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

CAYA Pagan Congregation’s Death & Wisdom Festival 2016

Come As You Are to...

Death & Wisdom Festival 2016
with CAYA Pagan Congregation

In honor of this, our 10th birthday weekend, we are inviting folks to join us for any or all of these FOUR Events:
Rite of the Underworld Crone, 10/28 - women only
Rite of Death & Wisdom, 10/29- open to all
Dark Moon Circle for Hecate, Queen of Crossroads, 10/30 - open to all
Dia de Los Muertos, 11/2- open to all

Rite of the Underworld Crone
Friday, October 28, 8:00-10:00PM
The Home of Truth Cottage (round back), 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10-$20 donation requested
Women-only, clothing-optional ritual

High Priestess Yeshe Rabbit and the Mothers of the New Time will be honoring Baba Yaga, and the ways in which wisdom emerges from the poisonous trials of life.

Rite of Death & Wisdom
Saturday, October 29,
Doors open at 6:30, ritual begins at 7:30

The Home of Truth, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10-$20 donation requested
Open to all, children must be closely supervised by a parent at all times.

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 honouring Inanna, Ereshkigal, Melinoe, Hekate, and Bassareus Dionysos. 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.

Temple of Hecate, Queen of Crossroads
Sunday, October 29, 8:00-10:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland
Donations gratefully accepted

Dark Moon gathering honoring the Queen of the Dead, and the wisdom Ancestors who have come before us. We do this each month, but this month we will have a special activity to connect with ancestral wisdom.

Dia de Los Muertos
Wednesday, November 2, Meet at 6:30PM
22nd and Bryant Streets, San Francisco

Our new Templo in honor of Santissima Muerte will be launching its activities at this celebration. We will be building an ofrenda and participating in the procession to Garfield Park. Ven con nosotros!

Maker's Moon 2016: On Turning Grief Into Beauty

Over the past few months, there has been a lot of grief in my corner of the world. Within my community alone, there have been numerous people experiencing deaths of friends and family members, marriages ending, and pets dying. Two of my friends are recent widows. Within our larger global community, many of us mourn the deaths of several influential entertainers in the world of music, film and stage. Minorities, particularly black and Native American people, are dying at the hands of police and a system that shoves them into the cracks. Trans women continue to be murdered at a frightening pace. It's a lot to take in, and during this past moon, the Silent Moon, we've had a lot of time to contemplate what this means to us.

In several communities I belong to on Facebook, I've been noticing a trend lately. People are taking their grief and pain, transmuting them into beautiful and powerful works of art. I've seen some amazing artistic tributes to those loved and lost come through in amazing woodworking projects, needlepoint, knitting and crocheting, instrument building, online visual art, and so much more.

The creative bug is definitely in the air. Today is the Dark Moon, heralding the beginning of the Maker's Moon. As we emerge from our physical, emotional and mental winter into spring, this is a potent time to pick up projects we have let languish, take up a new skill, or dive into something completely new. You don't even have to be artistically inclined! What you decide to create can be anything at all. Perhaps your creativity lies in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. Perhaps you want to focus on manifesting something new in your life: a budget, a new job, a new place to call home. Maybe you want to manifest an addition to your family. The possibilities are endless.

For me, I've been bitten by the choreographic bug. I am a lifelong dancer, but the drive to make dances only resurfaced for me a couple months ago. I've been taking dance classes to perfect the skills I will need to create these works of art. Also, this weekend marks the start of the work of my Initiate year, from which I hope to manifest being ordained as a CAYA Priestess next year. This will involve creating space within myself to grow and change in the ways necessary to being fit to serve this community as Clergy.

What are you grateful for in this past moon cycle? What do you wish to manifest in the coming moon cycle? The Maker's Moon is a potent time to ponder these questions, and then bring your creations to the world.

Ravensong Phoenixfire

REMINDER - 2016 Festival of Prophecy and Initiation

Come As You Are to...

CAYA Coven’s Festival of Prophecy and Initiation
presented by the Temple of Wisdom and Compassion

January 30th, 2016
Doors open at 7pm, circle is cast at 7:15pm (no one is admitted after circle is cast)

The Home of Truth Spiritual Center Sanctuary
1300 Grand Street
Alameda,CA 94501

$10-$20 donation requested

Please join the Temple of Wisdom and Compassion in igniting the fires of compassion in our hearts with the goddess who hears the cries of the world, Kuan Yin!

At this ritual, CAYA Coven will also be recognizing our new Dedicants and welcoming our newest Initiates into their year and a day of training.

Please feel free to bring an offering for cakes and ale, which we will share in the Home of Truth Cottage after the ritual has concluded.