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After various discussions today in some online CR groups, I decided perhaps I should explain my personal views on spirit...ancestors and deities.  Let me first explain that I view my deities, specifically the Tuatha de Danann, as my ancestors.  I believe I am descended from them, not created by them.   Does that mean that I feel I am a direct bloodline descendant?  No, not necessarily, or at least not that I can prove.  Perhaps one day I might, given the time and money, and through some genetic testing like with The Nolan DNA Project (  Apparently one can trace their lineage by the Y-chromosome.  I feel I am descended from them through various lifetimes.  Yes, I do believe we have several. 

Consider this: we are all giant blobs of energy.  Millions upon millions of electrons spinning around millions upon millions of nuclei.  The law of conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it merely changes forms.  So if we cannot be destroyed, then where do we go?  I personally do not think we leave.  We have changed form, existing side by side with those of us who have not changed yet.  This explains the “veil” discussed in so much lore.  The theory is that the veil thins at Samhain, and the spirits are able to cross between the worlds easier.  Personally, I feel they cross back and forth as freely as they want, when they want.  In Christian theology, in the Gospel of Thomas, saying 113 I believe, Jesus himself says “The kingdom of heaven is spread out on the earth; you just fail to see it with your eyes.” Or something like that.  Even Jesus knew that we don’t go off to some heaven in the sky….we stay right here and co-exist. 

With all of that said, I feel confident on my belief that I am descended from my deities.  I may not be able to prove it by blood, I have all the proof I need in their words and actions to me.  I have developed a personal relationship with several in my pantheon, the TDD, as I have with various ancestors.  Again, when I speak of ancestors these are not just blood relations, but ancestors of the spirit as well.  So, yes, I speak to dead people.  *grin* Do they answer back?  Not in the normal way of speaking, usually, though it HAS happened.  When I had my diabetic scare last year, I heard my father’s voice just as loud as if he were sitting next to me, telling me to check my blood sugar.  It was 473. 

This may explain a little as to why I do certain things like I do.  I generally do not do ritual. At least not for myself.  In a group setting, I believe rituals are a wonderful way to focus the combined energies and complete whatever task is set out.  On a personal level, I do not feel the need to.  I work on a daily basis with a select few deities and ancestors, and I feel free to communicate with them as I do my neighbor and old friend.  My morning devotionals are on my front porch, coffee in hand, listening to the sounds around me then just talking to whoever I feel is there.  Yes, it makes me look crazy…this is nothing new.  I used to “talk to god” when I was a little girl, instead of praying like I was taught.  I do the same now.  Now mind you, I am not advocating disrespect or anything of the like towards the deities and/or ancestors.  The Morrighan has no problem letting someone know She has been disrespected, and thank the gods it has not been me.  I do look at Her though, as a trusted adviser, a loyal ally and one whom I can speak with freely.  It is the same with all others.

When you view spirit, be it ancestral or deity, as being just like you…energy, but in a different form...dealing with them takes on a whole different meaning.  It becomes less mysterious and more comforting actually.  You start to realize that you are never truly alone, so many walk beside you every day.  Knowing that can be of great comfort to many.  Learn to quiet your mind and just listen…you can actually hear the footsteps.  

Zeus Agon: Only Two More Days!

Only two more days for the Zeus Agon. It closes 9pm EST on July 31. If you were planning to submit something, now is the time! :)

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August is Polytheist Community Outreach Month

“How can the man who, while worshipping Zeus the God of Companions, sees his neighbors in need and does not give them a dime – how can he think he is worshipping Zeus properly?” – Emperor Julian, Letter to a Priest

Sannion and I were talking tonight about Alley Valkyrie's bee patches and how she's bringing so much attention to the decimation of our bee populations and all the tireless work she does on behalf of the homeless in OR, and I was filling him in on a local project that I'm working on to help raise funds to repair a local heroine's headstone and this got us thinking. (Run, folks. Run now. This never bodes well. :P).

Ancient polytheisms promoted civic virtues and involvement in one's local community. We have a lot of tremendously talented people in polytheism today and I think we could really make a difference if we started reaching out. I know a lot of us do things already all the time and we don't draw attention to it. Maybe we should, not to brag, but to inspire each other to go out and make a difference. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems we face as a community, as a human community and to feel that nothing we do, no effort will ever make any difference at all. That's not true though and when we give in to those feelings of hopelessness, we're denying ourselves a chance to make a good, solid change. We can poke the Filter in the eye! I saw a quote by Bruce Barton recently (no idea who he was but it's a damned good quote): “Some­times when I con­sider what tremen­dous con­se­quences come from lit­tle things, I am tempted to think there are no lit­tle things.” I think he was absolutely right. 

