sold my archaic – style Hellenic alphabet divination tiles

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As per the request of the buyer, I’m including a thing to match match up the letters with the modern Hellenic alphabet, as I lost the reference I used when I made the set in question several years ago.

Don’t know why, but I chose to do it in water colours.

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.

Boeotian Alphabet Divination system

This is a variant of the Hellenic Alphabet Divination system seen here; I’ve created this variant myself using verses from Hesiod and Pindar.

Because the Boeotian alphabet lacks Eta, Xi, Psi, and Omega, but instead uses Digamma, Heta, and Qoppa, resulting in a twenty-three letter alphabet, which is harder to divide Sculpey by (which is kind of important when I’m doing marbled tiles, cos it’s not like I can easily use the extra 1/24th segment I’ve cut in another project), I’ve also added the Thespian raised Epsilon.

Alpha: But Prometheus, noble son of Iapetos, stole fire for Man’s sake from Zeus.
Beta: O Perses, follow right: control your pride. For pride is evil in a common man.
Gamma: He dealt death in battle to ravening lions and boars were his prey.
Delta: She shall give her at once, that she may dwell beside her, a portion of land to yield her fruit of all that grows, and wild beasts shall be found there.
Epsilon: Dear soul of mine, for immortal days trouble not: the help that is to be had drain to the last.
Digamma: After him appears to men Pandion’s high-voiced, mournful child, the swallow, when the spring has just begun.
Zeta: It is right that Orion should travel not far from the Doves of the mountain.
Heta: For without the Holy Khairetes not even the Gods rule dances or feasts.
Theta: These days are blessings to the men on Earth; the rest are fickle, bland, and bring no luck.
Iota: The eye of Zeus sees all, and understands, and when He wishes, marks and does not miss how just a city is, inside.
Kappa: Vile old age never appeared, but always lively-limbed, far from all ills, they feasted happily.
Lambda: Great deeds give choice of many tales.
Mu: Observe the days which come from Zeus; instruct your slaves to honour them appropriately.
Nu: Fearless Telamon gave to him a bowl, shivering with gold, full of wine.
Omicron: He who has suffered gains foresight with his mnd.
Pi: Truly what is kept in silence brings even larger delight.
Qoppa: Particularly good is one who lives nearby, but look around you carefully, lest all the neighbours chuckle at your choice.
Rho: He stood dumbfounded in wonder hard to endure but delightful.
Sigma: Truly wealth patterned with prowess brings the moment for this or for that, if it rouses deep ambition to range afar, a transcendent star, the truest light for a man.
Tau: Come, shape words into a sweet melody.
Upsilon When summer still is waxing, tell your slaves: ‘Summer is not for ever; now, build barns.’
Phi: Fifth days are harsh and frightening; take care.
Chi: The beggar’s envy is a beggar, the singer’s a singer.
Thespiae raised Epsilon: They are renowned on strings and the loud cries of flutes in every key for uncounted time.


I’ve created a set of tiles for my own use, and will be soon making a set for sale up at the Nocturnal Spirits shop. I was going to make a print-out of the verses for each letter to include with that set.

If you need your own set of Hellenic alphabet divination tiles (either the standard set, archaic or modern style, or Boeotian alphabet, feel free to recommend colours to me for the set you’d like.


Also, a friendly reminder that I’m trying to raise income through Patreon so that I can afford to pursue my art, music, and divination full-time. If you’ve not been watching on Facebook, long story short is that my food assistance somehow got reduced to the minimum payment of only $16/month —this is not enough to live on, and I really can’t afford to feed myself on cash only, right now (I have a cat, and most of my medications are herbals that I can’t get a prescription for, so pretty much all of what I make on Etsy right now is going to other things). If you were thinking of buying buttons or a painting or donating through Patreon, now is a really important time to do so, since I have absolutely no idea when this shit is going to get fixed.

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.

Guess who just did more stuff?

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Archaic style Hellenic alphabet tiles – $12

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Marbled silver and lavender Hellenic alphabet tiles – $10

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.

