Happy Birthday, Matsya!

There are things I want to write about this, but right now, you get pictures. I need a few days to sit with this.

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Preparing the shrine. I knew I wouldn’t be celebrating Matsya’s Birthday on the proper day, so I wanted the shrine at least prepared in celebration for that date. This is the first cloth I had for Poseidon’s shrine, lo those many years ago. It felt fitting to use this for Matsya.
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Coloring is fun! A simple search yielded a nice image to color.
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actual marigolds did not happen, for a number of reasons. The first alternative was to knit some, and then i tried making pom-poms in marigold colors, but was unhappy with those. In the end: coloring wins again!
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Vishnu gets a bath in prep for shrine cleaning.

All the above are pre-ritual steps that took place at least a week before the ritual. Historically I’ve been extremely not good at preparing in advance, so I’m sort of amazed that I managed this — and that it was not only easy, but fun.

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Offerings. Durga’s teacup with water offering, hand-knit cloth to serve as a cushion for Matsya icon, bowl to bath the icon in, my Beloved’s teacup with water offering. On the plate: water mixture (sea water, river water, etc.), cardamom, and cream for bathing, rice.
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Matsya icon seated. I have to be real here: I’m in love with this figure. Beth is awesome, and made him for me when I despaired of ever being able to do it myself. Also: this fish has personality all of his own, and I don’t know how much I see him as Matsya so much as his own self, and no the tool that this could become, in helping me to better understand Himself is not lost on me.
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Post bath, post giving of gifts, post heart-to-Heart. 

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sigrid says:

    So beautiful and full of love. ❤

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  2. Duffi McDermott says:

    Beautiful. Peaceful. The prep steps were informative. Thank you for posting this. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

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