Apollo is not intellectually unknown to me. As a child, growing up with mythological dictionaries at hand, I read a few things about Him with a mixture of pleasure and curiosity, but it never went beyond a reading topic. And that despite the fact that He is a god I could relate to, since homosexual love, academia and sports are part of my life and part of His world. I just never took it to the next level, but that may be changing: academic pursuits are a factor here, so a few days ago, on the 13th, I made a simple offering of incense to Apollo as a sort of first contact. Whether it will develop into regular worship and for how long remains to be seen, but there is one thing that can clear the path in the blink of an eye: archery! Oh how I’d love to practise it! I know where to get bows, both traditional and modern, but the problem is where to use them on a regular basis, since it’s not something you can do in any normal city garden or park. That has always been the problem. Archery is an old fascination of mine that goes back to my early childhood, yet there are no equipped facilities nearby, so either I’ll wait for a suitable opportunity or just go nuts and buy a bow anyway and then look for a deserted place where I can shoot it.
Hercules may get there first, though. A few years ago, I made New Year offerings to Him on my father’s behalf and, a week later, he got a job. Needless to say that Hercules has since been part of our January 1st celebrations and, several days ago, I had a dream where He showed up. I can’t remember much, basically just a statue of His and the word “persistence”, which I now take as what I need to be if I want to succeed in the academic world: persistent! Or, as it says in the Neos Alexandria’s page on Him: “If one is stubborn enough, they can accomplish anything.” Stubbornness! Heard that one recently from an oracle.
So I’ll be adding Hercules to my pantheon, though I haven’t picked a day yet. Traditional Roman dates were June 29, August 12 and 13, and December 21, all of which celebrated the anniversary of temples of His. Will have to give it some thought. As for Apollo… maybe I’ll just go crazy, buy a bow and dedicate an arrow to Him.