Whispers of the Orphic Egg

12+1 (wish-per-S) / whispers (ψιθυροι) from Cosmic Egg A mythological motif found in the creation myths of many cultures and civilizations. Typically, the word egg is a beginning of some sort, and the universe or some primordial being comes into existence by “hatching” from the egg, sometimes lain on the primordial waters of the Earth. The Orphic Egg in the Ancient Greek Orphic tradition is the cosmic egg from which hatched the primordial hermaphroditic deity Phanes/Protogonus (variously equated also with Zeus, Pan, Metis, Eros, Erikepaios and Bromius) who in turn created the other gods.[3] The egg is often depicted with a serpent wound…

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DREAMS [ONEIROI]

The Fumigation from Aromatics. Thee I invoke, blest pow’r of dreams [Oneiroi] divine, angel of future fates, swift wings are thine: Great source of oracles to human kind, when stealing soft, and whisp’ring to the mind, Thro’ sleep’s sweet silence and the gloom of night, thy pow’r awakes th’ intellectual fight; To silent souls the will of heav’n relates, and silently reveals their future fates. For ever friendly to the upright mind sacred and pure,…

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Graces (Kharites)

The Fumigation from Storax. Hear me, illustrious Graces [Kharites], mighty nam’d, from Jove descended and Eunomia fam’d; Thalia, and Aglaia fair and bright, and blest Euphrosyne whom joys delight: Mothers of mirth, all lovely to the view, pleasure abundant pure belongs to you: Various, forever flourishing and fair, desir’d by mortals, much invok’d in pray’r: Circling, dark-ey’d, delightful to mankind, come, and your mystics bless with bounteous mind. ORIGINAL ORPHIC TEXT Θυμίαμα στύρακα Κλῦτέ μοι,…

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Engagement of Hera and Zeus

The Fumigation from Aromatics. O Royal Juno of majestic mien, Aerial-form’d, divine, Jove’s blessed queen, Thron’d in the bosom of caerulean air, The race of mortals is thy constant care. The cooling gales thy pow’r alone inspires, Which nourish life, which ev’ry life desires. Mother of clouds and winds, from thee alone Producing all things, mortal life is known : All natures share thy temp’rament divine, And universal sway alone is thine. With sounding blasts…

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Athena’s Shield

To Pallas Athena Only-begotten, noble race of Jove, Blessed and fierce, who joy’st in caves to rove : O warlike Pallas, whose illustrious kind, ineffable and effable we find : Magnanimous and fam’d, the rocky height, And groves, and shady mountains thee delight : In arms rejoicing, who with Furies dire And wild, the souls of mortals dost inspire. Gymnastic virgin of terrific mind, Dire Gorgons bane, unmarried, blessed, kind : Mother of arts, impetuous…

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Dimitra’s Loved Ones

To Ceres. The Fumigation from Storax. O universal mother, Ceres fam’d August, the source of wealth, and various nam’d : Great nurse, all-bounteous, blessed and divine, Who joy’st in peace, to nourish corn is thine : Goddess of feed, of fruits abudant, fair, Harvest and threshing are thy constant care ; Who dwell’st in Eleusina’s seats retir’d, Lovely, delightful queen, by all desir’d. nurse of all mortals, whose benignant mind, First ploughing oxen to the…

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The Arrows of Artemis

The Fumigation from Manna. Hear me, Jove’s daughter, celebrated queen, Bacchian and Titan, of a noble mien : In darts rejoicing and on all to shine, Torch-bearing Goddess, Dictynna divine ; O’er births presiding, and thyself a maid, To labour-pangs imparting ready aid : Dissolver of the zone and wrinkl’d care, Fierce huntress, glorying in the Sylvan war : Swift in the course, in dreadful arrows skill’d, Wandering by night, rejoicing in the field :…

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Venus. The Mourning Star

To Venus. Heav’nly, illustrious, laughter-loving queen, Sea-born, night-loving, of an awful mien ; Crafty, from whom necessity first came, Producing, nightly, all-connecting dame : ’Tis thine the world with harmony to join, For all things spring from thee, O pow’r divine. The triple Fates are rul’d by thy decree, And all productions yield alike to thee : Whate’er the heav’ns, encircling all contain, Earth fruit producing, and the stormy main, Thy sway confesses, and obeys…

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Dionysus

To Bacchus The Fumigation from Storax. Bacchus I call, loud-sounding and divine, Fanatic God, a two-fold shape is thine : Thy various names and attributes I sing, O, first-born, thrice begotten, Bacchic king : Rural, ineffable, two-form’d, obscure, Two-horn’d, with ivy crown’d, euion, pure : Bull-fac’d, and martial, bearer of the vine, Endu’d with councel prudent and divine : Triennial, whom the leaves of vines adorn, Of Jove and Prosperine, occultly born. Immortal daemon, hear…

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Persephone’s Tear

To Prosperine. Daughter of Jove, almighty and divine, Come, blessed queen, and to these rites incline : Only-begotten, Pluto’s honor’d wife, O venerable Goddess, source of life : ’Tis thine in earth’s profundities to dwell, Fast by the wide and dismal gates of hell : Jove’s holy offspring, of the beauteous mien, Fatal, with lovely locks, infernal queen : Source of the furies, whose blest frame proceeds From Jove’s ineffable and secret seeds : Mother…

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Moon

To the Moon The Fumigation from Aromatics. Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, Bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night. With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride : Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, And now ful-orb’d, now tending to decline. Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon, Whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon : Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, All-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with…

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Victory

 To Victory The Fumigation from manna. O powerful Victory, by men desir’d, With adverse breasts to dreadful fury fir’d, Thee I invoke, whose might alone can quell Contending rage, and molestation fell : ’Tis thine in battle to confer the crown, The victor’s prize, the mark of sweet renown ; for thou rul’st all things, Victory divine ! and glorious strife, and joyful shouts are thine. come, mighty Goddess, and thy suppliant bless, with sparkling…

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Eros

To Cupid, or Love. The Fumigation from Aromatics. I call great Cupid, source of sweet delight, Holy and pure, and lovely to the sight ; Darting, and wing’d, impetuous fierce desire, With Gods and mortals playing, wand’ring fire : Cautious, and two-fold, keeper of the keys Of heav’n and earth, the air, and spreading seas ; Of all that Cere’ fertile realms contains, By which th’ all-parent Goddess life sustains, Or dismal Tartarus is doom’d…

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