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BloodFire's Circle of Lilith
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Denver, Colorado
Key Contact: Erica Alikchihoo
Spiritual Path: Dianic
Status: Group Forming
Community Support: Open Circles... Teaching Available
Group Overview: Most of the women involved so far are of varying experience levels in the Craft, so we envision this as a teaching circle, with all of us contributing our knowledge and ideas to the success of the gatherings and rituals. We are womyn-focused, womyn-identified, and we circle only with womyn. This is not because we’re “anti” men, but because womyn-space is “safe” space…. To be who we are, to heal from abuse issues, to discuss womyn’s blood mysteries, to empower womyn to live their lives to the fullest and to be subordinate to no man at the cost of her identity or self-worth.
We honor the seasons of the year as they pertain to deepening and healing our relationships to each other, our families, our communities, the Earth. For instance, one of our rituals last year was in celebration of Spring Equinox (Oestara) , and in the Dianic tradition, it honors the maiden….the child within. We invite her out to play, literally – jacks, jump-rope, modeling figures with Play-Dough, coloring, blowing bubbles, playing kazoos, chanting and singing children's pagan songs, etc. We do healing work around our childhood traumas, and create safe-space for our inner child to interact with others.
Our Beltane ritual honored the coming of age of the maiden…. Her first menarche. Anyone who wished to was encouraged to enact Aradia (the maiden now capable of creating life) , and she was welcomed into the circle of womyn with blessings and gifts from each womyn present. If no one steps forward, then the “role” traditionally goes to the youngest person attending (no matter her actual age) , or....we create a ritual where we ALL bless ourselves like we should have been blessed when we had our first menarche.
Our Samhain ritual this year took a great deal of courage for some of the womyn in the circle. We actually created the "Veil Between the Worlds". On one side was the circle of womyn, on the other a darkened room with an altar to Hecate, several types of divination tools, and a circle of colored stone skulls. On "this side" of the veil was a large brass bowl... because you could not pass through the veil safely without leaving something of yourself behind. But, that something had to be something you were willing to give up to become who you COULD be. The women passed one by one through the veil, centering and deepening at the altar, asking her question or making her request, and then using one of the options for divination, either gazing into the scrying mirror, or pulling a tarot card, a woman-rune, or a crone stone....which would give her a message from the other side, related to her question or request.
We sometimes address difficult things during ritual…. such as physical or sexual asault, domestic abuse and rape, other types of emotional trauma, and specific healing or energy work that needs to be done. For those who don’t know how to work with energy, we teach that skill.
We learn from each other the things that each of us might have a talent for. For instance, my partner is a gifted writer of self-blessings and maker of ritual items to celebrate rites of passage. I am a gifted ritualist, leader of guided meditations, and drawing down the Goddess. Others might be gifted at reading the tarot, or the i-ching, or runes, or crafting ritual, or teaching about herbs or oils…. And if not, then we will often ask a trusted professional to come and do a skills intensive for us, with all chipping in what they can afford to pay her for her time. We do song and chant workshops, and drumming and dancing to raise power and help us connect to each other on an emotional level.
We support each other in whatever our needs are….. to become self-loving, to reclaim our bodies, our spirits, our self-esteem, our POWER as womyn and creatrix.
We do not circle sky-clad, although down the road that may become a subject for discussion. At some rituals, varying degrees of dress and un-dress can be totally appropriate. For now, though, and for the foreseeable future, it isn’t happening. There needs to be a huge level of trust between womyn to do that, and it isn’t very often present in womyn who’ve just met, or even in many instances, who’ve known each other for years. So, like I said, although it’s not an option now, we’ll leave it open for discussion in the future.
As Dianic witches, we strongly believe in personal responsibility and political action…. Not necessarily politics as in Government, but in supporting our environment, animal rights, fighting domestic and sexual abuse, or whatever else is important to you. As facilitators, we will often ask for donations of clothing, food, or time, to a womyn-based charity, like The Gathering Place, or Haven House, the Women’s Bean Project, or a local battered women’s shelter. We might ask for donations of non-perishable food for one of the local food banks, or for a targeted family or individual. We might volunteer at the Dumb Friends League or MaxFund. We might have a park or river clean-up day. We might put together a group of women to volunteer at a Take Back the Night march. And etcetera….
We are looking for womyn who want the same thing. Womyn who will honor their commitments to the circle and at least SHOW UP when they say they will, or let us know that they can't. Right now, we meet twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. We generally have some kind of project going (tool-making, spell-crafts, altar creation, mask making, etc.) while we discuss concepts and aspects of the Dianic tradition, and then we try to meet again for ritual on the actual date of the sabbat (or esbat, full-moon, or dark-moon) .
If you are a womyn, and this sounds like something you'd like to be involved in, please give us a call.
Debe and I have been involved in the craft since 1986, we have been Priestessing since 1991. We can offer recommendations from several well-known elders in the traditional pagan community and from members of our former circle (Moon Mysteries - A Circle of Womyn) . We volunteer for and attend many of the major traditional pagan festivals in Denver, like Grand Coven, the Witches Ball, and various public rituals.
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