So, my Silent Hekatombaiōn is over since the eve of the Noumēnia, and in this post I’ll speak a bit about what I’ve been up to.
Like I announced in my previous post, I have been pen palling with several people during Hekatombaiōn, mostly Hellenists, but also with a Qadištu (Canaanite polytheist), a Khemetist (Egyptian polytheist) and some others. This has been a lovely experience to write and receive actual letters instead of emails or communicating via Facebook. I advise everyone to give it a go.
Besides this I’ve been working on making “flashcards” of several Gods, containing basic information like the declension of their name, name variations in different dialects, their domains, sacred animals, plants, attributes, epithets, etc. It’s a laborious work thought o look up all these epithets and information. Theoi.com was off course a great help, but for the epithets not so much, as they don’t write any of the diacritics used in polytonic Hellenic. But I found this website to be of immense value in finding those terms with their diacritics. All I had to do for most of them was copying them and replacing the first letter with a capital letter.
Other then that I’ve also dedicated to new shrines to household deities. Both are made from simple flower pots, they are filled with soil from our garden, and some potshards on the bottom so the soil doesn’t wash away with libations. Both also have an altar stone upon which to pour the libations. One is dedicated to Ἑρμῆς Ἐνόδιος (Hermēs of the Roads), a household deity who protects the household members when they are outside of the household. The other is dedicated to Ἀπόλλων Προστατήριος Ἀγυιεύς (Apollōn Who Stand in Front of (the Door), of the Streets), who is also a protector of the Hosuehold, and of it’s members when outside on the streets. My mother allowed me to put them on a table in our hallway, near the front door. Thus I can pour libations upon them when entering and/or leaving the house.
Besides all of that I have also been reading for my pleasure, and been watching YouTube videos about language learning, and various other videos. That’s about it.