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Jun. 9th, 2008 | 10:12 am
mood: contemplativecontemplative

I think it's hard not to think of Apollo when it gets to be the summertime. Especially when the weather is mid-90s, sunny, and HUMID as hell.

I do a lot of informal spiritual rituals to the gods on a regular basis, but don't do an awful lot in the way of formals one and haven't in a while. I developed a severe allergy to them after the drama-filled events with a group I used to belong to, and I haven't been able to enjoy them since. Try as I might to have new ideas, I think I just like simplicity.

It's more than obvious to me however that I owe a few deities a serious offering rite as a thank-you. Two of those deities are not patrons, but I had asked them for a favor a while back and nine months later it was granted--in spades. Although its serious, long term reprocussions have yet to be determined and are still underway, I need to thank them for what I have so far because I'm damned grateful.

I don't like doing blind ritual for the sake of doing blind ritual. But I do enjoy having a sense of rhythm, for offering thanks and accepting blessings, and doing things that are a part of day to day life versus having to remove myself from it. Maybe that's why I don't do a lot in the way of formal ritual except to invoke and thank them when I do spiritual and magickal work--I'd much rather have them be a part of my day to day life versus having to remove myself from it in order to do a ritual for them. In some ways, I see such a removal as being dysfunctional, at least for myself. The gods don't stop being around, nor do they stop being in my life when I am at work, in heavy traffic, at yoga class, et cetera.

Just some rambling thoughts for today.

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from: ravendreamer
date: Jun. 10th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)

I have formalized ritual and not so formal. The formal stuff for me is the stuff we do in a group...and its great. It really gives a rhythm and closeness to the gods that I like. But...I wouldnt want to be without my personal stuff, the daily stuff, the stuff thats ingrained in every mundane action. At this point I dont thing I could do without the group stuff (drawing downs, deity related activities - dionysos chaos poetry, archery, etc) and I couldnt be without the personal stuff...but I am lucky in that for me it all meshes together...

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