Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and a powerful New Moon in Sagittarius.
As Caitlin Matthews points out in her beautiful The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year, saying grace is a custom that has become old-fashioned and rarely followed in many secular and modern homes. Yet this is the one day when grace is traditionally observed.
This year, though, I hope your consciousness has been raised about the importance of grace. For, as you know, we have been on a journey here with the Graces, the Goddesses that were always, without fail, invoked first at every gathering in ancient Greece and later Rome. Not just at meals, but at every kind of meeting, both formal and informal, as well as at the beginning of every important journey, libations were offered and the Graces were invited to be present.
Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne were Goddesses of beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song. They presided over the pleasures of life, including play, amusement, banqueting, decorative flowers and gardens, happiness, rest and relaxation. Their presence assured peace and harmony in human endeavors.
Praise Her from whom all blessings flow.
Fruits of Her harvest to bestow.
Sustain us as we change and grow.
Praise Mother Earth our ancient home.
— Pagan Grace, author unknown
Today, as you say grace before your feast, if that is what you are enjoying today, I invite you to truly invoke these beautiful Ones, whose gifts we enjoy every day, whether we acknowledge Them or not. Perhaps you might want to spend some time before dinner with your family, writing your own grace and blessings together, rather than a hastily mumbled prayer from childhood days.
Perhaps you might begin in this New Year, to make the invocation of Grace the rule, rather than the exception, at your own family’s mealtimes.
For consider that the greatest gift of Grace is that we do not have to deserve it. Grace is the unconditional love of God/dess, and is always available; we need only remember this, and give thanks.
May your day be blessed by Love.