Whether you’re familiar with the history of witchcraft or not, you’ve probably wondered about the guiding principles of Hellenic witchcraft. Hellenists have multiple religions, including a variety of pagan and polytheistic beliefs. Although many Hellenists hold multiple religious beliefs, Hellenism generally centers around polytheistic and animistic worship. Although Hellenistic groups share common practices, it is difficult to discern the continuity of these beliefs from other traditions.
The Greeks and Romans ascribed different roles to the witch. In Greek mythology, the witch represented popular fears and fantasies, as she could be a helpful mate for a male hero. In Roman literature, the witch was viewed as a destructive force, and functions as a negative model of proper female behavior. In both cultures, witchcraft is seen as a form of witchcraft. The practice of witchcraft, however, has its roots in the mystical arts and is part of ancient Greek mythology.
The ancient Greeks practiced witchcraft in many ways. Many private individuals believed in magic and used amulets to ward off evil. These amulets, known as kolossoi, consisted of a small doll that was buried in a lead coffin. The name of the deceased man was inscribed on one leg. The coffin’s lid would have the names of eight others. The dead man would then be buried in the cemetery with the amulet, which would attract the god Hades.
To become a Hellenistic witch, you must first learn Greek mythology. The best resource for myths is Edith Hamilton’s Theogony of Plato. It was retold in English by many authors. In addition to these books, a Hellenistic Wiccan must read a copy of Solon’s Tenets. They are essential readings for Hellenism. So, while Greek mythology is an essential component of Hellenistic witchcraft, it’s important to remember that Hellenism is a religion that teaches the values that we value.
The God Hades, in the Greek pantheon, is the god of the underworld. He took over the underworld after Zeus and Poseidon separated from the world. His role is very prominent in the Greek pantheon. Other Gods that are important to Hellenes include Hestia, the Goddess of the Hearth, and Hades, the God of the Sea. And they are connected to sexuality and the sea.
Festivals in Hellenic witchcraft centered around fertility. The goddesses of wine were praised, and people would offer libations in honor of the gods. Other gods such as the goddess of death, Dionysus, and the sun, Bel, were revered. Several festivals are celebrated at this time, with libations, feasts, and revelries. Regardless of how you celebrate the gods, Hellenic witchcraft is the perfect way to celebrate them.