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Set up a Zeus altar to help create an intimate relationship with the god Zeus or Jupiter. Zeus is the lord of the gods, overseeing thunder and lightning. He is the father of many children, including Athena, Apollo, and Artemis. He is also the archetype of the sky father, watching us and helping us from his throne on Mount Olympus.
Modern worship of Zeus is surprisingly rare. Maybe this is because he has been characterized as the embodiment of toxic masculinity (for good reason), or perhaps those who do worship him simply don’t discuss it as much.
Either way, I personally work with Zeus now and then. He has a friendly relationship with Hecate, my patron goddess. If you work with him, you may want to add some elements of his worship to your altars or set up an altar just for Zeus.
Here are some things to consider and items to include when working with Zeus.
Add Symbols Of The Divine To Your Altars
Adding symbols of the divine to your altar will help keep the deities close to you. The more they relate to your daily life, the more likely they will be to speak with you. The gods are not human and do not respond to requests (or need) as we do, but a good altar can help make a connection that is closer than words.
When I want to communicate with the gods, it helps to have items dedicated specifically to them on my altars. That way, I have something tangible to hold onto when I meditate and open myself up to them.
How To Honor Jupiter Or Zeus
Zeus is known as the king of the gods of Mount Olympus. For that reason, he tends to demand opulence and the best version of things that you can possibly give him.
Of course, if you don’t have the ability to put gold statues on your altar (and who does?!), he understands. It’s about giving him the best you can.
Be mindful of what you put on an altar for Zeus or Jupiter. Don’t go for the cheapest version because he will take offense.
Statues Of Zeus
This may be obvious, but Zeus is quite fond of himself. A statue of Zeus on your altar will be very pleasing to him and is a great object of adoration for you.
Don’t equate buying objects with worship of the gods, but if you want to honor Zeus, a statue on your altar is a great way to do it. Instead of a statue, you can also print out art of Zeus and put it into an ornate frame.
Symbols Of Zeus
Zeus has a few symbols that are holy to him. You can use these as ideas for what to put on your altar.
Symbolic correspondences for Zeus or Jupiter include:
- Statues of his sacred animals
- Anything gold
- Anything ivory
- Oak branches
- White animals
Zeus’s Sacred Animals
The ancient cult of Zeus or Jupiter sacrificed white bulls, lambs, and rams to him. Zeus also has an affinity for eagles and horses. Putting statues of these animals on your altar is an excellent way to honor him.
You can choose which animal to put on your altar based on its correspondences.
Bulls represent strength, virility, and fertility.
Lambs are purity and innocence.
Rams represent courage and spiritual enlightenment. They also stand for determination, sacrifice, and creative solutions.
Eagles are believed to soar above the earth, looking down upon us with great wisdom. They also represent freedom, vision, and insight.
Horses represent speed, courage, nobility, and power. They also represent the sun in some cultures.
Sacred Plants For Zeus
There are many herbs and plants associated with Zeus. Each one has a spiritual meaning or magical correspondences that can be used on your altar and in magic.
- Oak trees: These symbolize Zeus’s strength and wisdom.
- Olive trees: These symbolize wisdom, peace, and prosperity. An olive branch is used as a symbol of peace and victory in war.
- Maple trees: These symbolize wisdom, strength, and endurance.
- Hawthorn: This is a thorny tree that symbolizes immortality.
- Carnations: They represent joy and devotion.
- Star anise: These are used to honor the dead and to banish ghosts.
- Nutmeg: This is symbolic of Jupiter and used for spells or amulets meant to bring money and good luck.
- Mint: This herb is often used in spells related to fertility and abundance.
- Dandelion: This is symbolic of Jupiter and used in spells to bring luck or fortune.
- Clover: This herb is used in spells to bring luck, wealth, and abundance.
- Sage: This herb symbolizes Jupiter’s/Zeus’s knowledge and wisdom. It is also used for cleansing negative energy.
- Frankincense: This is used for spells related to health, wealth, abundance, protection, and purification.
- Almonds: These nuts are used in spells that bring good luck, wealth, and success.
- Ash trees: These trees are used for spells related to protection and purification of the home.
- Pine trees: These are symbolic of masculinity and virility.
- Apples: These fruits are used in spells for good luck, fertility, prosperity, and spirituality.
Offerings For Zeus
Finally, we come to the offerings you can leave for Zeus on your altar. Zeus loves to see justice served, and he loves to be adored. So you can find news articles of justice being served and print those out to leave on your altar.
Or you can create drawings of Zeus and Mount Olympus to put on your altar. Another option is to print out photos of Crete, as the island of Crete is sacred to Zeus.
Any of the plants listed above are awesome offerings for Zeus, too.
Offerings of milk, wine, or honey are also appropriate to leave on your Zeus altar, as they are typical offerings for almost all gods.
During the full moon, we call upon Hekate to assist us in clearing our past, releasing our fears, and opening ourselves to new possibilities. We ask her to help us gain clarity in our lives, to help us transform our inner worlds, and to allow us to move forward with courage and confidence.
It is said that Hekate helps us to overcome obstacles and challenges that stand in our way, and to achieve our goals. In addition to being a benevolent Goddess, she is also a fierce warrior. When we summon her, we invite her to help us take charge of our lives, to lead us into battle, and to fight for justice.
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