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Author Topic: Hellenic Polytheism  (Read 5486 times)
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« Reply #8: December 20, 2007, 10:15:54 pm »

Thank you guys for all the support. I have prayed.. somewhat, to hades. I'm looking up info on what to sacrifice, and I dont have any figures or anything I dont have an altar, and im having to keep things quiet, my parents would go crazy and my family, telling them im a hellenic polytheist wont tell them anything, in their ears i said "im a pagan" and they it would be like me telling them i do cyrstal meth (i dont its wrong). And i dont have transport freely so I cant really get books or buy things. I will start the rituals and I have prayed. Like i said im getting things in perspective, what to sacrifice to hades, trying to figure out what a good decent prayer is to hades. I really don't know what my relationship with Athena is, I am not a fool, She is a great goddess that has done much for mankind. But my relationship with hades is just, iron I want to worship him and sacrifice to him and even if I can have a dream from him, bad or good would be a sign.

give it time, relationships with the gods don't develop overnight. If you can't have a large, open altar, it's ok. You can still pray and meditate on the gods. You can still make offerings (One of the most common traditional offerings is a libation...all you need for that is something to drink and a small bit of ground to pour it on. Water is one of the most common libations, and it's definitely easy to come by. You can pour it out and simply say "for *insert deity name* or you can say a prayer along with it.)

If you can get to a grocery store though, barley is another traditional offering and is very inexpensive (where I live, it's generally less than a dollar for a bag). Is there somewhere that you can set up a candle and a small bowl to make offerings? You don't need big expensive statues. If you have access to a printer, you can find images on http://www.theoi.com or on google's image search and print them out and put them in a small frame, or glue them to cardboard to make them a little sturdier. You could get a small box and use it for an altar, and when not in use, you can store these things inside the box

If not, don't sweat it. There's still plenty that you can do, like writing hymns or essays in honor of your gods. Or just paying attention to your surroundings and the things that remind you of them. What's most important is your sincerity and willingness to do what you are able to do. If you're truly limited to offering them water and writing some prayers, they're probably not going to beat you up for it (too much... :-P They might come up with some interesting ideas as to how you might serve them though.)

One of the most important things I think you can do though, is to learn as much as you can about the gods- talk to other people, there's plenty of forums and email groups all over the web. Read books- one of the things that is very fortunate for folks practicing Hellenic religion is that there is so much information about it, and who is going to question you for reading a history or mythology book? Heck, if your parents see it, they might mistake it for school work (and if you are studying ancient Greek history or mythology in school, then it could even be helpful to your work.) That and spend time with them- talk to them. Listen to them. They may be subtle, they may be explicit. They might be both.

Make like Nike and just do it, in time, things will fall into place.
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