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September 25th, 2006


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10:18 am - 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.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Strange Bird", -JB

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From:road_trip_judi
Date:September 25th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Rolling out of bed, dripping wet, half-naked, and completely unkepmt is no way to meet the Gods.

I'd think that might entirely depend on the God(dess) in question...
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From:smithing_chick
Date:September 25th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. In fact, I think certain of Them might actually prefer it. ;-)
From:ceolnamara
Date:September 25th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
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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.

Hmm, story of my life.
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From:dqg_neal
Date:September 25th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Dripping wet, half-naked and unkempt is how I greet the gods every morning now. Truly. well, actually fully naked.

It started that I'd be half awake trying to remember my morning devotions. And then I shifted to a new way. I start my devotions while in the shower. Skip the singing in the shower, I went to full prayers. And continued afterwards. I made my ritual of devotion be part of my morning ritual of getting ready for the day.


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From:qorinda
Date:September 25th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I made my ritual of devotion be part of my morning ritual of getting ready for the day.

Mine is too, but the shower isn't the beginning... unless one can count it as the ritual cleansing.

Anyway - I found if the devotional is part of my morning ablutions, I am more likely to do it every day. It works out nicely. However, it doesn't start at sunrise. ;)
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From:dqg_neal
Date:September 25th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Did you ever notice when writing rituals, we work so hard to get wording done right, and then find out later that the wording and the actions don't just mesh up?

It makes a humorous little tidbit to the comment of "right action". :)

Hand movements, dances, labrinth walking... all have a part in what we do. I find if our actions are as important as we wish them to be in our path, and not just the thoughts or the words behind them, then our physical actions should be just as important a part in our liturgy.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 25th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this is why a smart liturgist will practice his prayers and run through rituals before doing them.

I'm not such a smart liturgist :)
From:anglican_druid
Date:September 25th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
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So what episode were you watching, and was it one of the digitally remastered ones I've heard about?
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 25th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
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It was the episode with the silicone-based life-form that ate through rocks on this planet that looked kinda like Jupiter. Spock does some mind-melding with it and learns that it's the mother of its whole race, and everyone eventually lives happily ever after. I think the life-form was called a Hordak or something like that.

It wasn't digitally remastered (unless they did a really shitty job, which is always possible, and actually quite likely where CGI is involved). I was expecting Star Trek: Enterprise and got a completely different Star Trek. Not that I was certain of the difference until the opening credits rolled.
From:episkopos
Date:September 25th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)

hail!

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ceolnamara has instructed me to peruse your works. I wish to obey the future Sneezy Drippy Empress of the World, and congratulate you on the Oracles, which have proven scarily useful and accurate in the ongoing war between me and Seemingly Impersonal Universal Symbolism.

I also wish to offer my condolences on the matter of not getting anything to happen when it should. This has been my greatest challenge.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 25th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)

Re: hail!

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Indeed, I noticed your friending of me this morning, and returned the favour. Welcome!
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From:nontacitare
Date:September 25th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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I have a hard enough time just doing sunset devotionals. Have you ever had problems getting home in time for them?

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.

Of course it is. Perhaps the episode, being an example of modern mythmaking, helped expand your concept of the Gods. ;-)
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From:singingwren
Date:September 25th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
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You know, this is inspiring.

I think I shall show up to lead Samhain dripping wet and half naked.

If I don't freeze to death, it's a mark that I'm a really good pagan. And if I do, at least our membership will skyrocket due to all the rumours.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:September 25th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
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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

There are invalid reasons to stay up until 2 am? I must have missed those...

(Having seen you identify it in other comments, that is indeed a really good episode)
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From:tlachtga
Date:September 25th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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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.

The hell it isn't. Consider your lost sleep a sacrifice to the gods and ancestors. Or, at least to Gene Rodinberry.

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