I wrote to celebrate the Golden Goddess since we are so close to Valentine’s Day and I didn’t want to do Lupercalia. I don’t want…