Festival of Heart & Harvest PDX 2017

Come As You Are and be welcome to...
CAYA Coven PDX Festival of Heart and Harvest
presented by the Order of the Black Madonna, a temple dedicated to Our Lady of Social Justice

Saturday, August 19, 2017
8:00-10:00PM

hosted at The Sacred Well, 7927 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR

Child friendly
suggested donation $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

You are cordially and joyfully invited to the Festival of Heart and Harvest celebrating the feast of Lammas/Lughnasadh at the Sacred Well in Portland, brought to you by CAYA PDX and the Order of the Black Madonna.

Our great Dark Mother, the Mother of All who loves and watches out for all Her children no matter where they are on the path of life or in the world, bids us ask about those who are vulnerable in our society. She asks us, “Do they have enough?” We ask ourselves: “What kind of community can we build if workers are treated well, food is plentiful, love is plentiful?”

Come and join us to celebrate and create abundance for ourselves and community!

This event is also a food drive to help those struggling with food safety in our community, so please bring an offering of canned/dry goods to donate. Most needed items at present are: canned tuna or chicken, natural peanut butter, nuts and beans, brown rice, quinoa, low sodium canned soup, whole grain cereal, and oatmeal; remember, no glass containers please. Thank you!

Source: http://www.orderblackmadonna.com/

Reminder: East Bay Festival of Heart and Harvest 2017 - please note different time and location than usual!

Come As You Are to...

CAYA Coven’s Festival of Heart and Harvest
presented by the Order of the Black Madonna, a temple dedicated to Our Lady of Social Justice

Please note different time and location than usual!
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Gather at 5:00PM, circle is cast at 5:15PM

Live Oak Park
We will be at Picnic Area 2, near the Berkeley Arts Center
1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

$10-$20 donation requested

At this time of the year, as we see summer beginning to turn into fall and our thoughts turn to harvesting everything we’ve worked on so far in the year, the sacrifices we’ve made, the savings we put by, Our great Dark Mother, the Mother of All who loves and watches over all Her children no matter where they are on the path of life or in the world, bids us ask about those who are vulnerable in our society. She asks us, “Do they have enough too?” We ask ourselves: “How best can we create a community in which all are cared for and the needs of everyone are met, not only now but in the future too?” Traditionally during this time, people began to get the harvests in, and would often work each other’s fields so that everyone could get their crops in safely; success was a community effort. We look now to those we can help, those who don’t have abundance to share or even any abundance at all; we gather what we have and bring forward enough to share with those who have little, or nothing at all because soon it will be getting colder, and hunger is a real and terrible threat even now. We dedicate our offering to those who are starving, those who suffer with food scarcity; we gather up the extra from our own harvests and even maybe a little bit more, tightening our own belts to make sure that those who hunger have what they need so we can all go safely into the dark half of the year together.

IMPORTANT: What to bring?
We are collecting food during this ritual to deliver to the Alameda Food Bank, so please bring nonperishable food items to donate (the food bank’s most needed items at present are: canned tuna or chicken, natural peanut butter, nuts and beans, brown rice, quinoa, low sodium canned soup, whole grain cereal, and oatmeal). No glass containers, please.

This ritual is followed by potluck feast, so feel free to bring something to share that’s clearly labeled with ingredients and whether it’s vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring a dish that you can enjoy.

This ritual will be outside in Berkeley, where the temperature can change dramatically over the course of an afternoon into the evening. Please wear layers. And if you need a seat for your comfort during the ritual, please consider bringing a camp chair.

 

Image by G. Stoughton

East Bay Festival of Heart and Harvest 2017 - please note different time and location than usual!

Come As You Are to...

CAYA Coven’s Festival of Heart and Harvest
presented by the Order of the Black Madonna, a temple dedicated to Our Lady of Social Justice

Please note different time and location than usual!

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Gather at 5:00PM, circle is cast at 5:15PM

Live Oak Park
1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

$10-$20 donation requested

How might we pour forth from our hearts a rain of goodness that yields an abundant harvest of love, harmony, and mutuality in our communities? What kinds of generosity are needed, inspired, or spring forth from within us as we journey together? What sacrifices are required of us to bring our goals to fruition?

IMPORTANT: What to bring?

