St. John’s Eve on the Bayou June 22, 2013
Circle of the Sacred Flame
The Circle of the Sacred Flame presents its June public ritual in celebration of a night on Bayou St. John
On placid Bayou St. John, which ran (and still runs partly) from Lake Pontchartrain north of the city to the heart of New Orleans near the Vieux Carre, the multitudes would assemble the night before St. John’s Day at a place called “The Wishing Spot.” At this place there was the drinking of a potion said to be the blood of a rooster, and the displaying and worshiping of Marie Laveau’s giant snake named Zombi. The African drums beat while half-naked dancers twirled around and around. Explicitly sensual acts were performed. The scene was shocking to polite society, but also irresistible. It was said that sometimes Marie herself would dance fully clothed with a large snake wrapped around her, or she would dance holding a large redfish.
Join us as we delve into this heady Louisiana mix of Voodou, Hoodoo, and French Catholicism on one of the most sacred nights in the bayou country. Loas and saints, gris-gris and rosaries come together to create a one-of-a-kind Midsummer experience.
And after ritual, as always, there’s time to share in the potluck meal with friends old and new. And then . . .who knows?
When: Saturday, June 22nd, 2013.
Time: gathering at 7:30, start at 8:00 PM SHARP
Please Bring: A ritual donation of $10 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds), a chalice, goblet or drinking cup; a potluck dish to share and your preferred beverage.
The Green Man
5712 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood CA 91601
North of the 101/134 Fwys
East of the 170, off at Burbank
Just north of the Red Line/Orange Line North Hollywood stations
(approx 5 min walk north from station)