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« Topic Start: June 30, 2007, 06:35:20 pm »

I'm looking for brainstorming ideas.

I don't really like rituals -- or, at least, not the ones I've done or been part of so far.  However, on some thread recently (or maybe it was one of the CR lists) someone talked about using ritual to "get the attention of the gods" or something like that.

That idea intrigued me, and I was wondering if people have thoughts about that and ideas for how to go about using ritual aas a way of reaching out to connect to deity.

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« Reply #1: July 01, 2007, 12:05:57 am »

That idea intrigued me, and I was wondering if people have thoughts about that and ideas for how to go about using ritual aas a way of reaching out to connect to deity.

I've definitely done this before - in fact, it's how I first reached out to the deities I was devoted to.  (Except with Hekate, actually - my first ritual for Her was a little different.  It was also my first "polytheistic" ritual.)

Awhile back I came across a ritual for introducing oneself to a deity.  It was on a site that's unfortunately not up anymore.  It was Wiccish, so probably not what you're looking for.  But the basic idea might be helpful.

Basically, you learn about the deity and what They like, and make an offering, stating that you'd like to introduce yourself.  Then see what happens.  Smiley  Simple and respectful.

(When I introduced myself to Djehuty, I asked Him beforehand if it would be okay to do so.  Which ended up with me feeling his presence - at work, no less - before we'd been formally introduced
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« Reply #2: July 01, 2007, 01:05:04 am »

Basically, you learn about the deity and what They like, and make an offering, stating that you'd like to introduce yourself.  Then see what happens.  Smiley  Simple and respectful.

Hmmmm.

I don't think I'm really looking for a way to *introduce* myself -- since I already have a relationship with Brighid.  This is more about reaching out to get closer and communicate more easily.
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« Reply #3: July 01, 2007, 05:11:12 am »

Hmmmm.

I don't think I'm really looking for a way to *introduce* myself -- since I already have a relationship with Brighid.  This is more about reaching out to get closer and communicate more easily.

How about creating an inner place for this purpose?
Like one creates an inner powerplace and journey there whenever need be.

But in that case I'd create something that is not used in other meditations/journeys.

Like...I don't know...as an entrance something celtic like a cairn and on the other side of that anything that you'll see fit for the goddess as a temple.
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« Reply #4: July 01, 2007, 11:01:14 am »

How about creating an inner place for this purpose?
Like one creates an inner powerplace and journey there whenever need be.

But in that case I'd create something that is not used in other meditations/journeys.

Like...I don't know...as an entrance something celtic like a cairn and on the other side of that anything that you'll see fit for the goddess as a temple.

Interesting idea.  I'll give it some thought.  And figure out if my meditation skills are up to snuff... Wink

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« Reply #5: July 01, 2007, 01:07:24 pm »

I don't think I'm really looking for a way to *introduce* myself -- since I already have a relationship with Brighid.  This is more about reaching out to get closer and communicate more easily.

Oh, oops!  Hmmm.  That one I'm working on myself, and I don't really have any good ideas.  Thinking of what Mari posted about the gods wanting to be our friends helps a little.
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« Reply #6: July 01, 2007, 03:35:55 pm »

Oh, oops!  Hmmm.  That one I'm working on myself, and I don't really have any good ideas.  Thinking of what Mari posted about the gods wanting to be our friends helps a little.

I'm thinking about using stones (specific ones) and my special pendulum to help me set up myself to be in a different "space" and, hopefully, better able to "reach" Brighid.  Sort of a way to focus on what I'm doing -- much like the idea behind ritual tools like the wand and athame (at least as I understand it).

I'm going to experiment and see what happens.

Still very open to other ideas, though... Cheesy
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« Reply #7: July 04, 2007, 03:11:25 pm »

I'm thinking about using stones (specific ones) and my special pendulum to help me set up myself to be in a different "space" and, hopefully, better able to "reach" Brighid.

That sounds interesting - I'm curious about how it goes and what stones you use.

I've found that lighting Brighid's flame and putting on the associated jewelry helps me reach Her easily.  But I know you already do that...

During the shift I consecrated a triskele pendant (that I had lost for a while and recently found) to Her - it's for the days I'm not 'Keeping, if I want to wear something for Her.
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« Reply #8: July 04, 2007, 06:26:28 pm »

That sounds interesting - I'm curious about how it goes and what stones you use.

