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Ostara

Posted by Sable Aradia on March 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys, just letting you know that Ostara will be happening Saturday, March 17 at Mitch & Wayne's place (768 25th Avenue); all are welcome.  Ritual will be in the evening around 6 pm; people can start arriving earlier in the afternoon if they would like to.  Please bring a potluck contribution.  Some people have allergies so please list ingredients.  For more information, please contact Mitch at 250-545-7715.

 

Blessed be,

Sable

Witches's Ball Cancelled and Samhain

Posted by Sable Aradia on October 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Please note that this year's Witches' Ball has been cancelled due to insufficient ticket sales. We are sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to reintroduce the event next year! Ticket refunds, for those who have purchased one, are available at The Threads That Bind Us.

Samhain will not be a public event, but is strictly for Temple members this year.  Contact Sable, Erin or Tammy if you would like to bring someone.  Please note that we are not encouraging people who are entirely new to the Craft to attend this one.  We intend to orient it more towards those who are already on a Pagan/Wiccan path.  Sorry, again, for the inconvenience.

Blessed be,

Sable

Ostara Thanks & Beltane

Posted by Sable Aradia on March 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Ostara last night!  It was a lot of fun and a very good and warm ritual.  Beltane is going to be early, likely the weekend of the 23rd of April, because my May is basically spoken for.  But it promises to be great fun!  Two of our Temple members, Mitch and Wayne, have volunteered their huge yard for the purpose.  We're going to have a maypole and games!  More info to come as things come together!

Blessed be,

Witches Amongst You

Posted by Sable Aradia on January 4, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Reprinted from Issues Magazine, July & August 2010 Edition:

 

On the evening of the Spring Equinox, I cleaned up my shop and removed all my store literature from the front table where you walk in. I placed the altar cloths, one with a sun and moon image against a blue background, one with the cycle of the moon and goddess symbols and a labyrinth on a blue background, over top of each other to create a pleasing scene. I set out two candleholders; one with the image of the Triple Goddess as Maiden, Mother and Crone, holding a white candle, and one with the God of the Woodland as Holly King and Oak King, holding a black candle. Between them we symbolize the balance of Sun and Moon, male and female, old and young, life and death. Balance and cycles are important in our faith, which we call Wicca.

 

I laid out the magickal tools; my hand-painted wood pentacle with the vine pattern on it, representing the element Earth; the red candle representing Fire; the brass incense burner representing Air; and my two white agate chalices, one filled with water and the other apple juice, that represent Water. I added our dish of salt and the offering bowl. I laid out my wand, made from a maple branch from a tree in the yard I grew up in that, magickally, had been struck by lightning twice, and my athame; my sacred black-handled, double-bladed knife, with which I cut nothing but air. Mine is unusual in that I made it myself, forging it from a strip of metal a couple of years ago at a workshop and beating it into shape, then carefully wrapping the twisty hilt in black suede to make it comfortable to grasp. Next to it I laid my husband’s athame, which is carved from jet. I added the silver offering plate, this time filled with chocolate eggs, and our Book of Shadows.

 

I welcomed the gathering of witches as they arrived. Among them were friends from Kelowna I hadn’t seen in a long time. I embraced them happily and started catching up on their lives. Two new witches I had never seen before also arrived from Kamloops, wearing beautiful velvet robes that one of them had made. I asked them if I could take a picture to sell them through my store! They laid out their potluck offerings on the glass counter where I keep the crystals. Erin, my husband and Priest, who is always so good at making new people feel comfortable, began to chat with them.

 

A family who’d had trouble finding us arrived; one of them asked where to put the potluck offering and I told them. The next thing I knew, they were gone! We debated on what had happened to them and decided they must not have known what Wicca meant when I advertised the event in the paper. We assumed a combination of things happened, including seeing the witches from Kamloops in robes.

 

I’m never sure why people react like that. I don’t see how what we do is any different from other earth-based spiritualities that are more commonly known and accepted. We take our roots from Celtic and Germanic “shamanic” customs and practices, women’s spirituality and empowerment, and other more modern forms of mysticism like the Kaballah. Why is this so scary?

 

I often get reactions from people when they find out that I define myself as a witch. I assume that people think our magick is the kind that harms others or interferes with their free will, but a real Witch would never do things like that. A real Witch believes in the Threefold Law, “That which you do shall be returned to you threefold.” Even if I were inclined to be manipulative or malignant, would I want that delivered back on myself three times worse?

When we realized the others weren’t coming back, we gathered in a circle around the table (now an altar) to begin the ceremony. As is our custom, I took the sacred broom, called a besom, and swept around the circle to banish negative energy while singing songs. Then my husband took his athame, and drew a circle around the group, as we visualized a beacon of white light that grew into a bubble to protect us from any negative energies.

 

Then we “Called the Quarters,” which is similar to honouring the directions in shamanism and Native paths. We started with the North, associated with Earth, and called on those energies, honouring them with salt. Next, we honoured and called upon the element of Air in the East by lighting incense. Then, we honoured/called upon Fire in the South by lighting the red candle. Lastly, we honoured/called upon Water in the West by sprinkling a little water. Then I called upon our Goddess; in this case, the Maiden of Spring, called by some Persephone, called by some Ishtar, Oester or Easter. We welcomed Her return to the world, and spring’s blooming! My husband called upon our God in the form of the Sun King, called by some as Lugh, Apollo, Osiris, Dionysus, or Jesus, bringing life from barrenness. We honoured Them as well by singing Beauty of the earth, White moon on the water, You are She Whom we find, At the end of desire. Horned God, Dancer on the Wheel, Born and died and born again, And we all are dancing with Him.

 

Then we engaged in what we call the “fellowship;” basically, socializing as part of the ritual. We munched on the potluck offerings as I chatted. One of the Kelowna witches (men and women have the same title) talked about how he was devoting most of his time to school, and it was paying off with excellent marks. I asked about an event coming up in Alberta that I’d never been to, and told them about the event we were doing in Cherryville on the Canada Day weekend.We were told of a young man with a brain tumour so we took a hematite ring and passed it around our circle, intoning “OM.” We did this to fill the ring with the healing vibration of the sacred word that associates with the Crown chakra. After we all touched it, we gave it to his mother, who proclaimed it was making her hands tingle!

 

After that, we blessed our food and drink and said to each other “May you never hunger,” and “may you never thirst,” as we acknowledged the Divine in each of us. After that, we thanked the Goddess and the God for Their presence and released the Quarters or closed the directions. Lastly, my husband cut open the circle with his athame, saying, “The circle is open, yet ever it remain a circle; merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again!” We sang our traditional song and went our separate ways. As I left, I looked up at the rising half-moon, enjoying Her beauty.

 

Blessed be,

Sable

Ostara Ritual

Posted by Sable Aradia on March 10, 2010 at 2:21 AM Comments comments (0)

The Ostara Ritual will take place at Sable's store following the Eight Paths of Power workshop in Intent.  It starts at 6 pm.  All welcome, donations gratefully accepted.  Please bring a potluck munchie.  Easter egg hunt for the kids!  More details coming soon.  Call Sable for more information 250-540-0341.


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