Ostara / Awaken (Ritual and Drum Circle)
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Our celebrations consist of 2 parts. First there is a drum circle from 7 until 8 (http://psgs.us/mucambridgedrumcircle), and then a participatory ritual from 8 until 10 (http://psgs.us/mupaganawakening). You can go to one, the other, or both.
People can come and go as they please for the drum circle, but we hope that people who arrive for the ritual will stay until the end.
Time: Doors open for the drum circle at 7 pm.
People should arrive for the ritual by 8 pm so we can get started shortly after. Once the ritual starts, if you must arrive late, please enter quietly and wait to be let into the circle.
Location: The beautiful MIT Chapel, on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA at Mass Ave & Amherst St., MIT Building W15 (http://psgs.us/MITChapel)
Price: Free, but suggested donated of $5.
In February, our seed lay dormant. Now the time has come to plant them with our intentions for the year and to see them sprout. Our dreams will take on physical form as the year turns from the season of planting to the season of harvest.
The ritual will feature Harpist and Storyteller Kate Chadbourne:
Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller, and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes, and piano. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore – but the heart of her understanding of Irish folk tradition comes from encounters with singers, storytellers, and great talkers in Ireland. Sharing this blend of scholarship and music, Kate has found a warm welcome at museums, colleges, libraries, folk clubs, and schools throughout New England. She has been a featured "tradition bearer" in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College. Her music was featured recently on NPR's programs, "Cartalk" and "All Songs Considered," and songs from her latest CD, The Irishy Girl, are played on Irish radio programs throughout the country. She has published two chapbooks of poetry: Brigit's Woven World & other Irish poems (FoxHarpkerInk, 2011), and The Harp-Boat (Kulupi Press, 2008), a collection of poems about her father, a Maine lobsterman. Whether Kate is singing, telling stories, or sharing a poem, she aims to leave her audiences moved, enlivened, and eager for their own adventures.
This is an open public ritual. It is intended both for those curious about Paganism and for practicing Pagans. All participants are equally welcome.
This event is drug and alcohol free.
Live music will also be provided by Martin Case and the Lee (http://psgs.us/ritualband).
Joseph Brogan-Saxophones, Flutes
Jean Laing-Djembe, Percussion
Joshua Mayo-Djun Djun, Djembe, Percussion
Omar Gittens, Djun Djun, Percussion
Martin Case-Saxophones, Djembe, Percussion
(Excerpts from our Imbolg/Inspire drum circle: http://psgs.us/ytimbolg12;
Excerpts from our Ostara/Equinox/Emerge and Surge drum circle: http://psgs.us/ytostara12
Excerpts from our Bealtaine/Unite drum circle: http://psgs.us/ytbealtaine12
Excerpts from our Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice/Achieve drum circle: http://psgs.us/ytlitha12
Excerpts from our Lughnasadh/Lammas/Harvest drum circle: http://psgs.us/ytlammas12)
Website: http://psg.mit.edu/ , http://twitter.com/mitpsg , http://paganawakening.org , http://twitter.com/paganawakening
The MIT Chapel (W15) (http://psgs.us/MITChapel) is the cylindrical building with an odd spiky thing on top near the MIT Student Center. Get to 77 Mass. Ave. on the side opposite the MIT entrance with the pillars and walk west, away from the pillars, towards dorm row -- the chapel will be on your left. If you get to Kresge Auditorium (the building that looks as if you could ski off it), you've gone too far. If you notice a large inflatable grub-like thingy to your left, you have definitely gone much too far.
Parking is available in the Chapel Turnaround: "Parks 20 cars and is for use with Chapel events. Turnaround is located on Amherst Street just after the Chapel." (http://psgs.us/ChapelTurnaround)
5/4, Bealtaine / Connect
6/22, Midsummer / Achieve
8/3, Lughnasadh / Harvest
9/28, Mabon / Appreciate
11/2, Samhain / Remember
12/7, Yule / Begin