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Hebe, The Cup-Bearer

Post  AgathonZante on Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:22 am

Hebe is the Cup-Bearer of the Gods, Who pours Their nectar. Literally, She gives Them libation which is an offering. Can we call on Hebe to give our offerings to the Gods?
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Re: Hebe, The Cup-Bearer

Post  Erodius on Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:45 am

The numinal powers of gods are omnipresent. The ground itself and/or the altar fire are the intermediaries.

However, it would certainly be meaningful to hearken to the figure of Hebe as a model, for instance "In such a way as Hebe outpours the divine nectars on the heavens' heights, so be it that I put forth my oblation …"

Furthermore, Hebe is a deity in her own right: the divinity of youth and beauty.

"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

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All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
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