jademermaid: (Neptune and fish)
As usual, I worried myself into a tizzy over nothing. I had plenty of people, and we had a fine time! The food was yummy, the ritual went off without a hitch, and we all got to hang out together and enjoy the beautiful day. Thanks to all who made it out, see you next year (in Florida? Haha!)

Blessings of Neptunus upon you all!

Lots more pictures behind the cut! )


Jul. 17th, 2007 06:47 am
jademermaid: (Triton Thinking)

Okay people, snooze you lose! I hope you will be able to make it next year. I'm going to be posting stuff about it anyway, so I can keep things straight.


Hard boiled eggs with pine nut sauce
Tuna pasta salad with basil and peas
Shrimp boil
Figs with cheese and honey

Things for people to bring--bread, fruit, cheeses, antipasto, water, wine.


To Neptune (modern rhyming reworking of Orphic hymn to Poseidon. By me. ):

Look here, lord of the oceans profound, whose liquid grasp meets the solid ground;
Who, in deep tumultuous seas, dark and fathomless, reclines with ease;
In your grip the brazen trident rests, bending lazy curves to ragged crests:
Whose watery steeds part the soft foam , from your dark curls the salty seas roam;
Whose terrible voice opens the deep, drives starlit waves in a raging heap;
Your fierce heart wrapped in boiling seas, your call the waves will tremble to please.
Earth shaker, ruler of brine and sweet, the liquid plains are your charge to keep
Beneath your cool cerulean gaze, the deep-born bestiary plays.
With a steady breath fill out their sails, and bring ships to port with prosperous gales,
Bring gentle Peace, and good Health beside, pour your blessings in a joyous tide.
jademermaid: (Neptune and fish)
I received absolutely no comments on my LJ Neptunalia invitation, which, to be honest, surprised me! It was really very nice last year, and promises to be even more cohesive this year, since I'm not all nervous over it this time around. I already am expecting some of the Nova Roma folks, but it would be nice to get some other people to come by - is there something putting you guys off?

I hope not, but if so, please let me know what concerns you have. You do not have to be Roman or even pagan to attend.

I spoke with Marina/ Laura a while back about getting involved with the clean water groups in Tennessee, and then didn't follow up on it, so this year I plan to get moving on that. After all, what better sacrifice to the god of oceans and fresh water than to really do something about it?

I plan to make this my goal for a while, and try to get other folks interested as well. We all have an impact on our groundwater, which feeds our streams and rivers, which flow into the oceans. I've waiting to hear back from a couple of places, but I hope to get into doing some activism, maybe I can actually make a difference. It all starts at home. I've called a septic tank service to see how much it costs to have mine looked at, something I haven't done at all since we bought the place! I'm also looking into something called a rain garden, though I'm not sure that will work for us since we live on a hill. I hate the idea of composting, but I think I need to at least give it a shot, and I need to also move toward recycling, since I've seen that we can do that at the dump, we just have to sort it ourselves.

I also prefer bottled water, because I think the city water tastes like chlorine and chalk. At the very least, I need to recycle those bottles, and maybe move toward buying gallon jugs instead of the small bottles. We have a filter for water in the fridge door, but I still thought it tasted weird. I'll try it again, maybe I can reuse the small bottles that way. I'll work on it.

So I guess those are my Neptunalia resolutions.

What can you do?

1. Never dump anything down a storm drain or drainage ditch.
2. Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.
3. Throw litter in its place.
4. Clean up after your pet.
5. Check your vehicles for leaks (repair them!)
6. Reduce the amount of household hazardous wastes generated at home.
7. Compost yard clippings.
8. Use fertilizer and pesticide only when needed. (Read the label!)
9. If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn rather than on pavement.
10. Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution and get involved in your community.


May. 27th, 2007 05:18 pm
jademermaid: (Triton Thinking)
So, the next celebration we will be having is the Neptunalia, on July 21st/22nd. The day will probably be quite hot, I am hoping to be able to afford one of those rubber pools again to keep cool. We will have sunshades and lots of spring water and wine. This year I want to make some cool seafood dishes, cocktail shrimp, caponata, salmon salad--maybe even sushi or gefilte fish! I wonder if I should make it potluck, and have everyone bring a seafood or veggie dish? That would really take a lot of the pressure and cost off of me.

I want to say a prayer for my horses this year, and write a new ritual without being nervous over people I shouldn't be nervous over anyway. I'll need another horse shaped offering to sacrifice, and I'm hoping this year to make it myself. I can tie in some nice herbs and even work in some resin incense.

If you are thinking of coming, there is the option of camping overnight, just let me know you are planning on staying over so I can buy enough eggs and bread for breakfast! If you would like to be a part of this year's Neptunalia, you can comment here or email me--I consider it a part of my calling to make this as public and well attended an event as my place will allow. You do not have to be Roman, just Roman interested/tolerant/curious! You do not have to wear Roman clothing, but if you have rudimentary sewing skills, a chiton or tunic is about the coolest and most comfortable thing you will ever wear!

Some Roman instructions for wrapping and making simple garb

If you have a sari that is light and comfortable, that would certainly fit in as well. But again, if you just can't do the garb thing, don't let that stop you from coming!
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Gens Galeria at the War Memorial, Nashville:

Gens Galeria + [livejournal.com profile] black_whiteboy at the Neptunalia.

(notice that while [livejournal.com profile] l_galeria_mira and [livejournal.com profile] black_whiteboy are unable to be seen, Aries has managed to have his headshot included!)

I enjoyed the Neptunalia, but I will admit that the ritual was not what I wanted it to be. This is my fault, I should have written it myself and not left it in the hands of others. If I had it to do over again, I would have had [livejournal.com profile] mezzanotterose walk the route with me, and said the words with me holding the book between us as we usually do. I would have kept [livejournal.com profile] black_whiteboy's oath call and return, because that was the official part, and the part that made me the most nervous. It's amazing how easily I am thrown off track when I am not in control. I often wish that weren't the case, but it just makes me nuts to not be doing the preparing and presenting of things like this.

Everyone seemed to have a good time, and Metellus and Corey worked so hard with me on getting the house into presentable shape. They are the sweetest men I know.

By the way, this shrine is a public one, to the extent that you just need to call first and let me know you are coming out. You can leave offerings here to land spirits, the celestial gods, Neptune, Jupiter or Diana. If you live out of state, and want an offering made, just let me know, that's my job now.


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