Initiation

On the Vernal Equinox (Mar, 20, 2015), after a year as a dedicant, and after demonstrating my ability to purify and empower myself, and to invoke the elementals and quintessence, I was initiated into a priesthood of Hermes. Sam Webster, the High Priest, said there would be many tests in the coming year, tests of…

My Hekate Invocation

Lady Hekate, Consort of Hermes, Mother of Darkness, Chthonia, I would know you also As a goddess of life. Hekate Trivia With thanks for your guidance, Help me to choose the correct path for me when I encounter a crossroads in life. Hekate Phosphoros, Show me the light in the darkness That I needn’t blindly…

Dark Moon Ritual Feb. 18, 2015

Despite my wish to attend all the Dark Moon Rituals since I became a dedicant to Hermes last March, I had to miss this one. The move of the ritual space from  The Sacred Well in Oakland’s Adams Point neighborhood to Sam Webster’s house in the Richmond Hills means that someone has to take me…

Why Hellenism still matters.

by Nikolaos Petratos April 2012 Reprinted with permission. “We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did.” Bettany Hughes, Historian 2500 years after the golden age of Athenian Democracy, the foundational aspects of Hellenic culture are still taught in Universities around the world. Hellenic Philosophy, political thought, and artistic expressions are…

Priorities

I am a Hellenic Pagan because I want to revive the custom of speaking and thinking regularly about about how to live a virtuous life and have a virtuous culture, only this time, without the slavery, warfare and suppression of women that have come down to us from ancient days.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Final Poem

Hermes Trismegistus Still through Egypt’s desert places Flows the lordly Nile, From its banks the great stone faces Gaze with patient smile. Still the pyramids imperious Pierce the cloudless skies, And the Sphinx stares with mysterious, Solemn, stony eyes. But where are the old Egyptian Demi-gods and kings? Nothing left but an inscription Graven on…