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Our monthly events are open to the public to women over 18. To find out what to expect, click here. For event dates, click here. There will be a raffle at the end of ritual, so bring a few dollars to contribute. No obligations, and all proceeds go to the church.

The purpose of this blog is to display past rituals, and show what to expect when attending our circles. Often we get caught up in planning fun rituals, and we get behind on posting photos. Your patience is appreciated.


31
Oct

Hallows / Samhain / Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

   Posted by: earthkat   in fall, Sun Holiday

On Oct. 28th we joined together to mark the turning of the year and honor those who have passed away. This celebration is known by many names: All Hallows Eve, Hallows, Halloween Samhain, and Dia De Los Muertos.

At the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, we
pause to remember and honor the dead.
We honor ancestors.
We honor those we have loved.
We honor, too those we never met.
We honor all humans.
We honor all beings.
We honor the perpetual cycle of life.
Death / life /night / day /winter / summer,
All are part of the sacred cycle.
Tonight we remember the wholeness of our selves and our earth community.
We remember the sacredness of our selves and our earth community.
What is remembered, lives.

Around 6:30-7:00pm participants constructed altar’s to honor friends and family members who have passed away. Photos of these altars can be found below. Click on the image view a larger version of the image.

At 7pm we held a brief ceremony. We smudged (wafted burning sage smoke) ourselves as we walked into the sanctuary. This helped cleanse ourselves and clear our minds to transition into sacred space. We walked counter-clockwise around the circular 35 foot canvas labyrinth. This direction is rarely used in an earth base tradition, but in this case used to mark the occasion of the passing of the year.

We sang “Blood of the Ancients“, “Every Step I Take is a Healing Step“. We held hands and imagined a circle of energy protecting the sanctuary. We then welcomed the Directions. We each sat and meditated briefly on friends and family that have passed away, and also things in our lives we would like to release. Quiet drumming music played as we walked the labyrinth. At the center we lit candles (again to honor those who have passed) and walked out following the labyrinth and letting in new things for the new year. We ended by saying farewell to the Directions, held hands and removed the sphere of protective energy. We sang our closing song of “May the Circle Be Open” If would like to hear the tune and words click here

We then joined together for refreshments that we had all brought to share. We also had a vegetable “Stone Soup” from donations people had brought. Bread was broke and we talked of qualities our loved ones had taught us.

Many thanks to all those who helped setup and cleanup.

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22
Oct

October Full Moon – Libra

   Posted by: earthkat   in fall, full moon

Oct. 13th we celebrated the full moon in Libra.  This moon was the second in a series of 12 honoring the sun sign the month.  Topics were communication & balance.

As you can see by the balanced blocks in the picture, we had a short tactile exercise in balancing.  Each one of us added a block after talking about areas in our lives that we currently felt balanced in.  We also did some balancing yoga exercises.

For communication, we played “Telephone”, the game where you whisper in someone’s ear and it goes around the circle.  Apparently as adults, in a room with no distractions, and short phrases, we were 3 for 3 for getting the phrases correct.

We briefly journaled about things we want/need in our lives.  Those who wanted to shared their items with the group.  We of course sang some songs (One of our favorites “Breath In, Breath Out” and played with chimes.

A full moon rises at the same time as the sunsets.  This Oct. we were blessed with a spectacular display.



Every month the UUCA displays items of a different artist in the Art Gallery.  This month, among other lovely items, was a display case with “Goddess Whimsy”.  These are  carved abstract Goddess figures, wire wrapped with small crystals. (you may want to click on the image to see more detail).

Stone carved Goddess figures, wire wrapped with small quartz crystals

Stone carved Goddess figures, wire wrapped with small quartz crystals

15
Sep

September Full Moon – Harvesting with Virgo

   Posted by: earthkat   in full moon

Sept. 15th we celebrated the full moon in Virgo.  This moon was the first in a series of 12 honoring the sun sign the month.  We had a meditation on what we are harvesting this year.  Then we did a short exercise in writing our experience.  Some of us verbally shared what we found through our mediation.   The celebration was followed by feasting of salad greens, savory and desert foods.

The new moon group, Weavers, has decided to open to new members.  Members may join at the Sept. new moon (our next time will be in March).  The new moon group plans full moon circles.  We ask that each new moon member make the commitment to lead a full moon event.  (This can be done by delegating all the activities).  We ask that you attend as many of the new & full moon circles as you can attend, and support and nurture members in their circles.

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16
Aug

August Full Moon – Joy!

   Posted by: earthkat   in full moon

This moon circle celebrated the last in the series of “Simple Abundance”.  The theme was Joy and we reminded ourselves of things that make us happy, and how to integrate that into daily life.

We talked about “How do you bring joy in your life?  How could you bring more joy into your life? And do you have a happy dance or happy song?”  We sang some songs that made us feel joyful.  Most of course were silly and playful (“These are a few of my favorite things”)
We had a meditation that reminded us of experiencing joy and love and bringing it into our daily lives.

Afterwards, we used magazines to decorate pictures frames so we could put it in our daily workspace to remind us to bring daily joy into our lives.

30
Jul

July – Beauty

   Posted by: earthkat   in full moon

On July 30th we celebrated the August Full Moon.  This was the last in our series of Simple Abundance.  We chose to celebrate beauty in ourselves, both outside and internal beauty.  The pictures shows fresh organic produce, displayed in a beautiful array.  This food was not only nourshing and tasty, but represented each of the directions and the element they represent.  We passed each dish around and talked about our experiences with how we few our bodies, how society views our bodies.  We also discussed environmental products (both produce and personal beauty products)