Asking for help

Quote from something I read today:

“I generally don’t relate to the Powers in a transactional manner. These are relationships, to me. I give what I give out of love. I ask for what I ask out of need. We exchange in joy in the moment.”

Source and full post is here, but what I want to talk about today is a slightly different topic. I just wanted to share that quote because it’s something I’ve had trouble putting into words.

Occasionally I do wonder if I’m asking for too much, or if they’re “getting a fair deal” with what I offer in return, but I try not to worry about it too much. I figure if they want something they can poke me, otherwise I’ll just do the usual offerings, and that seems to be fine.

It helps to remember that, when I light a candle or offer some food or music, they’re not just getting the offering, but also my attention and friendship. I think that makes it worthwhile even if a candle in itself doesn’t seem like much. So, generally I don’t feel the need for transactions. These are relationships, to me. I give what I give out of love. I ask for what I ask out of need. We exchange in joy in the moment.

Another thing is, I try not to ask for help unless I really need it, because I don’t want to be dependent on anyone, deity or otherwise. Sometimes I want things to be easy, but life doesn’t work like that. I want to be able to rely on myself, so I always try to work things out by myself if I can. Then, if I do need help, I can ask for it without feeling like I ask too much, since I know it’s a genuine need and not just me being too lazy to do the hard work myself 😀

I don’t know, it’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about, since I have some problems right now, and I’ve been taking some time to think about what I can do on my own, and what I need help with. I think that thinking about this also helps me to know myself, and be more confident about my decisions, so it’s good stuff all around.

Recognizing hieroglyphs

I see a fair number of photos of Ancient Egyptian temples on tumblr, and lately I’ve noticed that I can recognize some of the Netjeru’s names in hieroglyphs! I guess if you see something enough times, it eventually sticks in memory.

So far I can recognize Wepwawet, Geb, Aset, Wesir, and Sekhmet. I can recognize Anup and Bast if it’s pointed out, but probably wouldn’t pick their names out of a wall-full of glyphs on my own.

I’ve been wanting to learn about hieroglyphs, and have a list of recommended books…somewhere on my computer. It’s a low-priority goal right now, so I don’t expect to get to it anytime soon, but it’s on the list.

There’s not much else to say, I am just so delighted to realize that I can recognize some names 🙂