I'm trying to find some information on Agathodaemon, but it's proving a little difficult for me. I think I met him the other night, but I want to do some research before I try communicating. Is there any information that you know of?
information on Agathodaemon is a bit obscure, but here’s what I’ve learned!
Agathodaemon, also known as Agathodaimôn, Agathos Deos, Agathós Daímōn, the “Good Spirit,” and the “Good God” is a daimone (spirit) that presides over vineyards and grainfields. Agathodaemon served more of a folkloric role and offerings of milk and honey were traditionally offered to him (and some other daimones) by the ancient Greeks. at the end of dinners, formal meals and symposiums (drinking parties), a cup of sacred wine would be passed around and consumed in honor of him or sometimes poured out as a libation.
some scholars consider Agathodaemon to be an epithet of Zeus, though there was a temple dedicated to Agathodaemon near Arcadia.
he’s been depicted as a young, handsome man holding a bowl and a cornucopia and sometimes as a serpent. he was later adapted into a daimone of good luck and abundance of a household. from what I’ve read, he seems to be more of a spirit that becomes tied to a household/location. when a family would move or when children would grow up and have their own homes, they would worship a different Agathos Daimone. sometimes Agathodaemon has been said to be the consort/husband of the goddess Tyche (Agathe Tyche; “Good Fortune” — Agatha). he’s also sometimes been linked to fertility and agricultural prosperity. he’s a Khthonic (of the earth) deity, in this respect. he has also been viewed as a personal companion spirit, though this could be a more modern twist to his role.
Agathodaemon’s Roman counterpart was genius (plural genii), which was more of a concept than a deity. the idea behind the genius is that it was the soul (perhaps essence?) of almost everything in life — including divinities, humans, animals, even volcanoes, houses and doors having their own genius. genius of the theater and festivals was believed to help with successful performances and celebrations, while the genius of the home brought prosperity and abundance. the concept is more indepth than this and you can read more about it here.
so, it’s really up to you on how you choose to approach Agathodaemon. you could treat him as a concept to be mindful of or you could treat him as a deity to honor. trust your instincts here. poppies, grain, wine, and corn would be appropriate offerings for him, especially if presented in a bowl.
things I want to see:
- tattooed young Hera who redefines what it means to be feminine (ex: x )
- Apollo enjoying counterculture modern music that isn’t what your grandaddy listens to because the god of music loves all music
- Hermes dropping the internet connection of late-night bloggers when he thinks they need to get more sleep
- Aphrodite at the forefront of modern fashion, not just for mainstream fashion but all types of beauty
- Apollo keeping tabs on the mental health of all his followers because mental illness is illness too
- Hera rejecting political campaigns and bringing together queer couples because the goddess of marriage knows better than some old congressman what marriage is
- Zeus traveling the world enjoying the various diversity of his world under culturally-appropriate disguises in each country, stopping to perform quiet blessings to people who deserve it and yet who never know who that strange older man was who helped them or gave them exactly the sort of wise guidance they needed
- Ares annoying Apollo by constantly demanding updates on the wellbeing of his injured veterans and wanting to know what Apollo plans to do about their combat-related injuries and mental illnesses
- Ares whispering in the ears of anti-war protesters to keep world governments from using nuclear weapons
- Ares deflecting bullets in a firefight to protect police officers chasing a gunman and casually pushing criminals’ vehicles off the road in car chases before they can hurt any innocents
- Athena on the ground in the Middle East, following around military scouts and diverting attacks before they even notice them
- Hermes disguised as a male nurse, quietly walking between beds in terminal care facilities, easing pain in everyone he passes by
- Hades patiently explaining the whole “yes, I’m that Hades” “yes, this is that underworld” “no, no one’s going to torture you with fire” thing to every single person who enters his realm and never getting frustrated no matter how many times the Christians ask him about hell
- Poseidon getting a drink in the local bars in small coastal towns because he likes to listen to the tall tales the fishermen tell as they come in from their crab boats
- Hephaestus gleefully inventing new creations because smithing is so much more interesting with modern technology
- Demeter convincing Zeus to sabotage the political lobbying of big agricultural corporations to protect her beloved small-time farmers
- Hestia strolling through the suburbs calming down family arguments in the neighborhoods she visits
- Artemis taking her responsibility for the wellbeing of young ladies seriously and invisibly sitting next to every heartbroken teenage girl crying her eyes out over some lost highschool love
- Dionysus impersonating bartenders and demanding patrons’ car keys when they’ve had too much
- Gods that aren’t stuck in the ancient past
Aphrodite walking in every Slutwalk in every city with signs that say NO ONE ASKS FOR IT.
