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The Moon Path Chapter of CUUPS [Witchvox Sponsor] announces...
Category: Pagan Pride
What to Bring: Bring your drums and percussion instruments
Price/Donation: Free Bring canned or non-perishable food
Acct. Id: 186382
Event Id: 31770
Pagan Pride Day Celebration 2004
When: Sep. 18th. 2004
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
PAGAN PRIDE HARVEST CELEBRATION TO OBSERVE AUTUMN EQUINOX
Event Details: The public is invited to the Broward County, Florida, Pagan Pride Day Celebration 2004 Family Picnic/FOOD DRIVE, on September 18, 2004, noon to dark, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, 3970 NW 21st Ave. (between Commercial and Oakland Park) , Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309, 954-484-6734. The event is open to the public, and the admission is non-perishable food items and clothing, to be donated to the Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward County. There will be Workshops on pagan subjects, vendors, and Drumming. Families are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring drums and percussion instruments for the drumming circle.
Note: The celebration's primary focus is the 5:30 PM Autumn Equinox Sun Celebration Circle. Anyone wishing to stay and participate is welcome.
Walking the Labyrinth is an outside activity.
Activities in Air Conditioned Facilities:
Fun and Games for kids of all ages - Face Painting - Story Tellers
Vendors (Ceramics, Drums, Henna Artist, Food, Jewlry, Massage Therapist, Psychic, Reiki Healing, Rune Reading, Sarongs, Soaps, Tarot Reading, T-Shirts, and various merchandise.)
Pagan Education - Networking with other Pagans
Drumming (bring your drums/musical instruments)
Picnic (bring your own food and drinks)
Food Drive (non perishable food/clothing donated to the Cooperative Feeding Program )
This year the Fall Equinox is on September 22, 2004, when the Sun enters zero degrees Libra.
The full moon in the month of September is called the Harvest Moon, and farmers would harvest their crops by this moonlight as part of the Second Harvest celebration.. This year the Harvest Moon is 9:09 AM September 28, 2004.
This is the second of three pagan harvest festivals. The other two being August 1st (MidSummer) and November 1st (MidAutumn) .
The Autumn Equinox is the official first day of Fall and a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions. The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on it's apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. As day and night are of equal length on the Equinox, it is a time of equilibrium, moving toward the dark half of the year.
The food drive held in conjunction with this festival is a way to give thanks for the abundance of the year, and share that abundance with others. Food donations for the Cooperative Feeding Program will be taken during the event itself.
The Autumn Equinox Sun Celebration ceremony will be a simple expression of thanks combined with wishes for continued abundance, and blessing the results of the food drive before it is given away.
Modern Paganism, or Neo-Paganism, is a growing religious movement based on combinations of ancient polytheism, modern eco-spirituality, and reverence for the Divine as both masculine and feminine. Some of the more common traditions include Wicca or Neo-Pagan Witchcraft, Heathen, Asatru, Strega, Druidic spiritual paths, Goddess-Worshippers, and other earth-centered religions. Practitioners are found in all walks of life from professionals to homemakers, and simply enjoy celebrating a religion that emphasizes respect for nature, humanity, and oneself.
The International Pagan Pride Project was started in 1998 and is an organization focused on educating the public about Earth-based spiritualities in order to allay misconceptions and promote religious freedom. The local celebration is sponsored by The Moon Path Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) , and coordinated by Sophia Letourneau, email@example.com on behalf of all Pagan-pathed individuals in the South Florida area.
Last year, 2003, in its sixth year of operation, the Pagan Pride Project's organized
celebrations of Pagan Pride Day set new records for total attendance and charitable collections.
A formal count of 39, 535 people attended 136 Pagan Pride Day events in nine countries, and 34, 897 lbs of food and goods were collected for charitable institutions in local communities. This is an increase of over 8000 from 2002's attendance, and an increase of over 10, 000 lbs of food and goods collected for charity.
In addition to the material collections, Pride events also collected $17, 186 for local and regional charitable causes. Charities supported included numerous local homeless shelters, women's shelters, interfaith food banks, no-kill animal shelters, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, AIDS support agencies and shelters, and local blood banks.
Additional monetary collections were set up for one Pagan charitable cause, that of Witchvox http://www.witchvox.com) .
Goals for next year include a Pagan Pride event in all 50 US states and total attendance of over 40, 000. More than 140 events are scheduled for the year 2004 in the United States and foriegn countries.
For more information about the event or about Pagan religions:
Moon Path Chapter of CUUPS
http://MoonPathCUUPS.org Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ft Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day
Questions? Contact email@example.com, or 954-984-4183
International Pagan Pride Project
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 317-916-9115
This year the Fall Equinox is on September 22, 2004, when the Sun enters zero degrees Libra.
The full moon in the month of September is called the Harvest Moon. This year the Harvest Moon is 9:09 AM September 28, 2004.
