Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna
Across many Pagan spiritual traditions there can be found the notion of giving offerings to deities or spirits, in order to show respect and devotion. Often the offering is made up of food and/or drink, although occasionally it can be something else too. The offering is often laid out on an altar, or burned, in order for it to reach the spiritual world.
I think the nicest way to give offerings is to give them through nature. Deities and spirits show themselves to me most of the time through nature, and associate with certain animals or plants. Therefore, when I give offerings to a deity or spirit, I do that by feeding it (appropriate food) to their animals, or watering and caring for their plants. This way, not only does it serve a spiritual purpose but it also does good to a fellow creature on the physical level. To me, the unity of the physical and the spiritual world are very important, and this practice brings a lot of joy and fulfillment to me ^_^