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Ostara 2015: Wiccaning

 

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This Ostara we celebrated the coming of Spring and new beginnings by hosting a Wiccaning for a coven sister’s daughter. Friends and family of the coven sister were invited, making it a mixed religion/trad ritual. Attendees were invited to bestow blessings upon the child, and it was a beautiful ceremony. The weather was perfect for a spring Wiccaning.

The altar and tables were adorned with beautiful spring flowers. The Lord and Lady were evoked, as well as Brighid and Yemaya, personal patrons of the child’s mother.

As the child was presented to the quarters, we were joined by Hawk in the east and Lizard in the north.

We are so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity.

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March’s all-coven meeting was led by Giselle. Giselle’s chosen emphasis (specialty) in the coven requires a vast knowledge of the lore of the Norse people. She led the coven in an interactive lecture where we learned the structure of the Norse gods, as well as the different types of spirits involved in the life of the Norse. We finished with an offering bowl craft. It was a fun and lovely evening.

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March Esbat

We focused on creating a foundation for our goals at this virgo moon esbat.

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Sometimes, rather than meeting on the full moon, our initiate priestesses gather on the dark moon. We gathered on this February evening to focus on Shadow work together.

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Imbolc 2015

The wheel turns and it is Imbolc.

For Imbolc, our focus was rededication and this year we honored Brighid and Nuada.

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Prior to ritual, we had a small healing altar on which we could set lights for those who need healing.

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Imbolc is the feast day of the Irish goddess Brighid. Brighid is a three-fold goddess of fire, forge, and inspiration. Brighid’s name means “fiery arrow,” and candles are lit, not only of dedication, but also of healing, as Brighid is known also as a healing goddess. In addition to Brighid, we honored Nuada of the silver hand. Nuada was king of the Tuatha De Danaan. Under the rule of Nuada, the land prospered. Upon losing his hand in battle, he had to relinquish his kingship, as the Tuatha De required their kings to by physically perfect. His replacement, Bres was oppressive. This led to the Tuatha De to ask another god to create a silver hand in order to restore Nuada to physical completeness, thus ensuring his reign as king once again.

We each made offerings to Brighid and then were invited to make offerings and re-dedicate ourselves to our patron god/desse(s).

From our family to yours, Blessed Imbolc!

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