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Recognizing the Signs Apollo Is Calling You

Last Updated: September 21, 2023

Apollo is the Greek God of music, poetry, archery, truth, prophecy, plague, healing, and light. He is one of the most worshipped in the Greek pantheon because of his multifaceted persona and, let’s face it, Apollo is not very subtle with his signs. 

Known by many names, (Hecebolus, Manticus, Phoebus, Acestor…) we also strongly associate him with his openness to being queer, his competitiveness, his love for his counterpart Artemis and his many favoured methods of divination.

It’s usually quite easy to guess when he is calling out to people, but to clear up any suspicions you could have, here are some clear indications that Apollo is near and or trying to communicate with you.

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Tangible Signs From Apollo

1.) Sunsets & Rises

If you feel a strong connection to the sun for the first time in your life, it could be a sign that Apollo is attempting to communicate with you. Many ancient cultures looked to the sun as a source of guidance and direction because its rays have always been seen as the source of life, knowledge, healing, and hope. Apollo, being the God of light, truth, prophecy, and healing was also looked up to in this way by the people who worshipped him, and so he is often represented by the sun as it’s the most encompassing symbol of his influence. 

Being drawn to the power and beauty of watching the sun set or rise, could be Apollo’s way of letting you know he is around. In these moments listen extra close for a message from Apollo, where he might be trying to share a little wisdom, bring some protection, or show you how to live in the moment a little more. 

2.) Music & Lyrics

Music is a language that Apollo speaks fluently; connection to music on a deeper level than you ever have before, and randomly hearing or writing songs that include his sacred symbols in some way, can also be a sign that he is close by. 

You might also find yourself waking up to a melody or song in your head that you haven’t heard in a long time and if lyrics get stuck on a loop in your head, make sure to look them up and find the message because that is another way that Apollo tries to communicate with you. He really activates the clairaudience abilities in his followers, and the people he chooses to interact with, and inspires musical talents. 

3.)  Art & Sciences

Apollo has always been a symbol of creativity and knowledge. Accompanied by the Muses, he is always inspiring mankind to tap into our creativity to expand our knowledge, allowing us to uncover new truths about the world and ourselves. This is why Apollo is known to send messages through art and science as well as music and lyrics, encouraging those who follow him to pursue their passions and unlock their ultimate potential. If you experience sudden bursts of energetic creativity, just know that Apollo likes to inspire thoughts and ideas in those who choose to reach out to him or answer his call. 

If you’re catching yourself idly doodling or drawing his sacred signs and symbols, or suddenly feeling more creative, artistic, and confident than ever before, you can assume that Apollo might be trying to influence you at least a little bit. As a devotee to Apollo, I like to encourage people who work with him to keep themselves grounded when working with his creative energy to avoid any burnout. 

4.) Sacred Signs & Animals

Apollo is with a select few different plants and animals. Seeing his sacred animals in unusual places or in synchronistic ways can be a sign that Apollo is near or is trying to get your attention. His sacred animals include but are not limited to ravens, crows, hawks, swans, cicadas, mice, and snakes. Most of his symbols can be linked to a specific story in his mythology, so when you’re seeing recurring symbols associated with Apollo look up their significance and see if the mythology resonates, or holds a message for you in some way. 

The raven, hawk, and crows are also especially important to Apollo because they act as his eyes and ears when he is not able to be present. If you find yourself being consistently watched or stalked by one, have an up close and weird experience with one, or dream of one of these birds, it is probably Apollo checking in on you or bringing you a message. Pay attention!

5.) Divination

Apollo is well known in history for being the God who provided many life and world-changing prophecies to his oracles, especially in Delphi. He is a God of truth and prophecy, and he uses divination to provide insight, clarity, and guidance to those who ask for it. Sudden interest in divination, such as oracle, tarot, scrying, or charm casting can be a sign that Apollo is wanting to connect with you in a more direct way. 

