This summer Spider Woman called to Gaia Community from her home in the Southwest of the United States. Her call was a call to justice, a call to solidarity with the land and with the indigenous peoples whose land it was. This coming Sunday, we will revisit Spider Woman and listen to her call for harmony, for the Diné concept of hozho, of beauty, of peace with the way things are; a well of peace from which springs the strength to resist, to persist, to keep on in the face of difficulty, to move toward our own vision of a better world. We encourage you to have available, representations of the elements of earth (a crystal, stone, fossil, or even a potted plant) and of air (a feather, picture of a bird, wind chimes, bell, etc.), as well as a bowl of water and a candle to use as a chalice. And, please have something to write with and something to write on.
Devotional acts vary from a couple of moments a day to a day every few months. When we seek to offer the best we have in shaky and imperfect moments rather than postponing until the mythical best time, we offer rustic hospitality that builds more compassionate relationships with gods of guests like Hermes, with our communities, and with ourselves. Please join Jamie and Aubry for a collaborative workshop on devotional acts.
We will be sharing Hermes-centric resources and inspiration for creating or improving a working hearth, travel or e-shrine, including common historical and modern associations, food/votive offerings, and ways to pursue eclectic and revivalist offerings of prayer/performance/justice/craft/study. We invite you to join us in contemplating starting or supporting a new devotional practice or reworking an existing one. There will be an opportunity for interested folks to ask the group for insights or witness committing to their next step.
Join David and Matt for our community observance of Samhain in ADF-style ritual. Our work will focus on the energy raised by our fundraiser for Harvesters being funneled into symbolic Obols that will be offered to the well to pay for passage of those Beloved Dead who need help paying the fare of crossing. We will also be reading the names of those who have left this world since last Samhain. If you wish to add to the list please email it to RitualTeams@gaiacommunity.org or message David or Matt directly. We will be on Zoom, starting at 3pm for social hour and with ritual starting at 4pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84395354101
As always in ADF ritual there will be time for praise offerings, oaths, or check-ins regarding oaths previously given. You will find it helpful to bring a chalice and means to light your candle, a beverage you enjoy toward the end of ritual when we receive the return blessing, and any offerings you wish to present. If you wish to contribute to the Harvesters fundraiser, you may do so at this link
As the year begins to draw to a close, and the dark and cold time begins, it is natural to feel a sense of loss. And as Samhain approaches when the veil between the worlds is thin, it is natural to begin to think of people and things we no longer have in our lives. This sense is particularly poignant in this year of pandemic, change, and confusion. We invite you to come together to share in a safe and confidential space, our feelings of loss, our grief, and also, when and where we can find it, our reasons to hope.
What do we need to find emotional rest from inner and outer turmoil? Particularly in a time that we are cut off from many of our customary projects and methods of gathering, what will fill our cups? Join Kitty and Matt for an exploration of the Tarot suit of cups through story and guided meditation as we seek an answer. It will help to have clear water or a drink you greatly enjoy and a treat you would associate with receiving a blessing/having a special occasion. Bring with you an activity you enjoy, but haven’t been able to justify spending time on recently. This could be anything from artwork and crafting to that story you’ve been meaning to finish. You may also find it helpful to bring your journal or other means of recording your thoughts.
The Discordian Holy (or “Wholly”) Year is organized around five seasons: Chaos, Discord, Confusion, Bureaucracy, and The Aftermath. This ritual will take place on Bureaucracy 58, nearly to the end of the season before it all comes tumbling down into the Aftermath. And if that’s not a good summary of 2020 overall, we don’t know what is (and we might not want to know, honestly). So rather than running screaming from the chaos, perhaps we might take a few moments to explore it and find things of value, or things we definitely do not value.
Please wear comfortable clothing, remember to sign the waiver, and feel free to sign into Zoom with your Pope Name, or request one during coffee hour.
Loosely based on the classic Unitarian Universalist class, “Build Your Own Theology”, we will provide some exercises and guidance to encourage participants to clarify and articulate their own belief systems as they find them at this particular point in their lives. This is a stand-alone class, but people who attended the ritual “Urban Paganism: Where is the Home of my Soul” may find it useful to bring their notes or journal pages from that Sunday.
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.