As part of my personal practice, I am a devotee to the Goddess Sulis Minerva. When I began working with her and asking for her help, one of the first things I asked her was what did she want in return. I believe in a fair exchange of energy and if a spirit is going to assist me with my needs and my work, then I want to make sure they get something out of it. To keep the balance so to speak. At first she was pretty silent about what she wanted, but after a few months she finally had something she wanted from me. During a meditation she told me she wanted me to rebuild her following. It was a powerful and daunting moment for me!!! However over the last year, I have been working on the preliminary steps. My first focus has been developing a ritual method by which to work with her. It is definitely still in its infant stages….not enough to share really, though one portion of the method has finally made itself known which I am going to share today.
Offerings to Sulis Minerva
I have been making various offerings to Sulis for quite a while now, but none of them seemed to be something that really moved her. I discovered that she prefers Hot chocolate over whiskey and enjoys sharing a cup of tea occasionally, but those are for special occasions, not necessarily daily offerings, so I kept searching. My answer began to unfold slowly in February of 2016 and it started with a change in offering dishes. For the longest time, I have been using a sunflower candy dish for offerings. It brought in elements of the Sun and Fire and was pretty so I used it. Then I came across this dish and I felt that familiar inner sense of excitement and knowing….I found something that FIT.
It is a beautiful chalice shape and a lovely green that reminds me of the waters in the Great Bath at Aquae Sulis in Bath, UK. I happily placed in on my altar. From there I continued to try different offerings to her; candies, fruits, nuts, parts of my own meals, but none of these really stuck out as the “right” thing. However that all changed last week. During the waning part of my womanly moon cycle, the Awen flows through me quickly and deeply. In a moment of extreme clarity I thought to myself, “Why don’t you fill the dish with water and give her offerings of coins and gems, just as the ancient followers of hers did?” and once again I was overcome with that warm silky Sense of Knowing.
I had found an appropriate daily offering to her! Why I had not thought of this before, I will never know. It was right in front of me the whole time……a detailed historical account of the offerings made to her throughout centuries. I have been observing this devotion now for almost a week and each time I do it, the feeling of confirmation settles deeper and deeper into my bones. There are still parts of the process to be uncovered such as what am I am going to do with this money. I know that I will not keep it for myself, but I trust as I keep moving through this process, Sulis will let me know what she wants as She always does!!