Hellenismos: Practicing Greek Polytheism Today

Hellenismos: Practicing Greek Polytheism Today

by Tony Mierzwicki

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Overview

Heed the Call of the Greek Gods and Goddesses

The religion of the ancient Greeks has lain dormant for too long. In Hellenismos, Tony Mierzwicki shows how to bring it back in all of its primal glory. Learn how to forge personal relationships with the ancient Greek deities. Recreate the practices of the Greeks and enjoy the richness of their spiritual practices. Explore this accessible introduction to Greek reconstruction and discover:

  • Ancient Greek history and culture
  • Deities, Daimones, and Heroes
  • Simple daily observances and personal practice
  • The lunar cycle and festival observances
  • Controversial issues regarding Greek reconstruction

Praise:

"I, for one, welcome Tony Mierzwicki's marvelous work, Hellenismos. In a single volume, it not only fills a vacuum in my education, it clearly and concisely provides fascinating insights into a world to which we are all indebted—a world of gods, and heroes, and spirits, and magick, and all that is great, judicious, and distinct in the western soul."—Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Homemade Magick and Low Magick

"Communion with the gods is grounded in everyday practice. Hellenismos provides the reader with the necessary tools to quickly enter into Pagan Greek religion. The book combines an accurate historical understanding with practices updated for today's needs."—Brandy Williams, author of For the Love of the Gods and The Woman Magician

"Mierzwicki has succeeded in combining fine scholarship with deep vision to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of Grecian polytheistic theory and practice. His offering brings to life an ancient tradition made relevant for modern times."—Kristoffer Hughes, author of The Book of Celtic Magic, From the Cauldron Born, and The Journey Into Spirit

"Hellenismos is an excellent guide to practicing ancient Greek polytheism. Advancing from daily, personal practices, to the sacred lunar month, and finally to the annual festival cycle, Tony gently draws the reader deeper into Hellenic polytheism."—John Opsopaus, author of The Oracles of Apollo and The Pythagorean Tarot

"Hellenismos makes an open and shut case for the need to modify the ancient Greek religion to suit the modern world, rather than recreating it faithfully...The author provides a wonderful guide to crafting your own personal path of venerating the ancient Greek gods and goddesses while remaining true to the spirit of the time."—Karen Tate, author of Walking An Ancient Path

"In Hellenismos author Tony Mierzwicki provides an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced practitioners of ancient Greek religion...With instructions for holding daily, monthly, and annual observances, this book is nothing less than a toolkit for building your personal Hellenic path."—Alaric Albertsson, author of A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery and Magic and To Walk a Pagan Path

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738725932
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 506,424
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tony Mierzwicki (California) developed a fascination for ancient religions, which led him to immerse himself in the study of ceremonial magick. He has presented workshops and rituals recreating ancient magical and religious practices in the United States and Australia. He is the author of Graeco-Egyptian Magick: Everyday Empowerment (Immanion-Megalithica) and has contributed to various anthologies. He has also been featured extensively in print, online, and broadcast media. Visit him online at http://www.hermeticmagick.net.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Stephen Skinner xvii

Introduction 1

Note from the Author 7

  1. Greek Religion—An Overview........................................... 11
  2. The Ancient Greek Mindset............................................... 21
  3. Olympic Deities....................................................................31
  4. Other Deities, Daimones, and Heroes................................47
  5. Personal Practice—Daily Observances.............................. 53
  6. Greek Religion—Public, Household, Countryside..........67
  7. A Thumbnail Sketch of Greek History.............................. 83
  8. Comprehensive Study......................................................... 93
  9. Experiencing the Lunar Cycle......................................... 109
  10. Controversial Issues in Ancient Greek Society.............. 133
  11. Magic
  12. Experiencing the Annual Cycle—Athenian Festival Calendar............................................. 171
  13. Future Directions: Choices.............................................221

Appendix 1: Pronunciation of the Ancient Greek Language 225

Appendix 2: Greek Influence Within Contemporary Occultism 229

Appendix 3: Diet 239

Appendix 4: The Hellenic Reconstructionist and/or Polytheist Directory 243

Glossary 245

Bibliography 251

Index 267

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