Well, the big day has come and gone. Kurt got to my house at 7:30 and Chris soon after and we got everything packed up for the journey to the House. On arrival I went into seclusion in the temple and set up my Pomba altar with the amazing new doll/statue
made for me as the centerpiece. If I go out of the temple I have to wear a veil so that I am deemed "invisible".
Everyone busily bustled around and set up all the outside altars and got the feast going. Kat showed up and as my handmaiden redid my finger- and toenails for me since I had pretty much botched it (due to a top coat disaster). I can now say I have had a professional pedicure. If it counts when one is sitting in someone's front yard wearing a white dress and veil and being invisible. Still not sure I want to draw that much attention to my boney feet - but it made Herself feel like dancing so it was a goodness.
I did do a pre-headwash reading but I don't remember what the cards were except that the Star showed up again. Only half an hour late I was called out to do the pade. The day was very hot again and the air still under the tents. Gah. Where is the fog!? Soon I was surrounded by Exus and we were off. I got all kinds of messages as well as energy from the Orixa and we did manage to capture some of them as about half way though my friend Chris became my scribe. The highlights I can remember without the notes - Ogum thinks I should necklace to him, three different Orixa talked about "when you start your own House" (nope, no way!), lots of Orixa thought I should go out to a specific spot in nature to recharge some.
Mama had suggested that as an ordeal I was to stand for the entire xere, sitting only during the breaks. I am not sure this was a good idea. I am stubborn enough that I did it. But I think that I would have been better served, energetically, if I hadn't been in pain for the last 1/3 of the xere. It was harder to accept the axe from the Orixa across the pain. But finally the xere came to an end except for Ossain and Pomba and Kat & I retired to dress me for Pomba. My outfit was amazing, a many-ruffled flamenco skirt and ruffled top, my braids down with tembleques across the back (and once she was seated a tiara). I heard the Ossain chant start whilst I dressed and I came out and lay down on the bench where Mama laved me with sweet smelling water and the House sang the Pomba song I had chosen. They were to sing it three times, by the middle of the second time I was gone and Pombagira Cigana Rainha took the floor. Other songs were sung, she approved with amazing feast that Kurt, Jess, Sparrow and other kitchen ninjas had prepared and presented. There was pulled pork with horseradish sauce. Duck with rhubarb (which was practically orgasmic), stolen lamb stew, fried plantains with kahlua-rum whipped cream. Greens from Sparrow's garden and a quatro leches cake and a chocolate rum cake from Prolific Oven. Plus champagne and cava sangria.
As I had suspected would be the case, Cigana wasn't actually interested in eating, she was interested in people enjoying the feast. So she retired to the temple to do consulto (with a plate of food from which she basically ate cake and champagne). She spent several hours reading cards for people, as she said, "mostly telling them what they already knew". But She was very happy in the doing of it and I hope that folks found the exercise helpful/interesting. I was shadowing her off and on but not really around. I don't remember any specific readings really. Just a succession of people and cards drawn and hands waved. *laugh*
About midnight the last querent came in and finished and then Kurt & Ember packed up and we headed back home for the vigil. She left once early one when Kurt invoked the Navigatrix with a directions question and I hopped through to help. K&E sang Pomba back though and she enjoyed the drive. She was fascinated. She didn't seem to have very good access to my modern knowledge and she loved the speed and the bright lights. The moon is waning but still very bright and full. She loved the moon in the sky. She had a sense of wonder I hadn't expected.
We got home and set up an altar in the living room. I meditated and She did a card reading for me. It was The Allegrias, The Star and the Ship which we both thought very clear. I'm happy, have a goal and am in the arms of the Mother. Ember volunteered that she hadn't done consulto at the Bembe and Cigana did a reading for her that was much more complicated. She liked that. My reading was boring to Her in its clarity.
Around 4am we were talking about the cards again and Her desire for us to work on a Second Life deck of the Gypsy fortunetelling cards. This led us into a discussion of flickr and I came back to handle that. After a bio break I decided that I didn't think we needed to sing Her back, that we had done all the communing we needed to do. Dawn was 5:17am, and with the dawn Kurt was gone to try and get some rest before heading off to be in the NROOGD Litha. Ember & I chatted until about 6am and then I went to bed. Mama called at about 8:30 and woke me up to see how I was doing. I went inworld for awhile and fished (that being the extent of my energy for things). It is almost 11am and I can't tell you what I've done for the last two hours really. I wouldn't mind going to Litha with Russell but I am not sanguine. I also have to shop for Tuesday dinner fixings today. I have no idea what I want to cook. And the bags and baskets from the headwash are strewn all over the kitchen and livingroom and I have to put things away and generally do life maintenance things that have been on hold during the prep.
I don't feel particularly different. Time will tell whether the communication channel between me and Cigana is strengthened as predicted. I do feel very close and affectionate toward Her. But mostly I just feel exhausted.