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The Red Meal (Housle Feast)


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I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but there I couldn't find a Rituals section... (Mods, please move if it belongs somewhere else. Thanks!)

 

There will be similarities between any path that recognizes the "current" and works with it, and any shamanistic path recognizes this. Even if you don't try to communicate with them, at least tap in to what will be your entrance and leave them a red meal to let them know you remember them.

 

M

 

Would this meal be left for them as an offering or do you share it with them? I've heard after you eat, the rest is buried to literally give the Otherworld a share. Is this something that is done in generally the same manner by everyone or does everyone have their own way for this?

 

TIA for the guidance.

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I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but there I couldn't find a Rituals section... (Mods, please move if it belongs somewhere else. Thanks!)

 

 

 

Would this meal be left for them as an offering or do you share it with them? I've heard after you eat, the rest is buried to literally give the Otherworld a share. Is this something that is done in generally the same manner by everyone or does everyone have their own way for this?

 

TIA for the guidance.

 

Hey - I can only answer for me. I do one of two ways, depending. I either eat some first and then leave the rest for them, or I will leave it for them and then eat it a few hours later to "take it in" (this way has similar meaning to the Hindu puja (sp?) ceremony). But remember I happen to love ritual, lol... not all people do. I have some sort of elongated conch shell that has a very long "spout." I will put wine into that and then drink it from the shell later. That actually came to me from a beautiful ritual where a woman was being used as an alter/divinity and someone then put water inside of her to be blessed and then drank the water from her. It sounds a bit wack if you're not used to it, but it was actually very moving.

 

For my ancestors I will just leave out food or rum on their alter, and then the next day put it outside for whatever animals wander by. The ancestors don't actually "eat" the food as they're not physically manifested, but they do enjoy the energy of it. I leave cigars out for me dad. But I do, at this tiime, tend to work more with the ancestors who were not alive in this lifetime so I have nto met them in physical manifestation. I also work with my Shadow a lot and feed it in many ways not just the meal. She's kind of like my "main" ancestor and I have a much closer relationship with her. I don't even know if others would refer to her as the Shadow, but to each his own :-)

 

I don't think there is a right or wrong way to do it. The most important thing to do is just to do it. Once it is started then impulse will come over time and you'll adjust it to suit your, and their, needs. When I first started doing it it was very stilted and felt rather uncomfortable. I made many mistakes, including spilling wine all over the place and having cats jump up and knock everything over, and even just having the feeling like I never even contacted anyone except the cats, lol. But after a while it settled down and I settled into a way that just felt "right." Follow impulse - you may be doing something and get a sudden impulse to do it completely differently. Always listen to that feeling, and be persistant :-)

 

M

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P.S. - re burying things. I have read all sorts of things about having to bury everything from candle nubs to offerings. I try not to bury anything that wasn't a plant to begin with. I figure the world is polluted enough and no one is going to appreciate me adding to it. Oh - I lied... I have burried witches bottles. But I don't bury things on a regular basis, very rarely actually.

 

M

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P.S. - re burying things. I have read all sorts of things about having to bury everything from candle nubs to offerings. I try not to bury anything that wasn't a plant to begin with. I figure the world is polluted enough and no one is going to appreciate me adding to it. Oh - I lied... I have burried witches bottles. But I don't bury things on a regular basis, very rarely actually.

 

M

 

I only bury things that are biodegradable, and I do that quite often. My mother taught me not to litter. If we were driving down the road and threw something out the window, she would stop the car and make us go look for it to pick it up. If we couldn't find it, we picked up whatever other litter was on that section of the road. If time didn't permit us to stop, we would find ourselves on the side of some country road on Saturday morning, picking up trash. Needless to say, we didn't litter very often. I still pick up trash when I'm out for a walk; probably out of habit.

 

Jevne

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I only bury things that are biodegradable, and I do that quite often. My mother taught me not to litter. If we were driving down the road and threw something out the window, she would stop the car and make us go look for it to pick it up. If we couldn't find it, we picked up whatever other litter was on that section of the road. If time didn't permit us to stop, we would find ourselves on the side of some country road on Saturday morning, picking up trash. Needless to say, we didn't litter very often. I still pick up trash when I'm out for a walk; probably out of habit.

 

Jevne

 

 

M & Jevne,

 

I'm glad you mentioned NOT burying items....I've often wondered about that, even if it was entirley necessary. When I started out in Wicca...after spells or rit..they seem to bury everything..from pins, to candle nubs, to ashes and entire boxes full of items..including poppets. I have a Witches bottle, but I have not buried it yet, I keep it in a hidden place in my room...is that an item that is typically required to be buried for it's "purpose"?

 

Alayna

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I only bury things that are biodegradable, and I do that quite often. My mother taught me not to litter. If we were driving down the road and threw something out the window, she would stop the car and make us go look for it to pick it up. If we couldn't find it, we picked up whatever other litter was on that section of the road. If time didn't permit us to stop, we would find ourselves on the side of some country road on Saturday morning, picking up trash. Needless to say, we didn't litter very often. I still pick up trash when I'm out for a walk; probably out of habit.

 

Jevne

 

Sounds like my mom. If someone was smoking in their car and threw the butt out the window at a red light, she would go as far as rolling down her window and shouting after them "you dropped something!". Most of the time they rolled up their windows and pretended not to hear but at least it got them thinkin', I guess!

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Thanks for the help, all. I have a lot of apples I picked recently, so I think it will involve those... have to think on the rest for a bit I think. :) And yes, I would never bury anything that wasn't compost-able! Besides I live -right- downtown and I think I'd get a few stares... ninja.gif

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