Kundalini Rising with Dionysos

I finally decided it was time to share a practice I’ve been doing with Dionysos, in case it appeals to anyone else. I first had the seeds of this idea many years ago, started playing with it sporadically, and finally settled into a consistent practice in the past year or so. I start almost every day with this just after waking, before doing some yoga stretches and other exercise. Basically, I move kundalini energy up my body through the chakras while intoning epithets of Dionysos.

[Disclaimer: Yes, I realize I probably have a flawed and/or incomplete understanding of kundalini, chakras, and the entire system they come from. I find these to be convenient and generally familiar terms to describe concepts that I feel are deeper than any one cultural tradition. You could also speak of chi, or energy in general, or power centers of the body, or whatever. While there are some connections for sure between Dionysos and India, I’m not claiming this is in any way connected to authentic Hinduism or Tantra. Just my UPG related to my own energy work and relationship with Dionysos.]

In a seated position, I center my awareness on the coiled serpent of kundalini and slowly draw it up from root to crown, pulling it up with each breath, and intoning one of the names of Dionysos at each chakra, with the pitch of the notes rising in concert with the energy. I have chosen these epithets to match certain properties or concepts associated with each chakra, and according to my personal experience and also just what felt right after some experimentation. (Of course YMMV and other epithets could be used.) Most of my choices are probably self-explanatory but can give further detail if anyone is curious. What I use is:

Root: Khthonios (of the earth; subterranean)
Sacral: Auxites (giver of growth; increase)
Solar Plexus: Purigenes (born in fire)
Heart: Omadios (the raw one; eater of raw flesh)
Throat: Iakkhos (a ritual cry)
Third Eye: Kruphios (hidden, secret)
Crown: Lusios (deliverer; giver of release)

I usually end it with the line “Bakkhios himself has freed me” – this is adapted from the Orphic tablets. The phrasing and notes were taught to me by a fellow Dionysian as a repetitive one-line mantra – I use it along with a mala of sorts where I chant it 81 times, something that connects me deeply to Dionysos as well as putting me in a trance state every time. So using it once here is just touching on that briefly, and tying this brief morning energy work with the more intense but less frequent mantra practice.

I find this to be a powerful way to start each day, but also extremely simple and quick which means it’s easy to implement and stick with. It helps get my spiritual energy moving before I do anything else, opens everything up, centers me in my body, as well as making sure that the first words from my lips are honoring my god.

(There are also a lot of interesting connections that could be explored here…. the kundalini serpent and Dionysos’ snake symbolism, the spinning wheel of the chakras and trochos, one of the Toys of Dionysos, the seven energy centers and the seven turns of a unicursal labyrinth….)

I’ve created a little video with a recording of me singing the epithets, to better illustrate the practice, in case any fellow Dionysians would like to adopt or adapt it for themselves. (Note: I just recorded this on my laptop and the sound quality is not great, it kind of sounds like I’m dropping the “s” off the end of many of the names but it’s there if you listen closely.)


~ by Dver on March 23, 2021.

5 Responses to “Kundalini Rising with Dionysos”

  1. […] An excellent piece by Dver. I do something similar with Odin. Check out the link here. […]

  2. Χαῖρε Δουέρ,

    One question immediately jumps to mind when I read this, regarding the epithet for the heart cakra: why Omadios? I’m not familiar with the cultic / mythic import of this epithet, so I was interested to see it.

    • Ah yes, this is probably my most personal choice. It has to do with Dionysos owning my heart, and the way I conceive of this is fairly primal and tangible as well as symbolic, in that I offer my heart to Him to feast on, my physical self as well as emotional/spiritual. So I see His epithets such as Omadios and Omestes related to this, eater of my raw flesh, my raw heart. Perhaps this is better conveyed by this old poem of mine:

      Hunter of Hearts

      clothed in the pelts of horned animals
      his bare feet pound a rhythm on the ground
      his face darkened with a paste of
      lees and earth, like a mask
      he is drunk
      and madness gleams an invitation
      at the corners of his eyes

      it’s night in the forest and we are alone
      and not alone
      drawn to him, they have gathered at the edges
      growling, howling, whispering
      an unseen chorus

      but every sound stops
      when he strides toward me
      and tears my body open for his feast

  3. Oh, thank you for sharing this! Love the video so I can hear how you pronounce each one.

    • Ha, there should probably be an additional disclaimer there about pronunciation. I’m not exactly a fluent speaker of ancient Greek! I think I have the basic gist of it, but that’s all. But, I feel very connected to His names in the original language so I use them anyway.

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