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Today is the Day of Werde, a day in which Deanists examine the spiritual direction we are taking in our current lives, and how they will affect things in the future, both for us and others around us. The Three Werdes (similar to the Three Fates in Greek Mythology) weave the web of fate, and we can altar that web with the things we do and say each and every day. Many of us are familiar with ‘the butterfly effect’. A butterfly flapping its wings in the desert might start a hurricane elsewhere, and one kind action can prompt the receiver of your kindness to perform a kind action towards somewhere else, and the chain continues.
One of my favourite animated movies, The Prince of Egypt (which tells the story of Exodus from the Torah and the Bible), has a lovely song called Through Heaven’s Eyes, which has some lines that sum up some of the key principles of this day:
“A single thread in a tapestry, though its color brightly shine
Can never see its purpose in the pattern of the grand design”
“If a man lose ev’rything he owns, has he truly lost his worth?
Or is it the beginning of a new and brighter birth?”
“No life can escape being blown about by the winds of change and chance
And though you never know all the steps, you must learn to join the dance”
I would like to share some of my personal goals this Day of Werde:
- Go vegetarian again some time in the next couple of months. Though I am only one person, me becoming vegetarian may prompt others to (as others and Dea’s direction have prompted me to) and thus save more animals and help our sister Earth heal from the wounds she has received due to the farming industry.
- Becoming more spiritually active. I tend to go through cycles of faith. My faith in Dea is always there, but I often find myself becoming spiritually apathetic during the times when I need Dea the most. I want to stop ignoring Her and reaching out to Her more, and performing my duties as a priestess better. This affects my werde my bringing my soul closer to Her, and helping me move forward in future lives.
- Spending more time with loved ones. I got back from holiday last Saturday with my mother and sister, and it made me realised how much I love spending time with them and how I don’t do it enough. Also, my grandmother lives ten minutes away, and I don’t see her as much as I’d like to. I want to make an effort to see her more, since her health is deteriorating as of late due to smoking and she has been very depressed.
- Be more charitable. My cities homelessness rates are some of the worst in the country, and while I sleep comfortably in my bed, there are people who are lucky to find a sheltered spot outdoors to sleep in. I walk past these people all the time and even when I have spare change to give them, I often do not, for one reason or other. If I can help these people just by buying them a sandwich or giving them money to get to a shelter, that’s one positive little wave I’ve created in the ocean of the universe, and that’s what the Day of Werde is all about.
If you’re comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear some of your goals this Day of Werde!