Today, similar to yesterday, I will share a time Apollon did not help when prayed to for his aid. And, much like yesterday, I don’t really have any specific such story to tell you. So I will be sharing the Homeric Hymn to Apollon, that is to say, Homeric Hymn #21, the shorter of the two dedicated to Apollon. The longer one is #3 and it tells the story first of the birth of Apollon and second of His conquest of Delphi. Since those are very important episodes in His mythology, I highly recommend that you go read them yourself sometime. The Homeric Hymns are frankly required reading for any Hellenic polytheist. Here is the page to the Homeric Hymns in a copyright-free translation on theoi.com.
Today’s topic is often one I can not really answer, and today is no different. There have been no instances that I can remember where Apollon has specifically helped me. Beyond by purifying me of miasma (μίασμα) when I pray for this or protecting me and my kin when leaving the house. So, in lieu of answering the topic of today, I will share the Orphic Hymn to Apollon.
Similar to yesterday, I will be sharing some music that reminds me of Apollon today. The piece I have chosen is pretty obviously connected to Him, namely the First Delphic Hymn to Apollon, complete with music video. What is so amazing about this, is that the original melody is preserved so the video will be the hymn being sung to the original melody. Below I will give the text and the hymn as performed by Petros Tabouris (sometimes spelt Tambouris).
Today, I have the same issue as yesterday, I have nothing to say on the actual topic. I will, therefore, share a Homeric Hymn to Demeter. There are two of those, the long one that recounts the story of Persephone’s abduction, Demeter’s search, the founding of the Mysteries, etc. The short one is three lines total. I will be sharing the latter here, and link to the other one below.
Today, as per usual for this topic, I will be sharing the Orphic Hymn to Poseidon. This is because there is no instance that I am aware that I asked Poseidon for a specific thing, or that he helped me out – asked for or not. Thus, I can not properly discuss today’s topic and do my usual improvisation.