Having made a Deipnon offering at the new moon, I'm inspired to accomplish some additional devotional activities. However, I also need to make an effort this month to do some critical self-care activities.
This has been a particularly busy and stressful autumn/early winter (culminating in a wonderful/necessary -- but chaotic -- house renovation) and I find myself feeling very run down and exhausted. This month, my goal is to perform some necessary healing and take care of myself and my household. This seems in line with the celebratory and interstitial energy of this time of year. So here are my devotional goals for December:
* Take care of my physical body through more careful diet choices and getting some necessary herbs / vitamins, better sleep, and more movement. No major new things, just reestablishing habits that I'd let slip. * Take care of our physical environment by completing the cleanup from the renovation and catching up on other chores. * Make more room for shrines / offerings in the newly renovated space. I'd like to have a household altar at the entryway as well as an offering jar in the kitchen.
This will culminate in long overdue work break ending at the next Deipnon.
Seems I'm on the same page as you, Dver (that is you, correct?) I am thinking of doing something to honor Apollo & other gods of healing, as I've had several bouts of illness (nothing serious- just flu & colds) I got over the flu just in time for Thanksgiving then got a cold soon after. Still trying to finish that off now. I work retail now so its even busier for me than usual for the holidays.
I haven't accomplished many of my personal goals due to recent life changes and upheavals, although nothing was truly horrible, just timelines being pushed back, so to speak. I'd like to get back to my former goals, and I'm going to just dive right in instead of waiting for the next Deipnon and Noumenia (although I will wait for those days to do the major cleansing of my apartment and the following house blessing, which I'd like to make a regular thing).
I notice a trend where people start to do ritual work and then changes happen that derail them. I'm thinking the changes are likely caused by the ritual. If so, I expect the Gods will cut you some slack.
Post by turningtides on Dec 12, 2013 19:49:41 GMT -8
The months leading up to December were full of ups and downs, I feel that I am straggling toward the New Year than anything else. What I do have in mind is to use the rest of the cold dark days for physical and internal cleaning out. I'm going to be more intentional about meeting with and listening to the gods. I'm also going to set up some simple activities for ancestor work. And to help build my perspective on knowing/doing "Who I Am", and not defining myself by "What I'm Not", for the new year.
Oh my goodness, where did this month go??? Been busy with family, work, and community stuff this month and have really been inattentive to the ritualized devotional activities, I'm sorry to say. I'm looking forward to getting back on track for January though.
I hope everyone else's month has been more structured than mine!
December update: we did indeed get a lot of resting and relaxing done. It wasn't all slack though. There was some house neatening and organizing, much laundry, shopping, etc. So it was very good.
The only downfall was that I did not celebrate the Deipnon because I found myself in a state of Miasma. This is not something I've really felt before, but I did feel like it this time. So I will have to make it up this coming new moon.