“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything“
-William Shakespeare (sonnet 98)
From Skye Alexander’s “Your Goddess Year” book:
Dates for inviting her: April 3-9
In ancient Greece, Nike was known as the goddess of victory in war and in athletic competitions. This week perform the following ritual to petition Nike’s aid, ask her for protection and success in competition. You’ll need:
more than 9 dried laurel leaves
a gold colored drawstring pouch
a white feather
a piece of bloodstone (a green stone flecked with red that ancient Greek soldiers carried into battle for courage and protection)
Form a circle in the floor with the laurel leaves. The circle should be large enough that you can stand inside it.
Step in the circle, close your eyes, and state your request to the goddess.
Open your heart and mind to Nike.
When you’re confident that Nike has sided with you, step out of the circle and collect the laurel leaves.
Place 9 of the leaves in the pouch, save the rest for cooking.
Add the feather and the bloodstone.
Tie the pouch closed and carry it with you as you meet your petition.