People are fed up with these online arguments that never, ever go anywhere. Imagine what we could do if we took the energy we put into that and channelled it into our local communities. So Sannion and I have decided - him being the pagan pope and all-- that August is "Polytheist Community Outreach Month." Here are some ideas of things you can do: volunteer at a food kitchen, donate time to a favorite charity, donate time to raise awareness about a favorite cause, clean up the park for an hour, get involved in interfaith stuff, join your local cemetery committee, make blankets for babies that have none, run a food drive, run a clothing drive -- winter is coming. Let's do this now because people need help all year long, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is something that everyone can do, it's just a matter of finding the best outlet for your enthusiasm, your passion, your social commitment. 
What are your suggestions and what are you going to do? 

“Antinous, it was dishonorable to strike an unfortunate wanderer; thou wilt come to a bad end, if there is a god in heaven. Indeed, the gods, in the likeness of strangers from far countries, put on all manner of shapes and visit the cities of men, beholding their violence and their righteousness.” – Homer, Odyssey 17.483

What is Honor

What is honor?  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines honor as “respect that is given to someone who is admired; good reputation; good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior”. The Urban Dictionary actually gives a better definition, more along the lines of my beliefs…”The courage to do what is right, no matter what. A belief that your actions represent more than just yourself” Think about that for a moment.  “The courage to do what is right, no matter what.” 

I could go into a whole long spiel about the Celtic virtues and the various arguments about exactly what those are and why, and could go on to list various source references for each debate.  The fact simply remains that my ancestors were honorable people who had values.  Period.  The Irish word for honor is “oineach” which came from the Old Irish word “enech” meaning “face”.  “To save face” is a phrase I am sure we are all familiar with.  It was, and is, important to keep one’s dignity and respect of others by being honorable. 
The main core virtues, in my opinion, are honor, truth, loyalty, justice, courage, and hospitality.  It is also my opinion that honor encompasses all the other five virtues, as well as many more people tend to add.  To be blunt, any virtue, by way of definition of honor, is part of being honorable.  Being hospitable is an honorable act.  Being courageous is an honorable act.  Being loyal….well, here is where our problem arises. 

Honor is a very tricky thing.  One can be quite courageous, which IS an honorable act, and yet still be a dishonorable person.  Miss one of these virtues and your honor has just gone “poof”….you have lost “face”.  Loyalty seems to be the one virtue that many do not seem to grasp.  Being loyal does not mean being loyal when times are good, or when your “friend” is being applauded by the public.  I was condemned for my public display of loyalty to a friend facing some serious allegations; I was betrayed by those I trusted and shown their disloyalty to me…I do not need to name names here. Those involved know who I mean, and those not involved can still learn a lesson. 

“The courage to do what is right, no matter what.”  Really think on this phrase for a minute.  No matter what…meaning no matter the loss you may incur, no matter the ostracization you might receive, no matter what.  You do what is honorable. You must be honest and loyal, courageous and hospitable, you fight for justice and in doing all these things you are honorable.  

The Purpose of This Blog

The title of my blogspot is "My Homecoming" for a reason.  Home can be defined as many things, but to myself home is where I find the "real" Donna.  That inner part that stays consistent, no matter where this outer shell travels, or what it encounters, or how lost it can appear to be....that very core that is "me".  That is home.  I once read in a book by Frank MacEowen about a Lakota medicine man saying, "Sometimes a man has to travel to the edge of his being to find his center."  That center is what I consider to be home.  I have travelled to the edge, have dangled  my toes off quite a few times, and am slowly beginning the process of making my way back to the center, back to "home". 

As for the purpose of this blog, I am by no means deluded into thinking that my thoughts or views will in any way "change the world".  I do, however, hope to add a little insight into my take on things and in doing so, perhaps help others to see things a little differently.  And perhaps in the process shed a little light into why I think and act the way I do...though at times that scares even me.  This process of self-discovery, this journey "home", is by no means an easy process.  I have discovered things about the world and people around me, even things about myself that have made me ashamed and sad and angry.  I have also seen and experienced some of the most profound and beautiful things...glimpses of what Parthas (paradise) could be. 

