I have a concern in my private practice that is also relevant to the now forming sacra publica of our national civitas. My question is this.
How do you know a god has accepted your offering? Particularly if everything seems agreeable at first glance. The ancient Romans had haruspices to evaluate their offerings. We have no such thing today. I read the posts discussing the use of animal figures to represent animal sacrifice. Is there a proxy for haruspex?
In the Roman religion a sacrifice is already accepted, before you perform it. Let me explain:
The first thing you do is a vow (votum). You promise a god a certain sacrifice, if he is willing to do something for you in return. Then, only after the god has granted you your wish and hereby accepted your suggested offer, then you fulfill the votum and perform the sacrifice.
This is the reason, why you cannot perform a sacrifice first and then demand from the god the fulfilling of your wish. You cannot force a god to do anything for you. Therefore a sacrifice should not be done, before the god has done his part. It would be like forcing something on him.