The time of Helios

Did you know that in ancient Greek-Egyptian magic, the period between the first and third of January was a privileged time to invoke Helios?

Helios is a prominent figure in the Magical Greek Papyri (MGP), a group of manuscripts discovered in Egypt and covering a period from the second century BC to the fifth century. In these manuscripts, Helios is considered the creator of life, the lord of the sky and the cosmos, and the god of the sea. He is also equated with the twelve signs of the zodiac.

The Papyri describe him "seated on a lotus, adorned with rays", in the manner of Harpocrates, who is often represented seated on a lotus flower, representing the rising sun.

The typical invocation at that time was: "Rejoice with me, You who are established over the East Wind and the World. You for whom all the Gods serve as bodyguards to Your Good Hour and Your Good Day, You who are the Good Daimon (God) of the World, the Crown of the Inhabited World, You who arise from the Abyss, You who every day raise a young man and set an old man. I beg you, Lord, not to allow me to be overthrown, to be plotted against, to be given dangerous drugs, to be exiled, to fall into hard times. On the contrary, I ask to obtain and receive from You Life, Health, Reputation, Wealth, Influence, Strength, Success, Charm, Favour from all Men and Women, Victory over all Men and Women. Yes, Lord, accomplish this matter that I want, by means of Your Power". [PGM XXXVI.211-30]