The Badbs of the Morrigan, a devotional group within CAYA Coven, invite you to:
The Blessing of the Blades
Friday July 17th 8pm
The Sacred Well
536 Grand Ave. Oakland CA 94610
Donations gratefully accepted
For those who hear the call of the Great Queen and wish to arise to the challenge of the great work of this time!
The Badbs of The Morrigan offer a ritual blessing of the blades. Bring your bladed sheathed/wrapped tools, be they magical or mundane, to be blessed by the CAYA Coven priestesses of The Great Queen and charged as objects of power to aid your workings.
Important note: All blades need to be sheathed or wrapped upon entering and exiting the building. Please use your best judgement. No naked steel.
Wondering what a “Blessing of the Blades” is or why you might wish to attend? Here are some words from Chieftain Branwen on the inspiration for this ceremony:
"When I was thinking about what type of public offering I would like our group to do, to be of service to the community, I first just started thinking about what types of religious or spiritual things I wished there were more of in my life and in the world. There is an extreme lack of ritual experiences in the modern society, certainly you experience more as you get into the pagan and polytheist community, but even there can exist these large gaps of bringing the spiritual into the weave of everyday life. It is those areas that really call to me. Certainly the Ancient Irish, and indeed the ancient pagans of all flavors, lived and breathed their Gods and religion, even if they were not especially religious, in the same way that Judeo-Christian threads are woven all through modern western cultures. I’d like to reweave that fabric with the threads of my own practices and beliefs and help others have the space to do that as well.
In thinking on my own drive to create these spaces of life needing ritual and on An Morrighan and the lessons that she has brought and continues to bring into my life, my mind turned to the symbol of the Blade. In Irish Mythology and many mythologies around the world, swords of power were given names. In fact in Irish mythology there are even named swords that spoke, frequently they would reveal truth when held by those lying. It is unquestionable that the sword in ancient times held great value, monetarily and otherwise. To our modern minds the sword holds fast as a symbol of power, of sovereignty, justice, and even just that intangible yearning to be more than we feel we are. Making them an ideal tool to remind us of our power, renew our strength, and keep ignited the quest that we are on, whatever that quest might be. But blades themselves are also just useful. Useful to cut away things that we would not have an easy time breaking without. Useful as a pocket knife, as a kitchen knife to prepare our meals; this extension of our animal self that we created with our intellect using the resources of the earth. It is in itself a symbol of our survival, ingenuity, and craftsmanship. It then wasn’t a huge leap to want to dedicate a blade of my own to this work in my priestesshood and have it be blessed in the Morrigan’s name, and from there to think that perhaps more people also have a quest/calling/goal/drive, that they would like to have a sacred blade blessed to help them achieve just that. Certainly An Morrighan seems to be calling and drawing more people, we who are devoted to her should then take care to raise her name in honor and help one another as we are able.
Then on that more basic level, I also felt that having ceremonies where you could go and have a priestess of the Morrigan bless your athame, your kitchen knife, you pocket knife, brings that thread of divinity into the weave of everyday life. Yes, we can have ritual at the full moon, and the dark moon, and on festival days, or turning of the wheel, but we can also have ritual to bring the Gods and the Ungods into our home and honor them just because we cherish them and wish to offer reverence to them.
So I hope that all who read this and feel an affinity to the Morrigan and wish to have a blade blessed either for higher spiritual calling, to cut away bonds that are holding you back, or to have a kitchen knife aid you in providing good wholesome food for your family (many people might not know this but the Morrigan does have a connection to cooking, see Fulacht na Morrighna) feel equally welcome to come and be a part of a space welcoming the divine into our minds and hearts."