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« Topic Start: October 25, 2007, 02:07:31 pm »

I'm trying to put together a morning and/or evening devotional practice that my partner and myself can do together.  We want to share our spirituality in this way but, even though we are both pagan, we approach it from very different angles. 

I thought it might help give us some ideas if we started by finding out what other people of various paths do on a daily, or at least regular, basis.

So, many cauldronites have mentioned doing daily devotions.  To those who don't mind sharing, what exactly is it that you do?

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« Reply #1: October 25, 2007, 02:19:20 pm »

So, many cauldronites have mentioned doing daily devotions.  To those who don't mind sharing, what exactly is it that you do?

We had a thread on this recently in th Celtic SIG: http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=1007.msg14118#msg14118

That might give you some starting points.  I'd also recommend The Book of Pagan Prayer, by Ceisiwr Serith. 

Another resource is Devoted to You, by Judy Harrow.  It's written from a Wiccan perspective but very adaptable.  In fact, that's where I got the idea for my morning cleansing devotional.

We also just had an interesting thread on how people stay mindful during the day.  I think some of those ideas could be turned into devotionals:  http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=3152.msg52682#msg52682

I'm sure there are also resources, depending on what path you're on.  F'ex, I could give you other ideas from a Celtic perspective, but don't have a clue about the Kemetic, Asatruar, Wiccan, etc. perspectives.
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« Reply #2: October 25, 2007, 03:37:25 pm »

So, many cauldronites have mentioned doing daily devotions.  To those who don't mind sharing, what exactly is it that you do?

One other book resource you might find useful (Wiccan influenced, as that's her background, but generally adaptable) is Dianne Sylvan's The Circle Within, which I think I mentioned in the thread Moon Ivy referred to.

My routine:
1) In the morning, get up, do really basic morning stuff (bathroom, teeth, etc.) Have a small sip of water from the moon water I put out each month, which has a particular set of associations for me to M'Lady and Himself.

2) Put on a small amount of perfume or other oil, or something similar. (I don't always do this every morning, but I'm trying to often. I use Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's stuff, which there are also threads about, and pick which scent based on what I'm doing, who I might be seeing (due to allergies) and what my mood is.

3) Contemplate jewelry. I often don't wear any (and almost none of it is obviously Pagan: the only pentacle I own is on the back of something else I wear only for ritual) but I'm finding that the contemplationg part is important. Different jewelry means different things to me, again, I pick based on what I feel is appropriate for the day.

The part I'm trying to build in is a devotional dance practice - heavily based off of Gabrielle Roth's work. It's been hard going, because it was often miserably hot over the summer, even early in the morning, and then this fall, I've had my standard asthma and allergy issues. Once we hit a freeze, I'm usually far more willing to get moving early.

Evening:
I have a standard evening routine of having a bath. (I have baths by preference: you can't read in the shower, but right now, I also only have a bathtub anyway.) I often just generally read, but I also add stuff to the bath that's relevant to my day, or that makes me feel better, or that helps in cleansing (physical and metaphysical: I add sea salt or bath salts a few times a week, cider vinegar a few times a week - rebalancing for skin and hair - etc.) and usually include some kind of visualisation/energetic work with that, however briefly.

Housecleaning:
Whenever doing errands around the house for more than 15 minutes or so, I tend to light a hearth candle.
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« Reply #3: October 25, 2007, 04:36:18 pm »


Mine is fairly simple. I have a prayer which I say, in some form, every day, when getting up and when going to bed. Of course, there are other "mindfulness" things which I do throughout the day but they are greatly varied based on the day/what I'm doing.
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« Reply #4: October 27, 2007, 07:31:43 am »


I actually just started doing a daily devotional type thing.  I go to park not far from my home, sit on a bench, and meditate for a few minutes on each of the four elements.  Then I take a short stroll through the park.
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« Reply #5: October 27, 2007, 10:05:09 am »

So, many cauldronites have mentioned doing daily devotions.  To those who don't mind sharing, what exactly is it that you do?

I sit before my hearth altar, light the candle, and uncover the 'well' (a black bowl filled with water to represent the Well of Irish mythology/cosmology). I cleanse myself with the well's waters and then go into prayer where I usually ask for the 'Three' (Gods, ancestors, spirits) to bless me, my family, and our home; to guide and protect us, and that we may have good health in all our efforts. I then invoke or gird myself with the power Three Realms, the Fire, and the Well, and the elements of the world (we use nine).

I pray that the Three will be blessed and well, usually giving them an offering of incense tohugh infrequently I offer a libation.

Every Saturday I perform a right of sacrifice and blessing where I honor the Three with offerings (usually beer, incense, grain, bread, butter, milk) and then a main sacrifice (could be meat, whiskey, or a loaf of bread). Afterwards I take 'communion' with the Three through a toast of ale or wine or just plain water.
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« Reply #6: October 27, 2007, 11:05:35 am »


That is absolutely beautiful!! I love the "well" idea! Cheesy

I do a Saturday night ritual every week too, unless either I'm too sick to do it or I have something going on Saturday night, then I do it Sunday.
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« Reply #7: September 11, 2009, 04:18:12 pm »

So, many cauldronites have mentioned doing daily devotions.  To those who don't mind sharing, what exactly is it that you do?
Reviving this old thread in the hope of new answers, because I'm just trying to begin a relationship with another deity.

That's what I usually do for the deity I've been already working with for a while:

Every morning I do some relaxation, centering, grounding and shielding work (quickly). Then I light the altar candle for the deity and say a few words. The first statement is essentially just 'this is for you', sometimes there follows stuff with it I wish her help or guidance in. Then I meditate for a few seconds. The whole thing doesn't take more than 10 minutes. If I don't have to go to work I sometimes take more time.

My first idea is that I could do something for the 'second' deity (yew, this sounds awful) at the evening. But that's as far as my thoughts are at the moment. Would love to hear what others do for their deity/ies. Smiley
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