In short, I'm sending my statue of Epona to erienc, who lives in Texas.
In long, I'm making preperations to take a goddess, who has been at every devotional I have done at my altar for four years, and sending Her away. This is more than a statue, more than a representation. I realized this when I was speaking to erienc on the phone and I said, "I'd like to send her to you." The use of the word "her" affected me deeply, mostly because it was so unintentional.
Truly, I was sending erienc a goddess, not a statue.
In a sense, I see it as a production, a play put on to add some formality and seriousness to the process.
But deeply, I see it as a religious and spiritually important working that I'm doing.
My journals on this subject will be more explicit about the process, the prayers that are being written and executed, and how the whole situation came to be.
But the soon-to-be-empty space on my altar is bringing out more deep religious feeling than I think I have ever experienced in my time doing daily devotions.
Some things to be done before I send the statue out:
- Write the prayer for Epona I use down so it can be used by erienc while she's there.
- Write the prayer for Epona that I will need to speak daily to the empty space she usually inhabits.
- Write a prayer to say to Epona as I send her away.
- Bathe the statue and find a suitable wrapping for her before packaging
This is a really new and interesting experience for me, one I never really contemplated before.
This weekend I will be shopping for both the packaging and the packing materials. I have some ideas, but there's a lot to work through. On Monday, see what I came up with.