Patron of the Year 2019-2020:
Who will be Gaia Community's next annual patron? By your nominations, it will be one of these ten powers:
Athena, Greek goddess of knowledge and strategy, friend to heroes, and guardian of cities;Caffeina, modern goddess of the power of stimulating beverages and muse to philosophers and revolutionaries;Columbia, American goddess of democracy, liberty, and the highest ideals of the nation;Ganesha, Hindu god of wisdom, success, and good fortune, called "remover of obstacles";The Green Man, British god of woods, witches, and wilderness, patron of growing things; Horus, Egyptian god of the sky, protection, just action, and rightful sovereignty;Kuan Yin, Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy and compassion, called "(s)he who hears the cries of the world";Ostara, Germanic goddess of spring and fertility, associated with the growing season; Scathách, Irish goddess of initiations and war, who trains great heroes; or
Venus, Roman goddess of love, beauty, prosperity, and victory, sometimes called "changer of hearts".
In the next phase of selection, we'll narrow the field down to three candidates in a kind of primary election. Between now and the end of our Beltane ritual on 4/28, members of Gaia Community can vote online to choose the next patron, and members and visitors to our services can pick up a paper ballot and cast their vote. Only one vote per person will be counted, so please either vote online or in person, but not both. The winners will be determined by a ranked choice vote tally on 4/28, and the results will be published on our Facebook page, our website, and in the next issue of this newsletter.