April 24, 2015
60. Χαρίτων, θυμίαμα στύρακα.
To the Charites
Divine connection: storax, styrax
Κλῦτέ μοι, ὦ Χάριτες μεγαλώνυμοι, ἀγλαότιμοι,
Be open to me, O Charites, mighty-realmed, gloriously honored
θυγατέρες Ζηνός τε καὶ Εὐνομίης βαθυκόλπου,
Daughters of Zenos and Eunomia deep-bosomed
Ἀγλαΐη Θαλίη τε καὶ Εὐφροσύνη πολύολβε,
Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne, rich in blessings
χαρμοσύνης γενέτειραι, ἐράσμιαι, εὔφρονες, ἁγναί,
Delighting in generating loveliness, goodwill, purity,
αἰολόμορφοι, ἀειθαλέες, θνητοῖσι ποθειναί·
Variously formed, eternally abundant, longed for by mortals
εὐκταῖαι, κυκλάδες, καλυκώπιδες, ἱμερόεσσαι·
Possessing the cycles of the veiled handles of desire's essence
ἔλθοιτ' ὀλβοδότειραι, ἀεὶ μύσταισι προσηνεῖς.
Come, whole life givers, eternal mysteries lead to the signs.
 The Charites are beautiful Goddesses of glory, abundance, and goodwill. Charites (Χάριτες) is usually translated as “Graces,” meaning something wonderful bestowed that one did nothing to earn, literally “foundation (Χ) + arising (ά) + flow (ρ) + of divine power (ι) + extended (τ) + essence (ες).” The Charites are often associated with nature’s beauty, joyful festivities, and divine blessings.
On architectural renderings, the foundation is designated with an “X.”
Chaos (χᾱός) is defined by the Lexicon as meaning genuine, true, good. The Charites, then, are the Goddesses presiding over the natural outflow of this genuine, true goodness.
Chaos (Χάος) is named by Hesiod and others as the originating state of the universe. (Note that Proclus says that Chronos (Χρόνος), the immortal God of time, pre-existed Chaos. Both terms begin with the letter “X.”)
Chaos (Χάος) is the first state of the universe; the Pythagorean name for one. Webster’s includes in its definition of chaos, “the infinity of space or formless matter supposed to have preceded the existence of the ordered universe.”
Hesiod’s Theogony (ll. 116-117) describes Chaos (Χάος) as existing prior to everything else:
“Verily at the first Chaos came to be,
but next wide-bosomed Earth, the ever-sure foundations of
all . . .”133
Earth is the ever-sure foundation. Choo- (χοο-) is a prefix meaning earth, literally “foundation entity.”
Chthon (χθών) means earth, “foundation divine.”
(Catherine R. Proppe, Greek Alphabet: Unlock the Secrets (2013), 126.)
 Zenos is another name for Zeus, the immortal God of lightning storms and the spark of fire/spark of life. Zenion (Ζήνιον) means rain-water. Zesis (ζῆσις) means vitalization.
 Eunomia is the immortal Goddess of good laws. The Charites are the daughters of the spark of life (father) and divine law (mother).
 Aglaia is the immortal Goddess of glory, splendor, magnificence.
 Thalia is the immortal Goddess of abundance, plenty.
 Euphrosyne is the immortal Goddess of good thoughts, goodwill, good cheer.