FB Live Libation to Hephaistos notes

This should take you to the instant replay. Be aware that more of the video is “my sign saying wait for 4:00, and the copyright information of the background music, is BACKWARDS” than anything else. (Skip to 17:05.) Apparently my phone’s front-facing camera does a mirror thing. That is a technical difficulty I had not foreseen! I also didn’t foresee, and heartily apologize for, the audio quality…

As of this writing, to my knowledge the proposal that online rituals count toward the Hellenion clergy education practicum has not been brought to Hellenion’s Prutaneis. That proposal has certainly not yet been approved.

That said, I would very much like it if this ritual were to count toward the offertory section and the open-to-the-public half of my ritual practicum. (I doubt it will count towards the practicum at all, because of its timing with respect to the proposal that such things do, but nonetheless.)

Therefore: I ask that at least two people who watched the ritual (preferably live, but in playback after the end of the stream should suffice) write an email to hellenion (at) hellenion (dot) org, copying alexeigynaix (at) gmail (dot) com, stating that you attended and discussing my performance as a ritual leader. I believe your sending such emails reasonably promptly after the ritual is the best way to handle the documentation aspect of the ritual practicum; even if this ritual won’t count for my practicum, it’s good practice all round!

Feel free to also comment on the online ritual format itself—the whole “online Hellenion ritual” thing is very much a work in progress still, and we could certainly use any feedback we get!

Homeric Hymns 24, 20, and 29 are presented in the Apostolos N. Athanassakis translation.

The hymn beginning “Noble Hephaistos, unmatched armorer of gods” is by Hearthstone, from Devotion: Prayers to the Gods of the Greeks.

The Homeric Oracle, comprising assorted lines from the Iliad and Odyssey, has been put together using the work of Hans Dieter Betz in The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation Vol. 1 and the A. T. Murray translations of Homer—unless the line in question is 1-1-3, in which case the translation is Samuel Butler.

The line that came up in the divination in the ritual is 3-4-2, from Iliad Book 22: Do as thy pleasure is and hold thee back no more.

“Litany to Hephaistos, Creator of Assistive Technology”
Alexeigynaix

For canes and wheelchairs, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For ramps and elevators, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For screenreaders and browser zoom, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For voice synthesizers and dictation software, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For transcripts and subtitles, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For hearing aids and volume control, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For word processors and audio recorders, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For prosthetics and pacemakers, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For insulin pumps and blood glucose meters, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For inhalers and epi-pens, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For antidepressant meds and anti-anxiety meds, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For to-do-list apps and timer apps, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For email and texting, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.
For all technology that assists disabled people, Hephaistos, we praise and honor You.

Music credits:

More Than Just A Dream by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license.

 

The Stars Look Different (Ziggy Stardust Mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: stefsax and Dimitri Artemenko
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