Translated by Catherine Proppe, May 15, 2014
12. Ἡρακλέος, θυμίαμα λίβανον.
Divine connection/incense: libanon (frankincense)
Ἥρακλες ὀμβριμόθυμε, μεγασθενές, ἄλκιμε Τιτάν,
Herakles, powerful, passionate, majestically strong, courageous Titan,
καρτερόχειρ, ἀδάμαστε, βρύων ἄθλοισι κραταιοῖς,
Mighty-handed, indominatable, bursting with athleticism powerful,
αἰολόμορφε, χρόνου πάτερ, ἀίδιέ τε ἐύφρων,
Ever-changing, father Chronos, eternally good and wise,
ἄρρητ', ἀγριόθυμε, πολύλλιτε, παντοδυνάστα,
Merit-earning, wildly passionate, enormously humble, all-dynastic,
παγκρατὲς ἦτορ ἔχων, κάρτος μέγα, τοξότα, μάντι,
All-powerful heart, foundation of power, great archer, prophet,
παμφάγε, παγγενέτωρ, πανυπέρτατε, πᾶσιν ἀρωγέ,
Devouring all, generating all, above all, helping all,
ὃς θνητοῖς κατέπαυσας ἀνήμερα φῦλα διώξας,
Causing mortal cessation of fate, generations dividing,
εἰρήνην ποθέων κουροτρόφον, ἀγλαότιμον,
Peace-desiring child-nurturer, gloriously revered,
αὐτοφυής, ἀκάμας, γαίης βλάστημα φέριστον,
Self-born, unbending, Gaia’s offspring-bearing grower,
πρωτογόνοις στράψας βολίσιν, μεγαλώνυμε Παιών,
Protogonos-twisting ballistic, majestic-realmed Paion,
ὃς περὶ κρατὶ φορεῖς ἠῶ καὶ νύκτα μέλαιναν,
Encompassing power bearing Eos, black Night,
δώδεκ' ἀπ' ἀντολιῶν ἄχρι δυσμῶν ἆθλα διέρπων,
The twelve-springing from the east spreading to the west,
ἀθάνατοις, πολύπειρος, ἀπείριτος, ἀστυφέλικτος·
Immortal, multiply-pierced, invulnerable, astral-floating.
ἐλθέ, μάκαρ, νούσων θελκτήρια πάντα κομίζων,
Come, happily, incline toward soothng all life’s cares,
ἐξέλασον δὲ κακὰς ἄτας κλάδον ἐν χερὶ πάλλων,
Expel the evil, the ruinous, club in hand brandish,
πτηνοῖς τ' ἰοβόλοις κῆρας χαλεπὰς ἀπόπεμπε.
Let fly poison arrows at painful Kar from your hand.
 Herakles (Roman: Hercules). Herakles was a strong, athletic man who completed 12 labors ordered by the oracle. The creatures were then made into constellations. (This may have been a way to claim Greek origin for the naming of constellations.) Herakles was subsequently transformed into a God. Herakles is revered as the God of Turning Points, the Savior God who turns the situation. Herakles is considered by some to be originally an Egyptian God. The Orphica equates Herakles with Chronos, the God of Time. http://www.theoi.com/Cult/HeraklesCult.html
The 12 Labors of Herakles:
1. Slay the Nemean Lion-The lion was impervious to arrows and terrorizing the area. Herakles clubbed it on the head and then choked it to death, wearing the lion’s skin as a trophy. (Theocritus, Idylls 25. 132 ff)
2. Slay the nine-headed Lernaia Hydra (water snake)-Each time a head was cut off the snake, two more grew back, so Herakles applied burning brands to the severed stumps, cauterizing the wounds to prevent regeneration. (Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. 77 – 80; Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 11. 5) http://www.theoi.com/Ther/DrakonHydra.html
3. Capture alive the Kerynitis Deer-Herakles chased the golden-horned deer for a year and finally captured it on Mount Artemsion, sacred to the Goddess Artemis. http://www.theoi.com/Ther/ElaphosKerynitis.html
4. Capture alive the Erymanthios Boar- Herakles wearied the boar by chasing it through snow. http://www.theoi.com/Ther/HusErymanthios.html
5. Clean the cattle stables of King Augeias-Herakles did so by diverting the waters of the Alpheios and Peneios Rivers through the plain, washing the manure away. http://www.theoi.com/Heros/Augeas.html
6. Slay the man-eating Stymphalian Birds-Herakles roused them with a rattle and then shot them down one by one. http://www.theoi.com/Ther/OrnithesStymphalides.html
7. Capture the Kretan Bull-Herakles carried the bull back on his shoulders. http://www.theoi.com/Ther/TaurosKretaios.html
8. Capture the flesh-eating horses of Diomedes-Herakles did so and fed Diomedes to his own horses, sating their appetite for human flesh. http://www.theoi.com/Heros/DiomedesThrakios.html
9. Capture the belt of Hippolyte, Queen of the warrior Amazon tribe of women-Herakles killed Hippolyte in battle and took her belt. (Apollodorus (2.5.9))
10. Capture the cattle herd of the three-headed giant Geryon-Herakles slew the cattle herder, the guard dog, and Geryon and brought the cattle back by ship. http://www.theoi.com/Gigante/GiganteGeryon.html
11. Fetch the apples of the Hesperides, Goddesses of the Sunset-Herakles slew the serpent who guarded the apples and stole the fruit. http://www.theoi.com/Titan/Hesperides.html
12. Fetch Kerberos, the guard dog of the afterlife-Herakles captured the dog with the permission of Persephone, Goddess of the Afterlife. (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 25. 1 ; Plutarch, Life of Nisias 1. 3) http://www.theoi.com/Ther/KuonKerberos.html
 The Titan deities reside in Tartaros, the lowest point beneath the earth, whereas the Olympic deities reside in Olympia, the highest known point on earth.
 Chronos is the immortal God of Time. According to Orphica, Herakles is the same as Chronos (Orphica, Theogonies Fragment 54 (from Damascius) and Orphica, Theogonies Fragment 57 (from Athenogoras)). These passages depict Chronos/Herakles as forming the egg from which Ouranos (Sky/Egg White) and Gaia (Earth/Yolk) come forth when squeezed.
 Time eventually causes death.
 Death/Time creates the phenomena of generations because mortals don’t live forever.
 Eirene is the immortal Goddess of Peace.
 Gaia is the immortal Goddess of Earth.
 Life on Earth grows over time.
 Paion means Savior.
 Protogonos means born first, an epithet of the primordial bi-sexual God/dess Phanes.
 May refer to Chronos/Herakles squeezing the primordial egg to bring forth Sky and Earth.
 Eos is the immortal Goddess of Dawn.
 Night is the immortal Goddess of Night.
 Probably refers to the 12 constellations which each appear for approximately 30 days and emerge in the east, setting in the west, comprising a year’s time.
 The stars may be viewed as piercing the black blanket of the sky.
 Kar is the immortal Goddess of Death.