Mid summer: August 21-25, 2024
While it seems like summer is still at its peak, at this time of year the land begins to show the first signs of fall and decay, reminding us that the time of fruit and bounty will not only end but is paid for by the dark goddess of decay and disease.
This is the time of harvesting and processing the first roots and fruits from the garden. Like garlic, which we will learn to braid and store, and dehydrating fruit from the trees. There will be plenty of harvesting and processing herbs, fruit, vegetables and the mushrooms of summer’s bounty. And of course more about gardening and tending the garden this time of year.
In this second session we will feed the Goddess in a day long group ceremony. The dark goddess spurs us to look at our transient goals and misaligned motivations. In doing the work of feeding Her, this ceremony gives us an opportunity to go into and release or trauma and the illusions they generate. This ceremony is meant as an initiation to ready ourselves for co-creation with Her.
The dark goddess was part of western culture long before the time of Romans and Christianity that banished all other deities, especially dark ones. I am quite sure our most ancient ancestors knew Her well. Later, She was prayed to and fed throughout India as Kali; by the Greeks as Persephone and by the Celts, for whom she was personified by the wise old Cailleach.