Saturnalia Rite & Topsy Turvy Feast of Misrule!
Saturday, Dec. 28th. 2013 5pm
Join us in an absurd celebration!
Come join us for our Saturnalia Rite & Topsy Turvy Feast of Misrule!
Boxing Day, the 26th of December (although our event this year is on Sat Dec 28th) , is a carry-over from what was known as the Saturnalia. The Saturnalia, of course sacred to Saturn, was celebrated as an inversion or reversal of what was the norm. Masters served the servants, clothes were worn inside out/back to front, and all kinds of misrule ran amok. In today’s Trad Craft this practice is still maintained in some traditions, sometimes under the guise of the Lord of Misrule and a period of Misrule. In our Tradition, we observe this time of Misrule as Dark Time; the Misrule element being worked more around the Yule period, which is appropriate to the Saturnalia.
The liberty from the chains of social convention and the clear sight and understanding or “insight” one may get by freeing oneself from the chains of the societal norm is where the practice brings its true Saturnalian Yule Gift. With this liberty, one may find a new horizon and shift the path of one’s life or some practice, element, or habit one would like to be rid of. This is done by exposing it in a blunt and honest manner, and using misrule and humor to gain another perspective, thus disarming the monster and bringing about change. Perhaps this is the source of the New Year’s Resolution we still hold as a Yule/New Year’s practice.
So in honor of the spirit of this season, we will hold a Saturnalian Feast on Saturday the 28th, where we turn the societal norm on its head. As humor and especially absurdity and mockery are traditionally associated with this Saturnalian Misrule, this should be the spirit of the Feast. To invert and turn the norm on its head, this will be a Topsy Turvy Feast where men come dressed as women and women as men, only with the mockery and humor overtone. There will be prizes!
The feast is of course a potluck and bring-a-bottle feast.
This event is a gift from The Green Man, no donation requested, please come share this rite with us!