So in my last post I talked about savoring the morning with prayer, and now I wanted to talk about morning and evening prayers in general. I have more or less further developed the way I am doing things that works out best for me, and found it to be quite beneficial. The prayers in the morning leave me focused, calm and alert, while prayers in the evening calm my mind into restfulness so that I have no problem immediately dropping off to sleep, though I must say I have had some rather odd dreams LOL. But that said I have dropped into a nice rhythm of how my morning and evening prayers go.
First I go to the small shrine of Apollon, Artemis and Leto and give them incense and pray. I speak to Apollon first (for obvious reasons) addressing him by those epithets that are most meaningful to me and why they are (for example Agyieus, god of the roads, and Delphinius, grasper of the prow <as in the prow of a boat>. Here are teh epithets I address at this point (subject to change if I add more epithets in there which I may as time goes by there is no telling): Karneios (I always start with Karneios), Agyieus, Delphinios, Daphnephoros, Phosophoros. Then I speak to Artemis: Kourotrophoi, Agrotera, Dictynna. And lastly I address Leto, the mother.
After this, with the incense still burning there, I go to the family altar and get myself settled where I pray to all the gods of the household, and the Olympians who acting upon the soul and the laws they govern. I start with Hestia and conclude with Demeter. I then address any other deities of the household who are not among the Olympians, followed by a bit of water and scented oil that I offer in libation. It is at this family altar that I spend some time in silence, I am trying to arrange a kind of meditating spot perhaps in front of the family altar. Afterwards I am getting ready for my day. Then I repeat this same formula in the evenings before bed. Naiadis gave me a great idea regarding tea or coffee as part of morning ritual, but I am not sure yet how exactly I am going to fit this in. I will have to give it some thought.