Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The leaves are falling, the gardens are shrivelled, and even though it has been exceptionally warm and gorgeous in DC (highs in the 60s, even 70s) I haven't seen anyone in flip flops for a couple of weeks. Fall has established itself at last. I love fall.
My morning routine these days includes writing, then meditation after which I pray. This week I'm also sending Reiki to the Spirit of Turkey every morning. I believe it's on the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving that most of the turkeys will be sacrificed. Yeah, sacrificed. Thanksgiving is one of the last rituals of animal sacrifice we Americans embrace, oh yeah.
Animal populations come and go of course, just like everything. But every year we engage in the slaughter of forty six million turkeys, all at once, (number according to the source I saw when I googled). That number might not be exact, but it's a lot of turkeys. The oversoul of the animal takes a big hit on the slaughter days. It is to that oversoul I send Reiki.
We at least eat the animals after the slaughter, in a prosperity feast of overindulgence. I'm going to engage in the ritual this year, but oh you'd better believe I will honor the poor, humble "heirloom breed" turkey I'm going to roast here at the chateau. I think it's better to honor the bird than try to ignore what's really happening. I will honor the turkey with ritual ablutions of butter and fresh herbs, and bow my head in prayers of thanksgiving when it goes in the oven. I will sing heroic songs to honor the dinosaurs of old, the bird's genetic ancestors.
Will my behavior be any weirder than the president's when he "pardons" a turkey? He reads some kind of proclamation, everyone chuckles, the turkey goes back to the farm. Completely bizarre, hey? It does confirm, however, that we are engaged in a mass ritual of animal genocide, otherwise, why a pardon?
This post sounds so serious - it doesn't match my mood at all. I'm really looking forward to T-day, but I want to do it right, you know, my version of "right." All hail the Spirit of Turkey!!