This is a potluck feast, so if you are able, please bring a dish clearly labeled (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Carnivorous) with enough to share. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring a dish that you can enjoy.

This ritual is held outside in Berkeley. The temperature can change dramatically. Please wear layers and bring a coat to fend off the cold.

If you need a seat for your comfort during ritual, please consider bringing a camp chair.

Your Glorious self!


Image by G. Stoughton

Source: http://www.orderblackmadonna.com/

Solstice of Eternal Renewal 2016

Come As You Are to...

CAYA Coven’s Solstice of Eternal Renewal
presented by the Order of the Black Madonna

Saturday, December 17, 2016
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

The Order of the Black Madonna invites members of the wider CAYA Coven community and Bay Area Pagans to join us in sacred celebration of the great Dark Mother: She who takes on many forms, who is friend to the oppressed, who empowers women, who cares for all. She is everything that has been suppressed, hidden, and forbidden by traditional Christian theology: a single mother, a woman of color, an agent of social change, and a keeper of feminine wisdom.

Join us in this rite as we seek the spark of renewal at the darkest hour of the year, in a time when the world around us is cold and so many are lost and in pain. May all suffering be alleviated in the glow of Her warmth. As part of our ceremony, we will be assembling supply kits for homeless and under-resourced women.

Feel free to stay after the ritual for a celebration and potluck feast. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Source: http://www.orderblackmadonna.com/

CAYA Coven’s Devotional Offerings at Pagan Fest 2015!

CAYA Coven invites you to come out and enjoy a day of festivities and pride, right in the heart of Berkeley! After several years of hiatus the Pagan Alliance is returning the much beloved Pagan Festival to the Bay Area this Saturday, May 9th from 11am - 5pm at the Civic Center Park in Berkeley. If you and your family would like to get out and see the various Pagan groups, people and events that are taking place in the Bay Area, this is a great festival to attend!

CAYA will have our own info booth with information on our rituals and events, so be sure to stop by and visit!  The CAYA info booth will also be hosting several offerings throughout the day put on by several of CAYA’s internal devotional groups. Each public priest/ess within CAYA is dedicated their deities of choice, to represent them to the community and in the greater world. From these dedication various affinity and devotional groups have formed, dedicating to revitalizing the reverence and honor of the Gods. Some groups are formed around a single deity, others pantheons or cultural context, and some from affinity.  Keep an eye on our website, www.cayacoven.org, for future information about the different groups and their activities!

CAYA Devotional Offerings Schedule Pagan Fest 2015:

12 - 1pm - Cauldron of the Celts : Petitions to the Cauldron's Gods and Personal Saining
2 - 3pm - Naos Isis : Sacred geometry crafts and oracles in honor of Seshat and Isis.
3 - 4pm - Order of the Black Madonna : Holy Water Blessings
4 - 5pm - Wisdom & Compassion : Kuan Yin poem divinations

Come stop by, meet the clergy that are serving and refresh yourself with the blessings they have to offer!

The Cauldron of the Celts are a group of individual clergy of various paths of practice that are dedicated to deities and entities from the different Celtic cultures. Together we strive bring honor and glory to their names. To represent true hospitality, honor, and justice in the world, with a dedication to fine scholarship, lively tales, and excellent ale.

Naos Isis is the temple of CAYA Priest/esses who are publicly dedicated and devoted to the great goddess Isis. Through diverse understandings and connections to Isis, the members of Naos Isis work to bring the love, compassion, healing, and wisdom of the Great Queen and Mother to the larger CAYA community.

The Order of the Black Madonna was created to give honor and devotion to Our Lady of Grace in her form as the Dark Mother. The sisters of the Order take on devotional names, and commit themselves to a practice of prayer and intercession on behalf of women, minorities, the oppressed, the afraid, the disenfranchised, and all others who need the Might and Compassion of Our Lady.

Wisdom & Compassion, CAYA’s devotional group dedicated to Kuan Yin and Tara, will be offering tea, divinations using Kuan Yin’s oracles, and chanting. Namo Kuan Shih Yin Pusa!

The Pagan Fest is still looking for more volunteers to help bring the magic together! If you would like to get involved and meet some amazing people email Arlynne for more information: arlynnecamire@gmail.com

See you at the Fest!