Goddess/ Earth Circles
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About Goddess/ Earth Circles
Goddess/Earth Circles meets one Sunday a month, 12:15-2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall, unless noted otherwise. Share foods for the season, ingathering ritual to honor our time together, Earth Celebrations, and Goddesses and women's spirituality. Our Schedule is noted under MEETINGS, and in the Newsletter, congregational announcements. ARCHIVES includes resources. All ages and genders are welcome.
Earth-based spirituality includes traditions reclaimed from ancient cultures and some new paths that are drawn from many different sources. The common thread that links these various traditions is a deep reverence and connection to the Earth, Moon, Sun and nature, itself. The themes of these traditions may include the cycles of the seasons, understanding the Moon phases, and planting and harvesting according to ancient wisdom. Those who follow these traditions do so to become a part of it in a very real and significant way as they strive to make a difference. To this end, many traditions today support recycling programs, sustainable fuel production, environmental preservation and protection and equal rights for all.
Celebrating the holy days in the earth cycle calendar. We may offer these ourselves or work with others in the congregation. Sometimes these celebrations are part of the Sunday worship service, and other times they are held following the Second Service or at other designated times. Everyone is welcome, including all ages. We include singing, movement, use of instruments (including drumming), stories and poems. Celebrations may include:
Imbolc (im-bulk) — celebrates the beginning of spring and the recovery of the Goddess from giving birth to the God. On February 1.
Ostara — celebrates the Spring Equinox return of the God and the fertility of the Earth (Goddess). Around March 21)
Beltane (b’ yal-t’ n) — celebrates the union of the Goddess and God, and connects the summer months On April 30 or May 1.
Summer Solstice — celebrates the time when the sun is, symbolically, the strongest and so is the God. On or around June 21.
Lughnasadn (loo-n’ sar) — also called Lammas, celebrates the first harvest. The God begins to weaken as the days grow shorter. On August 1.
Mabon (Autumn Equinox) — celebrates the second harvest. The time of day and night are balanced and will soon tip toward darkness.
Samhain (SOW-wen) — marks the passing of the Sun God to the land of the young. The veil between the worlds is the thinnest. On October 31.
Yule (Winter Solstice) -- celebrates the rebirth of the Sun God. On or about December 21.
By the Earth that is Her body, and the Air that is Her breath, by the Fire of Her bright spirit and the waters of her living womb, may the peace of the Goddess Be Ever in your heart.
Goddess/Earth Circle Meetings/events
Our Schedule for 2017 follows. Unless noted otherwise, the location is the Fellowship Hall and the time is Sunday, 12:15-2PM. For more information will be available in the Newsletter, congregational announcements.
January 29 We will be focusing on Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy from a new resource, Learning from the Ancient Goddesses of Indigenous Cultures from Around the World by Connie Dunn. We will be planning the sessions through June, involving various Goddesses and earth-centered celebrations. Leader: Helen Zidowecki
Goddess/ Earth Circles Archive
Goddess/ Earth Circles Archives
Background information and plan for two sessions on Witchcraft held January/February 2015.