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

REMINDER: 2016 Rainbow Moon Circle Rite of Becoming

CAYA Coven’s Rainbow Moon Circle presents the Rite of Becoming
A Full Moon Circle Honoring Gender Diversity

February 27, 2016
8pm (no one is admitted after the circle is cast).

The Sacred Well
536 Grand Ave, Oakland
wheelchair accessible

$10-$20 donation requested — no one turned away for lack of funds

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation’s Rainbow Moon Circle invites people of any and all genders —or none— to join us as we reveal the possibilities and potential in ourselves and each other. What will we choose to bring forth into the world? We will call upon Panprosdexia—All-Acceptance; the Agender deity of the Tetrad++ pantheon, to support this work. Together we will witness and honor the first public Initation into The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe—CAYA Coven’s Mxgender Mystery Tradition. Bring something to charge on the altar and a treat for Cakes and Ale following the ritual— and Come As You Are!

Our Mission: The Rainbow Moon Circle is a safe and sacred space for all to explore the spectra of gender and identity. We honor the holistic experience of self-determined identity and its infinite intersections. We celebrate the glittering prism of Divine existence that is powerful, delightful,  enthusiastic,  playful, transformative, magickal, compassionate, and reverent. Live the Spectra!

Mark your calendars for Trickster Moon;
Saturday, April 23, 7pm at The Qultural Collective, Oakland.

Share your sparkles with us on FB & G+ RainbowMoon

http://www.cayacoven.org/rainbow/

2016 Rainbow Moon Circle Rite of Becoming

CAYA Coven’s Rainbow Moon Circle presents the Rite of Becoming
A Full Moon Circle Honoring Gender Diversity

February 27, 2016
8pm
(no one is admitted after the circle is cast).

The Sacred Well
536 Grand Ave, Oakland
wheelchair accessible

$10-$20 donation requested — no one turned away for lack of funds

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation’s Rainbow Moon Circle invites people of any and all genders —or none— to join us as we reveal the possibilities and potential in ourselves and each other. What will we choose to bring forth into the world? We will call upon Panprosdexia—All-Acceptance; the Agender deity of the Tetrad++ pantheon, to support this work. Together we will witness and honor the first public Initation into The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe—CAYA Coven’s Mxgender Mystery Tradition. Bring something to charge on the altar and a treat for Cakes and Ale following the ritual— and Come As You Are!


Our Mission: The Rainbow Moon Circle is a safe and sacred space for all to explore the spectra of gender and identity. We honor the holistic experience of self-determined identity and its infinite intersections. We celebrate the glittering prism of Divine existence that is powerful, delightful,  enthusiastic,  playful, transformative, magickal, compassionate, and reverent. Live the Spectra!

Mark your calendars for Trickster Moon;
Saturday, April 23, 7pm at The Qultural Collective, Oakland.

Share your sparkles with us on FB & G+ RainbowMoon

http://www.cayacoven.org/rainbow/

2015 SINGING MOON FULL MOON CIRCLES FOR WOMEN & MEN

CAYA Coven’s Grove of the Goddess presents the Singing Moon

A Full Moon Circle for Women
May 30, 2015

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

The Home of Truth Sanctuary
1300 Grand St, Alameda
$10-20 donation requested

CAYA Coven's Grove of the Goddess welcomes all self-identified women to join them in observing the Singing Moon of late Spring. This is the time in CAYA when we ask ourselves: what melodies are moving in our hearts? What songs do we need to sing? How do we use our voices and make ourselves heard?

Chairs will be provided. Please feel free to bring a cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor. Feel free to bring drink or food to share, or flowers for the altar.


CAYA Coven's Brotherhood of the Moon presents the Singing Moon

A Full Moon Circle for Men
May 30, 2015

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

Home of Truth Cottage, located behind the main Chapel. Please use the sidewalk around the main chapel to get to the Cottage.

$10-20 donation requested

CAYA’s Brotherhood of the Moon invites all who associate with the divine masculine  to join us as we weave our voices into the melody of the cosmos and use our voices to better our lives and the lives of those around us. What power does your voice have when lifted in song and how does that power swell when joined with others? How can the power of your voice help bring the world at large into harmony? Please bring anything you would like to place on the altar and we request you bring representations of those deities for yourself that ring out with the power of the divine masculine.