Time for a small update! My black linen I ordered came today, just in time for me to begin working with it tonight! I planned to consecrate a piece of black linen for this purpose by going to the river on the Norther Inland Trail on the 17th-21st of October, November, and December, with the finale culminating on the Winter Solstice.
I rode my bike around 9pm out to the river. I'm terrified of the dark and the woods at night, and recently there have been people dressed like clowns roaming around (I feel silly even saying that, but it's true), so I was pretty anxious. This served me well I think though, and when I got to the river I genuinely felt like I was heard by Isis, or the night, and quickly too. I think perhaps the forces at be were flattered by my willingness to come out in the dark regardless of how on edge I was. I did a simple prayer, asking for the cloth to be consecrated to become the Black Band of Isis, and also asked for her protection when I make my way out into the woods on future occasions. I was feeling pretty good about things as I made my way back home on my bike, although I definitely was in a hurry to get out of the woods.
When I got back into town, I was going down a back street when I rode past an extremely relaxed cat laying on the sidewalk who didn't seem alarmed at all that I had ridden by so close on my bike. I love cats, so of course I stopped to see if it would let me pet it. This cat was very friendly and rolled around in front of me while I pet it for 10-15 minutes. I thought this interaction was a little surreal, and I found myself really soothed by the cat. It hit me that this could be a favorable sign, considering Isis's connection to cats.
Tomorrow I go out again, and hopefully I will feel a little less nervous, but I don't like the darkness. If I ever hope to connect with the chthonic energies of my surrounding landscape and obtain this ritual object, I'm going to have to suck it up.
You and me and the Devil makes three.