30 Days of Devition: 11 ~ Festivals, days, and times sacred to Eros

I’ve written a lot about the Feast of Eros, so go read that, if you haven’t, yet. This is set for 4 Thioyios of the New Boeotian calendar (sunset 3 April of the Gregorian calendar, this year).

Dr Susan Block has created “Eros Day“, and the date is selected for when the planetoid Eros, an asteroid belt object that has actually been studied to learn more about the origins of the solar system, is at its closest to Earth. This is usually 20 January, by the Gregorian calendar.

While i honestly have no personal problem with people deciding to honour Eros on St. Valentine’s Day, and I can certainly argue a folk-religion justification connecting Chaucer’s referencing to birds finding a mate in 14 February with the creation of birds by Eros (as per Aristophanes), but honestly, I haven’t started doing this just yet. This last eight years, i’ve actually actively abstained from honouring Eros on St. Valentine’s day simply because it’s been far too commercialised and just plain hokey, and not at all related to Eros as I know Him. Actually, mentioning the thing about the birds, I’m going to meditate on that and hopefully return to the topic of a festival honouring Eros’ position as the father of the birds, later.

I also honour Eros on the fourth-to-last day of the year, by the New Boeotian Calendar, as the anniversary of the date I bonded myself to Him in 2009. The date was chosen by Him, and I celebrate by soaking pieces of quince in wine, giving Him the first piece, and performing several divinations for guidance in the year to come –at least that’s the part of it I can talk about. This year, I plan on making quince preserves as a part of this ritual, at least a preparation for it, but it depends largely on finding good quince in-season.

  1. A basic introduction of Eros
  2. How did I become first aware of Eros?
  3. Symbols and icons of Eros
  4. A favorite myth or myths of Eros
  5. Members of the family – genealogical connections
  6. Other related deities and entities associated with Eros
  7. Names and epithets
  8. Variations on Eros
  9. Common mistakes about Eros
  10. Offerings – historical and UPG
  11. Festivals, days, and times sacred to Eros
  12. Places associated with this deity and their worship
  13. What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart?
  14. Has worship of this deity changed in modern times?
  15. Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?
  16. How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?
  17. How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?
  18. How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)
  19. What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
  20. Art that reminds you of this deity
  21. Music that makes you think of this deity
  22. A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with
  23. Your own composition – a piece of writing about or for this deity
  24. A time when this deity has helped you
  25. A time when this deity has refused to help
  26. How has your relationship with this deity changed over time?
  27. Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered
  28. Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently
  29. Any interesting or unusual UPG to share?
  30. Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?

About Ruadhán McElroy

Ruadhán has been a traditional Hellenic polytheist for about a decade, and has also maintained devotions to Eros and Apollon most of that time; his status as a devotee of Nyx is more recent. He also paints, makes music, makes jewellery, and writes novels set in the Mod Revival (UK) and Swampie (Oz) subcultures of the 1980s. He also gets a lot of odd little experiences that he jokes will forever render him an insufferable Goth.

433 Eros

Eros_asteroid_by_CORinAZONe

At a press conference on February 17, 2000, mission scientists for the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission exuded the air of kids in a candy shop as they discussed the latest results from asteroid Eros. After less than a week in orbit, NEAR has already returned dazzling pictures that have surprised and delighted researchers.

“At first I was stunned speechless by the beauty of this asteroidal landscape,” said Mark Robinson, a member of the NEAR imaging team from Northwestern University. “Once I got over that, the geology took over.” The first images from NEAR showed that Eros has an ancient surface covered with craters, grooves, layers, house-sized boulders and other complex features. “This is not just another rock floating out in space,” continued Robinson. “There’s a lot of neat geology going on.” “There are tantalizing hints that the asteroid has a layered structure, like a sheet of plywood.” said Andrew Cheng, of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, who serves as the NEAR mission’s lead scientist. “These layers appear to be very flat and appear to run end-to-end. This could come about if Eros was once part of a larger body, perhaps a fragment of a planet.”

NinePlanets.com/Eros

About Ruadhán McElroy

Ruadhán has been a traditional Hellenic polytheist for about a decade, and has also maintained devotions to Eros and Apollon most of that time; his status as a devotee of Nyx is more recent. He also paints, makes music, makes jewellery, and writes novels set in the Mod Revival (UK) and Swampie (Oz) subcultures of the 1980s. He also gets a lot of odd little experiences that he jokes will forever render him an insufferable Goth.