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Autumn 2014 Dedicants

Just wanted to take a moment to celebrate and honor our three new dedicants, Try, Heather and Allison! Try and Heather dedicated on 10/18/14 and Allison dedicated last night on 11/13/14.

November Esbat 2014

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November esbat brought a high and bright full moon and a chill in the air. The time between Samhain and Winter Solstice is a very quiet time, almost like the calm before the Sun is reborn at Solstice. November is the perfect time for inner work and divination. It is dark as we creep closer to the longest night, and the veil is still thin. At this esbat, we honored The Cailleach and did Silent Work.

Samhain 2014

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On Samhain, we celebrated Nos Calan Gaeaf and honored Welsh deities Brenhines Annwn and Arawn, who is Pen Annwn. The beloved dead are known as The Silent Company by the Welsh, and the act of putting food out for the dead was known as Food for the Embassy of the Dead.

 

We honored our Silent Company with stories and shared what we’d uncovered while researching family history. Together, we built our traditional ancestral altar.

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October Esbat: Dumb Supper

dumb1October’s esbat finds us in a month of increasing darkness. Each year, on October esbat, we honor our ancestors with a traditional dumb supper. At a dumb supper, the ancestors are invited to the table. We eat in silence, listening for words spoken by our ancestors, opening our senses so that we can feel them near. Many people incorporate a dumb supper into their Samhain celebrations, but we do this at October esbat.

Pagan Pride Day 2014

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Sunday, we participated in the annual Pagan Pride Day in Long Beach, California. This would make eleven years attending, ten years vending! This year, we had a double booth, as we have more sisters than ever, and therefore more fun items to sell. We sold books, home decor, tinctures, oils, holy water, jewelry, bookmarks and hair adornments. There were more attendees this year than last year for sure, and our booth had a lot of traffic, all day. We watched sisters from our sister coven perform their music, and some of us attended rituals, and workshops.

 

This year, we presented our first public ritual. We had a small amount of attendees , and made our ritual purposefully short. This was good, because the ritual area this year was moved out next to the street. The street traffic was VERY loud and it was difficult to hear, even with a small circle. It was a great experience, though and we raised a lot of energy to put toward the community. Our ritual was based upon awareness of what “the community” is and how everyone can contribute. We tied our own leaves to a small tree.

 

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