Libation to APHRODITE

Sponsored by the Artemis Mounykhia Proto-demos and Eranos

 

Held on 02/10/07

 

 

Officiate 1: 

“Koimeson stoma!"

 

Officiate 2: 

“Silence your lips!”

 

Officiate 1: 

“Hekas o hekas este bebeloi!”

 

Officiate 2:

"Let the profane ones depart!"

 

Officiate 3:

"Hear us on this day, great Aphrodite."

 

Everyone:

"Hear us"

 

Officiate 3:

"Aphrodite, you stir up sweet passion in the gods.  You mated all the immortals with mortal women, making them all subject to your will.  Stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, your dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus.  You are clothed with heavenly garments: on your head is a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in your pierced ears hang ornaments of precious gold, and golden necklaces about your soft neck.  You give kindly gifts to mortals: smiles are ever on your lovely face, and lovely is the brightness that plays over it. As for us, let us live long and happily, seeing the light of the sun, and come to the threshold of old age, mortals prosperous among the people.”  (from the Hellenion Proto-Demos tes Hagnes Persephones, portions taken from the various Homeric Hymns to Aphrodite)

 

Everyone:

"Aphrodite, we sing your praises"

 

Officiate 3:

"May our libations today reach your lips"

 

Officiate 1 (with Officiate 3, Officiate 2, and anyone else alternately pouring):

A libation in your honor, Aphrodite Makhanitis, “deviser”

 

Everyone:
”Aphrodite, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Aphrodite Epistrophia, “she who turns

to love”

 

Everyone:

”Aphrodite, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Aphrodite Praxis, “she of sexual action”

 

Everyone:

“Aphrodite, we honor you”

 

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Aphrodite Symmakhia, “ally in love”

 

Everyone:

”Aphrodite, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Aphrodite Dia, “shining divinely”

 

Everyone:

“Aphrodite, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

A libation in your honor, Aphrodite Pothôn Mêtêr, “mother of desire”

 

 

Everyone:

“Aphrodite, we honor you”

 

Officiate 1:

And finally, a libation in your honor, Aphrodite Dôritis, “bountiful”

 

Everyone:

“Aphrodite, we honor you”

 

Officiate 2:

Heavenly, smiling Aphrodite, praised in many hymns,

sea-born, revered goddess of generation, you like the nightlong revel

and you couple lovers at night, O scheming mother of Necessity.

Everything comes from you; you have yoked the world,

and you control all three realms.  You give birth to all,

to everything in heaven, upon the fruitful earth

and in the depths of the sea, O venerable companion of Bacchos.

You delight in festivities, O bridelike mother of the Erotes,

O Persuasion whose joy is in the bed of love, secretive, giver of grace,

visible and invisible, lovely-tressed daughter of a noble father,

bridal feast companion of the gods, sceptered she-wolf,

beloved and man-loving giver of birth and of life,

with your maddening love-charms you yoke mortals

and the many races of beasts to unbridled passion.

Come, O goddess born in Cyprus, whether you are on Olympos,

O queen, exulting in the beauty of your face,

or you wander in Syria, country of fine frankincense,

or, yet, driving your golden chariot in the plain,

you lord it over Egypt’s fertile river bed.

Come, whether you ride your swan-drawn chariot over the sea’s billows,

joying in the creatures of the deep as they dance in circles,

or you delight in the company of the dark-faced nymphs on land,

(as, light-footed, they frisk over the sandy beaches).

Come, lady, even if you are in Cyprus that cherishes you,

where fair maidens and chaste nymphs throughout the year

sing of you, O blessed one, and of immortal, pure Adonis.

Come, O beautiful and comely goddess;

I summon you with holy words and pious soul.

(Orphic hymn, translation by A. Athanassakis)

 

 

[Any personal devotions, requests, stories, poetry or songs are made/read at this time.]

 

Officiate 3:

“Hail, Aphrodite, queen of well-built Cyprus!  Please, grant us your blessings!  We shall assemble in your honor again.”