Celebration of the Divine Feminine

(Here’s a short report on the Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom. I apologize for the delay. I was sick yesterday and am extremely busy today and tomorrow; I’ll get pictures up as soon as I can. – Lit)

Katrina Messenger and Caroline Kenner led a beautiful ritual on Sunday. After everyone’s attention was centered with the ringing of a singing bowl, Caroline opened the event, and Katrina spoke about how important it was to honor the legacy of the Queen of Heaven. Since …

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Press Release: DC Pagans to Hold Halloween Ceremony

DC Pagans to Hold Halloween Ceremony Countering the
New Apostolic Reformation Cursing Prayer Campaign
On October 30th in Lafayette Square Park

Silver Spring, MD, October 19th, 2011   Priestesses and priests from the Washington, DC Pagan community will hold a Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom in Lafayette Square Park across from the White House on Sunday, October 30th, 2011, as a protest to the New Apostolic Reformation’s 51-day prayer campaign targeting Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, and other Goddess-worshipers nationwide.

The New Apostolic Reformation …

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Ritual to Columbia

Materials: an image of Columbia, such as a printout of some of the images on this site, one white candle, and one black candle

Light the white candle and place it to the right of the image of Columbia. Reflect on and give thanks for the freedom of religion we enjoy.

Hail Columbia, patron goddess of your district and of our government! You represent our highest ideals of freedom and liberty. Help us to strive towards the fullest expression of those values.

Light the black candle from the …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 5

Hecate describes the final Tarot card she drew to describe Columbia and synthesizes the whole reading, saying that Columbia wants her devotees to stop acting from fear, accept her blessings, and step up to protect her principles.

This post is the final in a series begun in July, concerning my conversation with the Goddess Columbia. Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

My final question to Columbia was: “What do you want from your devotees?” Using the Wildwood Tarot, I pulled the Eight …

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Spirit of Aloha Ritual

This ritual is shared by kind permission of Ka Wahine Ahi. Between now and the beginning of October, Hail Columbia will be collecting resources to honor Columbia and support religious liberty in the US. Since Hawai’i is the first state that DC 40 will be calling on, this is an appropriate way to start!

Spirit of Aloha Ritual for Protection

Do this ritual every night from 10/1/11 – 11/12/11.  Allow the candles to burn for as long as you’d like.

Ritual items:   black 3-wick candle
red pillar candle
pink pillar …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 3

This post is mirrored by kind permission of Hecate Demeter.

“‘Only connect!’ That was the whole of her sermon. . . . Live in fragments no longer.” ~ E.M. Forster

More than anything else, being a Witch, for me, is about connection. Connection to the Earth, the Elements, my landbase, my watershed, and all the entities (corporeal and non) that share them with me. Connection to the Goddesses and Gods. Connection to the Web of All. And because, like most American Pagans, I live in an urban …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 2

This post is mirrored by kind permission of Hecate Demeter.

Whenever you get to know someone, and I’m a firm believer that magical workers need to really know each other, it’s helpful to know their history. You know: their family, their stories about school, and love, and life. What critical events shaped them? How did they get to this point? Who is it that, while not present at the table, is still influencing events? What song sums up their life? What’s their favorite movie, emblematic tarot …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 1

This post is mirrored by kind permission of Hecate Demeter.

As a polytheist, I find it endlessly interesting seeing to which deities different people are drawn.

For some people, there’s an attraction to a pantheon related to their ancestry, although, even there, there’s a wide variety of Goddesses/Gods from which to choose. What makes someone choose Freya over Frigga or Idrun? (Or should the question be, “What makes Freya choose some people, while Frigga chooses others, and Idrun still others?”)

For others, and this has been true for …

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