This last bit of time as we ebb closer to the eve of a new challenge has wrought more pressing matters into my life, discord and self-doubt have crept in. I know I need this work more than ever at this juncture. The job I secured last month is no longer there. As I went to work, in a matter of days, the business closed and I helped load an entire clock shop into storage with no recourse on the horizon of when I will be paid next. So I begin my search again for a job. Unemployment is a blow to my psyche and confidence. I am looking but find myself lazing about as well, taking extended naps and talking myself into not leaving my home.
I so need the strength and fortitude of Ares at this time. I had to movtivate today and am beginning my work early. From where I have been, as a soldier, I have been to the most desecrated lands of this planet and seen the earth burn in war. Now as a civilian, myself and comrades struggle daily to feel normal and among the masses. Still competing for survival and making our stand. Turned away time and time again even from our own care centers. I so need and call the strength of Ares. For it is not his sympathy I seek, but to dawn his armor and take up his spear. To sheild myself against the onslaught and see true and be lawful unto myself and my kind.
I performed an invocation this evening in asking to work with him for the coming days. Here was his message I received,
"Lo' I ride my chariot on the tides of Saturn and Mars, know this, I forge kings. Your call will heed my lash as you will feel it's sting upon thy back. I will purge your weakness and demand your discipline. "
Pretty short and to the point. I have attached an image of the altar I setup for him tonight. Also on the lower part of the photo is a cudgel I forged recently and thought it would serve as a scepter for working with Ares. I'll work on imbuing this pieces with the essence of Ares or possibly forging a new piece with him present as I blacksmith for a hobby. I have better pics of the cudgel on my homepage. Also I have an iron wand on the photo that I forged. I have made a few of them and thought an iron wand would be appropriate working with Ares.