Ok, I had a picture come across my Facebook news feed earlier today. Note: I don’t know the artist, and if I did, I would most certainly attribute. Now, if anyone knows it, feel free to comment.
Anyway this beautiful piece of artwork came across my news feed:
Michael C Hayes. DeviantArt link here: http://michael-c-hayes.deviantart.com/art/Athena-315279208
Now the person who posted it up, said it was Athena. Now, I’m not Hellene. My husband is, and Athena is the goddess he follows. So She is poking around a bit. We don’t cross paths. A how you doing here and there and I burn an oil lamp for Her while my husband is deployed, stuff like that. Just basic respect.
Anyway when I saw this picture and read the text, the wash of “Offended” hit me. Yup, Athena seemed offended. The vibe I got was: “I can get past the sword and shield inaccuracies, but the half naked impractical fantasy armor, and wings…no. Not accurate in the slightest”. Then I got a vision of an owl. She has an owl to do her flying for her.
The whole thing reminded me of something I read in a book called Drawing Down The Spirits a book about possessory work. A priestess was doing a ritual, while sky clad, and drew down Athena. Athena was rightfully angry because she is never unclothed or even semi clothed. Even back in the day her statues were always freshly clothed in fine linens every day.
I guess what I’m getting at is, research a bit about the deity in question before doing up artwork and such. It’s just a part of basic respect for the deity in question.
Little Mysteries, a pagan shop in down town Halifax is looking for a buyer. They don’t want to close their doors to the community they have served for 19 years. Welcoming everyone, regardless of spiritual path, into their doors and providing education and enrichment in the pagan ways.
I guess, according to their link here: http://mad.ly/2476b4 their time frame has been significantly reduced.
So if you read that, and are able to help by stepping up, it would be wonderful. Pagans here in Nova Scotia have so very little resources available, and very few establishments like Little Mysteries to help with their paths.
Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Maritime provinces are deeply Christian conservative. We are the Bible Belt of Canada, so when any of these shops close, it is a huge blow to the pagans of this region.
Please help! If anyone has any ideas in how we can save this wonderful resource, let me know in the comments, or in the contact info in the link I posted a few paragraphs up.
Anyway, tonight, I’m gonna do a ritual that was suggested by a fellow blogger. Loki is eager for it, since I have a few questions to ask Him, and He wants me to do a ritual for Him so I can get the answers.
To be honest, I’m nervous.
I have chicken hearts marinating and will be skewered and grilled
I have hand dipped chocolate covered raspberries I made myself.
I have red wine
I have my wand and runes and I have the right coloured sharpies to birth the runes needed.
Why am I still nervous? I talk to Him daily. This..feels different than our casual relationship. This is like going on a first date with a good friend from high school. It’s bringing it to a whole other level. Hells yes I’m nervous.
I’m scared of fucking up. I’m scared of making a mistake, I’m scared that Loki will get pissed off if I mess one little detail up and walk away. I’m also scared to know the answer to my question. One of those things, if you don’t want to know, don’t ask. Well I NEED to know. Therein lies the difference. I’ve never actually summoned a God before…because you know, Gods are Gods and who am I to ask Them to do ANYTHING right?
But, I guess I won’t know unless I do it. My perfectionist streak is coming out.
I guess I’ll blog about it when I’m done.