Boeotian Alphabet tiles?

So, I’m halfway done with the new set I just got some clay for, and I think I’m going to post two sets when I’m done –not cos I made two sets, tonight, but cos it’s been almost a week and I think I’ll part with the original set I’ve made and have been using for a few years, and use the burnt set for a while. Main reason is cos I’m really broke this month, have already *had to* dip into the money I wanted to set aside for my cat’s vet visit later this month, and am already trying to juggle things around a bit so I have to dip as little out of my savings as possible (this is money I’m hoping I can put toward having my name legally changed in March, when I’m eligible to do so in Washtenaw County, Michigan).

I will warn, though, on most of the “older” set of new tiles I’m posting this week, I’ve used archaic forms of the letters (there were a few where I did not), and in writing up a little card-thing to make it easier for anyone less familiar, I decided to look up ancient formS, yes, plural, of the Hellenic alphabet, and holy hells, there’s nearly two dozen surviving alphabets; seriously, if all the Hellenic tribes couldn’t have the same alphabet, what makes some people think that they had universal culture and practises? Or that even a pan-Hellenic practise can work for all Hellenists, today?

So, I’m thinking I’m going to start creating a Boeotian variant of the Greek Alphabet Oracle with the Boeotian alphabet and tiles; maybe make them a specialty thing for $12-$15 versus $10 (the standard set I just sold), for the extra work put in for re-associating letters. If anyone wants to make requests for *tiles* for other archaic alphabets, let me know, I’ll see what I can do.

Also feel free to put in requests or suggestions for colours! I’m working on two-colour marbelling, so feel free to suggest up to two colours for the clay, and a contrasting colour for the paint (the acrylic paints I currently have are metallic purple, black, and blue; I’ll see if I have others, I thought I did, but they might be in another place for now); if you don’t want to do colour requests, I’m probably going to default to a lot of purples, blues, and greens, black, silver, etc…. It’s what I like, you can’t fault me for sticking with what I dig.

Alright, off to go bake some Sculpey and find my watercolour paper (I have a surprise hatching). This weekend the Dionysos oil painting goes up for sale, and I’m *really* hoping that one of these sells before the 23rd of this month, or I’m going to have to dip a *lot* more from my savings than i want to cos my Ni-Ni can be safe from distemper for another year. (And so I can get more button parts. I am in desperate need of button parts after I press this week’s batch.)

ETA:
Almost forgot, if the Hellenic alphabet tiles and the New Boeotian Calender don’t interest you and my paintings are too expensive, but buttons for your jacket or messenger bag do, please see what I have here.

If that doesn’t interest you, but supporting who I hope is one of your favourite bloggers does, you can donate to my Patreon, as little as $1/month! Yeah, fat boy’s got goals, but every little bit helps.

ETA: Alright, I just went to go pay this month’s electric bill, and guess what? One of the roommates did not pay at all last month, and another one only paid $5 of what was due $18.50 EACH, so I just paid WAY more than I needed to in order to keep the lights on, or it was going to get a shut-off TODAY. On other words, I REALLY need to sell a painting, or I have to drain my savings to take my cat to the vet. I’m willing to come down $10 on each, if that would sweeten the deal for anyone. Please. I’m desperate at this point.

ETA: Just posted the latest tiles! Go see!

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.

Anyone want to do a divination exchange?

I’m still trying to familiarise myself with the Hellenic Alphabet system, and I could really use a bit of Divinely-guided advice for 2-3 days of the week I could set aside to paint.

See, I cut a deal to land this place in downtown Ypsilanti, MI, and the deal was that I had to start painting again. While I totally intend to keep up my end of the deal, I’ve been having issues with budgeting my time for it, and while I’ve got another deal with Hedone to finally get around to doing many of the things I’ve been wanting to do for years (but just didn’t for lots of reasons), I gotta hold good on the deal to paint, cos I’m seriously starting to suspect that there’s a Divine conspiracy hatching to keep me away from the radio station so I have no choice but to paint. This is going on my second week in a row where I’m going to barely be at WCBN, which I’m not liking, so I want to see if my suspicions are correct, or if this is just one of those fortnights where everything just coincidentally happened. Either way, it’ll get me on a schedule to paint a few days a week, so I can plan most other things around that.

