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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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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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Date:September 25th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Whoohoo! I LOVE High Days! ;D

Although I admit, the notion of you asking the All-father if you can be my personal towel, him stroking his beard and picturing me wet and naked, and then nodding with a gruff affirmative... disturbs me more than you can know.

*runs back to her Gaulish gods, which are much less lecherous*
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Date:September 25th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
*scowls* If he wants babies, he can go create his own.
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Date:September 25th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Since when does lechery have to involve babies?
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Date:September 25th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
The Gods are extremely fertile. Look at some of the tales, they only have to look at you a certain way for you to drop a child. :)
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Date:September 25th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
So true. That's why I avoid Odin. I wouldn't want to wake up fat and cranky with a one-eyed baby in my womb and all sorts of shit from all of my friends for it!

Oh gods, and think how embarassing it would be if it turned out to be a wolf or a sea monster or something...
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Date:September 25th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Just think of how much more embarassing if those of us that were male took a tip from Loki and his shapechanging and ended up with a baby of our own. I know I sure wouldn't want to be carrying anormal child, let alone one shaped like a horse with a few too many legs .
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Date:September 25th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
There's plenty of instances where either Godly lechery didn't involve any babies afterwards (Dagda & the Morrigan, for example) or babies happened where lechery didn't (birth of Taliesan, when Cerridwyn swallowed the fly).

They're the Gods. They can do that. And us modern humans, we have ways of dealing with lechery so it doesn't involve babies later, too. ;-)

There could be specifics of dealing with Odin & his lechery that I don't know about, though. I'm not as up on the Norse stuff.
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Date:September 25th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
Don't encourage this, you! There will be no staying of gods in my respectable house. Or lechery, for that matter. Not even Mike's journal is an acceptable locale for that.


There's a reason nobody's broken into the "Odin with Co-eds" porn industry yet.
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Date:September 25th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
There may be reasons, but I would point out that there are no good reasons. . .

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