As many know, I am a student or a myesis in a lovely Order of Priestesses to the Great Goddess called the Order of Déa- Déa being the name that we use for the Great Mother.
My last months topic was about offerings.
The act of making offerings has never been a conscious thing for me. While I was aware that people choose to consciously make offerings to Déa, I had not really given it much thought until I began this lesson.
That’s when I realized that I have been doing them naturally all along.
As stated before I always have a sacred space or altar for my practices. It is always decorated with thought and care that it be a place worthy of the Goddess. By creating a space, I was offering it to Déa.
I often add fresh flowers, crystals, pictures or statues. I always burn incense and candles for Her when I am at my altar.
I sing to her every time that I worship as singing is something that is a part of me. I have also been known to create polymer clay “mini-goddess” type ornaments and for different occasions. I also make sure that I, myself am presentable when I come before Her. I will always, at least, wash my hands and face and make sure that my hair is brushed nicely. I think this is something that I can offer of myself I can show her that I take pride in myself and that I want Her to see me “at my best”.
Part of this month’s work was to make an offering of choice to Déa or to a goddess of our choice.
For my offering to the Great Goddess, I decided that I would make it be an offering to my own Patroness Diana. Diana is goddess of the hunt, forests and also a lunar goddess. She has been at my side for quite some time now and I had never made a real grand offering to her.
Over the last year, my husband and I became associates in a deer farm. We are currently the owners of 7 “Daims” or Fallow deer. As deer are sacred to Diana, I thought that I would go out with my husband and bring the deer my offering in her name.
So one Saturday morning, I went out in my warm coat and rubber boots. We brought large buckets of bread and grain out for the animals. There are 3 different kinds of deer on the farm and we were taking care of all of them that weekend. When the other, more sociable deer were all fed, I took a bucket of grain and a bucket of bread down the slope of the hill to where our daims were hiding. They are not sociable creatures and very wary of humans…for good reason. Our big male, “Cernunos” had hearded his ladies down and out of our sight upon our arrival. So I went and held up my buckets for them to see and proceeded to pour them out on the ground in small piles for them to eat. I backed up 10 meters and sat down on a log and waited to see what would happen. I began doing my regular prayers in the field and talking to my goddess. I told her that I was making the offering in her name.
After a bit the daims started to slowly approach where I had left the food. The big male pushed his females forward and they came to eat. I did not move. Cernunnos stood with his big antlers and looked right at me while the females ate. He never stopped looking at me. Then he pushed them down and away from me. They ran down the hill, but he turned and snorted at me. Was it a Thank you? Or a get lost? I do not know, but it was glorious and I like to think that the offering was well accepted by my goddess’s protégés.
As for the words that I used:
“Adoni Elohim (A Hebrew invocation of the Divine Spirit and the Holy realm)
Greetings and gratitude up to the Holy realm.
I would like to thank you for all the blessings that you have bestowed upon me and my family. We are ever thankful for all that we have.
I would like to call upon the Holy angels to continue wrapping my family and animals in love, light and protection.
May we be kept safe from harm, safe from causing harm and conscious of the people around us at all times.
Great Mother, I am ever your servant, may I be your voice, hands and heart for whatever purpose that you need of me on this day and all the days to come.
Today I come before you oh Great Diana with a purpose, a purpose of offering my love and devotion to you. I will offer to your sacred creatures and hope that this will be pleasing to you.
Shares Her Love (sings)
The Mother shares Her love in the falling rain
The Mother shares Her love in the corn and grain
The Mother shares Her love in the warm hearth fire
The Mother shares Her love in the breeze that flies
Great Mother may we share with you our gift of song
We raise our voices joyfully, we raise them strong
Oh, Mother we are grateful for all you do
And we have come together now in praise of you
I offer this humble offering with my whole heart.
Ela Déa Oréa.
When it twas over I thanked her for her attention and went to help clean up.
I felt calm and exhilarated when the eluive animals came. We have owned them for many months but I had never gotten close enough to even really see them. The have 4 hectares of land and keep a safe distance.
My lovely mentor reminded me that just going out and spending time was a lovely in-phase offering to Diana.
I intend to make many more offerings!