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Four Quarters [Witchvox Sponsor] announces...
Category: Public Circle
What to Bring: A heart ready for ritual.
Price/Donation: No Charge
Acct. Id: 120136
Event Id: 15312
Full and New Moon Services with the Standing Stones
When: New and Full Moon
Where: Artemas, Pennsylvania
Moon Services throughout the Year
Event Details: New and Full Moon Services at Four Quarters
We are an InterFaith Sanctuary of EarthReligion, and as such we work hard to create a ceremonial framework that is welcoming and open to all. Over time we have developed our own traditions with our Moon Services and they continue to grow, change and gather their own maturity of practice.
Our Moon Services are held on the Saturday evening most closely falling upon the Lunar Full or New Moon, usually about dusk. In fair weather we celebrate the Moons in the Stone Circle and in foul weather using the Church Meeting Hall. Many choose to stay overnight, and sharing Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast together is a part of our ongoing tradition. In cold or wet weather we can always find heated floor space for sleeping.
Moon Services are often celebrated within a Wiccan Ceremonial Framework, as this is the predominant tradition of our membership and has developed into a Lingua Franca of modern EarthReligous practice. We Cast Circle in a Sacred Way, Honor the Cardinal Quarters of the Circle, Invoke the Goddess, God and the Ancestors. We honor the children, their parents, the Maids and Gallants, and our communityŐs Aunts, Uncles and Elders who stand in their support. Finding recognition for all of the stations in the Wheel of Life and all of our places upon it. We also invite members of the worldŐs other Earth Religious traditions to bring ceremony to our Moon Services. Thus we have seen the traditions of Traditional Wicca, Vodoun, Tibetan Buddhism, Druidism, Santeria and Native America represented at Four Quarters.
Our ceremonials are written and led each month by The Couple in Service to the Circle, drawn from our Membership and invited guests. This couple reflects the gender balance that we find is necessary to EarthReligous practice, although that balance is not necessarily reflected by physical gender. In taking on the responsibility for leading Circle, the Couple in Service are able to grow in their own understanding of ceremony; and by inviting others to assist them, they make a place for those with less experience to grow as well. More than any other reason, it is this practice of open leadership in Circle that has unified our diversity of traditions for seven unbroken years of monthly New and Full Moon Services.
The Membership and Board of Directors of Four Quarters has not yet ordained any clergy, nor do we recognize any permanent High Priestess or Priest. In so doing we keep the traditions developed by the Plain People (Amish) of Pennsylvania; our legally binding marriages are celebrated and witnessed by the congregation assembled, the marriage certificates are sealed by the President of the Church Corporation.
Moon Services often feature the song of "The StoneSingers," our Church choir. Together with the rich decorations of the Altars and the Stone Circle, they help weave together a vibrant experience in Earth Religion. Every other month we host Sweat Lodge on a Moon Service weekend. Our Sweat Lodge is cared for by KOHI, The Children of Fire; a group of Four Quarters Members who have taken on this sacred responsibility.
Our Moon Services have become the core experience that binds together the People and Land of Four Quarters, providing the seasonal continuity that lies at the root of our Spiritual sensibilities. We hope that you will join us in Circle as we worship in the old way; and find out for yourself what makes shared ceremony so important in developing the real living traditions of EarthReligion.
For a full listing and schedule of Moon Service weekends at Four Quarters visit our web site at http://www.4qf.org or call us at the church offices, that's 814-784-3075.
Event Location: 190 Walker Lane in Artemas
Event TIME Details: Saturday Evenings closest to the Lunar Full or New
Directions: Just 100 miles from Baltimore-Washington in the Allegheany Mountains of far southern Pennsylvania right on the Maryland line. 3 miles from exit 68 of I-68.
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