There is an elemental love

There is an elemental love in the universe
by which name we know each other
and encourage ourselves to live.

There is a silver river that connects everything
from which some part of us never leaves.There is a mercy making its way
up through the ocean of the earth
to the shores of our feet.

There is a music so sweet it is almost unbearable
that is composed between the ear
and the heart which reminds us.

There is a diamond-glint, a seed of longing
in ourselves that recognizes the potential
absence of gravity in another.

There is part of us that
says it is never too late to be reborn
on the inbreath each morning.

Somewhere there is a basket
that contains all our failures.
It is a big basket.  It wants to know
what to do with these.
Mercy has no use for them.

~ Stephen Levine

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A Circle of Women

(©1984 Mary Ann Fusco)

A circle of women is gathering tonight
They’re calling out one to another
They’re coming in laughing
They’re coming in light
They’re coming to find their way home.

And so it goes around
and round the circle is turning
And so it goes around
And so it goes around

Verses:

A circle of women, a womb safe and warm
where life is forever re-birthing
The mothers and daughters, the maidens and crones,
the circle is calling them home.
And so it goes around, the circle is calling.

A circle of women is dancing tonight.
A circle of women is singing.
They’re sharing the world with the wisdom and light
and their magic is taking them home.
And so it goes around, the magic is growing

A circle of women, a womb safe and warm
where life is forever re-birthing
The mothers and daughters, the maidens and crones,
Their power is taking them home
And so it goes around, the power is growing

NOTES

pg 114 Circle of Song by Kate Marks

 

 

Yemaya

Yemaya of the ocean
Yemaya of the sea
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the ocean
Yemaya of the sea
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya
Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the waters
Yemaya of our tears
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the waters
Yemaya of our tears
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya
Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the ocean
Yemaya of the sea
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the ocean
Yemaya of the sea
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya
Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the waters
Yemaya of our tears
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the waters
Yemaya of our tears
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya
Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the ocean
Yemaya of the sea
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the ocean
Yemaya of the sea
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya
Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the waters
Yemaya of our tears
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya of the waters
Yemaya of our tears
Oh, Yemaya

Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya
Yemaya. Oh, Yemaya

Listen:

I am a Witch

by Gerina Dunwich

I am a Witch
With rhymes and reasons.
I am a changeling like the seasons.
My mother is the Moon,
My father is the Sun,
With Goddess Earth am I as one.

I am a Witch, a Pagan child.
Mother Nature’s spirit wild
Grows within me, Flows within me,
Meandering like a spellbound stream,
Enchanting my every waking dream.

I breathe the air of liberation,
I tend the fire of transformation,
I drink the water of creation,
Earth-magick is my conjuration.

I am a Witch of shadow and light,
Of Avalon mists and ravens’ flight.
I am a Witch, with pride say I,
For a Witch’s soul does never die.

Decoupage Glass Jars & Mini Altar Stools

Over at my Unitarian Universalist church our pagan group shares space with other people so space is always at a premium.

A long time ago we made a “basic kit” to keep in a classroom.  It consists of colored table cloths we made from Kona cotton that are about a yard square to go over bentwood stacking stools.

bentwood stool

These stools are useful in a religious education classroom because they are stackable, can be seating, small tables, and so on.  The cloths are in elemental colors — green, yellow, red, blue and purple.

We also got some quart jars and used gift wrap tissue in elemental colors to decoupage them.  You can buy the jars outright or spend some time collecting spaghetti sauce jars or similar.

The process is simple — you tear the gift tissue into smaller pieces or invite the child you are doing this with to rip it up. Help the child to paint the outside of a glass jar with Modge Podge using a 1″ foam or craft brush.  Then attach the tissue chunks so the outside of the jar is covered.  It is helpful to put the pieces with straight edges first along the top and bottom edges of the jar so it has a clean line.

You can seal as you go, coating each piece as added.  When the whole jar is covered, you coat the whole thing one more time and allow it to dry.

The results are inexpensive but cute candle holders that have a cheerful glow to them when lit from within. We use votives in smaller glass votive holders or battery votives. We sometimes put vase filler to set the votives level.  This way candle wax does not melt inside the jar itself.  Washing the jars with hot water could damage the decoupage.

element jars

To put them out, you can screw the lid back on the jar and it will extinguish itself.  Or use a snuffer. The Ikea Tratt snuffer is one we all like. (At $2.50 it was inexpensive to get a lot so every classroom could have one for putting out the UU Chalice.)

When not in use, we wrap the tablecloths around the jars and put them all into a 30 qt Sterilite tub along with four basic click lighters.  These tubs happen to fit into the Ikea Expedit or Kallax shelving that we have in the church classrooms for storing supplies and children’s toys.

People might bring special stones, feathers, origami, tarot cards, or other trinkets to add to the mini altars when we celebrate a Sabbat. But even if they bring nothing, our group can relax knowing that “basic mini elemental altars” are already on location.

Perhaps this gives you ideas for your own pagan group at your Unitarian Universalist church. Enjoy!

decoupage jars