The Worship of the Gods

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Please also visit this page of links concerning ritualWorship and Ritual in the Hellenic Tradition.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.
Main page on Theurgy: Thæouryía.

Bomos – See Vohmós.

Catharsius - See Kathársios.

Hieraticus - See Iæratikós.

Hieratike techne - See Iæratikí tǽkhni.

Hiereus - See Iæréfs.

Hierus - See Iærós.

Iæratikí tǽkhni - (hieratike techne; Gr. ιερατική τέχνη, ΙΕΡΑΤΙΚΗ ΤΕΧΝΗ; τέχνη means "skill" or "craft.") sacred craft, i.e. thæouryía

Iæratikós - (hieraticus; Gr. ἱερατικός, ΙΕΡΑΤΙΚΟΣ. Adjective.) priestly

Iæréfs - (hiereus; Gr. ἱερεύς, ΙΕΡΕΥΣ. Noun.) priestone who officiates at ritual. In our tradition, anyone who recites hymns during ritual is a priest or priestess; when the ritual is concluded, they are no longer priests, but are again lay-people. 
- Cf. Thæourgós

Iærós - (hierus; Gr. ἱερός, ΙΕΡΟΣ. Adjective.) holymanifesting divine power

Kathársios - (catharsius; Gr. καθάρσιος, ΚΑΘΑΡΣΙΟΣ. Adjective.) Thæouryía, ritual, is kathársiospurifying; it cleansesthe soul and is wholesome. 

Mnimósynon - (memorial; Gr. μνημόσυνον, ΜΝΗΜΟΣΥΝΟΝ. Noun.) funerary rite

Stróphion - (Gr. στρόφιον, ΣΤΡΟΦΙΟΝ. Noun.) headband or ribbon worn by priests

Tælætí - (telete; Gr. τελετή, ΤΕΛΕΤΗ. Plural is τελεταί. Noun.) mystic rite.

Telete - See Tælætí.

Thæohría - (theoria; Gr. θεωρία, ΘΕΩΡΙΑ. Noun.) Thæohría is contemplation. The term is associated particularly with the Neoplatonic philosopher Plohtínos (Plotinus; Gr. Πλωτῖνος) who viewed thæohría as the primary activity of the Kózmos from which it derives its generative ability; he also thought of it as a practice that certain individuals could deliberately partake in. 

Thæourgós - (theurgus; Gr. θεουργός, ΘΕΟΥΡΓΟΣ. Noun.) individual who conducts ritual, a priest or priestess. The word means divine worker
and ritual (thæouryía) is the divine work of the worship of the Gods. The cosmic Thæourgós is the Dimiourgós.
- Cf. Iæréfs. 

Thæouryía - (Theurgy; Gr. θεουργία, ΘΕΟΥΡΓΙΑ. Noun.) (literally divine workritualthe worship of the Gods

Thærapeia - (therapeia; Gr. θεραπεία, ΘΕΡΑΠΕΙΑ. Noun.) service to the Godsworshipritual.

Theoria - See Thæohría.

Therapeia - See Thærapeia.

Theurgus - See Thæourgós.

Theurgy or theurgia - See Thæouryía.

Thuepolion - See Thyipólion.

Thyipólion - (thuepolion; Gr. θυηπόλιον, ΘΥΗΠΟΛΙΟΝ. Noun. Pronounced: thee-ee-POH-lee-ohn.) altar.

Vohmós - (bomos; Gr. βωμός, ΒΩΜΟΣ. Noun.) altar.

The story of the birth of the GodsOrphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.

The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia, Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase (Γῆς παῖς εἰμί καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος) are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara, κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo, Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus, Ὀρφεύς).

PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the pages of this, you will find fascinating stories. These narratives are known as mythology, the traditional stories of the Gods and Heroes. While these tales are great mystical vehicles containing transcendent truth, they are symbolic and should not be taken literally; a literal reading will frequently yield an erroneous result. The meaning of the myths is often concealed in code. To understand them requires a key. For instance, when a God kills someone, this usually means a transformation of the soul to a higher level. Similarly, sexual union with a God is a transformation.

The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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