Facilitated by local a polytheist household tradition, Bull Moon Hearth, the ritual focused Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess who is Memory, and her daughters, the nine Muses, who rule over all of the different realms of creativity. Heather and Alisa, who we all know and love from TAPA leadership, began the gathering by discussing the basics of ADF ritual structure. We offered prayers, poured offerings, lit candles, and raised some noise and energy, all in honor of the Gods, ancestors, spirits, and most of all, Mnemosyne and the Muses. At the end of the ritual, after offerings were poured, prayers were given, and energy raised, we all gathered together to help each other with divination, asking questions about our arts, crafts, talents, and skills.
Alisa suggested we all check out this thread over at www.tarotforum.net for a review and discussion of the spread that was used in this ritual. In regards to this spread, Alisa clarifies:
“I'd encourage people to look at Card 10 (their significator, symbolic of themselves as an artist) in concert with Card 1, which is their self-image as/of an artist. How does their IDEA of an artist and themself as an artist compare to their ACTUAL work and artistic expression? Where do the two overlap, match, conflict? Understanding and accepting how they actually work and express themselves should help them in approaching some of the insights and the work required in other parts of the spread.”
We are so thankful for our friends, the Fellowship of the Oak, who were the gracious hosts for this event. The FotO is a Pagan group connected to the UU Fellowship in Raleigh. Our Fellowship friends are part of CUUPs - Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. They meet for rituals, workshops, gatherings, and even host coffee hour for the Fellowship a few times a year. We’ve visited them a few times for some of their events, and even partnered with them and other area groups this past December for a huge solstice party. We can’t thank them enough for their kindness and hospitality, and we look forward to many future gatherings and shenanigans!
One of the great aspects of TAPA is that we’re don’t exactly have “membership” in a traditional sense. It doesn’t matter who or what you are - a Pagan, a friend, family member, a group, circle, grove…whatever, it doesn’t matter! We’re just happy to know you! We love to connect people to groups, to connect groups to people, to spread the word about events, to attend events, and in general do what we can to build a more connected sense of community. This area has so many talented folks and so many groups doing cool things, we want to showcase everything! Heather and Alisa were so pleased to share their tradition with those who might not be familiar with ADF Druidry, as well as sharing a household tradition with the whole community. It was a treat for us all! And it opens our imaginations up to future collaborations and networking opportunities, too!
If you are an individual or a group with an idea, a talent, a ritual, workshop, craft, or something else fun and exciting, please let us know! We would be honored to sponsor, partner, and collaborate with more people, groups, and events! And in the meantime, be sure to check out some of our future projects and collaborations. Isn’t 2016 turning out to be great?
Upcoming TAPA sponsorships, collaborations, or events
Triangle Area Pagan Alliance Meet-and-Greet
Earth Day with Clan of the Wildlings
Gaia's Circle Rite of Her Sacred Fires (a ritual devoted to Hekate)
4th Annual 4th of July Ritual
Clan of the Wildings and Gaia's Circle World Goddess Day
SUPER SECRET EVENT - STAY TUNED FOR AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Third Annual Community Solstice Party with Fellowship of the Oak