Νουμηνία, I day.
From today’s sunset: beginning of the new month of Maimakterion, sacred to Zeus.
Happy Noumenia to you all, best wishes!!!
“Maimakterion: The fifth month at Athens. It took its name from Zeus Maimaktes. [sc. The adjective] maimaktes means boisterous and agitated. With winter beginning in this month, the air is agitated and changeable.”
Noumenia is a day sacred to all the Gods- in particular to Apollo Noumenios, Zeus, Helios, Hecate, Artemis Noumenia, Hera, Hermes, and to all the Household Gods.
Sacrifices, purifications, libations, banquets and singing of hymns are some among the distinctive features of the first day of the lunar month.
Banquet of Noumeniastai;
- Principal Celebrations of the Month:
Sacrifice to Zeus Georgos
(Statue of Hekate at the Museum of History, Sibiu, Romania)
Henryk Simieradzki (Polish, 1843-1902), Phryne at the Festival of Poseidon in Eleusis (detail), 1889, Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg
Hekate (Hecate) has rulership over earth, sea and sky, and is variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy and sorcery as well as a more universal role as Saviour (Soteira) and the Cosmic World Soul.
HECATE [aka HEKATE]
Ancient Greek Ἑκάτη: an ancient goddess, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She is variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She has rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Saviour (Soteira), Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family.
Possible etymologies: 1) from the Greek word for ‘will’. 2) from Greek Ἑκάτη [Hekátē], feminine equivalent of Ἑκατός Hekatos, obscure epithet of Apollo. This has been translated as “she that operates from afar”, “she that removes or drives off”, “the far reaching one” or “the far-darter”. 3) from the Egyptian goddess of childbirth, Heqet, howeverevidence for this is lacking.
I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.T.S. Eliot (via lazyyogi)