Notes from Tree Pose

- I’ve already written about my yoga practice.

- I’m not spinning cotton much at the moment. Still trying to figure out how to reintegrate that. I’m going to focus on settling into a solid yoga practice first, and then worry about that.

- I’ve finished the first batch of purple wool, though I haven’t made a skein yet. I can’t find my damn niddy-noddy. Now I’ve moved on to spinning a midnight blue tussah silk on my trindle for the same prayer. I don’t manage it quite daily, but I try. Current form of the prayer of the Purple Thread (which remains the Purple Thread regardless of the color I’m spinning):

(before spinning)
Six women whose lives are twined
In history and myth
Six women whose names are wrapped
In purple thread
Six women whose lives show
Our weaknesses and our strengths
Six women I honor and praise:
The women of the purple thread.

(flick) I pray to Arachne Who rues what she did
And weaves now forever
(flick) I spin for Arachne of the Purple Thread

(while winding on) The Purple Thread winds on and on The Purple Thread winds on (repeat throughout winding)

(flick) I pray to Erigone Beloved of the Vine
Who sorrowed and mourned.
(flick) I spin for Erigone of the Purple Thread

(while winding on) The Purple Thread winds on and on The Purple Thread winds on (repeat throughout winding)

(flick) I pray to Ariadne Mistress of the Labyrinth
Who died and returned
(flick) I spin for Ariadne of the Purple Thread

(while winding on) The Purple Thread winds on and on The Purple Thread winds on (repeat throughout winding)

(flick) I pray to Helen Lady of Sorrows
Who stands now for the Voiceless
(flick) I spin for Helen of the Purple Thread

(while winding on) The Purple Thread winds on and on The Purple Thread winds on (repeat throughout winding)

(flick) I pray to Medea Witch and Priestess
Betrayed and Vengeful
(flick) I spin for Medea of the Purple Thread

(while winding on) The Purple Thread winds on and on The Purple Thread winds on (repeat throughout winding)

(flick) I pray to Circe Sorceress and Goddess
Who ever surrendered her power
(flick) I spin for Circe of the Purple Thread

(while winding on) The Purple Thread winds on and on The Purple Thread winds on (repeat throughout winding)

I’ve said it before: any repetitive thing can be used as prayer. That’s why beads are so popular. Spinning also echoes the spinning of prayer wheel, the motion sending the words spinning out and up to the gods. It’s good for me.

- Serving morning tea as offering to my gods is working well for me. Adding rusks with honey has not been so easy, and I’ve dropped it for the time, but preparing and pouring the tea has evolved into a set of ritual motions that have become easy and natural. It feels good.

I still would never presume to tell anyone else that they must practice food offerings, or what they can or can’t afford. It just works for me.

-My copies of Crossing the River finally arrived! SQUEEEEE!