Our Patron Selection Season is beginning this Sunday! Gaia Community has a tradition, begun in 2003, of annually selecting a deity or power, dubbed a “Patron”, whose mythology, cosmology, traditions, worship and wisdom are studied by ritualists for the next year; the results of the study are presented in rituals, classes and other formats throughout the year. This tradition has allowed us as a congregation and as individuals, to explore and learn about more areas of pagan worship. Since last July, we have focused on Hermes.
This Sunday, April 11, we will hold nominations for next year’s patron. We encourage people to bring your ideas about what entity to study. If you have a deity you particularly work with, and would like to see formal rituals dedicated to them, we hope you’ll share your knowledge and insight with us on Sunday. Or, if there is an entity you would like to learn more about, we hope you share that suggestion, and ideally, do a little research so you can tell us about the candidate and any ideas for how they might work with our community. Even if you don’t have nominations, please attend, join the discussion, and give your input, thoughts and reactions. Later there will be some voting to narrow the field, and then some rituals presented for chosen candidates before a final vote.
For questions about how the process works this year, or if you cannot attend, to nominate a candidate, feel free to email jamie at gaiacommunity dot org. We open our room for social time at 3pm Central, and the forum will begin at 4.