I am getting this post out a week late, but I am keeping Week 6 and Week 7 as two separate posts.
There are no assigned readings for this week. I have, however, been continuing to read Robert Turcan’s Gods of Ancient Rome.
My daily 10-minute meditation has been continuing with no issues. This week was a second week of focusing on the sounds around me. I have to say that this is my least-favorite technique that I have used so far. For one, I had a lot of roving mind to deal with this week. but more importantly, I find the sounds to be a distraction, rather than a focus. I find it next to impossible to hear a sound without trying to name it or identify it’s source.
My weekly 30-minute meditation at the Boston Tea Room was pretty standard. I was pretty physically comfortable this time, I think I’ve found an arrangement of cushions that works for me. We had a different person leading the silent meditation this time, so the energy of the experience was a little different, but overall I’ve settled in comfortably to the longer meditations on a regular basis.
I am doing the daily Lararium rites entirely from memory at this point. I still think that I may want to consider rewording some parts of it and maybe starting to translate it into Latin piece by piece, but that’s a project for another time. This week’s daily rites also included the Kalends on Tuesday, and the Nones on Saturday.
Tuesday was also the day of the Summer Cross-Quarter, but because this week’s main work is the Cross-Quarter, I’m covering that in a different section.
This week’s trip to the woods happened between a general rainy morning, and a much stronger thunderstorm that came in as I was leaving. The woods were very different after the rain. It was still overcast, so the woods were darker overall, but also the Green was so much more vibrant. When I sat down to meditate, it was much quieter. There weren’t the insect noises that I’m used to during my other visits. I kept hearing hickory nuts falling from the trees randomly while I sat there. I also encountered the Fawns again. They were laying down in an ivy-covered area, and stood up when I came near them on the trail. I took a quick photo with my cell phone and continued on my way.
This week’s Homework is the recap of the first High Day, which in my case is the Summer Cross-Quarter. In order to keep to the Grain Harvest theme of the quarter while working within my Roman hearth culture, I fused together the celebration of Consualia, Vulcanalia, and Opiconsivia.
High Day Celebrated: Summer Cross Quarter (Consualia/Vulcanalia/Opiconsivia)
Location: In my home
Date Celebrated: August 1, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Who Led the Rite: It was a solitary rite by myself.
Dieties of the Occasion: Consus, Vulcanus, Opis
Omen Method: Stone Sortilege set
Omen: Jet (Death, Loss, Transformation), Crazy Lace Agate (Balance, Emotional Healing, Release), Amethyst (Balance, Temperance, Peace). The Harvest represents the Death of the plants that will sustain us. This is part of the natural cycle and while we mourn what has passed, we will heal from our losses in time, and eventually, come to a sense of peace and balance.
Any Magical workings done or Oaths Taken: No oaths were taken. No magical workings were done, only offering thanks for the results of my efforts in my garden.
Impressions/Other Comments/Notes: While I enjoy the larger group ritual for High Days, I really like being able to celebrate the High Days within my own hearth culture. I always think of ADF Ritual format as being designed primarily under the congregational model, but I also find that it works really well for both solitary practice and home-family practice. I do wish I had been able to do this rite with my partner, like we used to do before we moved to Michigan, but his work schedule (and my last minute finishing of writing the ritual) did not permit it. I hope that he and I can start doing more family-type rituals in the future.