Translated by Catherine Proppe
February 18, 2015
14. Ῥέας, θυμίαμα ἀρώματα.
Divine medium: aromatics
Πότνα Ῥέα, θύγατερ πολυμόρφου Πρωτογόνοιο,
Potna Rea, Daughter, many forms’ Protogonoio,
ἥτ’ ἐπὶ ταυροφόνων ἱερότροχον ἅρμα τιταίνεις,
Heart of the bull-slaying holy wheeling chariot of Titans
τυμπανόδουπε, φιλοιστρομανές, χαλκόκροτε κούρη,
Tympanum drumming, loving legendary mania, brass-rattling daughter
μῆτερ Ζηνὸς ἄνακτος Ὀλυμπίου, αἰγιόχοιο,
Mother of Zenos ruler of Olympos, Aegean ox,
πάντιμ', ἀγλαόμορφε, Κρόνου σύλλεκτρε μάκαιρα,
All-honored, gloriously formed, Kronos’ bed companion blessed
οὔρεσιν ἣ χαίρεις θνητῶν τ' ὀλολύγμασι φρικτοῖς,
Mountain dwelling, rejoicing with mortals to loud-cries of frisson
παμβασίλεια Ῥέα, πολεμόκλονε, ὀμβριμόθυμε,
All-Basileia Rea, war-raging, powerfully impassioned,
ψευδομένη σώτειρα, λυτηριάς, ἀρχιγένεθλε·
Deceptively-mighty savior, loosening the foundation of birth
μήτηρ μέν τε θεῶν ἠδὲ θνητῶν ἀνθρώπων·
Mighty mother of immortals and mortal humans.
ἐκ σοῦ γὰρ καὶ γαῖα καὶ οὐρανὸς εὐρὺς ὕπερθεν
Generated out of Gaia and Ouranos far-reaching above
καὶ πόντος πνοαί τε φιλόδρομε, ἀερόμορφε·
And Potnos’ breath to friendly course aerial formed
ἐλθέ, μάκαιρα θεά, σωτήριος, εὔφρονι βουλῆι,
Come, blessed Goddess savior, wise counselor
εἰρήνην κατάγουσα σὺν εὐόλβοις κτεάτεσσιν,
Bring Eirene together with a good whole life attainment,
λύματα καὶ κῆρας πέμπουσ' ἐπὶ τέρματα γαίης.
Defilement and destruction send forth to the ends of the earth.
 Potna is a title of honor addressed to women and Goddesses, i.e. Queen, revered.
 Rea means “flow.” Rea (usually spelled “Rhea”), the “Great Goddess,” the “Great Mother (Magna Mater),” is the immortal Titan Mother (by Kronos, God of Time) of the Olympian Goddesses and Gods. Rea is also identified with Kybele (Κύβέλη), the Phrygian (modern Turkey) Mother of the Goddesses and Gods; literally: pregnancy (Κύ) + base (βέ) + loosen (λη). Rea is depicted as riding on a lion or in a chariot drawn by lions or accompanied by lions as pets. The constellation Virgo (the Independent Lady) follows the constellation Leo (the Lion) in the night sky and appears in September at the time when fruit comes to fruition.
 Rea is the firstborn daughter of Gaia (Goddess of generative Earth) and Ouranos (God of Heaven). http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisRhea.html
Thygater (θύγατερ), “daughter,” literally means divine (θύ) + generative (γα) + stretch/extend (τε) + flow (ρ).
 Protogonoio means first born, or first to give birth to.
 Eet (ἥτ) literally means shared center (ἥ) + stretch/extend (τ), “heart,” “seat of life,” “seat of feeling, passion, desire, etc.”
 Titain (τιταίν) means stretch.
 A tympanum is a frame drum, tambourine, used especially in the worship of the Great Mother.
 Zenos is another name for Zeus, the immortal God of lightning storms and the spark of fire/spark of life.
 Olympos is considered the home of the Olympian deities.
 The Aegean Sea connects Greece and Anatolia/Turkey. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegean_Sea#mediaviewer/File:Aegean_Sea_map.png
 The ox is the male stud animal of the herd kept for breeding.
 Kronos is the immortal God of time.
 Basileia means ruler.
 “Loosening the foundation of birth” is likely a reference to menstruation and parturition.
 Gaia is the immortal Goddess of generative earth.
 Ouranos is the immortal God of the sky.
 Potnos is the immortal God of the sea.
 Eirene is the immortal Goddess of peace.