Hymn to Silenos

I pray to Silenos Noble drunkard, wise fool, Wild man of the woods, Foster-father to the Bacchic One. Horse-eared and horse-tailed, You ride your ass through the revels, Dispensing inebriated philosophy, As wise as it is slurred, As caring as it is jumbled. Bless us with your wisdom And don't fall off....

The Satyr Game

I haven’t done group ritual in years, so I haven’t had cause to remember it for some time, but this came up at the Filled With Frenzy bebakcheumenion ritual at Many Gods West this weekend. Sometimes it takes people a bit to let go and give in to the frenzy and the ecstasy, and I find this is a good way to help them. I learned this weekend that it's also a good way to redirect someone who's a little too far into it and has fixated on someone or something that's inappropriate. I generally play the game as a maenad to a satyr, but both the game and those roles work well regardless of gender. It's ever so simple. I come up to someone, hands out, and say "Dance with me!" They don't need to take my hands, just to dance. Move faster and faster, preferable whirling in circles. Then I suddenly say "Chase me!" and turn and run, laughing. I had yet to have anyone fail to chase. Some instinct takes over, the unexpectedness of it surprises them into following, and before they know it, they've let go. I generally run as far as I'm up for, then "stumble" and slow, grab hold of them as they grab hold of me, and start dancing again....