Celebrate Fall Equinox and Iroquois Deohako
Sacred Three Sisters: Corn, Squash, and Beans
with Daughters of the Goddess
Tuesday, September 22, 7:30PM
Lafayette 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
Deohako is the collective name for the life sustaining three foods of the Iroquois people named The Three Sisters, the Goddesses who protect the corn, the squash, and the beans. The eldest sister is corn and named Onatha. The three are considered Sisters because of the way they are grown together. First the corn is planted, and once the first corn stalks began to appear, then the beans and squash are planted at the base. The beans grow up and intertwine around the corn, using it as a trellis, while the squash with Her large leaves below are a weed barrier and provide shade, moisture, and coolness to the soil. It is believed that Onatha Herself guided the Iroquois on how to plant in this manner for a bountiful harvest. The three were harvested together and celebrated in one large festival. So here we go!
We will celebrate Deohako, as well as the Harvest and the women or girls who are our three sisters! Please bring an abundance of ears of corn, beans, and squash for the Altar. Also a picture of the three sisters in your life who sustain you (females in your life - they don’t have to be blood sisters). Or if you don’t have a picture, something that represents each of them. Think about what have you harvested this season, what you give thanks for, and what you are sharing from your harvest with community. How do you treat food as a sacred, life sustaining force? How do you honor those that grow the food and feed us? Please dress for the Fall Harvest and festivities and bring foods made from the Harvest season.
We will also revisit our Spring Equinox juju with how we’ve helped to support and sustain our High Guardian Temple Priestess Patrice with her Save My Teeth campaign. Please bring a tithe in any denomination of $5 for this part of the ritual.
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