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The Covenant of Gaia Church of Alberta announces...
Category: Public Circle
What to Bring: please bring a potluck dish to share after ritual
Price/Donation: suggested donation of $5 per person
Acct. Id: 420973
Event Id: 86046
When: Sep. 21st. 2013
Where: Calgary, Alberta
Please join us in celebrating Mabon 2013
Event Details: Mabon
One of the astronomical Sabbats, held on the day of the Equinox. A slightly variable Sabbat, since the actual time of the equinox varies from year to year.
It is the time of the completion of the harvest, when all grain harvesting is finished at the homestead and the work shifts to that of the winter months. The fruits of the harvest are dried or stored and thus it is a time of celebration.
It is also a balance point in the year, where the hours of light and darkness are equal. There are some folk customs that indicate that our ancestors used the Fall and Spring Equinoxes to indicate the conflict between light and darkness. In Fall, the darkness wins and so the days become shorter and winter will come.
It is associated with the god Mabon, a Welsh deity with a sort of Persephone-like story, except that he was stolen from his mother (Modron) at the age of three days and she wept and the earth was barren until he was returned to her. His name means "Great Son" and he became a great hunter, with a swift horse, Gwynn Mygdwn, and a wonderful hound, Drudwyn. He is a solar deity, who becomes associated with the Arthur legends and is rescued from imprisonment by Arthur and his knights and helps them in return with their quests. Involved in the rescue is a series of challenges, including asking the oldest animals if they know Mabon's location. The Ousel of Cilgwri, the Stag of Redynvre, the Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd, the Eagle of Gwern Abwy and finally the Salmon of Llyn Llyw are consulted before he is found. This type of searching story is common to Celtic tales and may be part of the original story then incorporated into the Arthurian tapestry.
In Spiral Dance, Starhawk uses this sabbat as a time of change in one's life. As the group dances, things that aren't wanted are shouted out. The phrase is echoed by the group and then another phrase is shouted. A banishing Cone of Power eliminates all these unwanted things. After that, cords are made with natural materials, shells, seeds, stones, are made, incorporating the things that people want in their lives.
Scott Cunningham recommends something similar, in which the person admits that they have done things and there has been a return of energy. One then asks the Deities to aid in only doing things that have love and joy as their basis, not misery or hate.
A Witches Bible Part I: The Sabbats -- Farrar and Farrar
Celtic Myth and Legend Poetry and Romance -- Charles Squire
Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom -- John and Caitlin Matthews
Spiral Dance -- Starhawk
Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner -- Scott Cunningham
Event Location: Church in Calgary in Calgary
Event TIME Details: ritual starts promptly at 7:30 pm
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