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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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January All-Coven Meeting

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Instead of meeting at night, we met in the morning for a plant walk hosted by Heather. We met at the Powder Canyon Trailhead and walked for a little more than an hour. We recognized many of the plants that we saw on our walk from the plant walk Heather led last spring.

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We lucked out; it was a beautiful day, and it was a great time!

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January Esbat 2015

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Winter Solstice 2014

This year, in addition to family and friends, we opened our solstice gathering up to two local groups: So Cal Sister Witches, and the Long Beach Pagan Meetup, and as a result, we had a beautiful turnout. This was our largest ritual yet, and it was a lot of fun.

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This year, we honored the Divine Mother and the Child of Promise as our deities in ritual. In the Wiccan wheel of the year, Solstice is the time when the Sun God is reborn to the Divine Mother, and we look forward to waxing days, and waning nights.

We rebirthed the sun god with song and movement, burned our wishes for the new year in our Yule Log, and toasted our successes this year. In doing this, we got to know a little about each person through their achievements.  We asked the Sun God to bless a basket of charms, asking Him to guide the hands of our participants that they choose the charm meant for them.

After ritual, we had a potluck feast, the children colored Yule-themed pictures, and the party moved indoors as the coven members began to clean up. It was a lovely time, and it was great to meet new friends and see old ones!

Below are a few photos, but a slide show is available on the Photos page.

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December Esbat 2014

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I forgot to take a picture of the altar this month, but here is a shot I took on the way to ritual! Our December esbat was open to our dedicants and shadow sisters and centered around simply honoring the moon. We are a reflection of the goddess. We each have a part of her inside of us. We sung poetry to her, raised our glasses and toasted to Her, and lit candles and sang a song. It was a lovely time spent together.

Also included in our ritual, this common Diana evocation:

 

Diana of the rounded moon,
The Queen of all enchantments here,
The wind is crying through the trees,
And we invoke thee to appear.
The cares of day departed are,
The realm of might belongs to thee;
And we in love and kinship join
With all things, wild and free.
As powers of magic round us move,
Now let time’s self dissolve and fade.
Here in the place between the worlds
May we be one with nature made.

Thy consort is the Horn’d One,
Whose sevenfold pipes make music sweet.
Old Gods of life and love and light,
Be here as merrily we meet!
For ye the circle’s round we tread,
And unto ye the wine we pour;
The sacred Old Ones of this land,
Ye we invoke by ancient lore
By magic moon and pagan spell,
By all the secrets of the night,
Dreams, desires and mystery,
Borne on the moonbeams’ silver light.

 

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