In the second episode of our Triskele Podcast, we started talking about our regular practices. We shared our approaches to maintaining a regular practice, and what our current daily, weekly, and monthly practices look like. Since my descriptions aren't super detailed, I thought I would make a few posts to expand a little bit with all of you. Last week I talked about my daily practice, so this week I wanted to expand a bit on my Weekly practice.
In the podcast, I talked about 4 weekly practices that I maintain currently, and I'd like to expand on those just a little bit.
Let's start with Monday mornings. As I settle into a new work week, I take a 3 symbol omen to see what the week is going to bring. Currently, I'm doing a project where I use a different omen set each week to see if I can find correlating messages across symbols, and share those messages across social media, and on this blog. I sit down, I breathe deeply a few times, and I pull the omen, taking in the message of the symbol itself, as well as any messages that come to me during that moment. It's been interesting to share this practice publicly and get feedback from others who may connect with the message as well.
Several times a week, I take the time to water the tomato and pepper plants that I am growing for the first time this year. However, on Tuesday evenings, I take the time to go sit out with those plants and make special water offerings to them as a way to honor Demeter and the growing season. As I pour the water, I say a small prayer, usually along the lines of the one below. I then take the time to just sit in the grass near the plants and listen to the world around me, grateful for my own space in it.
Daughter of Cronus and Rhea,
Goddess of grain, fruits and bread,
Like a mother, you give us the gift of life.
You who made fruit to spring from the lands
So the rich land was filled with leaves and flowers.
You who fill the barns with foods through your joy.
Thank you for the blessings you have given mankind,
For teaching the art of harvest, and that all must end.
For providing us the many foods that sustain us.
Divine, delightful, and lovely Goddess
For all these things and more,
We thank you!
Friday's are a day that are currently dedicated to the OBOD Bardic course. I spend part of the day reading through that week's Gwers and taking notes on anything that is important. I also then take the time to follow any practicum or exercise pieces of that week's lesson and journal those experiences as well. It's very different than my practice within ADF, but I do find parts of it to be very complimentary and it's been an interesting experience. I have only been a member of OBOD for about six months, but am enjoying the journey so far. I'm still learning and exploring, and I appreciate the different perspective and approach to Druidry that it presents.
The final consistent weekly practice I have right now happens on Sunday morning, when I have tea with my ancestors. The idea of making tea to share with my ancestors was adopted from a member of my former grove, and I'm so grateful to have this connection as part of my own practice. I make tea or coffee and pour cups for both myself and my ancestors. I then take the tea to my ancestor shrine and sit down beside it, and just talk. I share what is happening in my life and the world around me. The way I explain it in the podcast is essentially if you were to call your grandma and fill her in on your life...that's the conversation I have with my ancestors. Sometimes I'll pull an omen to see if there is feedback they have for me, but that definitely doesn't happen every week.
So, as I said last week, my practice changes constantly. There are only 4 days mentioned here, but there are definitely times that each day of the week has it's own specific practice, depending on what is happening in my life and what my spiritual focus is on. If I have a study program or something I am working on, a day gets dedicated to those efforts for as long as is needed.