Memorial For A Dove:
In the Morning exactly a Year ago Today, I had to Officiate over the Ceremonial Burial of a Dove that Died out front of the Apartment Buildiing I manage.
I was getting out my screwdriver as I was preparing for going out to change some dead lightbulbs around the front of the Building when I noticed a Kyakusama Resident of the Building walking around out front of the Building in his pajamas and a blanket around his shoulders. I quickly went out into the lobby to ask what the matter was and he said that there was a Dove lying Dead out front of the Building on the Rocky Surface. I looked and found that there was indeed a Dove lying there. It was Very Freshly Dead as it was still Warm and Rigor had not set in at all.
There is a Kyakusama Resident of the Building on the Third Floor who had built a Dove Hutch on his Balcony, in which he kept Four Doves. Sometimes he let them fly around the front of the building, which I actually have no problem with as Doves are the International Symbol of Peace, so I concider having some Doves flying around the front of the Building as Great karma for the Building. The Dove lying there was one of his Doves. I became somewhat upset as I concider a Dove Dying on your Doorstep as a Very Bad Sign of Evil Karma.
I then went into my place and got a Safeway Grocery Bag and went out and Gentley picked the Dove up and put it in the Bag, then went in the Building and knocked on the door of the Kyakusama Resident who owned the Dove. No one was home.
So I went into my Place and picked off a Sprig of Eucalyptus from my Sacred Altar and put it in the Bag with the Dove. I then made some Brio Springs Holy Water into a Red Glass Chalice.
I then went out to the South West corner of the Apartment Building and found a set of Three Planters that are grouped together. I then gentley put the Dove down. I then went into my place and got on my Silver Lined Black Wicca Paganistic Cape, picked up my last stick of Marshmellow Moon Jasmine Incense that I had, a Book of Matches, and my Eucalyptus Crowned Blessing Staff. I then went into my Storage Locker next to the Laundry Room and got out a Spade Shovel.
I then went out and selected the Nicest Tallest Planter Pot of the Three grouped together and dug a Very Deep Hole down into it. I then Gentley aid the Dove down into the Hole, with its Head pointed towards the East.
I then commenced Opening of the Quarters Ritual by taking my Holy Water and sprinkled it on the Eastern side of the Pot resiting to myself: "Greetings to the Watchtower of the East, Guardian of the Sacred Element of Air, I welcome you this day for this working of Peace".
I then sprinkled the Southern side of the pot resiting: "Greetings to the Watchtower of the South, Guardian of the Sacred Element of Fire, I welcome you this day for this working of Peace".
I then sprinkled the Western side of the pot, resiting: "Greetings to the Watchtower of the West, Guardian of the Sacred Element of Water, I Welcome you this day for this working of Peace".
I then sprinkled the Northern side of the pot resiting: "Greetings to the Watchtower of the North, Guardian of the Sacred Element of Earth, I welcome you this day for this working of Peace".
After completing the Opening of the Quarters Ritual, I then sprinkled the Dove three times with Holy Water and then pulled two more sprigs of Eucalyptus from my Blessing Staff to go with the one I had already had with the Dove and laid it onto the Dove. The whole time, I prayed for the Dove's Lifes Spirit to protect my Apartment Building from the Evil Negative Energies that caused it to Fall from the Skies. I stood for a few moments, all the while trying to meditate on welcoming the Doves Lifes Spirit to stay with and protect my Apartment Building from this Day on.
I then took the shovel and filled in the hole, and then put onto the Dove's small grave my last stick of Marshmellow Moon Jasmine incense and lite it.
I then Meditated that the Quarters that I openned would become a Tiny Little Vortex centered on the Body of the Deceased Dove, Forever to protect the well being of the Kyakusama Residents of the Apartment Building that I Manage.
I then went down to the Corner Store, which Sells Insence, and Bought a Fresh New Tube of Jasmine Incense. When I returned to the Building, I set a Stick of Incense over the Grave of the Dove at each of the Quarters. I found some Nice White Flowers on a nearby Tree. I took some of the Flowers and placed it onto the Center of the Dove's Grave around the Original Stick of Marshmellow Moon Jasmine Incense, which was still Burning. First Starting with the Eastern Quarter Going Clockwise around to the Northern Quarter, I lit the Sticks of Incense.
About 15 Minutes Later, the Kyakusama Resident who Owned the Dove turned up. I told him about his Dove having Fallen from the Sky and Dying. I then showed him the Grave, which still had its Incense still Burning. He was Very Gratefull that I had given his Dove such a Nice Funeral. As a Matter of a Fact, he still Lives here to this Day.
Since then, a Elderly Korean Couple, who are Kyakusama Residents of the Apartment Building, took to Growing a type of Korean Ethnic Vegetable for themselves in the exact same Planter Pot where I Buried the Dove, and the Vegetable Grew Up Very Strong and Healthy. Since then, the Korean Couple have taken to planting that type of Korean Vegetable in several Planter Pots around the Building, and they all are now Growing Up Healthy and Strong.
Right now, I have a Crop of Green Peas Growing out of the Planter Pot, and those Pea Plants have grown Big and Bushy, producing an Abundance of Peas. Also, the Elderly Korean Couple have also Planted into the Pot along with my Green Peas another of their Ethnic Korean Vegetable, which is also Growing Nice, Big and Bushy.
So in Gratitude to the Dove's Lifes Energies for making my Primary Sacred Grove's Ground Good and Fertile, I am writing this Anniversary Memorial to the Dove in Hopes that it Good Lifes Energies will continue to make my Primary Sacred Grove to be Good and Fertile.
Ki No Ronin