2017 Graveyard Moon Circle For Women

CAYA Coven’s Grove of the Goddess presents the Graveyard Moon
A Full Moon Circle for Women

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Doors open at 7:00PM, circle is cast at 7:15PM
No one is admitted after circle is cast

Home of Truth Sanctuary
1300 Grand Street, Alameda

$10-$20 donation requested

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation's Grove of the Goddess Women's Full Moon Circle invites all self-identified women to join in observing the Graveyard Moon - What are the messages our Ancestors want to offer us at this darkening time of year?

Chairs will be provided. Please feel free to bring a cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor. Feel free to bring drink or food to share, or flowers for the altar.

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*Please note: there is no Brotherhood of the Moon Circle or Rainbow Moon Circle this month.

The next Brotherhood of the Moon Circle for Men will be on December 2, 2017.

The next Rainbow Moon Circle for Mxgender People will be on December 2, 2017.

Reminder: PDX Rite of Death and Wisdom 2017

Come As You Are to...
CAYA Coven’s Rite of Death and Wisdom
Hosted by High Priestess Yeshe Rabbit and High Priestx Jaina Bee

Saturday, October 28, 8:00PM

Regents Center, 3185 NE Regents Drive, Portland, OR 97212

$10-$20 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

This is our ritual honoring those who have gone beyond, who have built the cultures we have inherited, who innovated, dared, led, and served humanity and the Earth with honor, who lived in ways we admire, and who brought forth ideas that have shaped us or educated us.

In this feminist ceremony, the Goddesses Athena and Medusa will be invoked to tell their story in their own words. Years of patriarchal sheen have been painted atop the story of Athena and Medusa, but in this rite we will conjure their original wisdom, and learn more about the power of the shedding serpent in ourselves.

Up from the cemetery
Out of the ground
The dead join us in our dance
to turn the Wheel around
Spider weaves a new year
and Serpent sheds her skin
Change from without and
Change from within



Image: Athena Lemnia

Reminder: East Bay Rite of Death and Wisdom 2017

Come As You Are to...
CAYA Coven’s Rite of Death and Wisdom
Hosted by the CAYA Choir & 2017 Wildflower Initiates

Saturday, October 28,
Doors open at 7:00PM, ritual begins at 7:30PM

The Home of Truth, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda

$10-$20 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Open to all, children must be closely supervised by a parent at all times.

This is our ritual honoring those who have gone beyond, who have built the cultures we have inherited, who innovated, dared, led, and served humanity and the Earth with honor, who lived in ways we admire, and who brought forth ideas that have shaped us or educated us.

Our community gathers for our annual devotional to the Ancestors and the cthonic deities associated with the mysteries of death. This year, we are especially honoring Lilith, Jord, Cailleach, and Morta.

At this ritual we also honor our ceremonial Winter King, Queen, and Fool.

Please feel free to bring an Ancestor photo for the altar, and a clearly-labelled dish to share during the cakes and ale portion of the ritual.



Image: badwitch.uk

CAYA Sprouts New Moon Stargazing Guide - October 2017

by Shell Selvans

Blessed New Moon! In the coming week or two, I welcome you to go outside with your family at 8:00PM or so and enjoy the earlier-and-earlier darkening sky.

You will still be able to find the Summer Triangle, no longer overhead but instead down toward the western horizon. Cassiopeia instead is almost directly overhead. If you follow the way the tail of Cygnus the swan (the bright star Deneb of the Summer Triangle) is pointing along the Milky Way, you will move through Cassiopeia to another bright star, Capella.

Capella is one of the three brightest stars in the northern sky (Vega and Arcturus are the others), and has been known for millennia as a goat star - the name means little (female) goat in Latin. She is part of the constellation Auriga, the charioteer. Capella is also associated with ancient constellations of a goat-herd (with several stars making up the herd), or a shepherd, and throughout the years Auriga has sometimes been shown carrying a goat. Capella was the brightest star in our night sky ~200,000 years ago, so it's fun to wonder what our ancestors may have thought of it then!

The following star chart can help you find Capella and Auriga: 

October 2017 Star Chart

Make sure to line the direction printed on the edge of it up with the direction you're facing. After 9:00PM, the stars will have rotated a bit from where they're shown. Also, you might want to find your own chart if you are on our Mother Earth somewhere other than the contiguous 48 states of the U.S., or a similar latitude.

Blessed be your stargazing!

If you enjoyed this and would like to connect more deeply with the stars, our magical community and the children of the world, please join CAYA Sprouts in our monthly “Children of Promise” New Moon working!

Celebrate the Dark Moon in Libra with the Fathers of Change

Thursday, October 19, is the Dark Moon in Libra, a time to seek grace in the midst of chaos and kindness in the midst of confusion, reminding ourselves that we can hold love and integrity in our hearts even when surrounded by tragedy and outrage.

During this week, I invite you to join or support the Fathers of Change in their 2017 Dark Moon working. This is the year of the fifth element, Spirit.

If you would like to share more of your experience with the Fathers of Change, you may join the Google+ community or Facebook group.

You Are The Center,

Molly Blue Dawn

Source: http://www.cayacoven.org/fathersofchange-1...