The gods at university

It has been a while since I have posted here! This is because I have been super busy since I got back from Cyprus (photos soon!).

Firstly, I had to wait another week for my laptop to return from the repair shop due to the inadequacy of the tech guys (I’m still waiting on my charger that they had forgotten to return. I have been using my dads.), in addition I have been practicing for my upcoming driving lesson, catching up on the 20+ individual podcast episodes that I missed while my laptop was out of action, socializing in the real world and of course, preparing for university. I got ABC, so I got into my Biomedical science course, and start in 3 weeks!

In addition to gathering relevant cooking utensils (I don’t know how relevant a slotted spoon is to the general public but I like to cook and so I have one!), bedding, lab equipment and enough new clothes to last me the year; I have started making a list of the religious items I will take with me.

I am having to do what so many Hellenic polytheists and pagans have done before me, and learn to cope with ritual in a dorm. The fact I cannot have any open flames in my room is going to be an issue, because in almost every ritual I burn incense and have at least one candle burning. I’ll have to start praying to Hestia over the stove, and dabbing oil on a light bulb for incense or something.

What I will miss will be the ritual order that I have become so accustomed to, and the ritual atmosphere that candles and incense create. From now on I’m going to have to get a lot more creative with my practice and my space.

I’m still not sure what items I shall take, how I shall transport them and where I will store them. Much to my dismay I don’t think a permanent, large altar like the one I have currently is going to be feasible; but I may be able to keep several shrines and simply set up a temporary altar to do devotions.

In conclusion, this is what I have been doing for the last 3 weeks. I’m still no further forward.

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5 Responses to The gods at university

  1. J. says:

    I’ve never had to work in a dorm-situation… I’ve always commuted to my schools. Good luck! It really sucks about the candles and incense, but it seems like your have a couple of ideas to replace them with while your on campus.

    I’ve seen battery powered lanterns around that looks quite neat… while not really Grecian, they may be a adequate replacement for candles. I’ve also seen lamps with the stands sculpted like certain Greek Gods too.

  2. nifty! says:

    …. how will they know if you burn a candle or two? :]

  3. J. says:

    Hey Patch, came across a book you may be interested in if you haven’t read it yet:

    • Emma H says:

      Wow, thanks!

      I haven’t come across this before, but it looks like something I’d definately be interesting in reading! Especially since so much of my focus recently has been on botany and herbalism in my spirituality.

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