"O Jove much-honor'd, Jove [Zeus] supremely great, to thee our holy rites we consecrate,
Our pray'rs and expiations, king divine, for all things round thy head exalted shine.
The earth is thine, and mountains swelling high, the sea profound, and all within the sky.
Saturnian [Kronion] king, descending from above, magnanimous, commanding, sceptred Jove [Zeus];
All-parent, principle and end of all, whose pow'r almighty, shakes this earthly ball;
Ev'n Nature trembles at thy mighty nod, loud-sounding, arm'd with light'ning, thund'ring God.
Source of abundance, purifying king, O various-form'd from whom all natures spring;
Propitious hear my pray'r, give blameless health, with peace divine, and necessary wealth."
Orphic Hymn 14 to Zeus (from www.theoi.com)
Zeus is possibly one of the most important deities in the Greek pantheon; therefore, He is a pillar and central figure of my faith. On a very basic and primal level, I see Zeus as a father figure. He is at times stern and strict, and He is at other times hearty and full of joy. I understand Zeus as having a voracious sexual appetite, perhaps as a mythological stand-in for the power of creation. Since my personal take on Hellenic polytheism focuses on fathers and sons/male lineage and divine masculinity, Zeus obviously plays a large role in my overall spirituality.