Hekate’s Deipnon: Time To Mop Up

In Hellenic religion, today is the Deipnon. Part of a 3 day religious observance at the time of the dark and new moon.

It’s a time to close up unfinished business before the new moon appears. People pay any remaining bills, respond to all correspondence, donate to a food shelter, make offerings to Hekate, and clean house.

I’ve never celebrated the Deipnon before. I’m giving it a shot today, and my roommates are rather serendipitously on board, as they have guests arriving tomorrow, and are eager to clean today.

So today is all about cleaning, top to bottom. Reorganizing, scrubbing, freshening, washing, airing out and all those good things. Tonight I”ll leave an offering at the crossroads (a three-way crossroads can be the end of your driveway) and start preparing for the second part of the 3-day observance, the Noumenia.


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About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dsalisbury David Salisbury

    Perfect timing! My tattoo artist just finished the final design for my Hecate garden sleeve. We start work on it next week!

  • http://twitter.com/Fernwise Fern Miller

    I’m so NOT cut out for that. My housecleaning interest is low, house messing interests high, and my blood sugar has never been able to handle fasting.

  • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

    I have no intention of fasting. I am interested in the Noumenia/Agathos Daimon feast though. Around her we call it “Sunday family dinner.”

    I think it feels good to have a monthly ritual devoted to clearing out the old and making space for the new. 

  • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

     I don’t see a fasting reference anywhere. Considering I’m doing physical heavy duty cleaning, fasting doesn’t make sense.

  • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster


  • http://twitter.com/Fernwise Fern Miller

    The folks I hang with include fasting as part of “personal cleansing”.  

  • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

     Ah, well, must be a personal practice. It’s not historical to my knowledge, and doesn’t seem very practical.

  • http://twitter.com/Fernwise Fern Miller

     At least they don’t schedule high colonics.

  • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

     Not the best source perhaps, but found this interesting: “The Greek word deipnon is translated feast, banquet, supper, dinner.  It may also be understood to mean the “lingering meal” – the exact opposite of fast food.”http://www.vitalchurchesinstitute.com/enews_posts/view/599

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000451145781 MrsBs Confessions

    What a great practice.  I do some similar things around here (though I call it “domestic witchery” and it’s more of a magical practice than based on religion).  I’ll enjoy reading about your experiences with this new (to you) tradition.

  • Gaia Greencrown

    Great post.  The end of the driveway . . .Of course!!!  Thanks so much