By Barbara Ardinger
This is a guide on how one can practice sacred ceremonies within the culture of Goddess spirituality in one's own residence with traditional home goods. An annual cycle of celebrations is incorporated, as is suggestion on how you can organize an altar and use easy instruments. the writer, a practitioner of Wicca (witchcraft), expounds the life-affirming, eco-feminist values of that culture. feedback for rituals and ideas for inventing one's personal are given. Poetry and advantages mix in a name which helps party of the Goddess snapshot in way of life. those rituals are own, relocating rites which have a good time love and peace, and which act as meditations for contemplating new rituals, previous traditions, and the process women's lives.
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Your desire to heal Mother Earth now that She is ailing and your prayers for peace, balance, and harmony in the world have been received. ” Reading this book will convince you that even the way you breathe can make a difference. As you will learn, the act of reading this book is, in itself, an initiation. ” For this is a book that certainly restores Hope, and one that will bring Light into your lives as well. Welcome to the Path of the Goddess, and Blessed Be! Gloria Feman Orenstein December 9, 1991 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION A Self-Blessing A Blessing for Our Foremothers A Blessing for Our Children PART I: Practicing the Presence of the Goddess 1 An M-Word, Two W-Words, and an R-Word A Ritual for the Path of My Faith 2 The Practice of the Presence of the Goddess A Ritual of Rememberfulness 3 Approaching the Goddess The Goddess of the Cosmos A Ritual to Celebrate the Goddess in Women PART II: Unencumbered Ritual A Ritual of Personal Power 4 Looking at the Traditions 5 Altering Your Altar A Ritual to Bless (Consecrate) Your Altar Tools 6 Invoking and Stirring Up the Powers 7 How to Talk to a Deity A Ritual to Honor the Goddess Gotcha PART III: Time in the Goddess 8 Rituals for the Growing Light: New Moon, Candlemas, Spring, Beltane New Moon Ritual: Planting Seeds and Wishes Candlemas Celebration: Self-Initiation Spring Celebration: An Earth Day Beltane Celebration: Passion 9 Rituals for the Bright Light: Full Moon, Midsummer Full Moon Ritual: Drawing Down the Moon Other Rituals for Waxing Light: Love and Money Midsummer Celebration: Personal Power 10 Rituals for the Growing Dark: Waning Moon, Lammas, Fall, Hallows Waning Moon Ritual: Release and Cleansing Lammas Celebration: Peace Fall Celebration: Harvest Hallows Celebration: Honoring Our Dead 11 Rituals for the Deep Dark: Dark Moon, Yuletide Dark Moon Ritual: Reversing Yuletide Celebration: Rest and Revival Afterword Notes Appendix Bibliography Resources Discography About the Author Let Us Now Practice Her Presence Once upon a time ages and ages before the Garden of Eden was constructed and has a landlord and walls and fiery angel guards— Once upon a time ages and ages before we fled to therapeutic couches and became Adult Children Of— Once upon a time for ages and ages before time we lived with our mothers and Our Mother.
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I bless all the women of my family line, women whose names I know women whose names have been forgotten. These women live still in and through all their daughters and sons. I bless the women of prehistory— the strong, the unnamed, the forgotten. I bless the memories of the unknown women who tamed fire who created agriculture who domesticated animals who invented crafts and sciences. Their works have been forgotten or co-opted by men. May we remember the true creators, our foremothers. I bless the women of historical times, queens, warriors, judges, healers, witches— victims of exploitation victims of suppression victims of invading cultures.
A Woman's Book of Rituals and Celebrations by Barbara Ardinger