September 25th, 2006


Starting dawn and sunset devotionals: what a comedy of errors

I've been playing with a particular idea since I started my journal for Liturgy Practicum 1, and this morning I started on that idea.

Particularly, this morning I started dawn and sunset prayers at my altar. It was. . . as hard as I thought it would be.

Ritual timing has never really been a specialty of mine. I'm not so hot at getting things to occur when I want them to, and this morning was no exception. I was in front of my altar at 7:22 AM, which was sunrise here, but I'd wanted to be praying to Usas at that time, not starting. Instead, I started with the lighting of the candles and the lighting of Epona's candle, followed by her prayer.

So after a mad dash from my two-minute shower up the stairs in my towel after waking up five minutes before, I started my ritual.

Here's how the rite went down:
7:22 AM, September 25, 2006
  • Stumble in front of the altar, no contacts in, wearing only a towel, fumbling for a match.
  • Try to strike the match two or three times; finally get it lit.
  • Light the three candles, and suddenly realize that I'm on my last match and that one of the key points of my devotionals is my attempt to light all candles off a single match.
  • Decide to put off Usas' prayer, because my prayer to Epona indicates, "I light your candle," and that sounds really silly when you're not lighting a candle, or the candle is already lit, and I was holding the lit match in my hand.
  • Say prayer to Epona.
  • Say prayer to Usas.
  • Realize I forgot to bring my triquettra up from the basement, and thus can't put it on.
  • Take a moment to center myself anyway.
  • Blow out my candles, and continue with the mad dash of getting ready for work.
  • Go back to the basement to find my triquettra, and put it on.
I can't imagine how comical that whole situation was from the outside.

I learned a lot from it, though:
  1. Get your ass up on time. Rolling out of bed, dripping wet, half-naked, and completely unkepmt is no way to meet the Gods.
  2. Evening devotionals ensure that all your morning devotionals will be set up and ready to go.
  3. Epona has to come first in this, because of the wording of the prayer. Rituals should start one minute before the recognition of the sun setting or rising to time things right.
  4. An old episode of the original Star Trek is not a valid reason to stay up until 2 AM the night before a major ritual change.
My prayer to Usas will appear in my journals. It needs some work, as it doesn't do her justice, but I feel a strong affinity to her, personally.