This is the harvest season: what are you choosing to harvest right now? Perhaps crops from your garden, regrets from the year or hope and gratitude? These are difficult times but still, we can choose to see the good, the hopeful, happy and the silly … even during a Pandemic. Please join us as we consider How Our Gardens are Growing! The items you will need to gather are: a candle and the means to light it, a small bowl of dirt or sand, incense/sage/oils (if appropriate), a drink such as cider or juice, your preferred method for doing divination, a representation of the harvest season such as an apple or produce from your garden, and a comfy place to sit.
Where is the home of my soul? In this strange Quarantime, this oddly altered “new normal” in which everything familiar is different and we must absorb new realities every day, we can find an opportunity to examine, in depth, our own spiritual world. This ritual will give individual opportunities to explore one’s own specific spiritual landscape. We invite you to spend some time reviewing your own beliefs, practices, habits and challenges. Please be prepared with a candle and means of lighting it; a journal, notebook, sketchbook, or paper and means of writing (or drawing as suits you) in it; a snack and beverage of your choice that you will enjoy eating during the work of the ritual; and your preferred method of purifying yourself (that might be a bowl of water, incense, salt, or whatever you are most comfortable with.)”Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82984291069 – we’ll open our virtual space for social time at 3, and start the ritual at 4.
Please join Matt and Jamie for a ritual welcoming Hermes as our new patron of the year. You will find it helpful in this ritual to have your chalice, a way to make fire, a bowl of water for purification – we’ll be using the Greek tradition of Khernips so fragrant herbs and/or salt to enhance your cleansing water are welcomed if you have them, your journal or other writing material, and your divination tool of choice. We’ll open our virtual space at 3p Central for chat and coffee, then start the ritual at 4p.
Please join us to learn more about Hermes, our patron of the year for 2020-2021. We’ll talk mythology, history, art, and practice, and how we might work with Hermes over the coming year. We hold social hour between 3p and 4p Central, and the class will begin at 4.
Join Jamie and Matt on Sunday, August 2nd for an ADF-style celebration of Lughnassadh where we consider Lugh as the upholder of Oaths and the Law. As part of ritual, we’ll be making art – please choose one of the provided coloring pages or bring a craft you’re already working on. If you need a page brought to you, please let us know! You will find it helpful to your practice if a bowl for offerings, some offerings of your choice for the powers, a beverage of your choice for the blessing cup, a chalice, and a means of lighting it are all available in your space for ritual.
You can find us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82162097917 – we will host an hour of social/prep time from 3 to 4, and the ritual will begin at 4pm.
By ranked choice vote, the community has chosen Hermes to be our next patron of the year!
In the first round, Hermes and Freyr tied with 36.8% of the vote. Spider Woman received 26.3%. Because no candidate took a majority of the vote, the third place candidate was eliminated, and those voters’ second choices were tallied. This gave Hermes 61.1% of the second-round vote to Freyr’s 38.9%.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the patron selection process for 2020! Thanks also to FairVote for the use of their RankIt site, where we collected and tallied the votes.
We started our ritual year with Horus by crafting feathers for ways to increase ma’at. This year has been in some ways a tribulation, both for us and for the rest of the world. We’ll review some of those commitments and the things we have learned from our year working with Horus before we send him back to his other duties and responsibilities.
As usual we will be holding this ritual in our Zoom video chat:
Meeting ID: 444 999 4327
For this ritual you may want to bring: a chalice/candle, water and baking soda/natron to cleanse with, and a bit of ‘whole food’, wine, juice, or some food you made yourself to offer as we work. Remember that at the end of Egyptian ritual, food items offered revert to the participants. Social time begins at 3p Central, ritual at 4.
We’ve had three rituals, one each for Freyr, Hermes, and Spider Woman. Now it’s time to choose our patron for the next year. You can vote at the link below:
This Sunday we will hold the last of three rituals in honor of the powers chosen as potential patrons for Gaia Community for the next year. After three weeks, we will hold a vote among community members and friends to choose a deity to work with from this July to next.
Come and join us this Sunday as we honor and discuss Freyr’s potential patron perks. Be thinking of a skill you would like to refine. Please have a cup/chalice/horn of a beverage to partake of, a small piece of paper, a writing implement, and a candle for the chalice lighting if you would like.
This event will be held at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83561586082. We will open the room for social hour at 3 pm Central, with the ritual to begin at 4.