A reflection on praying for specific other people (and groups of people) after reading an Orphic hymn.
The Eumenideia starts at sundown on 20 February this year (27 Anthesterion). Before I get meandering, here are the basics: Make some cakes. They can have many humps; they can be smooth on top. It depends on whether you are working with something that holds its shape. I steam soft rice cakes and drizzle honey … Continue reading Eumenideia 699.3
Back when I wrote some basic guidance on how to do no-frills worship (and a follow-up one on doing quick worship), I said that one could easily buy rosemary to make purification water. I had occasion to buy a lot of fresh rosemary, and these are 6-8" sticks. Fresh rosemary leaves — some in bloom … Continue reading Drying Rosemary for Purification Water
At the beginning of Plato’s Republic, specifically at 328b-c, the elderly Cephalus is wearing a wreath upon his head because he had just finished offering divine sacrifices in the courtyard. In addition to generic ritual wreaths, ones that use specific materials — laurel, bay, rosemary, olive, oak, and so on — have been used for millennia … Continue reading An Etiquette of Crowns, Floral and Verdant
This post is about self-care, and how we do (or don't) keep it up. On Saturday, I watched the film Aniara with my GF, a scifi horror piece about a marooned passenger ship. It's a fabulous film, but one of the side effects of a film that is that good (and about what it is … Continue reading Slowing Down
I got to thinking about veiling, binding one’s hair, and modesty, and then about a cluster of other issues that arboresced from there. This post is a product of that.
This is the prayer I actually use when I finish doing my morning offerings — which end, coincidentally, when I'm about to pack up my bag and head out to work. I pray to Hekate, to Hermes, and to Apollon Agyieus, the guardians of the space [or gate, if I'm feeling very poetic] between the … Continue reading A Threshold Prayer