Hey y'all. So far the only purification methods I prepare myself with are a simple washing of the hands, face, and teeth for morning devotions, and khernips made with a burning bit of rosemary for when I approach the roadside shrines (Might be the wrong word, they're piles of stones.) to the Torch-bearing Goddess of the Trivium and the Swift-footed Son of Maia. However, since I suck at harvesting properly and storing rosemary, I don't have khernips as a readily available option. So, as a question for the worshipers of Greek gods, how many acceptable ways of making khernips are there? Also, for everyone, what methods of purification do you use in which situations and with which gods?
Post by spookymuffin on Apr 12, 2014 14:53:08 GMT -8
Like you, I wash my face, hands, and teeth before my devotions. Though a full-body shower feels most appropriate sometimes that isn't possible or practical and so I sprinkle a little water on my head with the strong intention of purification. I really feel more focused and prepared after purification; I wish I had come to this practice years ago.
That said, my current practices do not include any specific purification habits. I do wear some dedicated items of clothing which is related to attitudes of purity but isn't really purification in the same way as the washing is. Heh, now that I think about it - given how meaningful the purification practices were when I was doing them, maybe I should start again even if the context isn't exactly the same.
I usually only do purifications before formal rituals, and I usually do them in a Kemetic sort of way, using salt and water to rinse my mouth and other orifices before having a ritual shower. I also brush my teeth. It's sort of inspired by the Kemetic Orthodox style of ritual purifications before their daily Senut ritual, because that's how I was taught, but it uses different wording. I also anoint myself with oil as a final thing.
I don't do any purifications before my daily devotions, though, because it's just not how I work, nor has it been asked of me. Then again, my devotions are really only prayers and adorations, so without anything more ritualistic, I feel it's acceptable to go without purifications. I'm the kind of person who needs daily devotions to be the sort of thing I can do half-asleep in my pyjamas or it won't get done, and getting the devotions done is more important than worrying about a more ritualistic sort of devotions.