Ares

Blessing: The world can be a hard and cruel place: Ares helps us to get through it. His blessings are strength, courage, fortitude, cunning, and the passion to fight for the things that we think are important. He helps us to shed what is not efficient, to become hard in order to meet life’s adversity. He is a tough master, but when things start falling apart around you, that’s precisely the person you want on your side.

Epithets: Areopagite (of the Aeropagus), Aphneius (Bountiful), Enualios (Companion of Enyo), Gynaikothoinas (One Whom the Women Feast), Theritas

Equated with: Mars, Montu, the Elder Horus, Mithras.

Associations: spear, sword, shield, helmet, wolf, horse, boar, frankincense, opoponax, pepper, oak, nettle, cactus, absinthe, rue, ruby, dogs

Festivals:
Kunègia (6 Xanthikos)

Ways to honor: Practice martial arts. Respect veterans, and what they’ve gone through. Stand up for the principles you believe in. Find constructive ways of handling adversity. Study military history.

Ancient Texts:

Excerpt from Papyrus Oxyrhynchus

Excerpts from Hieroglyphika by Horapollo

Excerpts from The Histories by Herodotus

Excerpt from The Suda

Homeric Hymn VIII (To Ares)

Orphic Hymn LXV (To Ares)

Modern Texts:

Ares by Lykeia

Ares’ Abode by Melia Suez

Epithalamia for Mars and Bellona by P Sufenas Virius Lupus

Lone, Weary Warrior by Reverend Allyson Szabo

Prayer to Ares by Melia Suez

The Gift by Melia Suez

Who Are You, Ares? by Amanda Aremisia Forrester

Rituals and Festivals:

A Prayer for Memorial Day by Amanda Aremisia Forrester

 

Articles:

Ares and the Modern Era by Brontosproximo

Links:

Theoi.com entry on Ares

Wikipedia entry for Ares

Ares in the works of Homer

Encylopedia Mythica article on Mars/Ares

Wikipedia article on Mars

Mars, god of war by Carolyn Joyce

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