Also, please know that learning to communicate with a deity through a divination tool can take time and your success relies on your ability to cultivate trust in your own intuition through sceptical trial and error. So this is a gentle reminder to be patient with yourself as you learn.

Sacred Signs & Symbols In Depth from Apollo

Understanding Apollo’s sacred signs and symbols is one of the first steps to being able to identify if he is present in your life. Take a look at some of his associations and you might discover other ways that he has reached out to you in the past. 

  • Lyre – Created by Hermes and traded with Apollo, the lyre is one of Apollo’s most prized possessions. Listening to music from a lyre, performing with a lyre, or even art depictions of a lyre are great ways to honor Apollo. 
  • Laurel – The laurel was sacred to Apollo because it was believed to have healing powers. It was associated with him because he was the God of healing, music, and the sun. The leaves of the laurel were also used to make crowns for victorious athletes and poets, which honored Apollo’s influence in these areas. As a form of divination, daphnomancy is a popular method from modern witches and a fantastic way to connect with yourself whilst also honoring Apollo.
  • The Sun and 4 of Swords Tarot Card – These cards usually reoccur in readings if he is trying to get in touch with you or send you a message.
  • Raven & Crow – Black birds are sacred to Apollo and are often used as his eyes and ears when he isn’t able to be present. Honor the black birds that you see by acknowledging Apollo whenever you encounter one. 
  • Hawk – The hawk is sacred to the God Apollo because it represents the sun and his power over the sky. Seeing a hawk can be a sign of Apollo’s more protective nature or a need to find more clarity by seeking higher perspectives. 
  • Mice – According to mythology, when Apollo was unhappy he would send hordes of mice to cause destruction, and then kill them when whatever wrongdoing had been corrected by the people. 
  • Wolf – It is believed that to escape and hide from the wrath of Hera, Apollo’s mother Leto disguised herself as a she-wolf and so Artemis and Apollo are both associated with the protection and strength of the wolf. 
  • Dolphin – Apollo either took the guise of a Dolphin or rode a Dolphin to an island that was inhabited by Pytho, and when he defeated Pytho the island was named Delphi. 
  • Bow & Arrow – Apollo asked Hephaestus to make him an archery set to defeat the snake that was being sent to terrorize his mother, Leto. He was so talented with the bow and arrow that he became known as the God of archery. 
  • Hyacinth – Apollo loved a man named Hyacinth who was tragically killed in a disk-throwing accident, and to honor his life, Apollo turned him into the Hyacinth flower. 
  • Swan – It is said that on the day Apollo was born, seven sacred swans flew around the island seven times and since then, there have been many artistic depictions of Apollo riding on the back of a swan. Swans are also beautiful singers and have been known to predict their own deaths.

Repeatedly seeing the number 7 is also a sign that Apollo is trying to get your attention. A great way to acknowledge him when he sends this number on repeat is to set up a ritual for him and also celebrate him on the 7th of every month which is what the ancient Greeks did. Apollo appreciated adoration for the gifts he has given to people and will show his appreciation by sending you many blessings and good fortune.

What To Do When He Reaches Out

1.) Learn about the Delphic Maxims. These are a list of statements with advice on how to live a virtuous life, and they are believed to have been delivered by the oracles of Apollo and come directly from him. Some of the most well-known maxims are, “know thyself”, “nothing in excess”, and “a pledge brings trouble” or in other words, “make no promises”.

2.) Make him a playlist for him of music that is creative, inspiring, and uplifting to you. You can use this playlist to connect with him on a deeper level or when you’re calling him into your space. 

3.) Divine and work on developing your clairaudience or other psychic abilities so that you can communicate with him more directly. Establish a consistent way of keeping yourself grounded and allow the relationship to develop in its own time and its own way. Pick up a tarot or oracle deck and learn it in your own time. 

