We continue to work our magic together but separately. In this ritual, we will bless and (re)claim the magical spaces in our own homes, strengthening our protections and our ties to the spirits and powers that keep company with us.
For this ritual, we ask that you clear a small space somewhere in your home to use as an altar, and that you connect with us from somewhere near that space if possible. Your altar might contain representations of your house spirits and/or personal deities; items that remind you of the way you want your home to feel; a candle or light of some kind; a bowl with salt and water; incense if appropriate; a rattle, shaker, or other noise-making tool; an empty bowl for offerings; and a snack and drink for you to share with your spirits and powers; and any decorations you like. If you don’t have all of those things to hand, don’t worry! Witches are resourceful people, and we can practice without tools and trappings if we need to.
Please join us for social hour at 3 pm, or for ritual at 4.
The word ‘Beltane’ roughly translates as ‘bright fire’ and dates back to the Iron Age Celts. Fire was seen as an agent of purification and people walked, danced, or jumped over Beltane Bonfires. Farmers drove their livestock between two fires to cleanse and protect them before being put out into the fields for the summer. Most of us may not have livestock, but our need for purification is strong. Join us for an ADF-style ritual in which we will bolster our immunity and resolve to get through the rest of the COVID-19 crisis.
Props you will need at home to participate fully: a candle or two and a fire source; pen & paper or a journal; divination tools of your choice, Tarot or otherwise; a cup of a special or favorite beverage for the blessing cup; and optionally a clean bowl if you wish to make personal/physical offerings during Praise Offerings section of ritual. At the end of ritual we will talk about how to dispose of those offerings afterward.
Join us this Sunday for a virtual bardic circle! We’ll spin tales, sing songs, and share poetry with each other. Our suggested theme is art about the current God Auction candidates (Freyr, Isis, Spider Woman, Old Possum, Artemis, Hermes, Weyland the Smith).Even if you won’t be sharing, please still attend; an appreciative audience is a bard’s best friend.
Earth Day this year takes place in a time of uncertainty, but one thing is certain: our current lower impact on the environment is visible. Mother Earth has given us a time out, and taking a moment to clean up after us, her unruly children.
This Sunday, we will explore areas of climate change and human environmental impact that don’t get much publicity. We’ll take some time to do direct action, and/or make oaths. Before the ritual, a guide will be posted on the Facebook group with actions you can take during the work of the day or later.
For this ritual, you are encouraged to go outside, if your tech allows it, and the weather cooperates. Otherwise, if you can set-up near a window, that would be best. There are a few items that will aid your participation: a chalice, matches/lighter/firestick, and a bowl of sun-warmed water with salt if sunlight isn’t available.
How has the movement for climate action and climate justice adapted to the locked-down world of coronavirus response? How have our behavior changes affected the natural world? In this class, we’ll learn about current developments and opportunities to act.
Please join us for social time beginning at 3 pm and class beginning at 4.
We call on Horus this Sunday as a force for protection, as the champion who rescued and redeemed his father Osiris from unending death. As the country reels from the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus, we invoke and make offering to Horus, asking him to spread his wings over our congregation and over the world that looks for order, for protection, for shelter from the storm.For the time being, our rituals and other events will be held on Zoom: Gaia’s Zoom link for this ritual is https://zoom.us/j/4449994327?pwd=NHRHUmlvZUNsdjZiSGluRjBPaTEvdz09 or you can enter the meeting ID if you’ve already downloaded the software: Gaia’s is 444-999-4327 – zoom has implemented mandatory passwords so you’ll also need to enter 195272 if you do it this way. You may find the following items useful to participate more fully in ritual: * a candle or chalice (and a way to light it) * a bowl of clear water, with salt and baking soda if you have them, but clean water is fine * a cloth for drying your hands * if you have the ability to do so, you may wish to print the Eye of Horus, https://duckduckgo.com/?q=eye+of+horus&ia=images&iax=images
Friends, in order to better care for each other, Gaia Community will not meet in person for the immediate future. Gaia is a point of connection for many of us in the Kansas City area and beyond, and now is a time when connection feels more precious than ever. So that we can preserve and strengthen that connection as best we can, we are working on a way to share services online.
This includes all meetings, rituals, and upcoming events like the Blue River Rescue.
Every year, Gaia Community chooses a new deity or power to study and work with for a year. Between now and Spring Equinox, we are taking suggestions for who that power should be. If you would like to nominate a power, please use the form below!
The weather outside is frightful… as our friends the ancient Egyptians might have said (if they’d had to deal with snow), “As you love life and hate death:” don’t get on the roads today. We’ll reschedule this class as soon as possible. Stay safe and warm!