To Theia

All praise to fair Theia, O far-shining goddess,
daughter of heaven and great-hearted earth,
companion of watchful and wary Hyperion,
mother of Eos who greets each day’s breaking,
of wise sun-crowned Helios and dark-haired Selene.
Yours is the might that grants gold its glitter,
that lends its light to each precious gem.
O Theia, O granter of vision and foresight,
mistress of the bright blue heavens,
O Theia, O goddess, I call to you.
I honor you, good and gracious Theia,
I offer you my praise and seek your blessing.

To Hyperion

All praise to Hyperion, vigilant god,
son of the sky and the broad, blessed earth,
father of sun and night-shining moon,
father of each day’s new dawning,
wise and watchful light of the heavens,
clear-sighted master of all the year’s days,
you know the travels of the stars,
you know the ways of the passing tides.
O god who sees and understands all things,
Hyperion of ancient might, I call to you.
I honor you, good and gracious Hyperion,
I offer you my praise and seek your blessing.

To Phoebe

All praise to bright Phoebe, far-seeing, fore-seeing,
mother of Leto who bore clever Artemis
and Apollo who keeps the oracles.
O Phoebe who lifts the shifting veil,
who grants to us the gift of sight,
whose hand it is that throws the bones,
I pray to you for clarity, for wisdom
and for insight, teach me to scry
and read what is hidden, help me to know
true vision from false. I call to you,
I honor you, good and gracious Phoebe,
I offer you my praise and seek your blessing.

To Coeus

All praise to Coeus, deep-minded and wise,
son of the earth and the far-reaching sky,
beloved of Phoebe, shining bright,
father of Leto and farseeing Asteria.
Northmost upholder of all the heavens,
challenger, questioner, seeker of truth,
god of the intellect, god of the mind,
granter of reason, of judgement, of sense,
friend of the scholar and the sage, of science
and philosophy, I call to you.
I honor you, good and gracious Coeus,
I offer you my praise and seek your blessing.

To Tethys

All praise to wise Tethys, great goddess of seas,
daughter of earth and star-strewn sky,
companion of bountiful Oceanos,
mother of sea nymphs and river gods.
Gentle goddess, nourisher of the young,
help of the helpless, friend of the caregiver
and the nurse, guide of those lost at sea,
teacher and counsel of unsurpassed Hera,
Tethys, mistress of the tides, mistress
of the waterflow, I call to you.
I honor you, good and gracious Tethys,
I offer you my praise and seek your blessing.

To Oceanos

All praise to Oceanos, great god of the deep,
lord of the waves, the currents, the tides.
Beloved of Tethys who brought forth the rain-clouds,
father of river-gods, father of nymphs,
yours are the fountains and sweet-water springs,
the healthful baths that steam and churn,
the wells from which we draw our drink,
the rains that bring green fields and fruited trees.
O Oceanos, ancient one, O great one
of the Titan gods, I call to you.
I honor you, good and gracious Ocean,
I offer you my praise and seek your blessing.

Theogamia Rite

Honoring: Hera Teleia and Zeus Teleius
Date: 27th day of Gamelion
Season: In ancient Greece, marriages typically took place during midwinter.
Region: Athens

Items needed:
Bowl of water and stick (incense, punk, or natural) to light and douse
Bowl of barley
Offerings
Cup
Libation bowl

In the ritual script, italicized text refers to directions and actions and is not meant to be spoken.


Procession

Assemble and prepare to process to the altar.

We go to this holy place with reverence and love, to honor the gods.

Proceed to enter the sacred space.

Purification of participants

Light a stick and extinguish in the bowl of water, creating lustral water.

May all be made pure who wash in this water.

Pour water over the hands of each person so that they may rinse their face and hands in the lustral water.

Purification of space

Pass the bowl of barley among the participants so that each may take a handful of barley.

May all that is profane be gone from here!

Each person throws barley onto the altar, gently if indoors, with force if outside.

Invocation

We call to aegis-bearing Zeus and noble Hera,
great queen and king of bright Olympus. We call
to you, O mighty ones whose strength and wisdom
guide the gods themselves, we pray to you, join us
on this day, hear our words of praise and devotion,
accept the libations we offer. You who ward
and watch over the family, who protect the home
and household, who maintain the refuge of order,
Zeus Teleios, Hera Teleia, we call to you.

If ever we have honored you, poured out sweet wine
in reverence and love, O great ones, deathless ones,
hear now our prayers, grant now your blessings. Praise be to you!

Statement of purpose

We gather today to celebrate the Theogamia, the sacred marriage of Hera and Zeus, and to honor the love and bond of cherished and committed partners, the sharing of lives, the creation of households, the building of family, the lives we live within our community.

A prayer for partnership

O thundering Zeus and Hera of the fine eyes,
who hold dear the ties that bind the souls of men
and women, who are the safekeepers of promise
and vow, who mark the deeds of all who so swear,
your will it is that pledges be honored and words
well kept, that those who forsake them shall find no shelter
from your wrath. O gods who know the worth of a life’s
companion, the solace of a story shared,
a journey taken hand in hand, we ask your blessing.
May we find a love that flourishes and grows,
may we honor our partners, be loving and kind
and have that gift returned. May we know the joy
and heart’s ease, the comfort and good cheer of a life
lived long and well with love and companionship.

Libations and offerings

Pour wine, milk, or other liquid offering into cup, hold up filled cup.

To noble Hestia, who ever comes first and last,
We offer this drink; all praise to you, O Hestia!

Pour out some wine into the libation bowl; hold up cup, refilling if necessary.

To Hera, fair one of matchless wisdom and wit,
We offer this drink; all praise to you, O Hera!

Pour out some wine into the libation bowl; hold up cup, refilling if necessary.

To Zeus the merciful, gracious lord of the heavens,
We offer this drink; all praise to you, O Zeus!

Pour out some wine into the libation bowl; hold up cup , refilling if necessary.

To noble Hestia, who ever comes last and first,
We offer this drink; all praise to you, O Hestia!

Pour out some wine into the libation bowl; hold up cup, refilling if necessary.

We share this drink among ourselves with love for the gods and gratitude for all we have been given.

Pass the cup among the participants.

Thanks

We thank you, O gods, for your presence this day
as we celebrate your festival with reverence and joy.
We thank you, O gods, for your many blessings,
for the great gifts you grant to men and women.
With love and devotion we praise and honor you.

Close

We leave this holy place, with reverence and gratitude for all we have been given. The rite is ended.

Step away from the altar and leave the sacred space.


A PDF version of this ritual script is available here.

For more information on ritual format, see Some Elements of Hellenic Ritual at my other blog.