With the new year, I greeted the head god Ilu and the goddess Athiratu, his wife along with the Sons and Daughters of Ilu and Athiratu, a deity known as Parglu Tzaqarnu who is honored only at the new year, as well as Ba'lu Haddu the storm god and his father Dagan.
Offerings included a small leg of lamb, red wine, mead, cooked and salted ground lamb drizzled with sweet red wine, cooked and salted ground beef drizzled with dry red wine, stuffed grape leaves, dates, honey, and incense.
Although family scheduling necessitated that I spend this new year's celebration on my own, I felt deeply loved and surrounded by my deities, by other peoples' deities (!), and by my ancestors. I have an etheric houseful, and my home itself is heavy and joyous with the scents of cooked meat and wine.
I have solid hopes for this year. This year looks good for building community, and for growing and deepening in our ways. It is the year to honor our deities, to make our offerings, to sing their praises, to breathe life back into the old ways. It is the year to cherish our polytheistic ancestors and ask them for their aid in reclaiming what was lost. This is the year we become closer to our deities, and that we move forward and walk in joy.
Shanatu metakatu le-kumu, a sweet year to you all!