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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.This year the celebration of the eight earth festivals (Sabbats) started with two events for Winter Solstice or Yule: December 22 with the Yule Ritual hosted by Evergreen Grove and UUCC, and December 23 with the Circle engaging with the Wiccan concept of darkness as we move toward the light. Similar programs are anticipated throughout the year for:
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.
SCHEDULE Thru 2019
*Preceding the date note Sabbats. Additional celebrations may be planned.
*December 22, 2018, 4pm Yule Ritual. Celebrate Winter Solstice with the coming of the light as the days begin getting longer. Hosted by Evergreen Grove and UUCC Worship Committee.
*December 23, 2018 Winter Solstice/Yule Wiccan thoughts encourage us to engage the richness of the dark on the longest night and to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun God. Nance Caldwell
*January 27, 2019 Imbolc Celebrates the moving toward Spring, the awakening of the earth, renewal and fertility. Meet Brigid, with a focus on the maiden goddess, healing, poetry, prognostication. Mary Shifman
February 24 From Goddess to God. How the deities changed as women lost power in the course of human history and how women lose, give away or regain power in their personal lives today. What is the role of the divine? Helen Zidowecki
*March 24 Spring Equinox. Balance of night and daylight. Ostara brings the return of the God and the fertility of the Earth (Goddess).
April 28 and May 19 Native/Indigenous spiritual practices. Reflect on the deep connections with the earth with each breath, including animal totems, specific goddesses, earth spirits. Phyllis Cudmore
*May 5, 2019 Beltane Celebrates the union of the Goddess and God, and connects the summer months. Trip to Beltane at Popham Beach. Includes Maypole. http://beltaneonthebeach.org/ Nance Caldwell, Naomi Konesky
SUMMER CONNECTIONS – June, July and August are more informal, with recognition of the celebration and sharing.
*June 23 Summer Solstice Celebrates the time when the Sun is, symbolically, the strongest. Summer Connection
*July 28 Lammas (Teltane) (also called Lughnasadn or Teltane) celebrates the first harvest. The God begins to weaken as the days grow shorter. Summer Connection
August 25 Summer Connection Ongoing Harvest. Summer Connection
*September 22 Fall/Autumn Equinox (also calledMabon) Celebrates the second harvest. The time of day and night are balanced and will soon tip toward darkness.Theme: Labyrinth of Our Lives. Uses a triple labyrinth to engage with the Maiden, Mother/Nurturer, and Elder/Crone of our lives, in preparation for the Wisdom Celebration.
*October 27 Samhain Mark the passing of the Sun God to the land of the young. The veil between the worlds is the thinnest. Wisdom Celebration Lunch. Ceremony for women to be recognized as a crones, or wise women. This celebration is also in honor of those who have gone before. We decorate, including wearing witch’s hats, hats of wisdom, distribute the Wisdom Book for 2019, and share thoughts for this time and community.
November 24 Pausing and Planning In gratitude for our time together, we share our experiences in the last year and consider our hopes and events for the upcoming year.
*December 22 Winter Solstice Planning may be similar to that in 2018, or celebrations may differ in time and focus.
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