I am an Irish polytheist.  Irish due to ancestry, not because I was born there. I am Irish-American by birth and Irish-Republican by choice.  Polytheist because I do believe in and honor more than one god/goddess.  There are degrees of polytheism...I am what is considered a traditional, or "hard", polytheist.  I believe the gods are just as real and separate as you and I, which they function in this world individually, and with us, and as for my pantheon that I am descended from and not "created by" them.  They are my ancestors.  As opposed to someone who is a "soft" polytheist, I do not believe the gods and goddesses are all just representations or rays of the ultimate divine.  This is important to understand as it explains why I struggle with ecclectism so much, but also why I can completely believe in the Christian god, among others.  To me, all gods are just as real as mine; I just do not honor or worship them.  Since I believe that all exist individually, it is hard for me to wrap my small mind around the concept of ecclecticism.  However, if one believes that all gods are just representations of the ultimate divine, honoring Isis and Brighid together makes sense. 

I wanted this first blog to be somewhat of a baseline, so that you the reader can understand my thought process when I begin the next blogs.  You will not find not a theological or historical classroom here on these pages.  What you will find, however, are the views of a simple woman who has walked this path a while and wants to share her views in a way that most layman can understand.  If I believed in the Maiden, Mother, Crone phases (which I actually do not), I would say spiritually I feel I am reaching the Crone stage. And as such am feeling compelled to share a little of what I have learned. Síocháin leat mo charas.

Save the Bees

Alley Valkyrie recently wrote a wrenching article about the devastation we're causing our honey bee populations. Read that here

I wept reading this, unashamedly. I have a deep respect for bees. They are powerful, magical creatures. They're one of the few animals I can talk to--bees and snakes apparently (I'm not an animal person but I can communicate with bees and snakes). I have an ancestral connection to bear and where bear is, so is bee. But first and foremost, I live on this planet and see and read daily about the harm we're causing our bees. We're killing them by sheer indifference. 

Alley wrote better about this than I ever could. I just get pissed off and misanthropic. Go and read her article and think about what you can do to help. Gandhi said "there are no small actions" and I believe that, but I also believe that every single small action is necessary. 

(The image below is from Alley's article. She was kind enough to send a bunch of these bee-patches to the Polytheist Leadership Conference, to be distributed to folks there. ). 

Civic Ancestor Work

People ask me a lot what they can do to expand their ancestor practices. Hell, I ask myself the same question all the time! Once those connections start happening, it's easy to become very enthusiastic for the overall process and this is a good thing. So it's good and natural to wonder how you can expand what you're doing. 

I want to do a quick and dirty breakdown of ancestor practices. 

1. firstly, there's the personal, domestic cultus: making offerings, maintaining a shrine, cooking for the dead, maybe studying genealogy. Things like showing filial piety by visiting graves, telling stories to your kids about their ancestors, encouraging ancestor awareness - all practices that increase your connection to your own personal dead, and which help you to foster and further your connections there. 

2. But then there's this other, civic component, at least I think so, that isn't so much about your own ancestors, but about caring for your community's dead. 

It makes sense that we forget about this: it's not like we live in a culture that has state supported ancestor or hero cultus. I didn't think anything of this at all until earlier this year. I was taking a student of mine to one of the local cemeteries to introduce her and to teach her the correct protocol for engaging with a cemetery and its dead. As she was walking around, this older guy comes scurrying over. He is chatty and asks me if I'm looking for anyone in particular. When I said i just liked to pay my general respects and wanted to show my friend the cemetery he got excited and asked if i was part of the local cemetery association. 

Well, at that point, I was getting the sort of psychic poke from my ancestors that says "you may not be now, but you will be soon" lol. I got all the information from him and found out that the local historical society has a sub-committee dedicated to maintaining the local cemeteries, fixing headstones, holding educational events and tours, and otherwise increasing local knowledge about the many cemeteries in my area as well as making sure that they're properly cared for. I'd lived in my little town for years but hadn't any inkling that this existed. 

I started attending the monthly meetings and took on a couple of little projects and …felt my own ancestors responding positively. It's not as though any of the work I have slowly started to do with the cemetery committee benefits them directly but they very clearly approve. It took me awhile to parse out why and the closest I can describe it is that it's the civic equivalent of filial piety and that this is a necessary component of ongoing ancestor work. 

