I must sincerely apologize, dear friends, but I’ll be doing the weekly ritual for the community tomorrow instead of as planned, this past Sunday.
As I was getting ready to start on the 1st I was hit with an overwhelming feeling that something was off with the rite for the Dionysian Dead so I did some divination and worked out the details, then spent a couple hours writing a whole new ceremony from scratch. By then I was totally wiped and it was far too late to properly do the sacrifices so I postponed it until today.
Unfortunately today I had a pretty nasty allergy attack that resulted in massive sinus pain, I was overwhelmed with preparations for the trip, stressed about how the situation in Syria could affect my return flight since I’ll be coming home on September 11th and a couple other minor irritations. Plus, I’ve just been in a weird headspace for about a week, as things in my spiritual life shift about. I found myself really struggling to get into priest mode and while I knew could push through all of that and do the work anyway (I have plenty of times before, often with far more serious things to contend with) I didn’t feel that was right.
You guys deserve better than half-assed bootstrapping, to say nothing of the gods who are owed far more than our best. Since I’ll be doing ritual tomorrow night anyway to thank Hermes for bringing me safely in (no libations if I go splodey!) I figured I’d just make the communal offerings and petitions and do the promised divinations then.
Sorry to let you guys down my first time out, but hey, sometimes life gets in the way of our best-laid plans.
I’ll be doing the next weekly ritual on behalf of the community on Sunday, September 8th so if you wish to be included contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org before then.
Going to be fucking insane couple of weeks for me, ritual-wise.
Off the top of my head I’ve got the make up communal ritual and divination session tomorrow tonight.
Wednesday I’ve got a trip to a winery and then the Wyrd Ways Radio show where we’ll be talking with devotee of Ares Pete Helms. (And yes, after visiting the winery, I will most likely be drunk on the air. Should make things … entertaining.)
Thursday is my monthly devotional day for the Dionysian Dead, and I also plan to do some intense purification work that night in preparation for Saturday.
Friday I’ll be celebrating the noumenia of the month Bakcheion.
Saturday I’ll be teaching a class on ancient Greek and other systems of divination, then leading the big ritual for Dionysos and his dead with House Sankofa.
Sunday I’ll be making the weekly offerings on behalf of the community.
Monday is my monthly devotional day for Hermes.
Tuesday is my monthly devotional day for the Women of Dionysos.
Wednesday I fly back to Oregon.
Friday is my monthly devotional day for Spider.
Then on Saturday I’ll be celebrating Antroneia, a festival honoring Dionysos of the Caves.
On the 18th I’ll be doing the oracles again, after my annual August hiatus.
And the weekend after that it’s the Oread Nymphaia and Thalusia, a harvest festival honoring Dionysos and Demeter.
I’m sure I’m leaving a ton of stuff out, but you get the picture.
Heh. And things are just getting started. This is nothing compared to what October and November are like.