Reminder: Festival of Bliss & Blessings Bay Area 2017 and Transportation Blessing

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CAYA Coven’s Festival of Bliss & Blessings
presented by the Wisdom & Compassion devotional group

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doors open at 7:00PM, circle is cast at 7:15PM
(no one is admitted after circle is cast)

The Home of Truth Spiritual Center (in the Main Hall)
1300 Grand Street
Alameda, CA 94501

$10-$20 donation requested

Wisdom & Compassion welcomes you to join us as we honor Tara and Chenrezig, their transcendent love for each other and their boundless love for us, as we explore how we can create environments and actions of love, harmony, creativity, sensuality, and joy, and then share them with others. What blessings do we each have to bestow upon the world?

At this ritual, we will crown our ceremonial May King, Queen, and Nymph.

This year, members of the Cosmic Messengers devotional group, dedicated to Hermes, will be offering Transportation Blessings outside in the courtyard before the ritual from 5:00-7:00PM. Arrive a bit early and make a magical amulet for you bicycle, car, or other mode of transportation!  The Cosmic Messengers will be providing blank bumper stickers and colorful pens, charms and beading wire, and other crafting supplies.  Get creative and receive the blessing of Hermes on your life’s journey!

We Are The Miracle We Need

During this entire election cycle, I donated as often as I could to my candidate.  I worked to get out the vote.  On Saturday at City Hall, I cast my vote for the first woman to ever be named as a presidential candidate for one of the two major political parties.  As the election returns poured in and the picture began to look more and more grim, I sat at my altar and prayed for a miracle.  I slept fitfully last night, as did so many others.

Like so many others, I woke up to the news of my nightmares:  our country had elected a misogynistic, racist, jingoistic, fraudulent man to be our next commander-in-chief.  As I read through my news feed on Facebook, the fear, anger, grief, betrayal, and disbelief was palpable.  I breathed into my center as I held space for my own feelings as well as the emotions of my community.

As I sat in my center, I found that the answer to my prayer was one I did not expect: no spiritual entity has the power to override the free will of humanity. The miracle has to be us.  It is up to us to be the change we want to see in this country.  In this world.  It starts with looking within ourselves for the skills and talents we have to bring to the table. Then, looking at the people next to us.  Let's really see each other.  Let's work together to look to one another for support.  Let's lift one another up.  If you come across someone struggling, whether they be community, complete stranger, or someone with whom we have a complicated relationship, lift them up.  Let's all work to lift one another up right now, best we can.  Let's stand firm for civil rights, best we can.  Let's show up every day, best we can.

As our most recent election has only served to uphold the ideals of the Patriarchy, we need the influence of the Matriarchy more than ever.  I vow to my CAYA community, the LGBTQIA community, immigrants, minorities, and all those who will be especially vulnerable when the next administration takes office, that I stand with you.  I invite others to join me and do the same.

This Saturday, CAYA will be holding ritual for our Graveyard Moon. This is a time for us to heed the wisdom of our ancestors, both of blood and affinity.  This is a time for us to properly lay to rest that which no longer serves us, as well as plant the seeds for what we hope to grow from this loss.  We bury our dead and plant our seeds in the dirt.  Therefore, this is a potent time to make a strong commitment to ourselves and to all those with whom we've come in contact.

It's time to let go of the idea that others will look after our best interests.  It's time to plant the seeds of change.  It is up to us to be that change we want to see in the world.

Ravensong Phoenixfire, Wildflower Initiate

Finding Guidance Through the Labyrinth of Life

The Cosmic Messengers are leading a guided Labyrinth Meditation and Hermes Devotional on Saturday, July 11, at 5:00PM, meeting at The Sacred Well and then proceeding to the Lake Merritt Earth Maze.

Life, with all of its twists and turnings, its sudden reversals and apparent contradictions, often feels like a Labyrinth. As soon as I think I have learned one of life’s great lessons, I am confronted with the lesson which seems to be its opposite.  I may think I am headed in the right directions, and then I see that everyone who seems to know what they are doing is headed in the opposite direction. But maybe we are just in different places along the same twisting path, and the opposition is an illusion.  Maybe our convoluted journeys are all leading us to the same fundamental truths we each hold at our center.

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