This year, after a two-year hiatus, The Pagan Alliance was once again able to provide the Bay Area Pagan community with the much-missed Pagan Festival. The theme for 2015 was Spirituality Through Service - a theme which is very close to CAYA’s own collective heart!
A lot of volunteers are needed to make this event a success, and in the spirit of Joyful Service, many members of CAYA signed up to get the work done! Verity Blue Midnight, Priestx of Courageous Becoming, did a stellar job of coordinating the CAYA volunteers! There were many familiar CAYA faces in many places on the day of the Festival, from set-up at 7:00AM to clean-up at 7:00PM! So many CAYA Priest/ess/xes were wearing Pagan Festival Security shirts that they formed an impressive “Chartreuse Blob”!
CAYA also had an information booth at the Festival, and many of our devotional groups offered blessings throughout the day. Chieftain Branwen wrangled the booth schedule very effectively, so that our time yielded maximum blessings for all interested visitors!
The park was adorned with directional altars created by local Pagan groups. CAYA created the North altar, and CAYA’s Rose and Dove Society, in partnership with The Temple of Aphrodite, created the East altar with a theme of Women Free As Birds - this year’s Mothers of the New Time working!
The Keeper of the Light chosen for 2015 is Crystal Blanton, and members of the Order of the Black Madonna and other CAYA clergy were delighted to join her in singing the praises of the Dark Mother with Szmeralda Shanel’s beautiful song. Yeshe Rabbit was very honoured to introduce her dear friend and respected colleague. Congratulations to Crystal for this well-earned recognition, and much gratitude to T. Thorn Coyle, who graciously held up the lantern for three years as 2012’s Keeper of the Light!
This year’s Festival gave us a chance to embody many of CAYA’s core values - Joyful Service, Justice, Community, Excellent Organization, and a Having A Great Time! Thank you to all of the many volunteers whose dedication, creativity, and hard work made this event a rousing success!