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Author Topic: Giving a Proper Sacrifice.  (Read 3953 times)
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« Reply #11: April 08, 2011, 06:44:59 pm »

I've always felt a little shaky when giving sacrifices to the gods. (Hellene, BTW.)

I prefer to use things from nature or things I have at home since I don't have the money to buy any special supplies unless they are real cheap. I'd rather give something from my heart rather than "money".

I'm not exactly sure how to give a sacrifice. In my own way, I use my gift of poetry and writing oftentimes. Writing poetry or short stories based on certain myths about the god and offer it up to them. But if I can't write that day, what would be a good sacrifice to give? (Note: can't do food. My mom is not used to my beliefs.)

As a writer and a poet, I think writing poems and stories is an excellent idea. I don't think people who aren't serious about writing ever really understand how much time, effort, and energy can be required to write even a simple poem or story. As long as you are really putting serious effort into your writing and not just dashing off something quick just to get it done, I don't think you have any reason to feel self-conscious or think of your poems and stories as something trivial or insignificant. You're taking your time and energy to put an intimate and significant part of yourself into that piece of writing, and that's not something you, or anyone else, should feel the need to denigrate or take lightly. In fact, in many ancient cultures, poetry was considered to be an incredibly powerful thing. To the ancient Celts, poets were some of the most powerful members of society because poetry was so highly respected that everyone was quite keen to stay on the poet's good side lest they should decide to use their poetic powers to compose something negative about you. I don't think the ancient Greeks were quite that intensely respectful of poetry, but they still had a fairly high amount of respect for the poet. So, I personally think what you are doing is quite good. I mean, just about anyone could go to the supermarket and pick up some various inexpensive food items. How many people could write a good poem or story, though? Not quite as many. Poetry and storytelling are very special talents and I don't think you should ever allow anybody to try to lessen the importance of those talents. I would suggest you continue on dedicating yourself to honing your craft. It's something that makes you special and unique and I think that's certainly something worthy of respect. 
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