I have decided to honor the various River Gods who were syncretized to Antinous today; as well as all of the rivers that were important in the ancient Roman Empire, and in my own life. Antinous was syncretized to both the river-god Alpheios, and the river-god Cydnos, as well as Apis. The Nile (and its god Hapi), the Tiber, the Sangarius, the Orontes, and the Danube are some of the most important ancient rivers.
In my own life, I have lived around the Skagit River the most; however, other rivers in this area are also important to me: the Stilliguamish, the Pilchuck (which I’ve been in!), and the Nooksack, and of course the great Columbia River that provides a portion of my state’s border. I’ve also been to (or at least over on land!) the Fraser in British Columbia; the Spokane (where I lived for two years) in Eastern Washington and the Snake; the River Lee in Cork, Ireland (where I lived for five years)and the Boyne, Liffey, Shannon, and Blackwater elsewhere in Ireland; the Thames (where I lived for a year in Oxford) and the Cherwell Rivers (which I accidentally fell into once while living there!), and the Tyne in Newcastle; the Rhine (when I visited Bonn, Germany once); the Bronx River (where I lived in New York) and the Hudson; the Huron in Michigan; the Mississippi (particularly at LaCrosse, Wisconsin); and the Willamette in Oregon. I’m quite certain I’ve crossed others in my time, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind, or that I’ve paid particular attention to or spent a good deal of time on…
May these rivers (and all others), and the peoples who live on them, and the animals and plants that live in and near them, always prosper, and be protected by Antinous and the spirits of their own lands!
Secondly, I’d like to draw your attention to three things I’ve been working on lately, that are works-in-progress, but I’m very happy with what is there initially. They are all present as new tabs that are accessible from any page on this blog, just below the picture in the banner at the top of the page.
The first is the Antinous Bibliography, to which I’ve added further works since earlier this week (I’m still not to articles and things yet, and there are a few more books around here that I’ll get to as well).
The second is the Tabula Sanctorum of the Ekklesía Antínoou, which is a listing of all of the Sancti currently recognized by the Ekklesía Antínoou and this Aedicula Antinoi in particular. This is one of the things that I could actually use the most help on: if anyone wants to take it upon themselves to look up the dates of birth and death for the figures listed that have not been noted there yet, that would be a huge help. (If you do that, please e-mail me at aediculaantinoi (at) hotmail (dot) com, rather than leaving comments on the page!)
The third is the Calendar of the Aedicula Antinoi, which notes all of the festivals I observe, have observed, or intend to observe, irrespective of which strand of my practice (Ekklesía Antínoou, Celtic Reconstructionism, or Graeco-Egyptian syncretism) they may come from. Those festivals that are Antinous- or Hadrian-specific are noted in bold, while those that are the five most important ones for Antinous are noted in bold and underline. I’ll add in links to my write-ups on various festivals for that in the not-too-distant future…
But meanwhile, I’ve got to get working on several other pressing projects, so further progress on those may not occur until later in August.
I hope these things are useful for you who are reading this! Please let me know if there are ways I can improve these resources for greater ease of use on your parts!