I am a bit behind on the bloggity business, so I figured I’d just create one post that encompasses what we’ve been up to lately.
Prior to ritual, during our initial social hour we made butter out of cream in large mason jars, which we then placed on the altar. Imbolc is associated with milk, and our butter blended in nicely with our candlelit snow-white altar. Our ritual was centered around renewal and rededication. Poetry was read and offerings were made to Brighid. Chelsea led this ritual as part of her third degree training.
March New Moon 2016
As part of her second degree training, Giselle centered our March esbat, which we decided to do as a new moon ritual. We honored Hecate and the rite was centered around transformation.
For this sabbat, we honored Zephyrus and Iris, and our ritual was was strewn with flowers and all the colors of the rainbow! Iris is the messenger Goddess and her consort is the West Wind. We asked Them to help carry messages to those to whom we wanted to speak. Also part of the ritual was an Ambrosia cup blessing ritual.
April All-Coven Meeting
During this meeting, Giselle led us in a slideshow presentation of many of the Norse Gods and Goddesses. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos from that lovely evening.
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We’ve decided to change the way we look at community service. Earlier this month, our community service liaison, Heather, brought up the idea of choosing one cause to devote our service to this year. For 2016, we’ve decided on the Yazidi. The Yazidi people are being persecuted by ISIL/Daesh in the Iraq area.
The Yazidis are monotheists who believe in a benevolent peacock angel (Melek Taus) and whose ancient gnostic faith has elements of Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other extremists tend to view the peacock angel as the malevolent archangel Lucifer or Satan and label the Yazidis as ‘devil worshippers.’ ISIL has murdered over 3000 men, and abduct the women and children to be sold into sexual slavery. THIS IS HAPPENING. For more information (and how you can help the cause), visit the Yazda organization.
We plan on supporting this cause on both magickal and mundane planes. We will be setting aside at least one new moon esbat to work toward the rescue of the Yazidi’s, and we also plan a fundraising auction to support this cause. More information on the auction and any possible open rituals will be posted on both our website and our Facebook page. Blessed be.
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The inner court gathered together in January to complete a discussion on our mission, our vision and our values. This discussion began in December, but was tabled until we could have time to think about what these things meant, and what they meant to us as a group. Our About Us section will be updated to include this information, but until then, here are our statements:
Twilight Spiral Coven’s Mission Statement:
We share our knowledge and gifts as a close-knit hierarchical coven of Wiccan women who support one another.
Twilight Spiral Coven’s Vision Statement:
Together, we celebrate holy days and evolve spiritually while giving back to the community, both magical and mundane.
And our nine Core Values:
- Creativity – new ideas are always welcome
- Sustainability – we train priestesses, not acolytes
- Piety – devotion to the craft and our spirituality, each sister is expected to have a personal practice
- Respect – we respect one another, including eachother’s time
- Sisterhood – we are a family
- Celebration – we encourage joy in all forms
- Integrity – we strive to be an example of a solid coven
- Empowerment – each sister stands in her own power, even while in circle with the group
- Diversity – we bring our diverse gifts, beliefs and interests to create a rich coven culture
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At this all-coven meeting, we came together to charge our vision boards under the light of the full moon in leo. Together, we created sigils, and then joined hands, lifting them up to the sky as we chanted to activate, not only our own vision board, but those of our sisters as well. These are only some of our vision boards, others were camera shy.
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Yule, as per coven tradition, is our main friends and family ritual. This gives us a chance to invite all of our friends and family to our ritual. This year, along with the Sun God, we honored The Cailleach- the crone goddess of winter. After ritual, we hosted a book swap, where our priestesses and guests were invited to bring a book they no longer cared for, to swap with a new-to-them book. Following our ritual was our traditional potluck. May your winter holidays be blessed and a happy new year to all!
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