Tomorrow I shall post about that special holiday, but for now, let us speak once more of gifts and sacrifices and our relationship to the gods. This idea has been sitting in my “unwritten” folder for a few days, and its just dying to come out.
Let’s say you leave a bundle of flowers somewhere for the Gods, and walk away, offering it as a gift. How soon – if you visit that spot frequently – should you go back?
For me, at least, I feel that my gift has been accepted if the present that I leave – be it a carving, food, flowers, or some other gift – is gone. I realize that in a practical sense, as magic creates opportunities, it is easiest to believe and understand that some other physical entity takes the gift from the spot – be it an animal or a human.
It’s kind of like leaving cookies for Santa, in my psyche – whether or not it should be is up for discussion. A sacrifice is something you are giving away. A true sacrifice then, would be something which you offer completely. If you go back to ‘check on it’ – are you not claiming ownership, especially if its still there? A true sacrifice should be something that occurs just like a spell – it happens, and you leave it be.
Yet, things happen in due time, and someday, perhaps you or others will find something inline with my current experience – that the sacrifice that you leave that is even non-edible, is gone in an hour. Maybe 2. Definitely by the next morning. And I begin to ask myself: Are the gods that close to us? And I realize, its not my place to question, in this instance and this instance alone.
Sometimes, trust and faith are the gifts left to us, and we must take what we will from them.