The Hymns of Orpheus

By Hypatia

Written for Coven Life

28/07/2019

 

“Sing to me oh Muse”… The Nine Muses of the Greek Mythology were deities that gave artists, philosophers and individuals the necessary inspiration for creation. The Greek word “mosis” refers to the desire and wish. The word museum also comes from the Greek Muses.

The very first Hymn that Orpheus offers in his scared texts is dedicated to the Muses. All the ancient writers appeal to the Muses at the beginning of their work. It is this work that begins the next series of 87 hymns written to Gods, Goddesses, Nymph, 4 Winds, 4 Directions, Demi Gods and Goddesses, those of ethereal and those of Chthonic lineage, Fairy, Daemona and other nature spirits .

Below I have highlighted the Gods mentioned in this poem and ones that will also be included in the series of 87 Hymns written in their honor by Orpheus.

 

Hymn To the Musæus

ATTEND Musæus to my sacred song,
And learn what rites to sacrifice belong.
Jove I invoke, the earth, and solar light,
The moon’s pure splendor, and the stars of night;

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Thee Neptune, ruler of the sea profound,
Dark-hair’d, whose waves begirt the solid ground;

Ceres abundant, and of lovely mien,
And Proserpine infernal Pluto’s queen

The huntress Dian, and bright Phœbus rays,
Far-darting God, the theme of Delphic praise;
And Bacchus, honour’d by the heav’nly choir,
And raging Mars, and Vulcan god of fire;
The mighty pow’r who rose from foam to light,
And Pluto potent in the realms of night;
With Hebe young, and Hercules the strong,
And you to whom the cares of births belong:
Justice and Piety august I call,
And much-fam’d nymphs, and Pan the god of all.
To Juno sacred, and to Mem’ry fair,
And the chaste Muses I address my pray’r;
The various year, the Graces, and the Hours,
Fair-hair’d Latona, and Dione’s pow’rs;
Armed Curetes, household Gods I call,
With those who spring from Jove the king of all:
Th’ Idæan Gods, the angel of the skies,
And righteous Themis, with sagacious eyes;
With ancient night, and day-light I implore,
And Faith, and Justice dealing right adore;
Saturn and Rhea, and great Thetis too,
Hid in a veil of bright celestial blue:
I call great Ocean, and the beauteous train
Of nymphs, who dwell in chambers of the main;
Atlas the strong, and ever in its prime,
Vig’rous Eternity, and endless Time;
The Stygian pool, and placid Gods beside,
And various Genii, that o’er men preside;

Illustrious Providence, the noble train
Of dæmon forms, who fill th’ ætherial plain;
Or live in air, in water, earth, or fire,
Or deep beneath the solid ground retire.
Bacchus and Semele the friends of all,
And white Leucothea of the sea I call;
Palæmon bounteous, and Adrastria great,
And sweet-tongu’d Victory, with success elate;
Great Esculapius, skill’d to cure disease,
And dread Minerva, whom fierce battles please;
Thunders and winds in mighty columns pent,
With dreadful roaring struggling hard for vent;
Attis, the mother of the pow’rs on high,
And fair Adonis, never doom’d to die,
End and beginning he is all to all,
These with propitious aid I gently call;
And to my holy sacrifice invite,
The pow’r who reigns in deepest hell and night;
I call Einodian Hecate, lovely dame,
Of earthly, wat’ry, and celestial frame,
Sepulchral, in a saffron veil array’d,
Pleas’d with dark ghosts that wander thro’ the shade;

Persian, unconquerable huntress hail!
The world’s key-bearer never doom’d to fail
On the rough rock to wander thee delights,
Leader and nurse be present to our rites
Propitious grant our just desires success,
Accept our homage, and the incense bless.

 

 

This is such a beautiful hymn to include in the beginning of every New Year, inviting the Gods, Goddesses, Demi- Gods, Nymphs, fairies and Daemona and all other nature spirits.

Note:  It mentions Daemona- however please be aware this is NOT the Demons that are mentioned in the monotheistic religions based on evil origins. The word Demon comes from the ancient Greek word Daemona which actually refers to a lesser deity. These were thought of as benevolent nature spirit guides in the Hellenistic religion and philosophy adopted by many greats such as Socrates, Plato and Procleus. In fact such Daemona are the beginnings of modern psychology. Carl Jung, the famous psychologist named these the ‘Archetypes’.

If I have time at some stage I will do an article. It is through the misconception of the fanatical mass conversions that such words were twisted and misconstrued by clergy of the monotheistic religions for scare mongering tactics. Sadly they have worked………..

