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Daily Happenings: 1/18 – 1/24

January 24, 2015

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Been trying to greet my main shrines twice a day when home but usually only get it done in the evenings…been getting a bit better at it but still not completely steady… and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion. Read more…

Feather Files: of altars and offerings

January 23, 2015

3 posts in three days, are you shocked?

The role that I fulfill for my gods is the role of messenger.  For example, I discover something nifty.  I make a note of it in my weekly Daily Happenings post.  But then I can’t get it out of my head.  It keeps circling around, jumping up and down and generally making a nuisance of itself.  Until. I . Pay. Attention.  OH!  So I need to this message out!  I then get an emphatic yes and sometimes an about time or roll of the eyes feeling.  I’ve decided to start calling these Feather Files.  (Angelos means messenger, most mythological messengers had wings, feathers come from angel wings and are a symbol of Ma’at aka Truth)  Take them as you will…

So last week I was bored at work, shelf reading.  Shelf reading:  An ugly necessity usually done by a librarian out of boredom; causes ordered shelves and headaches.  I ran across a large book “Egypt:  Gods. Myths and Religion” by Lucia Gahlin.  The book kind of pulled me in, but believe it or not librarians are not allowed to read on the job.  So I did some bibliomancy.

“What do I need to know?”  I then flipped through the book and stopped when it felt right.  I landed in the section titled “Temple Rites and Offerings”.  I looked for that certain something…nothing at first, keep looking.  Nothing in the text.  So then I paid attention to the pictures.  First chime was the picture of Ramesses III offering incense.  The second chime was the picture of Pediu-Imenet offering incense in front of a table piled and surrounded with offerings.  Ok…  So I turn the page forward and heard a bong:

“Everlasting Offerings.

The Ancient Egyptian word for ‘offering’, hetep was also their word for ‘satisfaction’.  The idea was that the gods and spirits of the dead were satisfied by the offerings of food and drink (and other things such as linen) that would be made to them.

The hieroglyphic sign for an offering, and an altar, was a mat (the forerunner to the more sophisticated offering table of stone) with a loaf of bread placed on it.  In addition to the actual offerings that would have been placed on these tables, representations of them were carved on the stone surface — these were seen as magical substitutes for the real thing, thereby ensuring an eternal supply of symbolic sustenance for the gods.”

I then turn back two pages to see another picture of Nefretiabet (dressed in leopard print! loves me some leopard print) seated before an offering table with various offerings on, above and below it.  Next to the table is a list of types of linen.

Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t be carving into the furniture…partially because I’m not a carver and partially because alot of our furniture is only a wood veneer.  I’m not a painter either.  But.  I can stitch.  I can craft.

My Isis shrine has been rather bare of late.  If felt wrong, so I took almost everything off of it.  I sold the picture that hung next to it but I had neither the ideas nor the money to fix it.  I now have the idea, I just need to figure out the what and the how.  I’m thinking a fine piece of linen evenweave, stitched with symbols that mean something to me to place on the altar.  As for the empty frame, paper symbols.

For those that do sympathetic magic, one can place representations of what you want or what you are thankful for on altar/shrine in this manner.

Quotes on Isaac Newton

January 22, 2015

Because it amused me…quotes and summaries from:  Newton and the Counterfeiter, The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist.  As much as there is after the cut, there is much more in the book.  I cherry picked that which I found interesting. Read more…

At the table

January 21, 2015

Contrary to what some believe, I do not always like to share my experiences.  Often I do so due to some emputis other than my own.  Sometimes it is because in writing it down, I find some more understanding of what had occurred.  Sometimes it is because others need to hear the message.  Today’s meditation may be a little of both.  I decided to meditate after advising someone else to do so…I “heard” that I needed to take my own advice. Read more…

Daily Happenings: 1/11 – 1/17

January 18, 2015

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Been trying to greet my main shrines twice a day when home but usually only get it done in the evenings…stress has taken a toll and if I can’t approach the shrines with a grateful heart, I don’t want to approach at all… and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion. Read more…

Asherah, Part I: The lost bride of Yahweh

January 15, 2015

Aj / Melia:

Found this fascinating…some of it I knew, some of it I did not…

Originally posted on Queen of Heaven:

They worshiped Her under every green tree, according to the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament).  The Bible also tells us Her image was to be found for years in the temple of Solomon, where the women wove hangings for Her.  In temple and forest grove, Her image was apparently made of wood, since monotheistic reformers demanded it be chopped down and burned.  It appears to have been a manmade object, but one carved of a tree and perhaps the image was a stylized tree of some kind.

The archaelogical record suggests that Asherah was the Mother Goddess of Israel, the Wife of God, according to William Dever, who has unearthed many clues to her identity. She was worshiped, apparently throughout the time Israel stood as a nation.  In many homes, images like the one above decorated household shrines.

Who was She, this lost Goddess of the Hebrews?…

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Daily Happenings: 1/4 – 1/10

January 11, 2015

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Been trying to greet my main shrines twice a day when home but usually only get it done in the evenings…stress has taken a toll and if I can’t approach the shrines with a grateful heart, I don’t want to approach at all… and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion. Read more…

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