Ustauhtimats

Information

  • Name Meaning: From the Gothic word ustauhts (“end, completion”) + mats (“food, meal”).
  • Date: Every dark moon.
  • Deities Honored: Mena.
  • Purpose: To thank Mena as Lord of Time and Keeper of Cycles for His blessings during the previous month, to request that He help tie up any loose ends, and/or to petition Him for abundance and joy in the coming month.
  • Offerings: Standard offerings.
  • Associated myth: Mena instructed humanity on how to keep time by keeping track of His changing faces.

Suggested Activities

Worshipers can eat moon cookies or moon cakes, wrap up projects, reflect on the past month, set goals for the upcoming month. These activities can be done solo or in a group.

Prayers

Listed below are some example prayers. You can choose the one you like or write your own.

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, Mena, Master of Secrets, Keeper of Time.
I thank You for all Your blessings that I received,
for all Your guidance and protection since the last dark moon.
O Watcher, may You bless me in the coming month.
To You, I give this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome You, Mena!
Airþa’s clever son
and brother of bright waters.
O pale-faced Watcher!
O Keeper of Time!
You see all that is hidden,
buried deep in the hearts of men.

I welcome You, Mena!
You come to us cloaked in darkness,
Your face hidden by Your sister’s veil,
turned inward to discern the secrets
of our ever-changing world.
I open my arms to You in gratitude,
for all Your blessings that we received,
for all Your guidance and protection
since the last dark moon.
Receive these gifts, O Mena,
brightest star of blackest sky,
that I freely give to You.
May You guide me through
the darkness to the dawn.

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