That was a problem I found with a lot of devotions others had written when I was looking for inspiration. They were all built around asking for something, even if it was something sort of 'abstract' like protection or guidance. I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with that in itself, but it wasn't what I was looking for. Occasionally during private prayer I might ask for help or guidance with something, but I wanted the base ritual that I did to be about honoring and communing with Hestia without really asking for anything.dolphinpatronus wrote: I also recall that the prayers asked for as well as thanked for protection & basically good luck. I just can't recall the wording & to be honest it doesn't feel like enough...almost too needy & ungrateful.
For me that was another benefit of the cooking ritual, because the offering can just be a bit of whatever I'm making, if nothing else. I try to put the offering outside later in the night, if I'm able to do so. Any food and drink can be a good offering. There are lots of things you can do with offerings too, depending on how you feel about them... in some traditions the offering is actually eaten after the ritual as a sort of blessed food, for example.dolphinpatronus wrote:I also never know what to use as an offering or what exactly to do with it.
I like that...it covers everythingMsMollimizz wrote:
When I go to bed I say either out-loud or quietly,
depending on if he's awake !
M'Lady Isis, my Goddess my Queen
please watch over my body as I lay sleeping,
keep me safe from harm, physically and psychically
'til I rise again.
arms crossed as I bow:
Just recently added:
holding hands down fingers slightly apart-
We give thanks to Mother Earth for nurturing
and sustaining us everyday.
hands upwards as if cradling the Moon:
We give thanks to Sister Moon whose light
lights a path we follow.
higher than cradling Moon swaying them
back and forth:
We give thanks to Brother Wind whose
breath bring the healing rains.
fingers trickle down as if rain, bringing
hands up ward to highest point:
We give thanks to Father Sun for without
his light none of this is possible.
hands outward as I say "none of this..."
right hand stretches towards left side and
left hand stretches towards right using a
fluid motion crossing arms & bowing thrice