It's been my tradition for many years, inspired by the 1973 film I will admit, to make sacrifices at Beltane/May Day, as a devotional act to my Patron Deity, and also to petition for a fruitful growing season and annual harvest, which tends to take on different meanings depending on what's happening in my life. This year, like most, the theme of my petition is career and family. In addition, in recent years it's become clear that as my career progresses, not only am I able to better provide for my family, but my opportunities to advance the state of human knowledge (small increments of course, but still...) tends to increase. I'm particularly seeking for favor in that regard this year.
For me a meaningful sacrifice has to be something that I value, and that will be missed when its gone. So each year I choose something that I have and enjoy in my life on a regular basis, and I give it up for the year, untill the following Beltane. That's perhaps a touch outside of traditional Pagan sacrificial practices, but it has developed into a profoundly moving personal tradition for me.
Edited by R. Eugene Laughlin, 02 May 2012 - 01:47 PM.