Aphrodite patiently counseling the wives of sailors, incognito as that sweet girl at the grocery store.
Hephaistos crouched over a microchip, creating new technologies in instants.
Hermes as the guy behind you in line who covers your latte for you because you can’t find your wallet.
Aphrodite listening to the desperate pleas of domestic abuse victims and bringing suffering and torment to their abusers, working in women’s shelters, as a rape crisis counselor, helping to heal those who are hurt because they thought this was love, teaching them that that wasn’t love.
Demeter lobbying for paid maternal leave because you deserve time off after you’ve given birth to life.
Hera supporting working moms. Zeus making sure stay-at-home dads take proper care of the house.
Hermes as the guy at every funeral, even for people who have no one there for them.
Ares and Aphrodite reuniting soldiers and their significant others and sharing a moment when they lock eyes in the airport.
Hermes as the guy at every funeral, even for people who have no one there for them.
IT GOT EVEN MORE PERFECT.
Are you a new Witch? I have some tips for you.
Let NO ONE tell you that you are less of a witch than they are, or not a real witch because you worship a different deity than they do, or because you don’t do your rituals by the book. The great thing about Witchcraft is that we DON’T have to do things in the same way. Spells are meant to be tweaked to fit YOU. Spells written in books are what worked for the author. But it doesn’t mean it will work for you. If it works, good. If not, fix it to suit yourself. Go with your gut.
Don’t let anyone dictate what and when you’re ready to learn. That is for you alone to decide. If you feel the pull to learn something specific, it’s most likely for a reason. For this reason, I don’t recommend jumping into a coven right away. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with covens. But if you don’t like being told what to do and when to do it, most covens probably won’t be a right fit for you. Very few covens allow freedom to learn at your own pace.
You don’t have to pay a crap-ton of money to learn things.
And this goes right up there with the last tip. You know, those classes that make you pay $500 a session in order to “level up”? This isn’t World of Warcraft. You can learn things very easily from others in the Witch community. This is a big one for me, and I have been slandered on other sites for this opinion. And they were people that scammed others out of their money to learn “deep dark secrets of the craft”. In reality, they’re wanting you to pay them to tell you what to learn and when. They didn’t want to lose money and tried to humiliate me into shutting up. But I’m still here, telling you to think twice. Buy books. Learn things. Talk to other Witches. But do so on YOUR pace. Also, if you’re needing extra help, there are people who give classes for FREE. The last time I had this blog, I posted a link to one such site, and it was on reblog overload. I’ll post it soon.
Believe it or not, you don’t need tools.
Although they are nice, you don’t need fancy expensive tools. All you need is your brain, and a lot of discipline. However, if you feel the need for tools, you can very easily make your own! Many Witches find that their spells and rituals are more effective if they use tools that are hand made by their own hands.
You do not HAVE to celebrate every Sabbat and Esbat.
If you don’t feel the pull to do it, don’t do it. Don’t force anything. If you don’t have the energy for it, there’s really no point. Do it when you’re ready. If you worship a deity, that deity will tell you in their own way if they need you on a specific day.
You may have to do some improvising sometimes.
And that’s ok. You don’t have a specific herb? Well, what else do you have?
You don’t have to have a magical name.
It won’t make you any more powerful, and the gods still know who you are. There’s nothing wrong with having one. But you don’t have to pull your hair out trying to think of one. And there is no one right way to find it. It can be a name that simply comes to you from out of nowhere.
You will get nasty people when they find out about your path.
It sucks. You have to be strong and learn to push those nasty words out of your mind after they’re left there by ignorant people.
You can be a Witch and still have Christ as your patron God.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. He is just as legit as any other god, and shares the same story as quite a few. He’s not the first to be murdered and rise again. Besides, why acknowledge Mother Mary, but not her Son? It makes no sense. I have your back, Christian Witches!
You can be a Witch and still have Lucifer as your God/Goddess.
And this is something I want my fellow Witches to understand. There ARE Witches who worship Lucifer. It does not make them less of a Witch, or a fake Witch. Nor does it make them evil. Dark does not always equal bad. We’re doing to them what other religions do to US. STOP IT.
