God Auction

2017 God Auction

We will hold the next God Auction on July 16, 2017. This year marks the first time that all the contenders are Goddesses - so while this is our 15th Annual God Auction, it's also our first Goddess Auction! The contenders are Bast, Gaia, and the Morrigan.

History

In 2003, Gaia Community adopted a "Pagan Traditions of the World" format to our rituals, with several cycles of rituals from different traditions: British Traditional Wicca, Hellenic Paganism, Druidry, and Kemetic (Egyptian) Paganism, among others. The experience introduced us to an ancient/modern concept of a "God Auction". In this Egyptian practice, temples of various gods in each city would collect donations of food and goods to discern who would be the patron of the city. The temple that collected the most was given a place of prominence for the coming year, and its deity became the city's patron, claiming extra festival days as well as having additional responsibilities to distribute its wealth and food to citizens in need.

Our version of this tradition raises money for Gaia Community and food for Harvesters, Kansas City's community food network. Several deities are represented in the auction ritual, and the community has the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about each one. Participants then make donations to support their choice.

Our first God Auction ritual featured a choice between Egyptian deities, but we have since altered the practice to welcome powers of any pantheon or persuasion. Since 2006, powers have been chosen by "penny drive" - a number of potential patrons are suggested by members and guests, and over the course of several weeks, the field is narrowed based on gifts of small change.

The God Auction ritual is theatrical, interactive, and funny. It's raucous and inspiring by turns, as representatives of various powers trade questions, jabs, and visions for the future. Each "temple" collects donations of money and food over the course of several rounds of questions and conversation, and gives out gifts in turn to its supporters. At the end of the ritual, the power whose representatives have earned the most points (one dollar or one non-perishable food item is worth one point) is declared the patron of the community for the year to come. Gifts are given to high donors, and we celebrate!

Past Contenders and Winners

  • June 2003: Bast, Hathor, Osiris and Thoth; Osiris won.
  • July 2004: Arianrhod, Athena, Faunus and Kuan Yin; Arianrhod won.
  • July 2005: Eris, Lugh, Odin and Venus; Lugh won.
  • July 2006: Bast, Ganesh, Hestia, and Oghma; Hestia won.
  • July 2007: Apollo, Brigid, Freya, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster; Brigid won.
  • July 2008: Artemis, the Green Man, Persephone, and Thor; Thor won.
  • July 2009: Eris, Hermes, Isis, and Thoth; Thoth won.
  • July 2010: Artemis, Cai-Shen, Grandmother Spider, and Quetzalcoatl; Quetzalcoatl won.
  • July 2011: Athena, Freyr, James T. Kirk, and Rabbit; Athena won
  • July 2012: Hephaestus, Lugh, Nehalennia, North American Beaver; Lugh won.
  • July 2013: Cerridwen, Hermes, Oshun; Oshun won.
  • July 2014: Antinous, Danu, and Quan Yin; Danu won
  • July 2015: Brigid, Columbia, and Hephaestos; Brigid won.
  • July 2016: Dionysus, Freyr, and Hermes; Dionysus won.