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Goddess Covenant Circle Reunion 2015

Sunday night I gathered with a large group of women in Concord, MA.  It was a reunion for a group that had been in existence for 25 years.  While based in the nearby Unitarian church, most of the women do not identify as UU, yet find enlightenment in paths provided by UU Women and Religion authors, teachers and curriculum such as Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Liz Fisher’s Rise Up and Call Her Name. (The latter, a courses that Bozena and Twinkle have taught…Liz being a friend of Twinkle’s) What a delight to gather with these women from all walks of life, whom at one time or the present have been part of Concord’s Women’s Goddess Covenant Circle! Several had either moved away or gone a separate path early on, and me, having joined a mere six years ago, had not met many of such “elders” til Sunday night.  Likewise new members joined since I left for my sabbatical a year ago.  Strangers in life.  Yet we shared many of the same favorite memories this group offered each of us.  Ritual, ceremonies, seasons, and circles.  Creating clay Goddesses, wands, sacred cloths and altars.  Dancing.  Poetry.  Chanting.  While the entire group had never gathered as one, one we were indeed as we stepped into the ancient rhythms of this covenant.  

Margaret Stewart, the “Mother” and “Weaver” of the circle had gathered several readings, one the Mother handed to me to read.  Surprised I was to discover it was a poem (“Autumn Moon”) I had written in 2011 for a New Moon Circle I had led.  What an honor to know that housed in the Circle’s Treasure Chest is my work and gifts to be passed on to future generations.  In gratitude and grace I share this poem with you now.

Autumn Moon

Even as the wheel turns

from this season

to the next

She remains steadfast

in her wisdom

Vibrant colors in the trees

Our storehouse brimming

with Summer’s harvest

Gathered round our Circle

Fire warming our

hearths & hearts

Welcoming the darkness

of the new moon

As it allows the truth

of our Soul’s desire

to shine from within

We offer up our

fears & sadness

to be taken by

the Autumn wind

Our intentions clear

& for the highest good

We beseech her support

& guidance

As we enter this time of inner

reflection & solitude

We accept the Divine

fulfillment of our desires

Embracing Life Fully

Thank you Goddess

Maiden, Mother, Crone

Thank you Circle

of my own

Autumn Moon we thank you too

For the comfort of your season.