March 26th, 2009
|04:29 pm - Dawn comes lightly into ritual. . .|
This past weekend, I had the privilege of doing a ritual attunement and Gate opening that had nothing to do with the regular Two Powers we often use in ritual, but rather had everything to do with Eos, the Greek dawn goddess. I've gotten a couple of compliments on the part I played in the rite, and so I thought I'd share a bit of my own vision of the dawn, who I (of course) associate with the Vedic Usas.
|I remember watching the dawn break on Mt. Olympus, far above Litichoro and the sea. As I stood in the gray light of early morning, watching the mists roll over the mountain, I understood a little better the presence of the dawn in the mind of the poet, and the presence of the divine on Mt. Olympus.|
Truly, the blushing bride of the sun, the virgin innocent who blushes fiercely and beautiully when she is seen at her bath, the girl who comes quietly through your window in the morning and brushes her warm fingers across your face and chest and thighs. . . truly, she was there. . .
The most important thing to know is this: my own conception of dawn is greatly influenced by those Vedic poets who first spoke of the figure of Usas, rightly (I think) referred to as the most charming figure in descriptive religious lyrics. As a result, I think of the dawn as a beautiful girl on the verge of full-blown womanhood, young and innocent still, touched by neither man nor hardship; yet conscious enough of her body to acknowledge, however slightly, nakedness and vulnerability. I imagine that dawn, personified, is something like this:
In my mind's eye, when I view the dawn I am looking through a keyhole at a young woman bathing in her room, which is richly furnished in dark wood, draped in fabrics with warm hues of orange and red. She may sing to herself, or hum, as she slowly and joyously washes in the deep waters about her, the colours reflecting in the ripples where the waters meet her skin. At length, she rises from the bath, the waters dripping from her bosom in the many colours of the morning, and though she is alone she blushes a deep and soft blush, the colours radiating out from her skin. . . but this vision does not last for more than a the most fleeting of moments, for in a fluid motion she draws forth a cloth that covers her nakedness, walks swiftly across the room and throws open the window to the blinding light of the sun.
In another vision, I see the cool, grey mists of morning enter through my open window. Coming close on the heels of the mists, the dawn rests her fingers upon my window ledge, warming it and drawing colour to it. She then creeps over the sill, gazing down upon me in my slumber, and rests her hand upon my brow, lightly warming me with the warmth of her own touch. Her fingers trail across my face, brushing my hair behind my ear, touching my eyelids, and trailing across my lips and down my neck. Her fingers pass over my chest and stomach, warming them and drawing the first sigh of the morning from my body. She paints the room in fiery colours, drawing pinks, reds, and vibrant oranges across earth and sky. It is this gloriously painted heaven and earth that I view when I open my eyes and find her already gone, though I can still feel her touch and see the joy with which she has painted my world.
Heh. And people think Usas is a patron goddess of mine. Does that look like patronage to you?
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Patronage, to me, implies an unequal relationship in which one freely receives more from another than they can ever hope to repay. I don't really think of it as "impersonal," but simply one in which there's a clear notion of who is giving without expectation of repayment and who is receiving without hope of paying back. I don't see that kind of relationship with this particular goddess.
I am likely closest to this goddess of all of them, but our relationship isn't one of her granting me favoured status, or blessings, or money and wealth. I prefer to describe the relationship as a "courtship."
This is an interesting definition of patronage, and one I'd not heard before. Does this mean that there are other gods whom you feel you are "on par" with, or am I misinterpreting this?
Not really. I tend to see them all as being able to offer greater blessings than we could ever hope to repay, but the relationship with a patron is particularly special. I tend to look at it through the lens of *ghos-ti-, of course. . . it's a reciprocal bond that's without the idea that "everything will even out in the end."
I suppose that to some extent, with most relationships with the gods and goddesses, the spirits of nature, and the ancestors, I don't expect to receive much more than I put in. The more I put in, the more I get out, but it's an arithmetic progression, really. . . their blessings will always be greater than what I can offer, but not in the same way.
With a patron, I know that no matter how much I put in, I'm going to receive far more than I could possibly give, and on an exponential scale: if I put little effort forth, I'll get a small return that's still greater than what I put in, but if I put a great deal of effort, I find that I'll obtain blessings and rewards on an exponential scale (if, indeed, blessings could be "scaled": the "value" terms are pretty silly, really).
It's humbling, really. . . I suppose one could take advantage of a patronage relationship (look at Pip in Great Expectations, when he learns who his benefactor really is. . . he was all too happy with the relationship until Magwitch was shown to be the benefactor, though Pip eventually grows out of this and does his filial duty).
