Calendar of the Moon
Anthesteria Day 1: Pithogia
Altar: On a purple cloth set a bottle of wine that has not yet been opened (preferably last year's
homemade), a chalice of water, many cups, a wreath of pruned grapevines, and three purple
candles. All should enter the sanctuary bearing the model of a Greek ship with purple sails,
entwined with grapevines, which should be carried with all ceremony to the altar and set thereon.
Offerings: Libations of wine to Dionysos. Opening yourself to experiencing Him.
Daily Meal: Goat or lamb. Lentils. Greek food. Wine.
Behold the ship of Dionysos!
He sails into each safe harbor
Like a wind of change that cannot be denied.
Be warned, you who have become
Too comfortable, for he will cast up
Your safe life and show you
All the thorns you have pretended not to see.
Honor the god of the Lesser Madness
Lest the Greater Madness swallow you whole!
Taste his gift and wonder, that raw juice
Left to age can slowly ferment
And turn into that which gives delight
And terror both.
Tremble, for he is coming for you!
Whether you drink his gift
Or give it back to him,
It matters not; your days of
Blind unquestioning comfort
Are numbered none, and end today.
(Each comes forward and selects a cup, into which is poured equal parts water and wine. Each
may taste of the wine, if they wish, and then pour out the rest as a libation, or they may pour it
out entirely. As the pour the libation, each says, "Io Dionysos!" The ship remains in the
sanctuary for three days, until Anthesteria is over.)
Flower of the vine
King of the wine
Dancer in the soul
We gladly pay your toll
[Pagan Book of Hours]