Brewing Updates for Winter 2015

Imbolc

(Jan. 31)

We will be having an open circle at 7pm.  If helping with setup please arrive at 6pm, otherwise please be there at 6:45, Thank you! Imbolc is the time when we celebrate the slowly stirring of life deep inside the earth, witness the Crone becoming the Maiden, as well as, bless the candles for the coming year!   Help us turn the wheel of the year as we bring in this High Sabbat…Imbolc. The circle will be at the Large club house. For directions please email me, Lady Arawyn, at:

arawyn26@hotmail.com

 

…please put Imbolc in the subject so I know what the email is about. (There is no email through this site). If sending an email, please send no later than 2pm on the day of the ritual, if emailed after that time they may not be answered until the next day. Thank you!

*Please note that we are located near the Toledo (OH) and Erie (MI) border for rituals; classes are held on the eastside of Toledo.

 

*We are accepting new students; if interested please join us at this ritual to see if we are what you might be looking for.*

*For those of you who wish to contribute to our website please email articles, events, poems, recipe and/or stories to arawyn26@hotmail.com and once approved, I will get them posted.

If you are having any problems emailing me, please leave a comment here and I will answer it.

Thank you,

Lady Arawyn Lyonesse, HPS

 

 

Passing on the “Light of the World”

©Bona Dea Lyonesse 2011

One of the events we celebrate at Imbolc is the maturing of the Divine Child. The Mother Goddess releases Him into the world, having fed Him on Her nurturing, celestial milk of love, knowing that She has prepared Him for His destiny to be the “Light of the World.” He will shine His unconditional love on all, and make life grow with His energy. She prepared Him well. He knew without a doubt that he was loved, as her love is unending. He respects all life as His Mother respects all life. This is the only unchanging aspect of the changeable universe; unconditional love.

Many of us strive to embody this virtue, but sometimes it just seems too big for us humans to handle. We want to make positive, helpful changes, but we are too small and too few. How can we change the world for the better when it just keeps changing for what seems to be the worse faster than we can even comprehend? Just when we put together a plan, all the rules seem to change! What can we trust any more? What chance do we have?

We as humans are given a new chance at creating a peaceful, loving world every time a baby is born. It doesn’t matter in what culture the child lives or what society’s rules are at the time. Those are just some of the influences that change without warning. What we need to do is simple. We can go back to the original example set for us: the foundation for the existence of all life, unconditional love. Love is what counts no matter what the rules happen to be. It is the most powerful force in the universe. This is what we can trust.

All of us have a hand in raising the world’s children, whether we give birth to them or not. We as human society release these children out into the world to make the changes we claim we want to see. Have we fed them on the nurturing milk of unconditional love and support? Do they know without a doubt that they are loved? Have we taught them how to respect all life by our example?

This is our job. It was our parent’s job, too, and they did the best they could, but we can do better. This is what spiritual evolution is about. Our present generations have a deeper understanding of what we all need to thrive through the support of our ancestors and the growth of our own spirit.

All we have to do is love our children unconditionally and respect them, for they are each a Divine Child. How will we know if we have succeeded? Our children will be able to easily love others in turn and will have a natural, unquestioning respect for all life. It is up to us to keep it moving forward. If we don’t take advantage of this opportunity, then we are no different than those we complain most loudly against.time

A Goddess Has a Tale to Tell

 

©Arawyn Lyonesse

“My child, why do you weep?”

“My Goddess, you have grown so tired; I fear you do not have much time, and you will leave like all do. And I will be alone without your guidance!”

“Dear one, have I become so old in eyes so young? Oh, do not fear, my child!” For it is true; winkles now grace my face, and silver has weaved itself into my hair. But death will not take me for I keep a cycle that circles with no end.”

The Crone is who I am…with a story to tell;

about my future but my past as well.

So come and listen and I will share the tale that I know so well.

 

“We start with a Quickening felt very deep within

Way beneath the glistening snow.

Tis the time, for me to drink from blessed waters while the Light is just a glow.

The Maiden will I be again; innocent and pure.

Until…

The May pole will I dance embracing He who calls me near.

The Mother will I be again, with swollen belly and

a promise that I will help to bear.

But for now…

The sacrifice is at hand, reap with sorrow I must,  

To feed my children and the land.

For the cold is descending…

 

The season has shifted and the thin veil has been lifted.

To Summerland I make my way, but only until the night out lives the day.

Then I will return and bring forth the Light that will nourish the land.

 

For I am Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone!

It is my past…It is my future…It is my Life!

Like a circle it has no beginning and no end.

But

You can do one thing for me, as you grow my child. Keep me in your heart and carry my love with you as you live… the life… that you… were gifted!”