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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Goddesses of the Hours

The Horae (Greek Goddesses of the hours) personified the twelve hours (originally only ten), as tutelary goddesses of the times of day. The hours run from just before sunrise to just after sunset, thus winter hours are short, summer hours are long. Here's the list:
  • Auge, first light 
  • Anatolê or Anatolia, sunrise 
  • Mousikê or Musica, the morning hour of music and study 
  • Gymnastikê, Gymnastica or Gymnasia, the morning hour of gymnastics/exercise 
  • Nymphê or Nympha, the morning hour of ablutions (bathing, washing) 
  • Mesembria, noon 
  • Sponde, libations poured after lunch 
  • Elete, prayer, the first of the afternoon work hours 
  • Aktê, Acte or Cypris, eating and pleasure, the second of the afternoon work hours 
  • Hesperis, evening 
  • Dysis, sunset 
  • Arktos or Arctus, night sky, constellation 
An interesting practice to bring a deeper understanding of the Goddess energy, and a deeper connection to the rhythms of the day is to take a short moment to acknowledge each goddess at her approximate time. This can be as simple as a small salute or short hello. You might be pleasantly surprised at the magickal turn your life takes when you practice this consistently over time.

The list is from: Wikipedia
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