So, fellow Witches, please feel free to reblog and add your own tips.
I think it is also worth noting that you don’t need to be religious to practice witchcraft. I know quite a few secular and atheistic witches that don’t have any religious aspects in their own practice.
And with a lot of this, it will differ based on your specific tradition. Certain traditions of witchcraft are more laid out and defined, while others are rather free formed
List of the posts about the greek gods, goddesses and daimones!
I accept requests and please don’t remove the credits. Every new post I’ll update this list.
Eros (protogenos): 1
The Moirai: 1
The Three Graces: 1
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¹Gaia and Ouranos.
Morbid’s Hellenic Resource List
From here, but now in post form!
(Edit:Sponde’s new website. Check back for updates!)
- Hellenismos FAQ
- Hellenion’s Temenos
- Hellenion’s List of Festivals
- Hellenic Festival Year
- HMEPA Calendar
- Ancient Greece Timeline
- Hellenic Terminology
- Theoi Project
- Theoi Project - Classics Library
- Sacred Texts Archive
- Hellenic Calendar (based on the Athenian)
- eCauldron’s Hellenic Recon Starter Guide
- YSEE’s Hellenismos Lexicon
- Hellenic Household Worship
- Maxims of Delphi
- Lucian of Samosata Project
- Reddit: Hellenic Polytheism
- Perseus Digital Library
- Basic Hellenic (Ouranic) Offering Ritual
- Basic Hellenic (Khthonic) Offering Ritual
- Hellenic Resource List by BayOread
- e-Resource Download Bundle by Elaphos
- e-resource download Bundle II by Elaphos
- Recommended Reading by Elani Temperance
Introduction to The Underworld as Understood in Ancient Hellas
Working with Thanatos has given me time and insight into studying more about the Underworld. I have come to truly respect it, far more than I may fear it. The journey to the Underworld is not as simple as one may think. The Underworld actually has quite a delicate and sophisticated architecture. To begin, the spirits of the deceased must enter the Underworld through one of five surrounding rivers.
- Acheron (Αχέρων): The river of woe. This is the river that the ferryman of the dead was paid to guide spirits across in the transition.
- Kocytus (Κωκυτός): The river of lamentation. Those who could not pay the ferryman were destined to walk the banks of this river - a side river to the river Acheron - for one hundred years.
- Phlegethon (Φλεγέθων): The river of fire. It’s a side river of the river Styx and is said to be permanently on fire, yet never burn anything it touches.
- Lethe (Λήθη) - The river of forgetfulness. The dead have to drink from it to completely forget about their lives on Earth.
- Styx (Στύξ) - The river of hate. The Styx joins with the Acheron at the exact juncture where the land of the living makes way for the Underword, and as such, it is a portal, and the most famous of the five rivers. The Styx is said to wrap around the Underworld nine times. The Styx was also the river upon which deities and mankind swore oaths which could not be broken. If one did break an oath made upon the river Styx, they were forced to drink from the river, upon which they lost their voice for an extended period of time.
Within the Underworld, there are various areas where the dead are actually housed (they don’t just wander aimlessly), but also where all the various deities of the Underworld - called “Theoi Khthonioi” - often resided. Immortals and the Moirai, deamons and nymphs…even some of the older Titans are all settled here as well.
Technically, there are three main parts to the Underworld.
- Tartaros (Τάρταρος): where those who were punished for all eternity remained. The River Phlegethon is located here.
- Asphodel Meadows (δομος Αιδαο): where everyone who had lived a good life wandered about. The River Lethe runs through here.
- Elysian Fields (Πεδιον Ηλυσιον): where the children of deities, the blessed dead, and those who had lead extraordinarily honorable, brave or otherwise well-respected lives (such as heroes) resided. The Isles of the Blessed were also located here. It is said that when you achieved Elysium, you had a choice to either stay in Elysium, or to be reborn. If you were reborn three times and achieved Elysium all three times through those lives, then you were sent to the Isles of the Blessed and achieved eternal paradise.
Most importantly, we must remember that the Underworld was a neutral place. That is, this was not necessarily a place of punishment. This was not someplace to be feared. It was simply another space, another dimension of being. Surely, one did not desire to go there in the least, but it was a part of the cycle of life. In fact, most of the afterlife was considered quite dull and sunless, tasteless. But it was not a torment. By far the worst part about it is being without the touch of your loved ones, and occasionally forgetting who you had been in your life.