Having a devotional practice of any kind in a very personal thing. Over the years I have had a few devotional practices. Many have involved song in some way. some practices have been daily for a period of time, some have been weekly, others less frequently. Some practices have been for fixed periods of time, part of arrangements between me and the being in question. My personal opinion is that when a devotional practice ceases to have real meaning to you then it is time to reconsider that practice.
For many years now I have had devotional practices based on the lunar cycle. I’ve written about them before but essentially at the dark moon I share a cup of tea with the ancestors in silence remembering them. On the day before the full moon I make offerings to Brigantia, on the day of the full moon I make offerings to Epona Rigantona and the day after I make offerings to my Cailleach. Last year I also started to light a special oil burner in honour of Maponos each Sunday evening.
Just before Imbolc I took up an invitation to join a flame keeping cill with Clann Bhride. My first experiences have been very good ones. I have found it a soothing thing to be involved in so far and am looking forward to continuing with this practice.
I’ve also started a new devotional practice for Epona Rigantona, it’s perhaps a bit odd but it seems to be what she wants me to do at this time. I started knitting roses for her. At first I wasn’t sure what would happen with this but it’s a practice that I seem to be getting urges with connected with the build up to the full moon.
For a few days in March before the full moon I had the urge to knit a rose every day. I thought I would be giving these away but when the full moon came I had a dozen roses of different sizes and colours and it was clear to me that these would be kept for my shrine areas. A dozen roses for Epona Rigantona.
A couple of days a go my next urge with knitting roses for Epona Rigantona started to rise (by the way I see both Epona and Rigantona as titles for the same being but accept that this is my vision and may not be shared by others). This time though I also got a very strong feeling that the roses I would knit were to be posted out. I have also in between knitted a couple of roses as gifts for others with healing intent and not specifically as devotional knitting. I was guided to make a list of names for this next batch of roses. Nine individuals, all of whom I feel should be sent one of the roses I knit for Epona Rigantona. I don’t even have postal addresses for them all yet but the knitting is progressing anyway.
I do this because I feel I must. Some devotional practices are ones you choose to do, others are ones that feel requested for some reason not clear to you. It is a choice you make to follow these invitations, however they come to you.