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.
Where is the home of my soul? In this strange Quarantime, this oddly altered “new normal” in which everything familiar is different and we must absorb new realities every day, we can find an opportunity to examine, in depth, our own spiritual world. This ritual will give individual opportunities to explore one’s own specific spiritual landscape. We invite you to spend some time reviewing your own beliefs, practices, habits and challenges. Please be prepared with a candle and means of lighting it; a journal, notebook, sketchbook, or paper and means of writing (or drawing as suits you) in it; a snack and beverage of your choice that you will enjoy eating during the work of the ritual; and your preferred method of purifying yourself (that might be a bowl of water, incense, salt, or whatever you are most comfortable with.)”Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82984291069 – we’ll open our virtual space for social time at 3, and start the ritual at 4.
Please join Matt and Jamie for a ritual welcoming Hermes as our new patron of the year. You will find it helpful in this ritual to have your chalice, a way to make fire, a bowl of water for purification – we’ll be using the Greek tradition of Khernips so fragrant herbs and/or salt to enhance your cleansing water are welcomed if you have them, your journal or other writing material, and your divination tool of choice. We’ll open our virtual space at 3p Central for chat and coffee, then start the ritual at 4p.