This is an educational + Ritual + Community opportunity. Learn about cross-quarter magick, connect with community and nature, explore how it is relevant to our lives and community now.
Many modern pagan traditions are reconstructed from older, often European folk festivals and celebrations. This second seasonal event we offer looks at the cross-quarter gates, the fire festivals, Imbolg. Our Gather is around stoking the fires of life with the Light-Tide as we begin to move towards spring.
Details: What to bring, what to expect
- Bring a blanket to lay on, or chair if needed. For this one I'd like our bodies on the ground for the meditation part.
- Water and snack if you need sustenance.
- A candle you will take home with you
- One intention for health, stoking fire into life (intention), and clearing by flame.
- Notebook + writing instrument for post journey journal.
- Dress appropriate for the weather.
We will begin with meet and greet. Check in as a grounding piece: Who we are, preferred pronoun, what brings us.
"Gather" the circle and altar starts with sacred items we bring for the ceremony, and what we find in the wood around us. Expect a 15-20 minute build of a sacred shape and altar we will leave, taking with us our sacred items at the end.
I will lead a talk, Q&A about the turning of the wheel, importance of cross quarters as gates of power and wisdom, and Imbolg -- stirring the Goddess. We will focus on the Sleeping Goddess as a whole, not a specific deity by name.
Invocation to Goddess and God, Spirit. Goddess of earth, waken beneath us. God of light as child of light, rising in the world, warming all things.
We will then journey via meditation and drum into the earth, beneath all things, into the sacred space and meet the Goddess. We bring light. At this point we may ask for guidance around our intentions.
Return, return, we will then do a ceremonial fire piece (safe for nature) with our inner fires we draw from the earth.
We will use a somatic movement and sound exercise to draw down light into the earth to charge candles and intentions. Instructions given on what to do with them when you actually burn them will be handed out.
Hoping to leave room at the end for sharing your experience if you would like to.
Cost: Donations accepted, suggested $10-$20 but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Please note that you must come up or down Monterey road to Debs road to get to the park. Park in the lot at the top of the hill. We meet in the back of the park (NOT the mountain) as it is less trafficked and gives us more leg-room and opportunities for connection with nature.
There are bathrooms back in the main park, but none near our working. This is a carry in and carry out event so expect that.
The park has designated parking for those in need. Path to our area is paved although we will be working in the grass.
Dogs are welcome if they are social, well behaved.
Teenagers are welcome with accompanying adult.
Small children may need caretaker.
POC and Queer, Trans, Gender Fluid, and allies space.