I've found that lighting Brighid's flame and putting on the associated jewelry helps me reach Her easily.  But I know you already do that...

During the shift I consecrated a triskele pendant (that I had lost for a while and recently found) to Her - it's for the days I'm not 'Keeping, if I want to wear something for Her.

Yes, I have several pieces of jewelry that I wear all the time to honor Brighid and to help me stay mindful.  The first piece is this one:  http://tinyurl.com/2scjat .  My husband gave it to me the night before my hysterectomy, and I immediately dedicated it to Brighid.

The next jewelry thing I did was make earrings that were only for wearing during flamekeeping shifts, again, to help keep me mindful.  They're blue labrodorite on the bottom (for the blue base of the flame), then a fire opal (for the main body of the flame), then a citrine bead on top for the golden aura generated by the flame):  http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u115/moonivy53/?action=view&current=BrighidJewelry107.jpg

Then, I added the pendant Thesaly made for me, to my design:  http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u115/moonivy53/?action=view&current=pendant003.jpg

Next was the pendulum Thesaly made for me, also to my design:  http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u115/moonivy53/?action=view&current=BrighidJewelry110.jpg .  This is uber-cool because the pendulum itself detaches, so I can wear it on a chain as a pendant.  Then the chain part can be a bracelet, with the charm on it.

I recently found some amber that also puts me in mind of Brighid: http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u115/moonivy53/?action=view&current=BrighidJewelry112.jpg .  It's like little pieces of the sun, set in jewelry.  I've been wearing the charm on the pendulum bracelet (but I take it off when I use the pendulum as a pendulum so the balance isn't affected), and the earrings are for very special flamekeeping shifts or other special occasions.

As far as the "reaching out" ritual goes, I'm still in the process of collecting the specific stones I want -- but I should have them in the next week or so.  I'm researching and choosing them carefully for their properties and the way they *feel*, and trying to make sure their energies work together the way I want them to.  Primarily, it's designed to help open me up to "other" communication.  In a simple ritual format, I'll try to direct that toward Brighid.

I'm planning to use:  angelite (which is the stone I found on the ground that day a couple of months ago when I was begging Brighid for some sign that she's real; I finally identified it), prehnite, nuummite, labrodorite, pietersite, chiastolite, celestite, seraphinite, and sunstone.  9 seemed like the right number to use.   Wink

I made a "meditation necklace" yesterday evening, using seraphinite and amethyst beads.  I intended to only wear it for meditation, but I can't seem to take it off.   Cheesy  I'll be adding a simple morganite pendant to it, when it arrives.

In addition to that, lately I've been wearing a piece of petalite and carrying -- among other stones -- the piece of prehnite.  I think they're helping to open me up.  I'm starting to have what I think are clairvoyant occurrences.  I keep "seeing" a man standing near the door of my bedroom -- and don't know who (or Who, which would be really scary) he is. 

And the other night, I very clearly saw a black something about the size of a large rat move horizontally along the wall about 3 feet above the floor.  It went from my closet door to behind the TV.  Of course, when I looked behind the TV, there was nothing there.

So, if this is happening with just the stones and intentions I currently have, I wonder what will happen when I have everything in place...

I'll keep you posted.
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« Reply #9: July 07, 2007, 03:33:05 pm »

Hmmmm.

I don't think I'm really looking for a way to *introduce* myself -- since I already have a relationship with Brighid.  This is more about reaching out to get closer and communicate more easily.
   I've always had my experiences thru dreams (in which the Odin had called a warning upon me or sent me some insight for some particular reason) but I've had no control over this but had noticed the attraction towards more communication came from what I was doing in the hours directly before I went to sleep and also what colors I had been wearing that day. Apparently my deities are watching over me longer than I'm even aware of. My only assessment of this is that they are making sure that nothing will interfere with their interactions with me, although there could be other reasons.

Btw, the amber is lovely...  I have seen this as a very favored ornament in many many dreams! I am also considering use of meditation but not sure what type yet. An ex (hindu) used this frequently but I was turned off it after noticing his negative personality/perhaps his own doings...   
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