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Category: Imbolc

What to Bring: Food drink to share, if able

Price/Donation: Suggested $10 Donation

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Acct. Id: 235678

Event Id: 85622

Posted: Jan.4.2013

Views: 1045
Novices of the Old Ways announces...

Imbolc: A Rite of Healing

When: Feb. 2nd. 2013
Where: New York, New York

Healing--for ourselves and our communities.

Event Details: Please join us for a ritual to honor the midpoint of winter and to invoke the Goddess Brigid's powers of healing--for both ourselves and our communities.

7:00 pm on February 2nd, 2013 until 10:00 pm
Please arrive closer to 6:30 pm so we may start on time!

AT: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &
Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
The Center is between 7th and 8th Aves

This holiday honors the Goddess Brigid, a patron Deity of healing, Smithworking, medicine, and the arts. Her contemporary forms most often manifest as the Catholic St. Brigid, the Neo-Pagan Brid and the Loa Maman Brigitte. She is honored and thanked for the first milk of the New Year and the coming of the spring. Cows and ewes begin to give milk, some early flowers and plants begin to push up out of the earth, and the days are much longer than at Yule. Imbolc symbolizes hope and growth, potential, and good health. The Goddess becomes the Bride, who marries the God and prepares for the spring when she will become pregnant once more. It is also known as a festival of light, as it celebrates the lengthening of days and return of the warm months.

This ritual will focus on healing ourselves and our communities. Many painful things have happened in our world over the past several months and many of our brothers and sisters are grieving. Using guided meditation and archetypal imagery, we will allow ourselves to let out and let go of this grief and pain, whether it be emotional or physical. Letting it out and letting it be washed away by Brigid's waters will allow us to heal and repair the bonds in our communities and lives.

This ritual will be lead by Wendi McDermott, a Votary of Brigid continuing her second year of training. Wendi grew up within the Craft, and considers herself a "Mystical Kitchen Witch". She went to the University of Florida to study Anthropology and Religion, focusing on ritual sacrifice and mysticism. She moved to Jersey City in 2007, and joined the Novices of the Old Ways at Samhain in 2008. Wendi enjoys making music, singing, violin, arts & crafts, and wine & cheese.

Before the ritual the Novices will be hosting a FREE Composting Workshop led by Monica Robles from GrowNYC. Prizes of trinkets and food will be raffled off just for attending! The workshop begins at 5:00 pm.

What to bring!
-Food or drink to share (Good foods for Imbolc include dairy products, apples or cakes. Imbolc drinks include Guinness beer, red wine, rum, whiskey, milk or apple juice or cider)
-Suggested $10 donation to pay for the space and to contribute to a charity yet to be named. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds! Don't let empty wallets make you sit at home!)
- Your own cutlery, dish and cup! We do not use disposable flatware or plates and cups in the interest of cutting down on garbage.

Guests are welcome, but no children please!

Please RSVP, and we'll see you on 2/2!!

Event Location: 208 West 13th Street in New York
Event TIME Details: Doors at 6:30, ritual at 7:00 p.m. SHARP

Directions: Btw 7th and 8th Avenues

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