Second Saturday of November
On the second Saturday of each month members of Hellenion pour a libation to one of the Olympians on the same day, from wherever they may be, with whomever may join them, around the world. In this way, whatever else we do to celebrate Hellenic occasions, we are united in doing the same action on the same day. In November, we honor Ares.
Please join Hellenion in our November libation to Ares as we reaffirm his role within our lives and seek to honor this vibrant Olympian.
Ares was the great Olympian god of war, battlelust, civil order and manly courage. In Greek art he was depicted as either a mature, bearded warrior dressed in battle arms, or a nude beardless youth with helm and spear. Because of his lack of distinctive attributes he is often difficult to identify in classical art.
Watch the video slideshow of the 2005 Libation to Ares by Proto-Demos tes Hagnes Persephones.
Incense (frankincense, kostos)
Further Reading & Sources
Drew Campbell, Old Stones, New Temples
“War” according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/war/
Military History Magazine to understand the impact of war upon civilization and our common histories and our own struggles for freedom, glory and self-realization: http://www.historynet.com/magazines/military_history