As I have added additional layers to my personal practice, one way I have kept it simple is with a system of keeping track. It’s got two components: keeping track of what is to come, and keeping track of offerings already made.
A calendar is critical to remembering what’s to come. My daily offerings don’t vary much, but there are weekly and monthly obligations that I write down. I use a lunar calendar, and most of what I do is triggered by the dark of the moon. Looking up helps, but I also use an app to track the exact moon phase.
It’s the yearly stuff that is trickiest for me; I nearly forgot about the festival of lilies this time around and need to step up my game. Luckily my observances tend to be stacked upon each other; honoring my ancestors, flowers for the gods, vigil for the bulls. I only need to remember the first to recall each in succession. While I’m loathe to depend too much on electronica, it serves better than paper for me.
A couple of years ago I began the habit of writing down the offerings I made, much like my ancestors did. It was inspired by a combination of Galina Krasskova’s moneyworking class and the work of PT Helms, who himself pondered adopting this old way. These records were quite particular in antiquity, noting how much oil to the dram and otherwise being precise, but my focus is on the what, not the how much. Each day after my worship I jot down that “what” in a formerly blank book. While I wont say that this constitutes an offering in itself, it extends the period in which I remain in a state of worship, particularly receptive to any gifts which they may desire to bequeath upon me.
This act of writing down also serves as a record of what I’ve offered in the past, as a guide of what to offer in the future. Not all of my offerings are attested to in ancient records, and it’s good to be able to seek inspiration in my own past, and to see patterns as they emerge in my practice.