Blessing for the Body in the Night

Blessing for the Body in the Night                                                                     

by Melissa ra Karit


Night bless your feet

May they carry you far for long walks in the dark

Night bless your legs

May they dance the night through

Night bless your hips and what's cradled between them

May the dance of your pleasure be long, wet, deep, high, and full

Night bless your belly

May the empty ache that sometimes finds you in the middle of the night

teach you how to hold space

Night bless your chest and your beating heart

May you be alive to the electric pulse of the night

Night bless your throat

May you rest with the silence and scream with the music

Night bless your eyes

May their heaviness be eased

Night bless your crown

May the flash of your thoughts bring you great inspiration

Night bless your body

Awake in the night


Be joyful!

Blog Roundup December 1st-6th

Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Blog Roundup. The Clergy of CAYA Coven are out there blogging about all manner of amazing things and we want to make sure you have the opportunity to read them all. In service to you, our wonderful community, we've gathered up these links.

Reverence Interview Melissa interviews Athena on reverence and its importance in our lives.

Discern What's True Raven offers clear and insightful guidance for how to use this Full Moon's energy to sort through all the information coming at us and keep our communication clear.

Rest & Relaxation Questions Melissa encourages us to consider our own self care habits during this dark and often busy time of year.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Molly offers a massive and delightful compilation divided into five sections: Section One is artists, artisans, practitioners, and craftspeople; Section Two is stores; Section Three is Craft Faires; Section Four is musicians; and Section Five is "a list of gifts that aren't things."

Before Setting Goals Raven writes on the importance of evaluating and releasing all that happened in the old year before beginning to set goals and intentions for the new year, and offers some tools for doing so.


CAYA Memories: Twice Athena Snuck Up on Me and One Time I Did It to Her

I. September 2012

The Rite of Courageous Heroines concludes with a mass of shivering women and a collective decision to make use of the heated pool. In moments, we've all sunk, waded, or jumped in. There are general sounds of pleasure and laughter. Someone breaks out the booze. After a bit, I notice Athena's the only one missing. I ask if we should go get her and get a shrug in reply. I'm not used to the way she appears when she wants to yet. I watch for her but don't catch the exact moment she appears. It's the first time I see her pull her ninja trick but far from the last.

II. March 2014

When I finally give up and decide to raid the kitchen instead of sleeping, Ursa's there. She looks up when I come out of my room.

"Hey sweetie," she says. "How are you?"

"F-king insomnia," I grumble, collapsing against her for a hug.

She makes a sympathetic noise and follows me to the kitchen. I put together a snack and some tea to help me sleep.

When I turn back from the counter, Athena looms up out of the darkness. I startle and force myself to take a deep breath instead of shrieking. Right. She was sleeping on the couch. I forgot.

"Hi Athena."

Ursa whips around and we all laugh quietly.

III. October 2014

I am just coming down the hallway when I hear a knock on the door. I pause. Someone gets it and I hear Athena's familiar voice. She is the last one to arrive, so we should be ready to start now.

A smile teases at the corner of my mouth. I keep walking and take the stairs. Just as I hear Athena reach the bottom, I round the corner.

"Whoa!" Athena flails backward, a hand at her heart. "You scared me!"

My smile widens into a grin. "I knew that would happen."