Still, I think that understanding that even these relationships can end with improper maintenance is important, and a sense of gratitude is vital to the relationship (though not guilt or fear of losing that patronage. . . those ideas don't belong here).
Cool, thanks for the clarification.
I actually haven't read Great Expectations; I'm primarily familiar with the story through other literary references, and of course the brilliant South Park retelling (though I suspect the book doesn't include the Genesis device).
There is, actually, a pretty complete synopsis in the Wikipedia article
. We had to read it in 8th
grade. . . aloud. I couldn't have gotten around reading it if I'd wanted to in that sort of environment. . . and I wouldn't have read it if I'd had a choice, knowing what I do about how I was with literary classics that were assigned at that age.
Add one more South Park I apparently need to watch :)
Thanks, I'm looking at it now. And yes, that episode is awesome; finally, Pip gets to star!
I love how you take your vivid visual pictures and translate them into prose.
Do you have any difficulty translating visual language to verbal language? Or, maybe you don't conceptualize it that way. I think some concepts visually, and it can be difficult to try to find the words sometimes (enamored as I am with precision, and all, sometimes words don't suffice - nuance is lost).
I don't really have much difficulty in it. I wrote that freehand during a meeting, actually, and spent about five minutes re-framing it into a journal entry with minimal editing when I translated it from the handwritten notes.
When the image is so vivid, it's hard not to translate it verbally.
Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
On an amusing side note concerning your tags, referring to dawn in this fashion adds a whole new element to 'hottie'.
Heh. You'll get used to that tag. One of my more common ones ;)
|Date:||March 27th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)|| |
Patron is just a word.
It's ironic, really, to hear you speak so sensually, for you seem like such a prude sometimes in person. ;)
I believe that your relationship to our dear Rosy fingered Goddess of the Dawn is deep and meaningful, and it doesn't matter what title you give that relationship. It stands on its own regardless of title, status or catagorical analysis. She is yours, you are hers, is there any need for more than that?
All kidding aside, I find Eos to be one of those Goddesses whom I have a strong desire to emulate. She is loved dearly by those around her in an unconcious, endearing sort of way. She is the more shy of the trio, Nyx, Helios and Eos, but her subtle nature draws people to her. She is open about the way she feels. When she is sad, everything goes dark, but when she is joyous, the whole world lights up with her laughter. I envision myself someday walking into a room and lighting it up with my presence--not because I am that awesome (contrary to what I say), but because I have touched those around me in such a way that they are happy to see me. (Haha, I doubt that I will ever be considered subtle, though.)
I think Eos is a Goddess that contributes to the mentality of a Bard. If you are good enough, people are happy to see you and look forward to your next piece of work. Furthermore, if your work is good enough, you can make those around you feel. The greatest compliment you can give to a Bard is to tell her that her music or verse moved you. Whether it be happiness or sadness, if I can write a piece that effectively translates the emotion to the listener, then my work is a success. That is why I am constantly evaluating the way my performance affected the audience. I want to know if I conveyed to them more than just words and music. If not, well, mediocrity can still be entertaining.
Over time, I am seeing more and more why certain Gods and Goddesses are around me, and how this intricate pattern is being weaved...
|Date:||March 27th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Patron is just a word.
for you seem like such a prude sometimes in person
Mostly only because I generally feel that relationships are private things between individuals, and details shouldn't be advertised at all. But trust me, I'm no prude ;)
Anyway, I should pass the Vedic hymns to you about Usas, and see if you enjoy them as much as I do.
|Date:||March 27th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Patron is just a word.
Yes, please share! I have done little to no research into the Vedic Hearth as of yet, but find myself quite intrigued by it.
|Date:||March 28th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Patron is just a word.
Such is one version of the legend. Hubris often comes into play in that legend, too. . . And I can't say as I fancy myself as better at anything that Usas. . .
Absolutely stunning imagery. Patronage is a tricky thing and something I've been thinking of late. Deities of the Dawn, the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are hard to conceive of as being patrons. While I feel a very deep connection to Saule (Baltic Sun Goddess), a relationship vaugely similar to what you describe (albeit much more motherly and not so sensual, yet still very warm), I wouldn't consider her a patron. Same with her daughter Zemyna, the Earth.
I used to give the label of patroness to the Morrigan, but really she was more of a protector at the time and our relationship now is complicated. Even Brighid, who is many many things to me including the deity of our hearth and a source of inspiration, I wouldn't label as my patron. Like you said this doesn't make me any less connected to them, these relationships may be much more deep that one I developed with a deity of my craft. They just don't fit into my concept of patronage. Hmmm.