Today (Thursday 30 July) is the day before a full moon and as is my custom I have set out my offerings to Brigantia for this moon. I am blessed in that my daughter has taken an interest in joining me for these devotions and the ones I do for Maponos in particular and this evening as I finished off some washing up she began to get things ready for us.
Since I began flame tending earlier this year my lunar rites for Brigantia have also developed. In addition to lighting three tea lights and offering a bowl of oatmeal and a bowl of warmed honeyed milk I now include a small bowl of water which I dedicate to Brigantia and use during flame tending to anoint myself with. I’ve also started to put slips of paper with names of those I know that are in need of healing into a small bronze cauldron I have and requesting healing for them both as part of my flame tending devotions and now part of my lunar devotions as well.
I light the tea lights and my daughter and I offer our praises to Brigantia together. We make the offerings together and then I sing while my daughter dances round me. I am enjoying the increased depth of connection I feel with these devotions.
Tomorrow evening (Friday 31st) I will make my devotions to my lady Epona Rigantona. These devotions have also changed slightly since I began flame tending as I felt strongly that in addition to the flame tending I needed to do more for Epona. I began knitting some roses dedicated to Her. Some have been kept here on the shire I have for Her while others have been sent out to individuals I felt should get one. Now when I light my single candle for Epona at the full moon I place a beautiful stone carved with a Pictish style horse in front of it with the wooden quaich I had made for libations sat with an offering in it behind the candle and arrange the roses I have kept for Her around them all. I now have an additional prayer I use with my prayer beads during these devotions which I usually do alone.
I have recently made contact with others who are devoted to Epona and I hope that my communications with them will inspire me further. Already I feel I have been led to them.
On Saturday 1st August and the day after the full moon I will make my usual offerings to the one I know as Cailleach. These alone out of the devotions I do have not really changed. Perhaps they will at another time but for now I don’t feel I need to do more than I currently do for Her the main aspect of which is a libation offered in a particular goblet.
All the food and drink offerings I make are left out overnight and ritually poured out into the back garden the next morning.
On Sunday 2nd August I will be making my usual weekly devotions to Maponos. This is another area of devotion that my daughter usually joins me in. For Maponos we prepare a special oil burner, adding drops of one of three oils I brought for this purpose alone. Again for this one I sing and my daughter dances. I also have a prayer we have begun saying together which includes praying for healing for those names in His sister Brigantia’s cauldron. (Their relationship is more my UPG than anything bu some tales do have Angus Og and Brighid as siblings so I don’t think it’s an unreasonable link).
This weekend I am also aware that many will be celebrating Lughnasadh. Of all the festivals this is the one I feel least connected to and as it happens I will be unable to join with others to celebrate this time. I think this year that instead I will be thinking of all those celebrating but for myself focusing more on my devotions to those deities I have been gradually developing deeper connections with.
Hail the Gods!
(and by using that wording I mean to give honour to deities of any and all gender types)