There will be a few blog posts with my personal responses to some of the questions found in each chapter of this book. I urge you to follow along with me as we experience the Goddess within.
The last chapter is about Pomona and you can find the questions I will be answering in this post on page 247 of the book.
Growing up Roman Catholic my family would go to Mass every Sunday, which if you've ever attended a Mass you realize is ritual. We would also celebrate Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas in very big ways as a child.
What religious rituals did you celebrate as a child? As an adult?
Again ... Mass on Sunday as well as baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage.
What feelings do holiday rituals evoke for you?
That each ritual is sacred and deserves the respect I give it.
What feelings do religious rituals not associated with holidays evoke for you?
Any ritual whether it is associated with a holiday or not is sacred.
Are you aware of experiencing differences of mood during different seasons?
I am completely aware of the differences in energy and mood I experience as the seasons change. (We were just discussing this in my online Initiate Class).
What habits do you have that are similar to rituals? Especially examine your daily habits of cooking, eating, cleaning. Where did you get these habits?
Saturday brunch is very much a ritual as it is one meal that my immediate family shares as our schedules during the week is rather varied and we are not always able to share dinner together. This habit has just evolved.
What habits of speech and thought do you have that are ritualistic? Do you ever stop yourself or someone from saying something out of a sense that “bad luck” comes from such speech?
I don't think I really have habits of speech and thought that are ritualistic, well, maybe saying "I love you" before I hang up the phone with someone or when people I care about leave my presence. I do not stop anyone from saying something from fear.
What crafts did your family practice that might be connected to your heritage and its values? Do you know any songs or dances from your heritage? Do you practice them today?
I do not have any crafts from my family practice connected to my heritage. No songs or dances either.
How do you feel about rituals other than those you grew up with? Do you feel uncomfortable with rituals that are strange to you? What feelings are evoked by such rituals?
Rituals are not strange to me. I find comfort in rituals though I wouldn't want my entire life to be set in a ritual. I like balance.
Do you prefer private or public ritual? What experiences have you had with each? What different benefits do you experience with each?
I prefer private rituals because they are more intimate. Public rituals can bring a forceful energy depending on the number of people in attendance.