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The Nature of Sacrifice
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Author: Talma Stormphoenix
Posted: September 11th. 2011
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There is this pentacle that I’ve had to buy twice over the years because for some odd reason the chains that I bought separately have snapped after a few years and I’ve lost the pendants. Now more often than not, when the chain or the strap that I was using to hold my pentacle close to my heart would break, I would feel it and put it in my pocket and find something fairly quickly to put the pendant on so I could again wear it and keep my symbol of faith close to my heart. Twice now the pendant has completely disappeared. And now I can't find a place that offers the same kind for sale. Crap!
Additionally, I was able to buy a new computer and now could listen to my favorite podcasts. I found this section where about five different perspectives concerning sacrifice were covered. The one that really got me was one where Foxfire of Pagan Parents on the Edge talked about “losing” two athames and it made me think that maybe because I haven't been doing the things that I should have been doing that this was some sort of payment that the Gods have demanded. Seriously, as bad as things have been going in certain aspects of my life, they could be a whole lot worse!
So the pentacle that I’ve had a strong emotional connection to for the past ten years is gone and gone for good and there's no way for me to replace it (again) . I'm being reminded that while the Gods have no problem helping, they also like to know that they are being appreciated. I see now that I wasn't doing anywhere near as good a job as I should have been and my excuses just didn't and don't hold water. So now what? Well that's where we are today. I decided that since I do need the Gods and love them dearly and want them in my life in a complimentary way and want to be able to be a productive Witch when the need arises, I decided that I needed to give them something. NOW.
I work a minimum wage job, don't get state benefits and have kids to feed, so as I looked around my bedroom looking for things to give them I remembered a co-worker saying that he buys gold dollars so he can give them as offerings. Well I didn't have any gold dollars lying around but I did have about five bucks in change in a little bank. Some of it was even in quarters. I took all the silver and laid it on my bed and then reconsidered and took out the pennies too. That was a good eighty cents by itself!
Satisfied that I was giving all I could financially, at this point, I looked for something to put them in. That's when I saw my eggs. I’ve had these eggs for over ten years. There's nothing really special about them. They are dollar store knock-offs of the expensive versions of those hinged eggs you put rings and other jewelry in. They only cost me five bucks but they're as cute as the dickens! I started buying them every spring when they were part of the stock. I focused on one. A beautiful one that was white with the same shade of blue that's on those Ming Dynasty vases. Yep, my favorite. I was going to use another of the eggs but stopped myself. It's about giving something of significance and I’ve been neglectful so...
I also put in all of my tea bags that I had left. This may seem like nothing to ya'll but as much as I drink tea, that sucks! And the last thing that I decided to put in were the belladonna seeds that I just picked. Yes, I know it's a very common plant but I didn't know what it looked like until recently and I grabbed some of the fruit to grab the seeds. I was going to add it to my little herb garden. Now it was in a box with the rest of my sacrifice.
The last items that I added were seven faux silver bracelets. They're probably tin but they're really pretty. I was going to give four and could hear tsking behind me. I put them all on my wrists.
I took it all outside and was going to bury it in one area but when I snatched the brick away I saw ants and decided to move on. I figured there was another one. I'm giving up my first location of choice. I figured I deserved some of this treatment. They were laughing at me… and so was I. I finally decided that I would do it under the porch steps. I had my garden tools to dig through the compacted Earth and dug a hole that was deep enough to cover everything.
I didn't do anything elaborate. I really didn't feel that there was a need for all that. They were present, right there by my side, when I was deliberating on how I was going to give them something, anything, worthwhile! They basically choose what they wanted and I figured it was all to the good because I really do love them and it's not like they asked me for my first-born. It was my emotional attachment to certain things that made them acceptable to the Gods. Not the expense of the items my value of the items!
All in all, I feel a lot better. I'm pretty sure that I'm never going to see that particular pentacle in the material plane again and that's okay. I may have just been a little too attached to it in the first place. I'm guessing that at the very least it's made a really good (accidental) sacrifice to the Gods twice now! I did however see this other one that, while similar to the old one, is just a little different. I guess if I can't hold on to that one for more than a few years I know I have to be a little more attentive to my divine friends!
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