30 Days of Devotion: 1 ~ A basic introduction of Eros

“Of the gods the Thespians have from the beginning honoured Eros most, and they have a very ancient image of him, an unwrought stone. Who established among the Thespians the custom of worshipping Eros more that any other god I do not know . . .” –Pausanias, Description of Greece

Though commonly regarded as an offspring of Aphrodite and depicted as a chubby winged baby, the Eros I know is far older, more ancient, and certainly a greater presence. In ancient Boiotia, the dialect rendered His name “Arpus”. His mother is Nyx, the Aphrodite Melainis, Whose oracle at Megera was in a cave, and Whose aid was sought by Medea and Her students of Her craft. His domains are Love, Beauty, Passion, Procreation, Life, and by some accounts, this includes Death. His symbols are arrows, flowers, birds. His colours are the glittering golds and the heavenly blues.

When He appears to me, His hair is chestnut with a crisp wave, and His eyes are a greenish brown, sometimes winged, but not always. I’m also convinced that He had a hand in the creation of Aruhani, at the very least. Maybe He has a hand in all new and newly-revealed deities; it wouldn’t surprise me if He did, for His very breath is germination, and no theoi were born until He was.

  1. A basic introduction of Eros
  2. How did I become first aware of Eros?
  3. Symbols and icons of this deity
  4. A favorite myth or myths of this deity
  5. Members of the family – genealogical connections
  6. Other related deities and entities associated with this deity
  7. Names and epithets
  8. Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)
  9. Common mistakes about this deity
  10. Offerings – historical and UPG
  11. Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity
  12. Places associated with this deity and their worship
  13. What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart?
  14. Has worship of this deity changed in modern times?
  15. Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?
  16. How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?
  17. How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?
  18. How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)
  19. What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
  20. Art that reminds you of this deity
  21. Music that makes you think of this deity
  22. A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with
  23. Your own composition – a piece of writing about or for this deity
  24. A time when this deity has helped you
  25. A time when this deity has refused to help
  26. How has your relationship with this deity changed over time?
  27. Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered
  28. Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently
  29. Any interesting or unusual UPG to share?
  30. Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?
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