Everyone’s experience and relationship with Apollo can be different so keep that in mind when trying to discern if Apollo is calling out to you. There is also nothing holding you back from making a connection with Apollo if he isn’t currently trying to reach out to you. It isn’t always a “pick me” game. There are many ways to respectfully approach the Gods if you wish to learn more about them. Be open, sincere, and always keep yourself grounded and protected. 

Remember that you are empowered by your choices and may you find many blessings on your current path. Until next time, @Meta.Mystics x

Traits That Apollo Favours In Devotees & Companions

While interpretations of his preferences may vary, the following traits are commonly associated with Apollo:

  1. Artistic and Musical Talent: Apollo is known as the patron of the arts, particularly music and poetry. He favors individuals who possess creative abilities and excel in artistic endeavors. Musicians, poets, writers, and performers who are dedicated to their craft may find favor with Apollo.

  2. Intellect and Knowledge: Apollo is associated with wisdom and knowledge. He favors individuals who value learning, intellectual pursuits, and the pursuit of truth. Scholars, academics, and those who seek to expand their understanding of the world may resonate with Apollo’s energy.

  3. Healing and Medicine: Apollo is also associated with healing and medicine. He favors individuals who are skilled in the art of healing, whether through traditional medicine, holistic practices, or energetic healing modalities. Those who work in the healthcare field or dedicate themselves to helping others restore balance and well-being may find themselves drawn to Apollo.

  4. Physical Fitness and Athletics: Apollo is often depicted as an athletic and physically fit god. He favors individuals who value physical health, strength, and athleticism. Those who engage in sports, physical training, or lead active lifestyles may find a connection with Apollo.

  5. Prophecy and Divination: Apollo is renowned for his prophetic abilities. He favors individuals who have a natural inclination or a developed skill in divination, such as tarot reading, astrology, or other forms of fortune-telling. Those who seek insight into the future or guidance in decision-making may be drawn to Apollo’s domain of prophecy.

In terms of the type of people Apollo works with historically/mythologically, he is known to collaborate with musicians, poets, artists, writers, and performers. He is also associated with oracles, seers, and those who practice divination. Apollo is often sought by individuals who seek his guidance in matters of healing, both physical and spiritual.

Apollo’s influence extends beyond cultural boundaries, and he may be revered or approached by individuals from various spiritual paths who connect with his domains and energies.

Approach Apollo with respect, humility, and a genuine desire to connect. While these traits are commonly associated with Apollo, personal experiences and interpretations may vary from witch to witch.  Building a relationship with Apollo requires an open heart and a willingness to engage in the arts, intellectual pursuits, and healing practices that resonate with his essence.

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A Note From BackyardBanshee.com

For most people, it is the feeling of a sudden pull or interest in learning more about Apollo. It’s really that simple – there’s no hidden agenda. So if that is what you are feeling intuitively called to explore whilst on your witchcraft journey, please do so (if you are open to it).

It’s important to remember that these are all just a few examples and that everyone’s experience is unique. Some people may not experience any of these signs, while others may have a completely different experience with them that we’ve not been able to list for you.

If you feel drawn to Apollo or have any questions, it is recommended to do further research and learn more about them and then respectfully reach out if you feel comfortable, and ask permission with them to start a conversation, especially to see if a relationship is what you’d both like.

Consent and respect are two very important factors, always. If you don’t want to or feel uncomfortable, then it is not necessary, and this is something that just keeps your journey interesting, to say the least! Keep safe, and until next time xox

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Written by Meta Mystic's Paige

Paige is a developing psychic medium and the owner of a small online business called MetaMystics. She currently offers spiritual guidance, tarot readings, lessons, and deity identifications. Her main deity guide is Apollon, and she works with Aphrodite, Ares, and Hekate. Paige prefers to just worship Artemis for now and believes they will be working together privately in the future, but for now, her focus is primarily on her work with Apollo. Together they are writing books and inspiring the world. And here are a few book recommendations she has given to learn about the deities she works with.

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