Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ceres, Goddess of Grain

A new goddess has appeared to me, calling to me.  It is Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Grain (Demeter is her Greek counterpart).  I know a lot about Demeter, I'm assuming that the stories between Her and Ceres aren't that different, but either way I have much homework to do on Them, more so on Ceres.

Why am I talking about Ceres here?  It feels right.  I get this strong feeling that She wants to be included, which makes sense.  This blog is largely dedicated to home and family, which includes food, property, and gardening.  Hestia is the home, Ceres is the nourishment.

Which, oddly enough, Artemis doesn't seem to care about this section.  She's of the hunt, despite that through the hunt, meat is provided.  But I don't get the impression that Artemis cares too much about being included in this book.  That's fine.  At least, not right now.  Maybe that'll be my next area of focus, concerning Artemis?  The Provider.

Shoot, there's a Triple Goddess right there:

  • Maiden - Artemis - Huntress, Protectoress, Meat and Herb
  • Mother - Ceres - Agriculture, Grains, Land Fertility
  • Crone - Hestia - Hearth, Home, Family
Yes, as I get to know Her, I'll be keeping much of that knowledge here.  


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Crochet Projects, Little Ones

Since I start crocheting in February, I've made a scarf, a banner for my Matron, a memorial blanket, and am still working on a blanket for my mom.  I should be working on it now, actually, but it's too hot in this house to have a yarn blanket laying on me.

I'm a one-project-a-time person....sort of.  My mom's blanket is taking forever to make.  I keep running into blocks, like what color should I use next?  I need to stop that, because there's other smaller projects that I want to work on, like bags for my runes and spell satchels.  And I really want to make my BFF a multi-colored bag.  Maybe a little one for myself, sometimes the big purse that I have isn't necessary.  Sometimes all I need is my ID, my phone, a pin, notebook, and money.

All of these mini projects also require more yarn....always need more yarn...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Bit of Homework This Vestalia

The Vestalia kicked off on the 7th, and I'm busy researching mola salsa, spelt cakes, far, daily rituals, larariums, turibulums, Religion Romana, Hellenic, and ADF Hearth Culture  I had two teeth pulled last night, so I'm taking it slow.  I'm just glad that there's so many days of the Vestalia!  Today, I did get around to cleaning the shrines:

This is my husband's shrine (although I'm the one who cares for it).  This is it's temporary home, as he wants to get a hanging corner shelf for his Patron.  I think for Father's Day, I might get him two ravens to hang on either side of the shrine.  But here, we have Odin, moljnir, Eostre, the Council of Wolves, and a Skyrim map.  The Skyrim map, I feel, is perfect and it also include my Pop Culture deities from the game.  

Here's Kuan Yin, Tara, and Bear's shrines and healing altar.  I really struggle with this one, because I like to switch things up, but I haven't been able to do a whole lot with this shrine.  I think I need to get a thinner cloth, that way, Kuan Yin won't need that prayer book to stand on, and I can do a bit more.  Or maybe I'll eventually move Them up onto a wall shelf?

And finally, we have Lady Hestia.
Lots of learning and reflecting going on in my neck of the woods.  How bout you?

Here I have a white veil, an offering of salted flour, a cauldron with a wooden spoon and a white candle, a bottle of consecrated water, my family statue, smudging wand, wax house, skeleton keys, smudge stick, crochet hooks, a trinket box of gifts for Her, a mirror to deflect negativity, garnet, rose quartz, carnelian, my first crochet chain, and a statue of the lovely Lady Herself.  

As inspiration from Mea Pietas' post about The Vestalia, now more than ever, I want to get a statue of  "A veiled Vestal Virgin" by Raffaelle Monti for the shrine, to keep the sacred flame.