Please DO NOT confuse the 2. I have provided a link for better understanding.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(classical_mythology)

Time to Put on Your Thinking Cap and Have Some Fun

Below is a printable sheet with the names of different Greek Goddesses and Gods but the letters for their names are jumbled up. Start out seeing how many you can unjumble without doing an internet search for the Greek Pantheon. When you have done all you can without help than use this general search for the Greek Pantheon to help you finish

Greek Pantheon

Please do not share your answers until Thursday to give everyone that wants to a chance to solve the jumbles on their own. Thank you and good luck. Yes, I am going to do this jumble by the same rules as everyone else. It should be interesting because I have not work very much with Greek Goddesses or Gods. 

Deity JUMBLE

The Cosmic Witch Part 2

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

21/ 07/  2019

Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….

So how does the Cosmic Witch connect to the Universal Powers and why?

In order to understand the true essence of the Witches’ Power, it is important that we at the very least try to understand where this power is drawn from.

As I have mentioned in numerous previous posts, everything is made of energy, frequency and vibration and I mean everything. These 3 words define the entirety of our universe or multiple universes.

Thoughts that are set as intentions and become actions are also described as energy frequency and vibration. When these energies are somewhat grasped, one can truly perform what is called by some miracles and by other magick!

“If you want to understand the secrets of the Universe you need to think in terms of Energy, Frequency and Vibration”

-Nikola Tesla

So how do you picture this Universal Power?

This is where you require a little imagination, and I suspect if you are interested in Magickal practices and the Craft, you won’t be short of one. However for some it just takes that little bit more help to try and understand.

Just imagine………..

We are all made of Star Dust.

The ancients have always known this.  As above so below, as within so without, describes the origins of our existence. We don’t need to travel to other planets and out into the Universe to see this. We have this very map inside of us. It runs through our veins and into every bodily system that keeps us alive. It runs through our very being as this is the stuff that created us and the very stuff that takes us away. It is embedded in the Great Earth Mother in what they call the Doctrine of Signatures. Her streams are our veins, Her Earth that feeds and heals us is our body, Her air our breath that fills our lungs, and Her fire (the sun) is what illuminates our spirit and brings it all to life. The Great  Earth Mother joins with Father Spirit to make The One.

Fact– did you know that there are 98 known elements that compose our entire Universe. These are the same 98 elements on Earth!

“From the elements we came from to them we shall return-

Our body to Earth,

Our breath to Air,

Our blood to Water,

Our heart to Fire”

-Empedocles

The 5th element belongs to the quintessence that is spirit.

Every galactic influence including that of the sun, the moon and all the stars and planets in the universe are inside of us. You may find it hard to believe, however we are all made of the same stuff and moving to the same rhythmic energy that is created by the very powers within and without.

Fact– did you know that humans share 60% of the same DNA as a Banana! In North America the native peoples of the land say Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (All Are Related), clearly they have always known something modern science has just found out.

The ancient Egyptians and Greeks that include such greats as Plato and Pythagoras tuned their musical instruments to 432Hz.

Why is the question?

The answer may once again surprise you. They too knew the connection between all that is. You see this is the very Frequency that Tesla was speaking of, it is the Frequency that the Universe is said to Vibrate!

How did they know this?

This frequency is in every sound that is made by nature, in a frog, the whirling of the wind, the song of a bird, the rumbling of a volcano, the sound of running water. It is in ALL of nature’s sounds. Science calls this the Schumann resonance and the Heart Beat of the Earth.

When we begin to attune ourselves to these natural frequency’s we begin to move to the rhythms of the Earth Herself. Exposing ourselves to a natural environment we naturally fall into this rhythm. For instance a menstruating woman can synchronize herself to the moons cycles and other women around her.

Nature can be healing and therapeutic, it’s because we are tuned to Her Frequency, She who is connected to the essence of the Universe and the Great Father Spirit. We are NOT connected to synthetic foods, synthetic materials for clothes, virtual work environments and virtual relationships. We need that physical and natural interaction with another human to feel their friendship, love their essence. Such things as Skype, Facebook and other social media and synthetic environments DO NOT offer that. In fact the frequencies omitted by your communications devices throws our natural rhythm right off and are in fact known to be very toxic! They release BFR and PVC, chemicals that can accumulate in the human body and cause great harm- Yes I do in fact limit myself on the computer as much as possible.

Our body’s natural rhythm is connected to that of Nature, once this is interfered by unnatural devises, the electrical currents in our body, the very frequency, rhythm and energy that makes our heart beat becomes faulty.

We are a Heliocentric Universe after all.

