This week was time for my monthly retreat once again. I woke up once again before the sun to do a devotional at my altar. I stood in the dark, candle-lit room while my family slept only rooms away, and expressed just how important it was for me to continue along the path toward becoming clergy. I really enjoyed the message and simplicity of my mealtime prayer to the Earth Mother from last month, so I decided to continue using it for these days. It feels foreign for me to have a prayer time before meals, but I do appreciate expressing my gratitude at the same time, so it’s a strange clashing of emotions within me.
I once again had to work on my retreat day, but was blessed with a “slow” work day, so I spent a lot of time focusing on my Ritual Mechanics course so it is ready to submit. It gave me the opportunity to be reminded of how others do their rituals, and to consider how I do things myself, and why I do them. I spent the day listening to music that helps me feel lifted, and had an hourly timer that reminded me to acknowledge my small altar space. Each time I would look at my altar and think “Fire, well, and sacred tree, flame and flow and grow in me.” It was a very simple devotional that took only a few minutes of my time, but helped to keep my goal in mind throughout the day.
With supper, I once again said a prayer to the Earth Mother, thanking her for her support and sustenance. In the evening I did a solo rite to the Earth Mother and the Gatekeeper. I once again used the ritual found in Appendix 1 in the First Circle Guide for the Clergy Training Program as it was written. The ritual went pretty well, and the omens for the this month seem much more positive than they were a month ago. They seem to indicate that working hard will help keep things positive, and I should continue to stay on the path I am on. It’s been interesting to try to incorporate my retreat days into my daily life, but I think they are going well thus far. I know some people would do their retreat days on a weekend so they don’t have to work, but it’s important to me to be able to keep my spirituality in mind during every part of my life, even sitting at my desk in the middle of the day.
Greek Alphabet Oracle -- Mu -- Hard work will result in a good return.
Epsilon -- Desire the offspring of righteous marriages.
Sigma -- Stay, friend