Category Winter Solstice

Cake for the Queen of Heaven and Earth

In the Winter Solstice Communion blessing as it has been done in PaGaian tradition, the participants, are named as “Cake for the Queen of Heaven and Earth”[1]: it is a reference from a biblical text (Jeremiah) where it is noted that the women are (still) baking cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Astarte[2]- it’s hard […]

We are Gift of Goddess-Mother Supernova

We are Gift of Tiamat – Goddess Mother supernova. Out of her stardust we are born. Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus and trace elements. We are Gift of Tiamat – out of her stardust we are born[i]. Tiamat (which means Goddess Mother) is the name that Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry gave to the […]

Cosmic Silent Night for Winter Solstice

Written by Connie Barlow This Cosmic version of Silent Night has been a traditional part of PaGaian Winter Solstice ceremony for over a decade now, sung after the ceremonial lighting of the fire, and  announcement is made of our Origins.  For each verse, the first and last lines are always the same: FIRST LINE: Silent night. […]

The Solstices as a Pouring Forth – into Light or Dark

Winter Solstice ceremony is about celebrating the fullness of the dark, which involves at the same time the birthing of light. This fullness of dark may be understood as the fullness of emptiness, which many religious mystical traditions and poets have understood as a quality of emptiness: that is, that emptiness is full and sentient. […]

Cosmogenesis Dance

At Winter Solstice ceremony in MoonCourt on 17th June we filmed our Cosmogenesis Dance. Its three layers are resonant with the three qualities of Cosmogenesis and the three aspects of the Female Metaphor/Goddess. There is a bit of story about the dance here (Appendix I of PaGaian Cosmology), and also in this article: Cosmogenesis Dance for Winter […]

We Are Cosmic Dynamics

At the Solstices, in traditional PaGaian ceremony, we recognize and recall the sacred space (that is, “call the directions”), with recognition that we are Cosmic Dynamics of the elements, as poetically inspired by cosmologist Brian Thomas Swimme’s perception of water, fire, earth and air.[1] This recalling, and “creating of sacred space” is ceremoniously invited and […]

Gate of the Year

I said to the one who stood at the Gate of the Year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And the angel said: “Go out into the darkness                                     and put your hand in the hand of the One. That will be to you better than a light                                     […]

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