What's nice about this is that you don't' have to be a medium to do this work really, really well and for those who may be struggling with their personal ancestor work (it can take some time when there are family issues and what family doesn't have issues?), this can be a really good way to  engage. 

So I plod along with this doing what I can. I will probably be talking about it here from time to time. It's another aspect of ancestor work. 

Zeus Agon: Submission #10

To Zeus Who Delights in Thunder
by John Hagele

Grey clouds hang in the summer sky
The air lies thick with the signs of storm
Lightning cracks wide
The vault of the horizon
And I am reminded of you
O, Zeus, Who Delights in Thunder!

King of Gods and Men,
Supreme Father,
Perfect in every way,
Look upon your humble devotee
And grant favor to my song!
I seek to enshrine your glory,
Not my own.

Slayer of Typhon,
Fount of Righteousness,
Source of All Law,
You are the Great King of Kings,
No others stand before you.
Your authority is perfect.
Your scepter is the mighty thunderbolt!
Your laws are writ in lightning!

Fulgent Lord,
Father of Heracles,
With the Lion Heart
May your divine fire
Take root in my soul
Enliven it with your might
Perfect it and make it holy
As you yourself are holy

You annihilated Semele
With a bolt of holy, golden thunder
So your son, Dionysus,
The Wild One, crowned in ivy,
Could be born in divine splendor!
Do the same for me
Immolate me in the power of lightning!
Destroy this humble body of flesh
And allow my divine soul
To fly free through your skies!

Celebrating Lughnasa, Together or Alone

  It is clear from my last blog that for a modern practitioner there is an abundance of material to work with in finding ways to celebrate Lughnasa. I’m going to offer several suggestions for practice that could be used for anyone with a Irish leaning, or who would like to celebrate this holy day in a Irish manner, but I leave the actual ritual up to the individual or group to design. Personally I follow a basic structure of blessing the space, invoking the ancestors, daoine sidhe, and Gods and offering to them, praying or saying something about the purpose of the ritual, making a main offering for the holiday, divination, thanking the Powers, and feasting. My own approach is Irish Reconstructionist in nature and that doubtless colors my view, but I would like to offer this to anyone of any faith who celebrates Lughnasa.
    One aspect that should be celebrated the same whether a person is solitary or in a group is food. Ideally if you grow your own fruit or grain, or have a milk cow, you could use the product of your own harvest, otherwise you should try to find high quality, local foods to use. Most Irish cookbooks should offer recipes for Barm Brac and you can substitute fresh fruits like raspberries and blackberries for the raisins and dried peel the recipe calls for. Although corn is often mentioned in relation to Lughnasa it is likely used to mean oats, and was replaced in time by potatoes as the main produce crop. It would be fine to use new world corn, especially if gluten sensitivity is an issue, if that is a local crop that is being harvested in your area at this time, or alternately to use wheat or oats to cook with. In the same way that there are many Barm Brac recipes to choose from there are innumerable porridge recipes to which fruit can be added, and fresh milk would also be appropriate. I would suggest leaving a portion of whatever is prepared out as an offering after the celebration, either to the daoine sidhe or the gods you decide to honor, or to both.
     If you are practicing with a group the group should choose a suitable place outdoors to meet, preferably either on a high place like a hilltop or mountain, or by the seashore or a river, or other place considered sacred by the group. Everyone should bring a small token dish to represent their contribution to the harvest, and if possible a fire should be kindled. The group should feel relaxed and social while setting up and getting comfortable stories should be told relating to Lughnasa; if possible music should be played or people can be encouraged to sing. It would also be alright to decorate a local stone, tree, or spring with flowers or other appropriate biodegradable decorations. At this point the group can celebrate the religious rite in whatever way they prefer, with the entire festivities dedicated to the god or gods of the rite. The food should be reheated using the fire and then shared and eaten by all, with some left as an offering as previously mentioned; this can be done during the group’s religious ritual or afterwards depending on the group. More stories can be told and music played while people socialize, and then the group should have whatever athletic games they are best able to hold. My own approach is geared towards groups with small children and involves things like foot races, contests of strength, solving puzzles, or games of skill, like tossing a bean bag through a ring with the winner receiving a special token or prize. Groups without children can of course choose to athletic games more appropriate for adults. After the athletic games if the fire has died down a bit it would also be traditional for people to jump the fire. The celebration should be planned to last for the entire day and the tone should be fun and lighthearted.
    In contrast a solitary practitioner may have to work a bit harder to include athletic aspects, or choose not to include them at all. I would suggest if you are alone that you choose a location to celebrate that will be physically challenging to get to, and include getting to and leaving the site as part of the athletic challenges of the day. You could hike to a high place or other sacred site and then, if it’s safe build a fire do so. Sitting alone you can recite stories, poetry, or sing while preparing the area; decorating a tree or other sacred object can be done alone. You can then celebrate your solitary rite as you choose, dedicating your efforts to the deity or deities you are honoring. In the same way when you bring out and eat the food you have brought be sure to leave some as an offering. You may choose to sit for a while in silence contemplating the beauty of your location or the meaning of the holy day, or you may find ways to challenge yourself (safely) to physical activities where you are. You can even jump the fire by yourself when it is low enough. Spend as much time as you would like at your ritual site, enjoying it, and then clean up and head home.
   There are many traditions associated with Lughnasa that emphasize both community and connecting to the divine. Some of these traditions pass beyond recorded history and into supposition and guesswork, but many are firmly based in folk practices that continued well into the last century. By learning about and understanding the old traditions of Lughnasa we can find new ways to incorporate them into modern pagan practices, and doing so will deepen our own spirituality.