Without this ball of energy that is made of Frequency and Vibration we would not exist!

So for the next post I will begin with the first of  what the ancients called the Sacred Seven Planets namely the Sun……

In the meantime…..

It is important that you begin to attune yourself to natures rhythm, to the Great Mother Earth Herself and Father Spirit….

Swim in natural water ways, eat whole organic foods. Avoid toxic clothing, cosmetics, and unnecessary toxic medications (if you can). Drink clean natural water filled with natural spring minerals, minimize your time on the computer and other electrical devices. Spend more time going for nature walks, making yourself herbal teas from Herbs that you have grown, observe nature and all her other living creatures, they have naturally attained themselves to Her rhythms. Talk to trees, keep a moon diary that showcases the monthly cycles of the entire earth that include her seasons, people, animals and plants.

 

Many Blessings

 

The Hymns of Orpheus

To Hekate

“I call Ækáti of the Crossroads, worshipped at the meeting of three paths, oh lovely one.
In the sky, earth, and sea, you are venerated in your saffron-colored robes.
Funereal Daimohn, celebrating among the souls of those who have passed.
Persian, fond of deserted places, you delight in deer.
Goddess of night, protectress of dogs, invincible Queen.
Drawn by a yoke of bulls, you are the queen who holds the keys to all the Kózmos.
Commander, Nýmphi, nurturer of children, you who haunt the mountains.
Pray, Maiden, attend our hallowed rituals; 

Be forever gracious to your mystic herdsman and rejoice in our gifts of incense.”

 

I was talking with a fellow coven member just today about this incredible Goddess, one that predates the Olympian Gods and of possible Thracian origins.

She is the Goddess who rules over heaven and earth, the one who holds the keys to the cosmos and the rights of fertility. A triple Goddess who you encounter at the cross roads, the guardian, one that is part of the cosmic creation story and looks over funeral rights.

She is born of Asteria (Stars) and the Nihta (Night) therefore represents the primordial creation of all that is.

May the Great Goddess look over you and protect you.

 

Blessings to one and all

Week 24 – Goddess Knowledge – Athena

Athena is presented by the Greeks as the virgin goddess of war and wisdom. A symbol of courage and friendship, she often counsels warriors to gentleness. She is especially honored as a goddess of agriculture; the creator of the olive tree, the flute, the ship, blacksmithing, and shoemaking; and the goddess who introduced the joke for the oxen and the bridal for the horse. She is patron of all useful and elegant arts. In Greek mythology, Athena is said to have breathed soul into the men created by Prometheus and to have helped Prometheus steal fire from the heavens to give to men. Athena is a wonderful affirmation that there are no limits to what a woman can do with her intellect and creative ability.

For more information about Greek Goddess Athena

To see Images of Athena

The Hymns of Orpheus

Hymn To Earth (Gaia)

The Fumigation from every kind of seed, except beans and aromatics

 

O Goddess, Earth, of Gods and men the source,
Endu’d with fertile, all destroying force;
All-parent, bounding, whose prolific pow’rs,
Produce a store of beauteous fruits and flow’rs,
All-various maid, th’ eternal world’s strong base
Immortal, blessed, crown’d with ev’ry grace;
From whose wide womb, as from an endless root,
Fruits, many-form’d, mature and grateful shoot.
Deep bosom’d, blessed, pleas’d with grassy plains,
Sweet to the smell, and with prolific rains.
All flow’ry dæmon, centre of the world,
Around thy orb, the beauteous stars are hurl’d
With rapid whirl, eternal and divine,
Whose frames with matchless skill and wisdom shine.
Come, blessed Goddess, listen to my pray’r,
And make increase of fruits thy constant care;
With fertile Seasons in thy train, draw near,
And with propitious mind thy suppliant hear.

 

The beautiful Prayer above is dedicated to the Great Mother who in Orphic theology is known by many names such as Gaia, Rhea and Vesta.

Earth is said to be the mother of everything, of which Heaven is the Father.

As the primal Mother Goddess she created all the other Gods. Alongside Eros and Chaos these 3 deities emerged from the cosmic egg of creation that is also referred to as the Orphic Egg.

Gaia arose from Chaos to give birth to Ouranos (Heaven or simply translating as the sky) who she took as a consort. It was an immaculate conception of the Great Mother Earth that gave birth to the sea and the mountains.

Take the time to honor Her through this beautiful Prayer anytime you feel like it. Set up an altar out in nature somewhere to pay your respect and gratitude for all that She gives and does.

