Dear Friends and Pagani,
A stick of incense burns upon my altar. An offering unto the Theoi on the Noumenia.
In ancient times the Noumenia honored Selene, Apollon Noumenios, and The Household Gods; including Hestia, Zeus, Hermes, Hecate, Appolon Ageieus, the familial Agathos Diamons, and ones honored Ancestors. Many contemporary Hellenic Polytheists will take this time to honor and make offerings to all of the Theoi.
Technically I am three days late, as the first sliver of the waxing moon, which the ancients considered the New Moon and the start of the new month; however it was on a walk earlier this evening that I caught my first sight of the moon since the astrological New Moon. It helps that I am being inspired by recent discussion of how to handle food offerings on the Neos Alexandria ~ discussion group on Yahoo.
The basic discussion was that once food has been offered to the Gods, it becomes blessed as They partake of its essence, and then the worshiper may eat the food offered to the Gods. (the general feel, based on UPG and some historical sources, is that food offered to the Dead is better left out in the woods or perhaps burnt) Because of my current financial status I have to rely on discussion groups and online sources of information about my worship of the Theoi. Although admitedly almost 40 years of being a history geek have certainly helped to inform my online research… and I am finding a little money here and there to start buying books to increase my knowledge and understanding.
And still I practice. I pray to Them, I make offerings of incense, and now apples, and water… maybe some juice or wine…. Practice, practice, practice… Pray, sit in meditation, breathe into my Center, going for walks, writing out my thoughts and feelings and doing my best to become the best me I can be; both for myself and for the Gods.
“Every day, in some small way, I reweave myself, I rebuild myself.”
I am not only dealing with the recent break-up of my increasingly mis-named Life Partnership with the Big Guy; I am dealing with all of the old patterns and hurts that I have acknowledged for years but never really wrestled with, everthing that came roiling to the surface after the break-up.
I am doing it though! I am finding my way. I am learning who I am and what is important to me. I am building my spiritual and religious practices and figuring out how to work within and build upon my relationships with the Theoi, and with the Lady and Lord of the Witches, and the other Gods who I encounter and have encountered in my journey.
I am learning how to budget, and how to eat properly, and how to date and laugh and live and love; both again and for the first time.
For all of these blessings, and all of the blessings in my life, I thank the Gods. I offer my words and sweet smelling incense unto Them.