Last Sunday we participated in the second sunday OC Parks community service! We gather together in the morning and helped to hand-water plants at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. We love to give back, and have Heather, our community service liason to thank for coordinating this amazing event!
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We attended Pagan Pride Day, October 4- this was our 10th time vending! We brought an array of books, tambourines, botanicals, teas, tarot bags, tarot decks, ritual oils, chakra supports, art pieces, flower crowns, jewelry and more! We are very lucky to have such talented sisters, and extremely lucky to have even our shadow sisters contribute to our booth.
PPD is our biggest fundraiser of the year and this was our most successful year yet. We are blessed.
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For this esbat, we raised our cone of power for the women of the Yaziki. Heather centered our ritual with an amazing chant. We’ve also made a donation to the Yazda organization. For more information, read on.
Imagine living in a world where you could be kidnapped, tortured and raped for your religious beliefs. Here, in the comfortable United States, where we can proudly display our non-mainstream beliefs on our bumper stickers and FB pages, it is hard to believe in this day and age. But for the last pagans of Iraq and Syria, it is all too real. The Islamic State (and many others, past and present) believe Melek Taus, the primary deity of the Yazidi, is the same figure as Shaitan, or the Christian Satan, and the Yazidi have long been persecuted as devil-worshippers.
Since last year, ISIS has been conducting a genocide against the Yazidi people, who live in remote mountainous regions of their territory. They systematically enter villages, kill the men and transport women as young as nine years old to slave markets for which they have established an entire legal system. Unlike Christian and Jewish captives, who can buy their freedom, the Yazidi have no recourse because of their pagan beliefs. ISIS fighters actually pray before and after raping these pagan women because they are told it is a form of worship. Over 5000 women have been abducted. The Yazda Foundation is actively saving these women by helping them escape and offering medical and psychological support. Almost 2000 women have been helped already!
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Last Saturday we traveled to the Inland Empire to celebrate the Sabbat of Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox. The days and nights are of equal length, and we celebrate that, as well as the Second Harvest at Mabon. We focus on gratitude and thanksgiving. Our sister Chelsea was kind enough to host this for us at her home.
Our ritual centered around the apple, and we honored Pomona and Vertumnus. Within the ritual, we created applesauce, which was cooked in a pot over a wood fire. I’ll share the song that we sang while making our gratitude statements, as well as an applesauce recipe below.
There’s a song to sing as the harvest comes in,
To the ones who give sunshine and rain,
Let us all join in with a thank-offering
For the harvest that’s gathered again
- 3 pounds apples (about 8-12) peeled, cored and quartered
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch salt
- 1 TBS lemon juice
Add the apples to a large pot. To that add the apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt. Cover the pot and let simmer until the apples are tender. Give them a quick stir every now and again. For a chunky sauce simply give the apples a quick mash with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon.
I hope you and yours also had a lovely equinox celebration. Blessed be!
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Recently we had the chance to gather for two blessingways for our sisters! One baby has been born and the other yet to come. Babies are such a blessing, and we are so excited to meet our new witchling. This will be our third baby since the beginning of 2014!
Altar from Hayley’s Blessingway
Altar from Giselle’s Blessingway
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