Pagan Event Reviews
Year: 2014 ...
Beltania Festival (Florence, Colorado)
Summerland Spirit Festival 2013
Year: 2013 ...
Sacred Space Conference
Sacred Space Conference 2013
Houston Pagan Conference 2013
Free Spirit Gathering 2013: Many Paths
2013 Midwest Witches "Steampunk" Ball
Year: 2012 ...
Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference
Sirius Rising & Summerfest 2012
Starwood 32--Review by Oberon Zell
Why Celebrate International Pagan Coming Out Day?
Spring Mysteries Festival XXVII
Celebrating 20 Years: St. Louis Pagan Picnic Reaches a Milestone
Summer Solstice Ritual, SF Ocean Beach
Summerland Spirit Festival 2012
Toon Town’s Pagan Summer Fest: A Ten Year Long Dream
Mabon with Blackberry Circle
Salem, Oregon Celebrates Its First Pagan Pride Day (2012)
NorthWest Fall Equinox Festival (NWFEF) 2012 (Review)
Michigan Midwest Bazaar and Witches Ball
Year: 2011 ...
Starwood Festival 2011 (A Review by Oberon Zell)
Sacred Space Celebrates Twenty-one Years!
The New Orleans Witches' Ball
"New Fire in Deep Winter: Oimelc in Minnesota"
St. Louis Pagan Picnic
Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom
Summerland Spirit Festival 2011: The Initiation of a Community
2011 Midwest Witches Ball and Bazaar
Through the Looking Glass Midwest - Michigan's 2011 Witches Ball:
Year: 2010 ...
Sacred Space Conference
Review: Sirius Rising
Free Spirit Gathering
43rd Annual Gathering of the Tribes
Summerfest 2010 (Festival Review)
Midwest Witches' Ball 2010
Year: 2008 ...
The Sacred Space Conference and Winterfest Banquet
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008
The Land Institute Prairie Festival 2008
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008; The Fool's Journey, Breaking the Hermetic Seal
Year: 2007 ...
4th of July Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual and Chesapeake Pagan Community Summer Gathering
Sirius Rising 2007: Making Connections
The 12th Annual Halloween Festival London UK
Louisville Pagan Pride Day
Central Vermont Lughnasadh Festival
2nd Annual Children's Camp
Year: 2006 ...
Harvest Home Gathering 2006 (picts added Oct. 18)
Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
Toronto Pagan Conference
Canadian National Pagan Conference
Sirius Rising 2006
Rally for Religious Freedom
Brazilian Mabon Celebration in Săo Paulo
Chesapeake Pagan Community Gathering: Dancing with Devas 2006
WitchFest Wales, 2006
Pagan Pride Day - Metro Detroit
Rochester Pagan Pride Day
The 2006 Between the Worlds Men's Gathering
Hellfire Caves Ritual
Beltaine 2006: A Pagan Odyssey
Year: 2005 ...
Tara Summer Solstice 2005
Starwood XXV: Feelin' the Love
Persephone's Masquerade: The 4th Annual OHF Spring Ball
Pictures from New Orleans
Sirius Rising 2005: Restoring the Balance
Harvest Home 2005: Magick, Imagination, and Love
Spirit's Haven in the Woods
Inner Mysteries Intensive with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
People of Beauty, People of Peace: CPC Summer Gathering 2005
Mid-Atlantic Pagan Alliance’s Wicked Awesome Lugh Beach Party
WES Raises Funds for Katrina Victims
Adirondack Pagan Pride Day
The 2005 Between The Worlds Men's Gathering
WytcheHaven Weekend 2
Midsummer's Haven in the Woods
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Summer Solstice Ritual, SF Ocean Beach
Article ID: 15112
Age Group: Adult
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Author: Archer Belladonna
Posted: July 8th. 2012
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Sponsored by: Reclaiming
Location: San Francisco (ocean beach)
Event Date(s): 6/20/2012
Hello, my name is Archer and this was my experience with my first Pagan event: The Summer Solstice Ritual on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.
I have been solitary for about four years up until this event and never encountering any gathering such as this one. I had always avoided such things out of fear of not being accepted or disappointment. Until one day a friend of mine told her secret, she, was a Witch as well. I was no longer alone and now that I had someone to go with it stirred a new passion and courage to attend an event she was going to.
My excitement radiated off of me even a week before the date and when the time finally came I walked down to the beach. There weren’t many people there yet, but within an hour the beach was scattered with Witches of all shapes, colors, ages and sexes. I was nervous but overwhelmed from the awe of watching these smiling peaceful people getting ready for the ritual. I knew some people there and I was asked to help collect stones and shells from the beach to decorate the sacred fire pit. I gladly helped, excited that I was given a task to contribute.
When it was time for the ritual to start the energy was rising at an extraordinary rate! The chanting got louder and so did that of my heartbeat. I couldn’t help but join in as the energy drew me in. The guidelines and other words and instructions were shared with the group then, it was time to plunge. Another chant was started as we all undressed, and went with our “buddy” into the ocean wearing nothing but our passion and love for our Mother. The water was striking and sharp, but divine and embracing all at once.
Once we had finished cleansing ourselves in the Mother’s womb we joined our brothers and sisters back at the sacred fire where I and others who wished to danced nude to the chants and drum beats until the wicker goddess was thrust into the fire along with the wishes and spells of all who was there. There was excitement and yells of joy then there were two elders who came around with branches contorted into a perfect circle which were also tossed to the sacred fire. The dancing continued and I was awe struck and overwhelmed with spiritual energy for my goddess and god.
Food was shared and I was told, “may you never hunger…” After the ritual we didn’t stay more that an hour and then decided to leave when I noticed that just because the ritual is clean and sober did not mean it was afterward. As we were leaving the beach someone had shot a couple flares off and we decided it was good judgment to leave when we did.
Over all I was blown away by this experience!!!! Absolutely life changing! Now, there’s no way I will miss another ritual with my brothers and sisters. I hope to see you all soon.
Location: Vacaville, California
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