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NY Regional Diviner’s Conference

EDIT: The conference will be held at the Quality Inn 849 New York 52Fishkill, NY 12524 on November 29, 2014. 

As a follow up to the Polytheist Leadership Conference, House Sankofa is planning to sponsor a one day (regional) diviner's conference in November. 

The conference will be held in Fishkill, NY and will consist of a day of panels, workshops, and practica by some of the community's best diviners. 

Polytheist religions were religions of diviners, seers, omen takers, and oracles. This family of sacred arts was fundamental toward keeping the community and the individual in right relationship with the ancestors, Gods, and spirits. As we work to restore our respective traditions, likewise we must return divinatory practices to their rightful place as necessary and sacred arts. 

At this conference, we will be discussing how to do that. We will also be looking at the difference between diviners and oracles, how to work cleanly as a diviner, ethics, best practices, trouble shooting, how to ensure accuracy, self care, and more. 

If you are interested in presenting at this conference please contact me as soon as possible at krasskova at with a brief description of what you would like to present. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact me as well. There will be a $15 charge for all attendees to offset the cost of renting the conference space. 

I will be firming up the actual date of the conference this week and will post that as soon as i have the info. 

Even though this is a regional NY thing, folks from all over are welcome. We are even looking to allow people to skype in if need be. 

Stay tuned, folks. 

Sin Revisited: Pagan Theology and the Problem of Climate Change

We must confess to our crimes and misdeeds against the gods of our people. Let us stop, reconsider, and change direction.

Pagan Ethics and the Predicament of Climate Change

Paganism has already broken open the unsavory system of institutionalized religion. We can become leaders in similarly breaking open other institutions that perpetuate climate disturbance.

Leopard in a Minefield: The Flourishing of Nature

The naturalistic reformers of nineteenth-century America call us to love this world and no other. We can't "save" this world until we save ourselves from distractive spiritual speculation, until we turn our minds to radical interrelationship.

Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change

What we really need is a bit more 'human' management: more self-restraint, more humility in the face of natural forces whose consequences we don't (perhaps never can) fully understand.

The Ghosts of Climate Change: Ancestors and the Global Ecosystem

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Tantric Motivations for Countering Climate Change

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Two Questions on Miasma

In response to my recent post on miasma, Emily K. asked the following: 

"Two questions! First one: as someone who tends to suffer from anxiety, how should I approach cleansing? I run a big risk of getting too anxious about miasma--a catch-22 because anxiety seems to accrue it, in my experience at least. So my cleansings will start to not work, or I'll get burnt out from overdoing them, and the miasma will be the same as it was before (if not worse).

I suspect the answer lies in holding to the same ritual, having faith that it will work. I worry about practitioners who have OCD, though.

Second question: can you talk a little more about how miasma is contagious?

