Seasons of Grace: A Devotional in Honor of the Muses, the Charites, and the Horae

SOG-CoverEdited by Rebecca Buchanan
Price: $12.99
Publication Date: 7 January 2016
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 978-1522948599 / 1522948597
Pages: 242 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5″x 8″

The Horae. The Charites. The Mousai.

They are the Horae: Goddesses of time, spring growth, new buds and first fruits. They oversee just laws, right conduct, and peace. As above, so below: the orderly progression of the seasons is mirrored by the order of a society in balance with the will of the Gods.

They are the Charities: Goddesses of beauty, charm, elegance, and deportment, who watch over all the finer things in life; that which makes the human condition bearable, and civilization truly civilized.

They are the Mousai, or Muses: Goddesses who inspire poets, dancers, dramatists, comedians, historians, and even astrologers and astronomers.

We gather here to celebrate these complicated, multifaceted Goddesses, Powers who laugh and dance just beyond our comprehension. We honor them in poetry and story and ritual. Appropriately, these poems and tales and rites range from the devoutly irreverent to the reverently devout, from the melancholic to the comedic, from the mystical to the pragmatic.

The Mousai, the Charites, and the Horae challenge us and inspire us. They dare us to live better: more compassionately, more justly, and more beautifully. They are Goddesses most worthy of our devotion.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

“Urania” by K.S. Roy … 3

Dedication … 5

Introduction by Rebecca Buchanan … 13

The Horae

“The Horae” by K. S. Roy … 19

To the Horai by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 21

Song of the Horae: Dike, Eirene, Eunomia by Rebecca Buchanan … 24

For the Hours by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 25

To Eirene by Callum Hurley … 27

Euthenia by Hester Butler-Ehle … 28

Prayer to Euthenia for Abundance by Hester Butler-Ehle … 30

Hymn to Aestas by Melia Brokaw … 31

Hymn for Aestas by Andrew B. Watt … 33

Pastoral Hymnal by Sarah Ann Winn … 35

Dike by Hester Butler-Ehle … 37

Prayer to Dike for Justice to Be Done by Hester Butler-Ehle … 39

Every Spring Has a Solitary Room (For Persephone) by Marie Kane … 41

Festival of the Sun: A Greek NeoPagan Winter Solstice Ritual by Chris Aldridge … 42

The Cosmic Horae: Order, Justice, and Peace Shall Rule by Robin Fennelly … 48

The Charites

“The Charites” by K. S. Roy … 59

April 15th: The Three Graces by Catherine Mason … 60

On the Festival of the Kharites by H. Jeremiah Lewis … 61

To the Graces by Hester Butler-Ehle … 63

The Kharites by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 64

Euphrosyne by Cailin … 66

Thaleia by Amberly Mason … 68

On Grace: A Brief Meditation on the Charites by Rebecca Buchanan … 69

Ritual for the Charites by Rebecca Buchanan … 71

The Muses

“The Muses” by K. S. Roy … 73

Faring Toward Mnemosyne by Michael Routery … 74

To the Titanic Muses by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 76

The Muses Sang by A.J. Huffman … 77

Ode to Mousai by Callum Hurley … 78

To the Muses I by Hester Butler-Ehle … 79

Nine Hourglasses by Rebecca Buchanan … 83

(en)LIV(en)ING With the Muses by Robin Fennelly … 86

An Artist’s Prayer by Alex Conall … 92

To the Muses by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 98

Ode for the Carmentalia by Andrew B. Watt … 101

Prayer to the Muses by El-Sharra … 103

To the Muses II by Hester Butler-Ehle … 106

A Prayer to the Mousai at Taughhannock Falls by Kayleigh Ayn Bohémier … 108

Kastalia by Rebecca Buchanan … 109

The Nine Thracian Muses by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 110

To My Muse by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 112

A Writer’s Prayer by L.Z. Marie … 113

The Artist’s Prayer (To Apollon and the Muses) by Lykeia … 114

Fireplace Symphony by Callum Hurley … 116

Mnemonic by Mike Alexander … 118

Don’t Mess With the Muses by A.J. Huffman … 119

Of Pegasos by Melia Brokaw … 120

Calliope by Jennifer Lawrence … 122

Calliope’s Son by A.J. Huffman … 124

The Girl in the Window by Jason Andrew … 125

The Eloquence of Calliope by Robin Fennelly … 148

Clio by Amberly Mason … 157

Hymn to Clio by Lykeia … 159

Melpomene by Amberly Mason … 160

Hymn to Terpsichore, Muse of Sacred Song by Lykeia … 161

Divine With the Muses by H. Jeremiah Lewis … 163

How to Make a Simple Devotional Rosewater Tonic by Byria Demuire … 176

Ritual for the Muses by Rebecca Buchanan … 178

Drinking From Mnemosyne’s Well: The Muses and Memory by Michael Routery … 180

Muses Multiplying Amongst Mortals: Sappho and Herodes Attikos as “Tenth Muses” by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 187

Mousegetikoi by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 199

How Yrteop Became the Goddess of Poetry Workshops by Martin Cohen … 203

A Visit From Yrteop (The Goddess of Poetry Workshops) by Martin Cohen … 205

“A Muse and Her Artist” by WolfenM … 209

Appendix A: Homeric Hymn 25 (To the Muses and Apollo) and Orphic Hymns 59 (To the Graces), 61 (To Justice), 75 (To the Muses), 76 (To Mnemosyne), and 78 (To Themis) … 210

Appendix B: Divine Personages … 215

Appendix C: Recommended Reading … 222

Appendix D: Our Contributors … 225

About Bibliotheca Alexandrina — Current Titles — Forthcoming Projects … 237

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