This week: 5/30 – Mini-rituals for Ostara, Janus, Ushas, and Inanna

Join Gaia Community as our Ritual Teams move into the next phase of our Annual Patron Selection process. We will mentally construct a temple to Many Powers as we engage in a series of small festival events to experience short rituals in exploration of the 12 Powers put forward in our Patron Nomination forum earlier in the year. This week we’ll be hearing from the temples of Ostara, Janus, Ushas, and Inanna.

This Sunday (5/16): Mercuralia

This year, Gaia Community has been guided and inspired by Hermes, Greek god of travel, markets, communication, and getting one over on the system. In this ritual, we step out of our Greek myths about Hermes to honor his Roman counterpart, Mercury. The Mercuralia was a Roman festival of prosperity for merchants – we mix it up by asking for blessings on our own prosperity, the local merchants we depend on, and everyone who works and hustles to pay the bills.

For this ritual, you will need:
– your chalice or candle to light
– a small dish of water for anointing yourself, perhaps with a bay leaf or other herb of blessing added
– some currency (coins or bills are fine, so long as it’s money you can spend where you are)

You may also want:
– some incense
– something to cover your head with
– a praise offering of some sort if appropriate (we will have an open section of ritual where you can make offerings to any deity, spirit or power you need to address – this could be a physical offering, a poem, a song, an oath, or anything else you want to give)

Our online space will open at 3pm Central for social time and ritual prep, and the ritual will begin at 4.

This Sunday (5/2): Beltane with the Bees

Come celebrate Beltane and the flow of life with us this Sunday. We welcomed the birds back at Equinox, now we acknowledge the busyness of bees. For this ritual you will need a small amount of honey (as an alternative, you can use any liquid sweetener), a container to store the honey in, a bowl of water, and you may want a candle to light for a chalice. Our virtual space opens for social time at 3, and the ritual will begin at 4.