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Category: Samhain

What to Bring: Bring your drums as well as food and drink for the

Price/Donation: $10 for the Ball Free for the Samhain Ri

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Acct. Id: 186382

Event Id: 28565

Posted: Dec.7.2003

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The Moon Path Chapter of CUUPS [Witchvox Sponsor] announces...

Seventh Annual Witches Ball Samhain Ritual

When: Oct. 30th. 2004
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Seventh Annual Witches Ball Samhain Ritu

Event Details: Seventh Annual Witches Ball
plus Samhain Sun Celebration Circle/Ritual

The Moon Path Chapter of Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will Present the Seventh Annual South Florida Witches Ball and Samhain (SOW-in/Ireland) Sun Celebration Circle, Saturday, 7:30pm, October 30, 2004, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale, 3970 North West 21st Avenue (between Commercial and Oakland Park) , Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309. 954-484-6734.

The Witches Ball will be from 7:30 PM until 11:30 PM.
The Samhain Circle from 11:30PM untill ??

Cost of the Witches Ball is $10 at the door. There is no charge for the Samhain Circle, of course. We are also collecting non-perishable food items and clothing, to be donated to the Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward County.

Visit the CUUPS Moon Path Chapter website for details on pagan activities. .

The public is invited to attend the Witches Ball and Samhain Circle which will conform to, and celebrate, the ancient Celtic tradition. Coven members, solitaries, the experienced, the seekers, and the curious are all welcome.

For both the Witches Ball and Samhain Circle, Costumes and/or Ritual garb are encouraged.

For the Witches Ball bring your favorite beverage and snacks. You will be able to Dance to DeeJay music that will be raucous and magickal or walk the outside Lighted Labyrinth if you so desire.

For the Samhain Circle, there will be drumming and a bonfire, bring your Drums and you can participate in the drum circle. You may also Light Candles for your departed loved ones.

Jewelry and food vendors as well as Tarot/Psychic readers will be available for your pleasure.

Perhaps it's time to come out of the broom closet?

The word labyrinth is derived fron the Greek word laburinthos and the Latin word labyrinthus. It symbolizes the path of initiation and enlightenment, and is associated with the journey of the Sun through the seasons. The Labyrinth is also associated with the Great Mother goddess as a symbol of penetrating the mysteries concealed in her womb. Traditionally, the structure of the labyrinth is presided over by a woman, and a man traverses the pathways. At the center of the labyrinth stands the lord of the labyrinth who is also known as the judge of the dead. Here lie the mysteries of descent into the Underworld, the return of the soul to the Great Goddess, and its rebirth through the womb gate to the world of the Sun.

The ancient Hellenic months would start on the new moon and the name for the month of October 14 - November 11 is Pyanepsion and there were many festivals during the month. The Apatyria is 3 or 4 consecutive days and each Phratria (Clan) determines when its Apatyria (perhaps "Feast of the Common Fatherhood") will be held. Proerosia on the 5th is a festival for Demeter's blessings and would be October 18; in honor of Phoebos Apollo as sun god, but also for Helios (Sun) and the Horai (Hours) . The Pyanepsia is on the 7th, October 20; also on the 7th is Oskhophoria, a vintage and wine-pressing festival, in thanks to Dionysos; Theseia, the son of Poseidon, is honored on the 8th, October 21; the Stenia on the 9th, October 22, is a nocturnal women's festival for Demeter and Persephone in preparation for the Thesmophoria which is from the 11th to the 13th, October 24-26; and the Khalkeia on the 29th, November 12, honors Athena.

The old Celts named this Sun Celebration Samhain (SOW-een/Wales, SAV-en/Scotland, SAM-haine/non Gaelic speaking countries) , which means 'summer's end', according to their ancient two-fold division of the year, when summer ran from May 1st (Beltane) to November 1st (Samhain) and winter ran from Samhain to Beltane.

Samhain is the most important Sun Celebration of the year, and is sometimes called 'THE Great Sabbat.' This is the Night when the veils between the worlds of humans and spirits is considered to be at its thinnest. Traditional lore speaks of the dead returning to visit their kin and the doors to the Lands of the Sidhe (shee) or Faery Realm being opened. This is the time of reflection, the time to honor the Ancients who have gone on before us and the time of "seeing divination". It is also the third of three harvest festivals. The other two being Lammas (Aug 1) and Mabon (Fall Equinox) . It is also considered by some to be the start of the new Pagan Wheel of the Year.

Also known as: Halloween; ShadowFest (Strega) ; All Hallows Eve ("hallow" means "sanctify") ; Hallowtide; Hallowmass; Hallows; Brigid's Day (period of little sun) ; (Last Harvest) ; (Summer's End) ; The Day of the Dead; All Soul's Night; All Saints' Day (both on November 1st) . Ancient and unconnected cultures (the Egyptians and pre-Spanish Mexicans, for example) celebrated this Sun Celebration as a festival of the dead.

The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British, and Arawn for the Welsh. Other Goddesses and Gods of Death and Resurrection: Sekhmet, Egypt; Tammuz, Sumerian; Demeter, Greek; Persephone, Greek; Freyja, Norse; Bride, Celtic; Dis, Strega; Ceres, Roman; Adonis, Assyrian/Babylonian.

The Year is divided into Quarters by the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and the Fall Equinox. Halfway beteen the Solstice and and Equinox is the Cross Quarter. These Quarters and Cross Quarters are called the Wheel of the Year of the Sun.

Samhain is one of the 4 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year. It is halfway between 2 Quarter Sun Celebrations, Autumn Equinox and Winter Soltice. Exactly opposite May 1st (MayDay) on the wheel of the year.

In the highlands of Scotland and England all the Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations are considered times of being able to cross over to the "other world".

This year the Cross Quarter is on November 7th, 2004, when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Scorpio, but it is always celebrated on October 31/November 1.

The full moon in October is called the Blood Moon and the full moon in November is called the Mourning Moon. This year the Blood Moon is 3:07 AM October 28, 2004 and the Mourning Moon is 8:07 PM November 26, 2004.

The eight Pagan Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
Wiccan name:
Samhain November 1 (Cross Quarter)
Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice)
Imbolc Feburary 2 (Cross Quarter)
Ostara March 20-22 (Spring Equinox)
Beltaine May 1 (Cross Quarter)
Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice)
Lammas August 1 (Cross Quarter)
Mabon September 20-22 (Autumn Equinox)

Event Location: 3970 NW 21 Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale
Event TIME Details: 7:30 PM

Directions: 1 mile south of NW Commercial Blvd. and 1 mile north of NW Oakland Park Blvd.

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