I’ve had a very productive hiatus from blogging, and will be releasing 4-6 books within the next couple months as a result.
Most of these are part of the boukoloi training program I’ve outlined here.
This training will consist of ecstatic techniques and other methods of interacting with the Retinue of Dionysos; the art, science and ethics of mantike (divination); cleansing and purification; hymnody; cures, protections and charms; our festival cycle; and several different styles of worship.
One of these is derived from a lex sacra of a Dionysion (temple of Dionysos) in Teos, among the legendary birthplaces of the God:
As proof that the God was born among them the Teians advance the fact that, even to this day, at fixed times in their city a fountain of wine, of unusually sweet fragrance, flows of its own accord from the earth. (Diodoros Sikeliotes, Library of History 3.66.3)
The inscription, regulating this localized expression of the God’s cult, reads:
The boule (council) and demos (people) have resolved that the ephebes (youths) and the priest of the paides (children; slaves) are to sing hymns every day at the opening of the temple of Dionysos, the leading God of our city. And at the closing of the temple of the God the priest of Tiberius Caesar is to make libations, burn incense, and light lamps; expenses are to be paid from the sacred revenues of Dionysos. And the archons (rulers) of the city are to always sacrifice at the beginning of each month and on the seventh day pray for the success of the city. But if any person offends any of these requirements, that person is asebes (impious). And this decree is to be engraved in the sanctuary of Dionysos and it is to have the status of law. (SEG XV.718)
Each of these originally separate roles has been stitched together into the various functions which are expected to be performed by boukoloi of the Starry Bull tradition.
Each day the boukolos or boukola is to recite hymns at the shrine of the Lord Dionysos, which should be accompanied by a libation, the lighting of a candle and the burning of incense or scattering of herbs and flowers. Boukoloi may do more on this occasion, but are not required to.
Next, boukoloi are to observe the Noumenia, during which they will perform rites of cleansing and make offerings to their ancestral and household Gods and Spirits.
And finally on the Hebdomos or Seventh Day from the Noumenia (reckoned inclusively) the boukolos or boukola is to pray for the well-being of their community, make offerings so that the Starry Bull tradition and its adherents will flourish, as well as perform magic, divination, healing or cleansing work for clients. Any revenue they receive from such work may go to cover the expenses of daily offerings and other rites.
Starting on the Noumenia of Anthesterion (28 January by the common reckoning) I’m going to adopt this system as part of my personal practice, offering my services to the community on the Hebdomos.
These services consist of:
- Divination = $15 (or 3 questions for $30)
- Prayer = $10
- Petition (prayer + offering) = $25
- Candle-lighting = $15
- Magic = to be negotiated
Payment may be sent via Paypal to me at email@example.com.
If you would like work done on your behalf on the next Hebdomos send in your request by Thursday, February 2nd.