Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Metal-Smith

I dreamt last night with Hephaestus. I had an old car shop that I was attending, though I really had no skills to call my own (perhaps all the car-talk that my brother fills me in on a daily basis has something to do with this). I wasn't surprised to see him, and he stood before me. I found him to be beyond beautiful, and nowhere near the lame or cripple that he is often called by the other Theoi. Perhaps it means something, and I will look further into him.



 
[65] LXV. TO VULCAN [HEPHAISTOS]

The Fumigation from Frankincense and Manna.
Strong, mighty Vulcan [Hephaistos], bearing splendid light, unweary'd fire, with flaming torrents bright:
Strong-handed, deathless, and of art divine, pure element, a portion of the world is thine:
All-taming artist, all-diffusive pow'r, 'tis thine supreme, all substance to devour:
Æther, Sun, Moon, and Stars, light pure and clear, for these thy lucid parts to men appear.
To thee, all dwellings, cities, tribes belong, diffus'd thro' mortal bodies bright and strong.
Hear, blessed power, to holy rites incline, and all propitious on the incense shine:
Suppress the rage of fires unweary'd frame, and still preserve our nature's vital flame.

According to Neokoroi, he is the god of honesty, hard work, dependability and loyalty. He is not concerned with getting the glory, but with getting the job done, and doing it well. He encourages his followers to tackle their problems with vigor and persistence, and shows them how to take rough and unpleasant things and turn them into works of beauty. He is a peacemaker, capable of seeing the many different sides of an argument. He doesn't jump into a fray until he has carefully weighed all sides of the dilemma. But when he does, his actions are swift, decisive, and efficient. He is the patron of all civilized arts, though smiths and metalworkers are his special charges.

His festival months are
Apaturia: 3 days in Puanepsion (October-November)
Hephaestia (celebrated on different dates) and
Khalkeia: 30 Puanepsion (October-November)
 
 And a little synchronicity occurred wile talking to my Love, discussing suddenly the appearance of quails for him, while I finished this entry on this side of the line.

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XXVII. TO MERCURY

Hermes, draw near, and to my pray'r incline, angel of Jove, and Maia's son divine; Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind. Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow'rful arts could watchful Argus kill: With winged feet, 'tis thine thro' air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse: Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine: With pow'r endu'd all language to explain, of

care the loos'ner, and the source of gain. Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Kerukeion, blessed, profitable God; Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind: Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear; Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory's increase.


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