Here’s a big bunch of information on the Greek god Apollo!
- Twin sister Artemis
- He’s known to have many lovers and affairs, but the most popular one is Daphne.
- In the Greek island of Delos
Other names and titles:
- Phoebus (means bright and/or pure which connects him to his grandmother, the Titan Phoebe Rational thinking and order)
- Distant Deadly Archer
- Lukeios (Wolfish)
- Iatros (Physician)
- Daphnephoros (Bay-Bearer)
- The Lyre
- Laurel wreath
- Bow and arrows
- Sacrificial tripod
- Most see him as a beardless and athletic youth with curly and golden hair.
(Here’s an example of how I picture him as, but I’m sure others see him a bit differently.)
- The Muses
- Easily jealous
- Defending of his mother
- Clear idea of rights and wrongs
- Form believer in law and order
- Silver bow and arrows
- Golden sword
- Roman cakes/pastries
- The laurel
- Palm tree
- Apple tree
- Poplar tree
- Lily of the Valley
- The sun
- “Know thyself”
- “Nothing on excess”
Ways to honor Apollo:
- Listen to music
- Write. Example: poetry to or about the god
- Learn archery
- Learn a stringed instrument
- Enjoy the sunshine and spend time outside
- Watch the sunset of sunrise
- Go to an opera show
- Study, read, and/or learn science or an art
- Meditate on balance and moderation
- Healing arts
- Read up on channeling and automatic writing
- Meditate on his attributes or epithets
Rituals honoring Apollo:
- Honor him at the time you wake up and/or go to bed with some “affirmations” and/or phrases to honor the god.
- Waking up: Kalimera (good morning Apollon! May your light shine upon me as I rise for the day.
- Going to sleep: Kalinichta (good night) Apollon! May your light inspire me even as I dream.
- Prayers in Ancient Greece
- Greet the god in as many his/her names as you can, and especially those related to a task.
- Remind the god of all the good things that you’ve done for them in the past
- Request a favor of the god
- Thank the god and promise some form of sacrifice or offering
Other facts to be noted:
- Apollo taught men the art of medicine, so he is often referred to as “The Healer.”
- He served as an intermediary between gods and men.
- Apollo played a major part in the Trojan War by infecting the Greek encampment with a plague and aided Paris with killing Achilles.
- Apollo was a purifier
- Apollo is credited with killing the cyclops in retaliation for arming Zeus with the thunderbolt.
- In the Etruscan religion, he was known as Aplu.