Celebrate Celebrate Spring Equinox
and Gefion, Norse Goddess of the Plough
Friday, March 20, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgender women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
Spring Equinox is a High Holy Day during which we celebrate that Spring is here and that the Earth is becoming warm enough to start planting for the year. It is a time of Rebirth and Renewal during which we start new projects, plant our intentions for the year, and tend to those things that are precious to us.
Gefion’s name means “Giver” or “Generous One”. She is also a Goddess of gift giving and can be invoked when one wishes for a gift to be accepted with a smile. She is the Goddess of the plough, agriculture, grain, health, divination, magic, fertility, foresight, growth, and young womyn. Gefion traveled through Sweden disguised as a homeless womyn, teaching secret ways of abundant farming. She met with the King of Sweden and he granted Her as much land as four oxen could plow in one day. Gefion transformed Her four sons into oxen to plow Her new land. So powerful were Her sons as oxen, that they over-ploughed Her field, dragging soil away from Sweden, resulting in the depression that became Lake Mälaren. They continued to plough all of the way to ocean, creating the Danish island of Zealand, upon which the city of Copenhagen is today located.
Gefion’s sacred plants are hawthorn, alder, wheat, corn, elder, thyme and yarrow. In early Scandinavian times, it was customary to call for the Blessings of Gefion prior to the planting of Spring crops. This was done through smudging with rosemary and other herbs, as well as making a playful ruckus by ringing bells and banging pots in agricultural areas. This display frightened away any malicious or prankish energy and called for the wisdom of Gefion and Her gifts of grain and abundant fertility.
For this Ritual, in honor of Gefion’s sentiments of generosity please bring a tithe in multiples of 5 tied in Spring colored ribbon, to offer to our High Guardian Priestess Patrice as she continues her efforts to complete her dental work and return her mouth to wholeness. Through our combined efforts, coupled with the Renewing energy of Spring, and the Gift-Giving Heart of Gefion, we can make a substantial difference in Patrice’s health! If you are not able to attend the Ritual, you can still offer Patrice a donation as part of our Temple Ohana/ family. Let’s keep Patrice’s beautiful smile beaming!
Also for the Ritual please bring herbs, flowers, and greenery to re-decorate the Priestess Broom of Kealoha. You can also share any beautiful ribbons or small baubles that you would like to add!
For the altar please bring a green or yellow candle and any symbols of Gefion, such as the bull, plough, or any tool a farmer would use, and any green or living plant.
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