So if you think you could use some practise with a new system, or if you want to do a divination for me in exchange for an otherwise-free Hellenic alphabet divination from myself, let me know. I just want to know which two or three days a week would be best for painting, and I’m hoping to take up to four people’s divinations for this and take the top two or three days –meaning I’ll give an otherwise-free HAO divination for up to four people. I’ll get at least three days that should be good for painting, and I’ll get a bit of practise in for this system.

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.

Today’s Greek Alphabet Oracle

Γ (Gamma)
“Gaia [the Earth] {Gê} will give you the ripe fruit of your labors.”
Ripe: complete, final;
fruits: produce, returns, profits, results.
You will have a successful harvest, or you will reap all your profits from the Earth. The Mother of All will bring your labors to a fruitful conclusion. Gaia will give you your just deserts.

Π (Pi)
“Completing many {Polus} contests, you will seize the crown.”
Contests: struggles, trials, dangers;
crown: wreath, garland.
If you persist in your struggles, after many trials you will succeed. Perseverance through adversity.

Ξ (Xi)
“There is no fruit to take from a withered {Xêros} shoot.”
Fruit: produce, return, profit, result;
withered: lean, harsh.
There is no good to be gained from an angry young man or woman. The frayed end of a good line. Harshness and stinginess will achieve nothing. You can’t get blood from a turnip; you can’t get water from a stone. Don’t polish a turd.


I know i haven’t yet gone to bed yet for this, but if it still seems like a good idea after i sleep on it (or unless I don’t get a dream telling me I’m going in the wrong direction with this), I think between this one and the one from the other day,I’m going to go ahead with something I’ve been planning to post here for a couple weeks now. But I need to sleep on it, first –for a few reasons.

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.

Today’s Greek Alphabet Oracle

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Υ [Upsilon]
“The affair holds a noble undertaking {Huposkhesis}.”
Affair: deed, act, issue;
holds: involves, implies, gives cause for, holds fast, hinders, guides, steers;
noble: high-born, high-minded, excellent, notable;
undertaking: engagement, promise, profession.
There is some issue to be resolved, or some deed is under consideration; it involves high-mindedness, either in commitment, deed, or professional pursuit. The oracle may tell us that the affair is admirable due to this noble element, or that the situation may guide us to seek the appropriate noble undertaking or profession. The hero’s quest. On the other hand, the oracle may mean that the situation hinders this fine undertaking. Thus you should try to understand the situation: does it demand an excellent undertaking or impede it?

Ω [Omega]
“You will have a difficult {Ômos} harvest season, not a useful one.”
Difficult: cruel, rough, untimely, unripe;
harvest season: fruit-time, autumn, summer bloom, bloom of youth;
useful: suitable, apt.
Concretely, there will be a poor harvest, or autumn will be difficult; the harvest will be too early, before the fruit is ripe. More abstractly, too early grasping of the fruits of your labor (whether voluntary or necessary) will yield a poor return; the rewards will not be suitable for their purpose. Your youth will be rough; you will have to grow up before your time.

Β [Beta]
“With the help of Tychê [Fortune], you will have an assistant {Boêthos}, the Pythian [Apollo].”
Assistant: helper, auxiliary, one who hastens (theo) to the battle cry or other call for help (boê).
You are at a critical point, but if you are fortunate, Apollo the Far-shooter will help you if you call on Him. Even with luck, the God will only assist; ultimate responsibility is yours. “Pythian” refers to Apollo as the God at Delphi (which was in Pytho), one of the most important oracular sites. Therefore the help to be expected might be of a prophetic nature.


Not only am i trying to familiarise myself with this system, I needed something a little more “Q&A-geared” than my usual coffee readings, and i made some thingers for this *years* ago, then promptly decided it was too much work at the time to learn a new system. Glad I kept them, though.

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.