The purpose of today’s post is to provide some tips for people seeking to learn more about Hephaistos. This will in part recycle my same post about this topic when I did a Month of Devotional Thought devoted to Hera.
For a start, when you seek to worship this God and build a relationship with Hephaistos, don’t overthink it. It is fine if you start out just daily pouring a libation of water to him. Don’t try to overthink things and over-complicate things. Start out simple, do your research, and as time progresses the things you learn and the things He will inspire you with will help you build a relationship.
Keep in mind however that it is perfectly possible he will not in any way seem to react. Sometimes people can’t form a strong relationship with a Deity, no matter how hard they try. This is perfectly normal, just like in your human relations sometimes there are people you don’t “click” with. It doesn’t have to be in a hostile way, but just people you don’t really feel the need to build a strong relationship with, or who don’t feel compelled to do so with you, even if you would like to. That’s just something that happens and it can happen with Deities, as well.
As far as resources go, reading the Homeric and Orphic Hymns to him would be a must, reading all myths concerning Hephaistos is a must also. There is also the devotional anthology by Bibliotheca Alexandrina “Harnessing Fire: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Hephaestus“, which is about the only work by and for polytheists that I know of regarding Hephaistos. Scholarly sources are Karl Kerényi’s “Gods of the Greeks“, and Walter Burkert’s “Greek Religion“, I know of no scholarly work on Hephaistos specifically. And of course, one can’t ignore theoi.com, a major resource for anything related to Hellenic Deities and Mythology. It has tonnes of information, including public domain translations of many texts, with quotes from texts integrated into the descriptions of the Gods.
That’s is it for now, and good luck with your explorations of the worship of Hephaistos!