The Hymns of Orpheus

Written for Coven Life

By Hypatia

12/06/2019

The Hymn to Stars (Asteria)

(Fumigation with Aromatics)

WITH holy voice I call the stars on high,
Pure sacred lights and genii of the sky.
Celestial stars, the progeny of Night,
In whirling circles beaming far your light,
Refulgent rays around the heav’ns ye throw,
Eternal fires, the source of all below.
With flames significant of Fate ye shine,
And aptly rule for men a path divine.
In seven bright zones ye run with wand’ring flames,
And heaven and earth compose your lucid frames:
With course unwearied, pure and fiery bright
Forever shining thro’ the veil of Night.
Hail twinkling, joyful, ever wakeful fires!
Propitious shine on all my just desires;

These sacred rites regard with conscious rays, 1
And end our works devoted to your praise.

 

Who was Asteria (The Starry One)?

Stars- the Goddess Asteria was the Titan Goddess of falling stars and nocturnal oracles that divined with Oneiromancy. She is the Goddess of prophetic dreams.

The sister of Leto (the mother of Apollo) and the daughter of Phoebe and Coeus (both her parents born from Chaos). One of her daughters she had with Perses was the Great Goddess Hecate.

One legend has it that in order to escape the lustful grips of Zeus, she plunged into the Aegean Sea as a Quail and became the beautiful Island of Delos located in the Mediterranean archipelago.

In this beautiful Hymn to the Great Goddess you can see the appearance of 2 other Goddesses with Asteria and that is the Goddess Night and her mother Fate. All 3 Asteria, Night and Fate were Lunar Goddesses.

It speaks of 7 bright zones. This is such a scared number that could be pointing to the 7 celestial spheres of the entire cosmos or the 7 wanderers which are the 7 classical planets. It is most probably however that it is pointing to the Seven Sisters (Pleiades) of the sky.

In the Orphic and Pythagorean opinion the stars are inhabited indeed and therefore in this poem mentioned as Earthly. Legends of similar belief are all over the world connecting the inhabitants to the stars, such as the Star seeds, or Star nations and of course the Pleiades who were Star Nymph  a type of celestial Faerie.

Take this time to honor Asteria, make a wish upon a star. It may even have originated from this very belief.

The Hymns of Orpheus

Written for Coven Life

By Hypatia

29/05/2019

The Hymn to Health (Hygeia)

(Fumigation from Manna)

O Much-desir’d, prolific, gen’ral queen,
Hear me, life-bearing, Health, of beauteous mien,
Mother of all; by thee diseases dire,
Of bliss destructive, from our life retire;
And ev’ry house is flourishing and fair,
If with rejoicing aspect thou art there:
Each dædal art, thy vig’rous force inspires,
And all the world thy helping hand desires;
Pluto life’s bane alone resists thy will,
And ever hates thy all-preserving skill.
O fertile queen, from thee forever flows
To mortal life from agony repose;
And men without thy all-sustaining ease,
Find nothing useful, nothing form’d to please;
Without thy aid, not Plutus’ self can thrive,
Nor man to much afflicted age arrive;
For thou alone of countenance serene,
Dost govern all things, universal queen.
Assist thy mystics with propitious mind,
And far avert disease of ev’ry kind.

 

Pluto– refers to the God Hades, He was the God of the underworld. This is where those who died from ill health went to sent by Hygeia herself .

Manna– is a type of resin, the sap from a tree. Various sources describe it in the bible and in the Torah as a food sent from the ‘God’ that was given to the Israelite’s. In this instance it is the resin from an Ash tree. You can also use Frankincense from the Boswellia tree.

So who was the Goddess Hygeia?

This hymn is dedicated to the Goddess of Health, in Greek called Hygeia.

It’s where the word hygiene derived from in the English language.

Her father was the great God of health Asclepius holding a staff with the serpent wrapped around it. Till this day his staff is still used as a medical symbol all over the world.

The symbol of Goddess Hygeia is reserved for pharmaceuticals. It is the chalice with the snake wrapped around it.

The Caduceus that is mistaken as a medical symbol is actually the symbol of the God Hermes. This trend began in the US in the 19th and 20th century.

Hermes was the God of commerce, travel and messages. He was especially popular in the underworld, heralding messages back and forth from the underworld, to the middle world and the upper worlds.

The serpent as the healer has been used throughout time in various cultures and religions across the globe. It was believed that the poison from the serpent in certain doses could be used as medicine.

