These are phenomenal. I have no other words for this beauty.
Still, despite all this monsoon insanity, we still managed to hold a little semi-outdoor sacrifice to Dêmêtêr, Korê, and Dionysos right in time for the Thalusia.
A small sacrificial fire was lit in the garden and hymns were sung to the agricultural triad. Prayers were also offered to Wesir (Osiris) and Min who both protect the newly inundated fields. Shortly after, prasaad was served (prasaad is a beautiful custom I’ve adopted from the Hindus, which is roughly eating with your gods and your community from the same feast table). It’s always nice to eat with friends!
Obviously, it wasn’t a major harvest feast since we haven’t really harvested anything huge yet. Still, there’s at least one fruit or vegetable in season every month, so we figured to celebrate it, anyway. Maybe we should have one every month! Happy Tropical Thalusia!
“Bright Goddess, come, with summer’s rich increase swelling and pregnant, leading smiling peace; come with fair concord and imperial health, and join with these a needful store of wealth.” — Orphic Hymn 40 to Demeter