Well, it’s not actually Summer yet. The warmer weather has brought a flurry of activity around here – both personal and otherwise. It’s seems with all that activity, my creative writing abilities have decided to take a vacation – a small one I hope.
The next two weeks will be exceptionally busy as I prepare for Goddess Gathering Reborn. Once an annual event, for some 20+ years, it was shut down for over a decade. Now some of us have decided to revive it and the land it was held on for most of those years, Raven-Wolf Nature Sanctuary.
We’ve been working for two years now to try and prepare for the revival of this event. Progress has been slow due to the amount of work that it now takes to restore things left undone for so long and the few hands that have come to help, when they can. It’s been both a challenge and a real learning experience.
At 68, I’ve discovered that I can still do many things but need to recognize the price I pay afterward for the physical work I try to do. So, mostly, I’ve been repainting signs, buildings, benches, and doing the paperwork necessary to running both the Sanctuary and putting on the event.
I think in the midst of all that, I’ve either consciously or unconsciously set aside my philosophical side that usually helps me to write “The Journey Continues.” Everyone has their limits and I guess, on some level, I must have recognized mine.
Having said that, I didn’t want to just not share anything with you, so I decided to share some parts from my favorite Summer Solstice ritual with you. I hope you enjoy them!
An Invocation to the Goddess and God:
GRACIOUS GODDESS OF THE FIELDS,
GREAT HORNED ONE, LORD OF THE FORESTS,
WE, YOUR CHILDREN, HAVE COME HERE THIS NIGHT TO CELEBRATE MIDSUMMER’S EVE.
A TIME WHEN DAYS ARE LONG AND NIGHTS ARE SHORT, A TIME OF CHANGE.
THE SUN, WHICH HAS GROWN EVER STRONGER SINCE YULE, NOW BEGINS ITS DECLINE.
THE DAY NOW WANES AND THE NIGHT WAXES,
BUT WE KNOW THAT THIS IS THE CYCLE OF ALL THINGS –
BIRTH, DEATH, AND REBIRTH.
WE ASK YOU HERE INTO OUR SACRED CIRCLE,
INTO OUR MIDST, ON THIS NIGHT.
SO MOTE IT BE!
A Meeting Dance:
O DO NOT TELL THE PRIESTS OF THE ARTS
FOR THEY WOULD CALL IT A SIN;
FOR WE WILL BE IN THE WOODS ALL NIGHT
A-CONJURING SUMMER IN.
WITH GNOMES AND TROLLS AND NATURE SPRITES,
WE HONOR THE MOON AND SUN.
WE FEAST AND CELEBRATE OUR RITES,
FOR SUMMER HAS JUST BEGUN!
A tribute to the God:
A SILENCE LIES ON THE WILDWOOD,
THE LIGHT OF THE STARS GROWS DIM,
THE WIND HAS DIED IN THE BRANCHES,
BUT A SHADOW MOVES…IT IS HIM!
HE IS THE STAG IN THE MOONLIGHT,
THE STALLION ALONE ON THE HILL,
THE BULL THAT PAWS AT THE TUSSOCKS,
THE SALMON THAT LEAPS IN THE RILL.
EACH IS A PART OF THE HUNTER,
THE GODHEAD THAT LIVES IN THE DARK,
THE LORD OF THE WILD AND THE HIDDEN,
AT MIDNIGHT, THE SMALL BREATHING SPARK.
HIS IS THE GLORY OF SUNRISE,
THE GREENNESS THAT RISES IN SPRING,
HIS IS THE FORCE OF THE TEMPEST,
THE STRENGTH IN THE WILD EAGLE’S WING.
HIS IS THE VOICE OF TH PAN-PIPES,
THE POWER THAT GOVERNS THE LAND,
BUT SHE IS HIS WIFE AND MOTHER,
AND HE DWELLS IN THE PALM OF HER HAND.
O GRACIOUS GODDESS, O GREAT HORNED GOD,
ON THIS NIGHT OF MIDSUMMER MAGICK
WE PRAY THAT YOU CHANGE OUR LIVES WITH WONDER AND JOY.
HELP US IN ATTUNING WITH THE ENERGIES ADRIFT ON THE ENCHANTED NIGHT AIR.
A final Invocation to the Goddess:
O GRACIOUS ONE, WE EXTEND THANKS TO THEE FOR THIS SITE OF OUR GATHERING: FOR THE LOVE THAT UNITES US; FOR THE HOPE WE SHARE FOR OUR TOMORROWS; FOR HEALTH, FOR THE BRIGHT SKIES THAT MAKE OUR LIVES DELIGHTFUL; FOR OUR FRIENDLY HELPERS IN THE INVISIBLE REALMS. GIVE US COURAGE AND GAIETY AND QUIETNESS OF MIND. SPARE TO US OUR FRIENDS, SOFTEN TO US OUR ENEMIES. BLESS US, IF IT MAY BE, IN ALL OUR INNOCENT ENDEAVORS. IF IT MAY NOT BE, GIVE US STRENGTH TO ENCOUNTER THAT WHICH IS TO COME, THAT WE MAY BE BRAVE IN PERIL, TEMPERATE IN WRATH, AND IN ALL CHANGES OF FORTUNE, AND DOWN TO THE GATES OF DEATH, LOYAL AND LOVING ONE TO ANOTHER!
BLESS THEN THY SERVANTS HERE WHO ACKNOWLEDGE THEE BOTH OPENLY AND IN SECRET. MAKE FIRM OUR ALLEGIANCE TO THEE, O TRIPLE GODDESS, AND MAKE US BEARERS TO THE WORLD OF THY SACRED LAW OF LIFE.
MAY TRUE BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD INCREASE AMONG, AND BRING TOGETHER, ALL BELIEVERS IN THE ANCIENT MYSTERIES OF EARTH AND HEAVEN.
LET PEACE, HARMONY, AND TRANQUILITY PREVAIL TO ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE EARTH! SO MOTE IT BE!
I am a Sun worshiper, even though I’m a night owl. Summer Solstice is probably my most favorite sacred celebration of the year. To have the opportunity to be part of resurrecting a Pagan gathering that centered around that occurrence, coupled with the bringing together of like-minded people, is a real joy and pleasure for me. Will we have the crowd we used to have? Probably not, but we are planting seeds. Those seeds may re-grow an event that brought so much to so many and will continue to do so for generations to come.
If you’re a Pagan, Wiccan, magickal, and/or nature-oriented person, I invite you to come join me and others as these seeds are planted. You can find more details at www.ravenwolfsanctuary.wordpress.com Not a camper? Come for the day. Saturday, June 25th is our big day filled with workshops, Main Ritual, potluck feast, bonfire and drumming. A 24-hour day pass is a mere $25 and you can pay at the gate!
I hope to see some of you there and actually get to meet you face-to-face! If not, well, there’s always next year. In the meantime, I’ll be back with “The Journey Continues” in two weeks.
Love & Blessed Be