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Bealtaine Gathering & Devotional
April 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bealtaine Gathering & Devotional
Join Coru Cathubodua Priesthood for an afternoon workshop session and evening devotional ritual to celebrate Bealtaine and honor the Gods of Ireland.
WORKSHOP: Meeting the Gods of Ireland
They came in clouds of mist to the Mountain of Iron, bringing the arts of sorcery and druidic skill and carrying with them the Four Great Treasures. They are the Tuatha Dé Danann, the ancient Gods of Ireland, the People of Skill. Irish foundation myths tell of their coming to Ireland at Bealtaine and the battles they fought to establish the sovereignty of the land. In this workshop, we will explore the background and history of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and the cosmological foundation myths that tell their stories. Drawing on both scholarship and personal experience, this workshop will explore both who they were to the ancients and who they are to us today, and give you the tools to begin connecting or deepen your practice with the Irish Gods.
RITUAL: Bealtaine Devotional
At Bealtaine, we honor the power and mystery of the Tuatha Dé Danann by retelling the saga of their arrival and the establishment of the sovereignty of Ireland. Join the Coru priesthood for an intimate devotional ritual in which we will invoke and the family of Irish Gods and our Great Queen, the Morrígan, into our circle to honor their stories, offer our devotions, commune with their wisdom, and engage with their power. Whether you are new to cultivating a relationship with the Irish gods or wish to deepen your connection, this devotional will provide a space for intimate connection with the Great Queen and the Tuatha Dé Danann, as well as opportunities to connect with other folk drawn to Her service. Ritual will be followed by potluck food sharing, community and personal divinations, and conversation.
Time: Saturday April 29
Workshop 1-4 pm
Devotional 6:30 pm
Devotional: Free to workshop participants. For those coming just for the devotional Suggested donation $5-20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Location: Nevermore House, Lakeshore district, Oakland – please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for address and directions.
What to bring: A food item to share for potluck following ritual. No specific food restrictions, but please label ingredients. Alcoholic beverages are acceptable (but be advised this will not be a party).
Other questions & answers:
Kids: Children are welcome. The intention is to create a focused magical space for spiritual communion, so we simply ask that you keep this in mind when deciding whether your child should attend with you.
Animals: Please ask before bringing any animals – service animals of course welcomed and perhaps the odd magical raven.
Accessibility: The house is wheelchair accessible through a ramp to the back door; please let us know if you will need to navigate wheelchair access so we can be prepared to assist.
What to wear: No special ritual garb is needed; you’re welcome to wear whatever inspires you.
Offerings: We will bring liquid offerings for the Morrígan and the other Gods. Additional offerings from participants are not needed for the ritual, but you may bring them if you are especially moved to. Liquid or biodegradable offerings that can be released naturally are best. You are welcome to bring items to charge on the shrines.
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