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« Topic Start: July 22, 2009, 11:36:21 am »

I very much like the practice of sacred days of the month for different Deities, such as the 7th for Apollon.  But not all Deities seem to have official ones, or at least not that I've found documented.  

For those of you who follow this sort of practice with Gods not on Hesiod's calendar, how did you decide on a particular day?  Was it something you found written somewhere?  Did you do some sort of numeric divination?  Some other form of UPG?  I ask because I'm revising some of my personal practices, and this is one I've always liked the idea of but never really done anything with, in part because I've never quite been able to work out what days would make the most sense to associate with Pan or the Muses.

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« Reply #1: July 22, 2009, 03:40:05 pm »

I very much like the practice of sacred days of the month for different Deities, such as the 7th for Apollon.  But not all Deities seem to have official ones, or at least not that I've found documented.  

Heh, you know I just recently composed a personal monthly calendar for myself, so I just went through all this.  Cheesy

The Greek deities I have on there are Hermes and Dionysos. Hermes has a sacred day (its festivals he lacks), and I've kept the fourth as his day. Because I wanted to give him more than one day I stuck to either multiples of four (the sixteenth) or days that can add up to four (twenty-second).

Dionysos I put in on the thirteenth. It seems to be a modern association, because he's the thirteenth god (if you don't want to exclude Hestia that is).

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I ask because I'm revising some of my personal practices, and this is one I've always liked the idea of but never really done anything with, in part because I've never quite been able to work out what days would make the most sense to associate with Pan or the Muses.

Ninth for the nine muses? I'm afraid I have no suggestions for Pan. If you really can't think of anything, I suppose you could just pick a day and try it out.
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« Reply #2: July 22, 2009, 03:45:18 pm »

Heh, you know I just recently composed a personal monthly calendar for myself, so I just went through all this.  Cheesy

It really can get a bit crazy-making, can't it?  LOL

Dionysos I put in on the thirteenth. It seems to be a modern association, because he's the thirteenth god (if you don't want to exclude Hestia that is).

Ah, so that's where that's come from!  I did notice in Kharis that the author made reference to an association between Dionysos and the 13th, but I hadn't picked up on why.  Makes sense though.

Ninth for the nine muses?

*facepalm*  Now why didn't I think of that?  It's astoundingly obvious, now that you say it! :-D  Thanks!

I'm afraid I have no suggestions for Pan. If you really can't think of anything, I suppose you could just pick a day and try it out.

I think that may be what I end up doing, unless something finally jumps out at me.
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« Reply #3: July 22, 2009, 08:41:27 pm »

...I've never quite been able to work out what days would make the most sense to associate with Pan...

So far all I can find that gives some sort of specific information about the timeing of worship of Pan is this.

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A sanctuary of Pan was also located upon the mountain. According to tradition, Euandros, son of Hermes, led a colony from Pallantion in Arkadia into Italy, where he built a town Pallantion on the Palatine, and introduced the cult of Pan Lýkaios and the festival of the Lykaia, which later became the major Roman festival of Lupercalia.
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« Reply #4: July 22, 2009, 08:43:22 pm »

So far all I can find that gives some sort of specific information about the timeing of worship of Pan is this.


Cool, thanks!
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« Reply #5: July 22, 2009, 09:03:19 pm »

So far all I can find that gives some sort of specific information about the timeing of worship of Pan is this.



I have also been wanting to set aside one day per month (in the HMEPA calendar of ritual observance I follow) to offer a sacrifice to Pan.

Thanks for the information!

I think I'll set aside the 9th day, so that it's right after the other major deities.
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« Reply #6: July 24, 2009, 05:14:42 am »

I very much like the practice of sacred days of the month for different Deities, such as the 7th for Apollon.  But not all Deities seem to have official ones, or at least not that I've found documented.

I have a day for Dionysos on the 9th. I remember reading a reference somewhere of a gathering of his followers that always came together on the 9th day, so. *shrugs* I went with the 13th for a while, but decided to question it using some quick divination, and the 9th was preferred, apparently.

Otherwise I don't have anyone else at the moment. I am thinking of encorporating the 15th (which is usually the full moon) for Selene, but thats about it.
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« Reply #7: July 24, 2009, 10:25:58 am »

I have a day for Dionysos on the 9th. I remember reading a reference somewhere of a gathering of his followers that always came together on the 9th day, so. *shrugs* I went with the 13th for a while, but decided to question it using some quick divination, and the 9th was preferred, apparently.

Out of curiosity, and only if you don't mind sharing, what sort of divination did you do?

Otherwise I don't have anyone else at the moment. I am thinking of encorporating the 15th (which is usually the full moon) for Selene, but thats about it.

That does make sense.  *nods*  I'd been thinking of the 15th for Pan based on the Lykaia article, but something about that doesn't quite resonate.  The 25th keeps coming to mind, for no reason I can discern other than a vague desire to not have the month completely front-end-loaded.  Hence my question about the divination.  :-)
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« Reply #8: July 24, 2009, 11:05:23 pm »

Out of curiosity, and only if you don't mind sharing, what sort of divination did you do?

An online magic ball. LOL. I didn't really have anything around me that I could use at the moment, and I've read of people using them. So I say here, focused on my question (basically, "Should I do my Dionysos Day on the 9th?") and got: Definitely. I did it a second time for kicks and got Yes. For the 13th, I got "Maybe". Soooo thats what I went with.

I'm still trying to find the original quote (apparently in an out of print book, ugh), but its in Nilsson's Dionysiac Mysteries of the Hellenistic and Roman Age.

EDIT: Sorry, I completely forgot to answer the second part! I will see if I can find some information about Pan and 25. I know his "Pan of the Mountains" festival is sometimes on the 26th or 27th? Depends on the calendar you use, I think. But thats also a yearly festival.
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« Reply #9: July 25, 2009, 12:33:15 am »

An online magic ball. LOL. I didn't really have anything around me that I could use at the moment, and I've read of people using them. So I say here, focused on my question (basically, "Should I do my Dionysos Day on the 9th?") and got: Definitely. I did it a second time for kicks and got Yes. For the 13th, I got "Maybe". Soooo thats what I went with.

LOL!!  I love it! 

EDIT: Sorry, I completely forgot to answer the second part! I will see if I can find some information about Pan and 25. I know his "Pan of the Mountains" festival is sometimes on the 26th or 27th? Depends on the calendar you use, I think. But thats also a yearly festival.

That's a good point about that particular festival.  I wonder if that's subliminally why I keep coming back to the 25th.  Hmm.  I shall keep digging.  Thanks!
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