Thursday, March 10, 2011
For Christians, this inner cleansing leads up to a few things. There's the celebration of the Last Supper, of Pentacost and Passover, and the Assumption. It's roughly connected with the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, resisting temptations from Shaitan. The whole "40 days" thing is important in Abrahamic faiths in general, being the time people spend apart from others. It seems to be associated with cleansings. Think of Moses, leading the Israelites through the desert for 40 years.
As a hybrid, with beliefs both in my Greek gods and the Christian ones, this is a time of purification for me. During Passover and the church observances of Jesus' death and resurrection, my Greek shrines will be shrouded. I will go through this time thinking about life and death, and my participation in the church and in Hellenic paganism.
I step, I step with leery eye
Upon the path laid out for me
My heart it beats as if to die
And in my ears the buzzing bee
Doth make me want to turn aside
Away from labyrinthine turns
And twists with not one place to hide
Nor from this maze ever return
I must look, not turn away,
And see my spirit revealed thus
Baldly, blandly on display
Nothing left there to discuss
My soul, my soul is on display
With none but me to look at it
Its wreck and ruin and disarray
Its golden aura a perfect fit
I tread the sacred path until
My soul is ready to refill
With strength and joy and peace of mind
The searching soul once more refined.