In the glittering cave of The Sacred Well on February 27, CAYA Coven's Rainbow Moon Circle celebrated our Rite of Becoming, asking ourselves, "What will we choose to bring forth into the world?" We invoked the honeysweet blessings of Panprosdexia, the agender deity of the Tetrad++, as we witnessed a most profound and glorious Becoming—the Initiation of CAYA Coven's Mxgender Mystery Tradition; The Divine Spiraling Rainbow Tribe! Melissa ra Karit self-initiated within the timespace of our loving Circle, receiving gifts from our coven's founding Elderflowers and offering to us all the gift of a Rainbow Daily Practice
I dance my path through the Universe
Starlight runs through my veins
I shine with glory
I carry the sacred source of rainbows within me.
I rejoice in the movements of those who have gone before me,
The presence of those who dance beside me
And the grace of those yet to come!
—composed by Melissa ra Karit and Baba Jaina Bee
Wildflower Dedicant and Rainbow Sparkle (Dedicants to the Rainbow Trad), Root, read an excerpt from P. Sufenas Virius Lupus's poem, "The Birth of Panprosdexia."
Wildflower Initiate, Kitsune, had concocted a magickal ink made from the blossoms of Oxalis pes-caprae— that tasty weed from the wood sorrel family which is so abundant in the Bay Area at this time of year (ask any frustrated gardener). We wrote petitions to Panprosdexia with the pale yellow ink on scrolls of papyrus, a plant that is sacred to them. Kitsune has generously shared their recipe/spell for this magickal ink so we all may make some at home:
Take a bowl or a mug or a bag of some sort— whatever calls to you— out to where the oxalis is growing. As you begin to harvest the plants, contemplate all the ways in which each flower is unique. Some petals are more open, some stalks are straighter or more twisty, the flowers are slightly different colors. Gather flowers until it feels like time to stop.
Bring the harvested flowers into your kitchen, and put a pot of water on the stove. Oxalis is safe to eat, so it's okay to use a normal cooking pot for this! The exact amount doesn't matter so much; enough so that the flowers you collected float easily. If you're dedicating the ink to Panprosdexia, as I did, add an offering of honey to the mixture and sing or chant the Panprosdexia song as you work.
As you bring the water up to a simmer, add the flowers. Let the flowers simmer for 15-20 minutes or so, until the water starts to reduce down a little and the liquid turns a rich golden yellow. Turn off the heat and let the ink cool to room temperature. Pour into a sealable container, straining out what remains of the flowers. Use as you will, and enjoy! Cheers, Kitsune
I think my favorite moment might have been the sight of Wildflower Initiate Michelle breastfeeding little Rigel while she blessed the cakes and ale with this lovely piece she wrote:
We thank the hands that brought us
Treats that taste of childhood,
Of becoming who we are today,
To share in love and pleasure.
Blessed be this food and drink
And blessed be those that brought them.
And, in his distinctively glimmering way, Wildflower Dedicant HiC wrapped it all up in a gorgeous bow with this quote from an old childhood favorite:
“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'
'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.
'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'
'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'
'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
~ Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
You are invited to join the Rainbow Moon Circle for our Trickster Moon celebration at the Qulture Collective at 7pm on April 23!
All-Love and Rainbow Sparkles, Baba Jaina Bee