Greetings to One and All!
Dancing Lights Grove, ADF will be holding a Latha na Cailliche ritual on Sunday, March 21, 2010, and everyone is invited.
This ritual will honour An Cailleach, a veiled, hag goddess with various forms around the Celtic world, especially Ireland and Scotland. As a personification of winter, she is coming close to the end of her reign. Lore has it that when the winter is over, An Cailleach turns into a large rock which exudes moisture for the duration of the summer, for within the rock is contained the essence of life. At this ritual, we’ll make offerings to her to honour her power, and remind ourselves of the role she plays in our environment. Offerings for An Cailleach are strongly encouraged.
It is this old woman who walks among the still green things to touch them with her staff and end their growing. But soon An Cailleach will lay down her staff for the season and rest her weary bones. In preparation for that time, we can now think about planting our starter seeds indoors, and preparing plans for our gardens. We will be having a seed exchange and blessing, using waters from our Sacred Well which represents the depths of Otherworld Wisdom and Potential to infuse the seeds with power. These seeds, when planted in our gardens and homes, will be a reminder to us of the returning fertility of the land.
WHERE IS IT?
This ritual will be held at Bathe Hall, 298 Eulalie Ave., Oshawa, ON.
WHEN IS IT?
Sunday, March 21, 2010, at 1:30 p.m.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Material offerings and/or praise offerings for An Cailleach, or any other deity you wish to honour. As well, offerings of thanks to any of the Kindred (Nature Spirits, Ancestors, and Gods) are appropriate;
- Seeds for the seed exchange and blessing;
- $5 (or pay what you can) to help cover the cost of the hall rental;
- A dish for the potluck (please list ingredients and all potential allergens), and your own plates, cups, and cutlery;
- Non-perishable food items or other donations for Simcoe Hall Settlement House.