Past Meetup

Autumn Equinox: Ritual & Seasonal Gathering 2018

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Queen's Woods

Near Highgate Station · London

How to find us

Fee £5/£3. Please meet at The Woodman's Pub (Archway Road) at 4.00pm. A ritual team member will walk you to Woods at 4.30pm for Labyrinth walking & ceremony.

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Details

Join Woodland Witches & Pagans in the Woods for walking the Labyrinth, and a celebration of AUTUMN Equinox. This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

"This is the time when the wheel turns once more, from summer to winter. A time when the dark equals the light, and the night times begin to increase. Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of the coming winter, wildlife collects seeds and stocks up for winter and animal migrations begin. We celebrate the second harvest of the year- the harvest of the fruits. We also mark the balance of dark and light. In Wicca we re-enact the mythology of Hades and Persephone – her abduction, entry to the underworld, Demeter’s anguish and the withdrawal from the land, eating of pomegranate seeds by Persephone and her stay in the underworld. We use a spiral path-working to enter the inner-world, and plant seeds of our future ventures, so that we may nurture them during the winter months. In this ritual, attendees take on the symbolic journey of Persephone."

Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018

Ritual Venue: Queen's Woods .

Fee: £5/ £3 (concessions).
**Please note - we will collect fee at start of ritual **

Meeting point:

3.30pm Garden area of `Woodman's Pub' (Archway Road). At 4.00pm you'll be led by one of our ritual team members to the woods. There you'll be greeted by the Mani & the ritual team, consecrated, and welcomed into ritual space.

Walking the Labyrinth & Ritual:

A ground Labyrinth will be ready next to the ritual spot, as before. It will be lit with candles & other magical markers. After consecrations, You will be invited to walk the Labyrinth in a meditative state At the centre, you may have a moment to contemplate the coming of dark half of the year, eat a few seeds of the Pomegranate (as Persephone did in the myths).

Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony.

Magical behaviour:

**From the moment you arrive at sacred space in woods, you are kindly asked to observe stillness and reverence throughout the ceremony. All willing are expected to participate - during which moments, you are asked to be calm and not disruptive of their inner-work. **

Magical Safety:

** Once Circle is cast, we do not allow anyone to enter the sacred space..or leave without an appointed Priest/Priestess opening a doorway in the circle. If you arrive late or must leave at any point, please seek the appointed Priest/Priestess for this. Please do not Crash the circle - as it can cause magical weakness for the whole ritual and let outside energies enter or leak our own built up energy**

RITUAL items to bring:

- Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
- Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
- Drums & musical instruments
- Lanterns / candles / lighter
- Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
** This event is NOT suitable for children.**

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions--

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
- shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
- Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).

-Mani Navasothy
(Wiccan High Priest )
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If you are interested in Wicca & Witchcraft, formal coven work, initiation and training, personal study, then the following will be useful for you:

• Attend our upcoming Wicca & Magical courses for full experiential learning (held outdoors in woods).

• Attend our special `Wicca New Moon: Training & Healing Circles' - held monthly near new moon .