Those are both really good questions. Firstly, there is no need to become overly obsessed with cleansing. If you have a structure in place that you perform regularly (before attending any shrines for instance) then you should be fine for most things (exceptions like oh say Oedipus, are outside my pay grade!). It's wise to be aware of miasma, but regular, consistent maintenance is usually all that's required. Miasma is a natural thing and I think that because of that, there are some very simple ways to tend to it. Effectively, it's going to happen. You will pick up miasma. It's unavoidable because it is a natural byproduct of certain places and things. I tell people don't stress, just be mindful. Really understanding that 90% of miasma is a perfectly natural by product of a thing, for me at least, helps immensely in keeping me from obsessing about it. 

I have found that anxiety does increase miasma…it opens you up and makes you vulnerable to a lot of negative energy (including that generated by yourself). This is one of the reasons that I recommend consistent (as in daily) grounding and centering. Usually 10 mins in the morning and ten in the evening will suffice. In theory, I try to keep my home clean and uncluttered but um…in theory. It's a work in progress. 

I recommend the following in general: have a cleansing regimen (and it doesn't have to be severe) that you perform before praying or attending any shrines. (If you are a diviner, have the same sort of thing before and after clients). This can be as simple as washing hands and aspersing head with khernips. Once a week I do a serious cleansing (usually meditation, cleansing bath, smoking with certain herbs, khernips, and other sorts of purification following up with divination), usually at week's end because let's face it, even aside from miasma, we pick up a lot of psychic shit just going about our day. I don't much worry about it beyond that. If you're doing the regular purifications before prayers, and you're praying regularly you should be fine for most things. 

I also recommend seeing a diviner at least twice a year (preferably every three mos) to make sure that everything is in order and balance spiritually. If there are any ongoing issues with miasma it will come up there. 

I also think that there's internal and external miasma. If you're doing the personal work necessary for cleanly engaged spirituality, then that goes a long way toward limiting internal miasma…which I find far worse than external because it can affect our emotions (or even arise from unaddressed issues, denial, resistance to evolving spiritually) and is incredibly tenacious and difficult to remove (because i think we unconsciously hold onto it). This is one of the reasons why all the challenging internal work is so important. 

I do believe that internal miasma can be contagious at times, but external miasma is particularly so. Think about it like regular, physical dirt: if you brush up against someone who is covered with dirt, you're likely to get dirty too. Or think of it as the spiritual equivalent of the common cold. I have seen people so riddled with miasma internal and external that there was just no way they weren't contaminating everything around them. I avoid these people. In fact, I tend to instinctually avoid anyone deeply miasmic, something that has caused problems with students in the past (since part of the learning process is dealing with buried issues, dreading that up, working it out there's usually a point where students become deeply miasmic). I also think that sometimes internal miasma happens because we've exposed ourselves to a person or a thing that has put us in a headspace where we are vulnerable to it. 

This is partly why I am so incredibly careful about with whom i share ritual space. Miasma spreads. If i walk through a field of Xanthium, i'm going to come out with burs stuck to my pants. If i enter a space with people who are miasmic, the cleaner I am going in, the less miasma I pick up but I'm still going to have to cleanse when I come out. 

I also think certain types of miasma can attract negativity: energy, bottom feeding spirits--but it has to be significant and untended for this to be the case. Mostly, it impairs and impedes one's relationship with the Gods, which is reason enough in my book to deal with it!

I hope i answered your questions. I know i'm rambling a bit here (probably more than a bit) but I've never tried to parse these concepts out verbally before!

Agon to Zeus : Submission #9

Hymn to Zeus
by Edward Butler

Hail Zeus,
born of all-mighty Rhea and all-thinking Kronos,
Crete sheltered you and fostered you,
her caves and goats and nymphs,
swords and shields clashing in mock combat,
dazzling, deranging.

Hail Zeus,
who took your sister as wife and queen,
Cow-eyed Hera, 
and set sovereignty on a sound seat,
for you took counsel from Nyx.

Hail Zeus,
who wields the lightning,
but reigns through persuasion,
who laid open the cosmos to the minds of the wise,
as Phanēs had revealed himself to you.

Hail Zeus,
father of Gods and heroes,
the blessed phallus of Ouranos consecrates your reign,
in the person of Aphrodite
and the wide ranging Sea.

Hail Zeus,
weird birthing one,
who brought forth wine from the flames,
o father of Dionysos,
and reason from the darkness of destiny,
o father of Athena.

Hail Zeus,
with your brothers joined in fellowship,
Kronian union and grace of Rhea
has dawned in your eternal Day,
and the shifting waters shine, and the gems glow in the unseen place.

Hail Zeus,
King of Olympos forever.

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