On Friday night, the Grove co-hosted A Witches’ Ball with Fly-By-Night, which was a wonderful evening of costumes, music, and social time.
At our Samhain rite this year, we honored Hades and Persephone in an Hellenic rite, while the folk brought remembrances of their family, friends, and teachers who are no longer with us.
The rite was solemn, moving, and a bit chilly, but it always is: this is the last ritual of the year that the Cranes hold outdoors, with the next outdoor rite (or, more correctly, the next rite without electric heat) at Spring Equinox. The dark half of the year finds us seeking halls and good company with one another in the enclosed spaces that make our gatherings bright and cheerful.
Our omens from this rite were particularly good, espeically when we consider we were using the Greek Alphabet Oracle, which is known for its somewhat negative outlook on life.
When asked if our offerings were accepted, the gods responded with Alpha: “The God Apollo says you will do everything successfully.” This is a resounding yes; perhaps the best “yes” that could be gotten.
Following this wonderful omen, we asked questions of the Kindreds: The Ancestors brought us a blessing of Epsilon: “You desire to see the offspring of righteous marriages.” The Ancestors ask that we think about the ideas we’ve been considering and work on bringing them to fruition. We should make use of their added knowledge and blend our creativity together. The Spirits of Nature brought us a blessing of Theta: “You have the helping Gods of this path.” There will be aid along the path we are taking. The gods brought us a blessing of Zeta: “Flee the great storm, lest you be disabled in some way.” Be wary and cautious of what you take on and who you interact with. Ignore the drama that may spring up around you, and don’t let it distract you from your path and your tasks.
Taken together these may mean that we should each focus on taking those things we’ve been putting off and start working on them again. We will have new inspiration and the help of the Gods. But we must be wary on this path of who and what we let distract us from our goal, lest we never finish.
Then, the Powers asked of us Upsilon: “The affair holds a noble undertaking.” The Kindreds want us to complete the tasks we’ve put aside. They offer us the gifts and knowledge to complete the tasks, and now just ask that we do so.
Monday the 31st brings a rare ritual for us: Antaranos, the intercalary moon ritual that happens about once every five years on average, re-setting the lunar cycle to the solar cycle. This year, it’s all about the fire and ice, and the recreation of the world.
As we look toward the dark half of the year, there is more work to be done, and there are challenges ahead. Fortunately, we are well equiped with these blessings to meet them full-on. Esto.
-Rev. Michael J Dangler