In fact these ancients were not too far from the truth. Modern science is discovering that venom from snakes and spiders can treat anything from cancer, nervous disorders to blood pressure.

https://www.popsci.com/10-crazy-uses-animal-venom

https://splice-bio.com/venoms-that-save-lives/

 

Now I’m sure I don’t need to mention that PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Science has devised a way of extracting and converting this venom to be conducive to our health, otherwise it is toxic and lethal.

But what you can try is this beautiful prayer to the Goddess of health Hygeia Herself imploring her powers and assistance to support you and your loved ones in times of need.

May the Goddess Hygeia Bless You.

After many millennia the Greeks still mention her name, before and after a meal, at leaving and arriving. Στην υγειά μας! (Stin igia mas!) -Translating to our Health- or Our Goddess of Health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 21 – Goddess Knowledge – Amphitrite

Amphitrite is the ancient Greek Tripp Goddess in her guise as ruler of the sea. Her name, used synonymously with the ocean by Homer, means ” the third one who encircled.” A moon goddess, Amphitrite retained her individuality even under later Greeks, who had her married to Poseidon. She has a special concern for pancreatitis of the sea and is responsible for the foaming waves.

Just as Amphitrite can moderate the winds and the sea, wecan can learn to calm the waves of our innerworkings storms.

For more information about Amphitrite please use this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=greek+goddess+amphitrite&oq=greek+goddess+amphitrite&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.36765j1j7&client=tablet-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

To see images pm Amphitrite use the above link than click on “Images” on the search page’s menu.

Orpheus

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

23/05/2019

Who was Orpheus?

In the ancient world of Hellenism, Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, psycho pomp, dream Iatromantis (shaman) and prophet who was later associated with the Orphic Mysteries .

His Oracular abilities were translated through his music and poetry, mesmerizing all animate and inanimate beings on this planet and beyond. People, animals, plants, water bodies, rocks, mountains all succumbed to his lullabies produced through his poetry and music. Some of the most beautiful hymns ever created and still used to this day during various Pagan Ceremonies dedicated to the God’s were written by Orpheus. These hymns were also later used in the Eleusinian Mysteries.

The Hymns

There are many versions translated of the Orphic Hymns. As I have been reading Hymns of Orpheus by Thomas Taylor I will include this version.

This hymn is dedicated to the Goddess Nyx (Night).

Each Hymn is performed with a specific fumigation. In other words the burning of. In this case it is the burning of torches. Other Hymns may request the burning or certain resins, spices, herbs, all in the honor and dedication to the Gods.

TO NYX

(The Fumigation with Torches- We can also use candles)

“NIGHT, parent goddess, source of sweet repose,
From whom at first both Gods and men arose,
Hear, blessed Venus, deck’d with starry light,
In sleep’s deep silence dwelling Ebon night!
Dreams and soft case attend thy dusky train,
Pleas’d with the length’ned gloom and feaftful strain.

Dissolving anxious care, the friend of Mirth,
With darkling coursers riding round the earth.
Goddess of phantoms and of shadowy play,
Whose drowsy pow’r divides the nat’ral day:
By Fate’s decree you constant send the light
To deepest hell, remote from mortal sight
For dire Necessity which nought withstands,
Invests the world with adamantine bands.
Be present, Goddess, to thy suppliant’s pray’r,
Desir’d by all, whom all alike revere,
Blessed, benevolent, with friendly aid
Dispell the fears of Twilight’s dreadful shade.”

So who was the Goddess NYX?

She was the Greek primordial Goddess of the Night.

Nyx is the wife of Chaos and is known by many names, Grandmother Spider, Dawn, Kuan Yin, Earth Mother, Gaia…….

Hers sons where Oneiros (dream), Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death). They are siblings for a reason as they are all one and the same.

It is said that every night we sleep we fall into an ethereal death. This is the land of the ‘Dream Shaman’ a place where the Iatromantis goes to heal and be healed and to commune with the spirit world. This was practiced thought the Orphic and the Eleusinian mysteries.

I have explained the significance of dreaming further in a recent post I did about ‘The dream world of a Witch’.

In the Hymn above, Orpheus compares Venus with Nyx. Venus therefore in the sensible world is the same as Nyx (Night) in the intelligible.

Orpheus also mentions the ‘Fates’ known as Moirai. These are 3 and are known as Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. They were the weaving Goddesses that assigned individual destinies to mortals at birth.

Another Goddess he mentions is Necessity that was known as Ananke

Ananke or Necessity was responsible for splitting the Primordial Egg to create the order of the Universe. This is known as the Orphic Egg

I will try and do further posts of various Orphic Hymns and explain a little bit about each.

I encourage you to use these Hymns during your dedications, they truly are a wonderful way to honor the energies of the Gods.

Blessed Be