This Sunday (2/21): Ritual – Hermes and the Thriai

Although Hermes had no famous oracle sites in the ancient Greek world, he was accounted the master of a variety of divinatory arts that could be practiced by regular mortals. Some of these arts he is said to have learned from the Thriai, a trio of bee-nymphs who spoke true prophecies when given pure honey to eat, but raved and gave false omens when denied this food.

In this ritual, we examine truth, falsehood, and the magic of clear understanding, not only of oracles, but of everyday communication as well. To participate in this ritual, you may want a candle to light as a chalice, a candle for Hermes, a small amount of honey, two six-sided dice, a journal, a bowl of water, and some small rocks, pebbles, or other items of similar size and weight (like dried beans!).

This Sunday (2/14) – Forum: Urban Pantheism

This Sunday, please join us as we discuss the occasional series of Urban Pantheism.  This will be a review of past rituals done, their themes, intents, and structures but more importantly what the community has gotten out of them and where we should be going from here. We will be beginning a working consensus on what Urban Pantheism is (and is not) both in general as well as in particular to KC, where these ideas may have come from and where we would like to take them. Your input is crucial to the continued growth for any potential proto or meta tradition we may be forming, thank you. 

We meet at 3pm Central for social time, and the forum will begin around 4.

This Sunday (2/7): Class – Technology and Divination

Welcome, fellow divination deconstructionists:

This Sunday at Gaia we will have a symposium of sorts where we will discuss the hallmarks of a robust divination system. Breakout rooms will be created to experience a few online and shareable tech-based divinations. Devin will share personal experiences and methods that can be reproduced by others. If you’d also like to share your experiences and divination ideas, please contact Devin ahead of class. This class may be recorded for reasons of transcribing notes, but not to be published online. As always, we’ll start with an hour of social time from 3p to 4p, and then get down to class business at 4.

This Sunday (1/31): Imbolc (ritual)

The Wheel turns and we celebrate Imbolc with a ritual dedicated to Brigid. She invites us to take part in her crafting, healing, keening and weaving. We will make wordclouds both for our fears and pains, to burn away, but also our hopes and goals as spring’s first light returns after a long winter. 

As this ritual will be done in the style of ADF Druidry, we invite you to bring to ritual a candle to light as your chalice, a cup of something to drink, any offerings you wish to make and if necessary something to offer them into like a bowl or plate; you may also find it useful to have a journal or something to record your thoughts in.

Please join us in Zoom:

This Sunday (1/24) – Sacred Mathematics (class)

In this class, we’ll explore the sacred history and metaphysical properties of number and shape, touching on magical, religious, and artistic practices from around the globe. Unlike your last math class, we won’t ask you to do any calculations, proofs, or word problems. You may want: a ruler or other aide for drawing lines, a compass for making circles, paper, and a writing implement.

We host virtual coffee hour from 3p to 4p, and the class will start at 4.

This Sunday (1/17): In the Labyrinth (ritual)

This Sunday we delve into the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, and explore the labyrinth as a place of protection, containment, contemplation, deceit, and choice. (Content notice: this myth contains images of violence, peril to children, neglect, and manipulation.)
We hold social hour between 3p and 4p Central time, and the ritual will begin around 4.

This Sunday (1/10) – Widening the Circle of Concern

Since its formation in 1962, the Unitarian Universalist Association–our denomination–has been, despite its social justice commitments and even its members’ prominent involvement in the Civil Rights struggles of the times, wrought by accusations of systemic racism and White Supremacy within the larger organization and our congregations. This is despite waves of initiatives and programs intended to break with this culture. The UUA has commissioned a vast work of reflection, including many perspectives, about what might be done organizationally, congregationally, and personally to accomplish the building of a new, affirmatively inclusive and anti-oppressive culture within Unitarian Universalism.

For Gaia to participate as authentically as possible (as a tiny and unusual congregation), this Sunday will be the first of a periodic series of Forums and classes around systemic oppression, settler colonialism, and White Supremacy. We will share our perceptions of the impact of White Supremacy on our individual and collective lives in this first discussion.

Social hour is from 3p-4p central time, with the discussion forum starting at 4p.

This Sunday: 1/3 – Welcome 2021!

As we welcome 2021 to our consciousness, join Jamie and Matt for a ritual facilitating the creation of your own spirit ally to help you remain protected, focus your energy, and manifest your good works into the world against adversity. You will find it helpful to bring your preferred means of divination, your journal or materials for recording your thoughts, items you generally offer to the spirits or power you work with and a means for making an offering, and your chalice and a means to light it.

You may find your divination more focused if you have considered your present obstacles and future goals in advance, but this is absolutely not necessary. See you for the first ritual of the calendar year!

Social hour begins at 3pm Central, ritual starts at 4.

This Sunday (12/20): Yule!

Please join us this Sunday for Yule.  We will be taking a journey back to the lively pagan village of our imagined history.  There will also be a discussion of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at the Winter Solstice. Together we will develop an intention that uses the energy of this Great Mutation conjunction to move us toward a brighter future.  Please bring a Seasonal candle (one that looks and/or smells like this winter season to you), a candle (votive) you can safely hold for a lighting to build energy, as well as a drink and snack to be consumed in ritual. The candle lighting portion of the ritual will work best in a dark room.

Pre-ritual social time begins at 3pm Central, and the ritual will start around 4.