The ancient Egyptians had both a lunar 'spiritual' calendar, and a seasonal 'civil' 365 day calendar, which was divided into three seasons of four months each. Each month consisted of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days per week) . At the end of the 'civil' year, five additional 'spiritual' days were added to the civil calendar for the birth of the Goddesses/Gods. An extra day would be added as needed.
The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was an extremely important event for the Ancient Egyptians. The first visibility of the star Sirius on the morning sky, called heliacal rising, fell close to the Inundation of the Nile and was the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian seasonal year. The first new moon after the heliacal rising was the begining of the lunar year. 3, 000 years ago the heliacal rising was in early July, currently it is around August 1st. Each lunar month was named after an Ancient Egyptian Goddess, God, or major festival. In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month was added to the end of the year.
The name of the ancient Egyptian first lunar month from August 16, 2004 to September 13, 2004 is Tekhy and is sacred to Thoth, the ibis-headed moon God of truth, writing, and figuring things.
The name of the ancient Egyptian second lunar month from September 14, 2004 to October 13, 2004 is Menhet and is sacred to Ptah, the sun God and universal architect God who commanded all the Gods into existence, patron of masons, consort of Sekhmet and father of Nefertem.
The name of the ancient Egyptian seasonal month for September is Akhet II when there would be Inundation.
The ancient Hellenic months would start on the new moon and a new day would start at sunset. The new year would start on the new moon when the full moon was in September. Except for Athens which used the full moon in July. In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month was inserted between the 4th and 5th lunar months around December/January. A different Goddess/God was honored for the full moon of the month. The name for the ancient Hellenic twelfth lunar month from August 16, 2004 to September 13, 2004 is Metageitnion and the full moon is dedicated to Dimitra (Demeter) Goddess of fertility, earth and grain. The name of the ancient Hellenic first lunar month from September 14, 2004 to October 13, 2004 is Boedromion and the full moon is dedicated to Hestia (Vesta) , the Goddess of the hearth. There were many ancient festivals during the month of Boedromion. In honor of the dead was Genesia on the 5th; in honor of the birthday of Artemis Agrotera the Kharisteria was the 6th; the Boedromia on the 7th in honor of Apollo; preparatory for the Great Mysteries of Eleusis were the 13th and 14th and the Great Mysteries of Eleusis were from the 15th to the 21st.
Autumn (or Autumnal) Equinox observences, fesitvals, and/or celebrations in September are: Mabon, the Fall Equinox, the Second Harvest Festival, Festival of Dionysus, Wine Harvest, Cornucopia, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega) , and Alban Elfed (Caledonii, or Druidic - celebrating the Lord of the Mysteries) . The Teutonic name for this period is Winter Finding, which spans from the Equinox itself until Winter Night, on October 15. Winter Night is the Norse New Year. Ancient Native Americans built stone structures which marked the sun rise/set of the Autumn Equinox.
Goddesses and Gods associated with this Celebration include all Wine Deities - particularly Dionysus and Bacchus, and Aging Deities. Emphasis might also be placed on the Goddess in Her aspect of the Mother (Demeter is a good example) , Persephone (Queen of the Underworld and daughter of Demeter) , and Thor (Lord of Thunder in Norse mythology) . Some other Autumn Equinox Goddesses include Modron, Morgan, Snake Woman, Epona, Pamona, and the Muses. Some other appropriate Gods are Mabon, Thoth, Hermes, and Hotei.
Some traditions of Wicca named this Autum Equinox Sun Celebration for the Welsh God Mabon (MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon or MAH-bawn) , son of Modron (‘Son, son of Mother’) , also known as Maponus in Britain and Gaul. Mabon symbolized the male fertilizing principle in the Welsh myths. Some mythologists equate him as the male counterpart for the Greek Goddess Persephone. The story of his imprisonment and release is told in the tale Kulwch and Olwen (found in The Mabinogion) . With the coming of the Romans, Mabon became associated with Apollo (as Maponus/Apollo) and acquired his attributes of God of the Sun, Music, and Hunting.
At this point in the Wheel of the Year, two appropriate mythological legends are that of Mabon and Modron, and the story of Demeter, Persephone and Hades. According to one Greek myth, Autumn begins when Persephone returns to the Underworld to live with her husband, Hades. Modron, Mabon's mother, is like Demeter, the Great Goddess, Guardian of the Otherworld, Protector, and Healer. She is Earth itself.
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.
The Fall Equinox is one of the 4 Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year. It is halfway between 2 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations, August 1st (MidSummer) and November 1st (MidAutumn) . Exactly opposite the Spring Equinox on the wheel of the year.
The eight Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
Samhain November 1 (Cross Quarter)
Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice)
Imbolc Feburary 2 (Cross Quarter)
Ostara March 20-22 (Spring Equinox)
Beltaine May 2 (Cross Quarter)
Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice)
Lammas August 1 (Cross Quarter)
Mabon September 20-22 (Autumn Equinox)
Event Location: 3970 NW 21st Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale
Event TIME Details: noon to dark
Directions: 1 Mile south of NW Commercial Blvd. and 1 Mile north of NW Oakland Park Blvd.
Phone: (954) 484 6734
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