Flame of fire, spark of the universe that warmed our ancestral hearth–agent of life and death, symbol of truth and freedom. We strive to understand ourselves and our earthly home.
–from the UU hymnal Singing the Living Tradition
Hello and welcome to my new blog, Chalice Fire of the Gods. The text above is a chalice lighting from the hymnal Singing the Living Tradition that I use at the beginning of the rituals I host for my local Unitarian Universalist church. I have been a member there for almost two years. I am very active in my church because it has given me a spiritual home where I can be free to express my Pagan spirituality while also focusing on social justice issues, such as food insecurity, gender equality, and racial justice. I have been a worship associate at church since May of this year, and performed my first sermon, which was about altars and sacred space, in July. This blog, Chalice Fire of the Gods, is going to be about my thoughts on various UU and Pagan topics, how each part of my spirituality informs the other, and my experiences hosting Pagan holiday rituals and being a worship associate at my local UU church.
Today is the day of the Autumn Equinox, the time of the year when Earth Mother stands halfway between light and dark, day and night. This is a good reminder to seek balance in our lives through ritual, meditation, and other means. We are also gathering up the last of the fruits and vegetables from our gardens and from the fields to feed ourselves and our families through the winter. Earth Mother is dying in one last burst of color on the trees and in the fallen leaves on the ground. I feel it is important at this time of year to realize that the fruits and vegetables we eat are living until we pick them from the trees, stalks, vines, or other plants. They sacrifice their lives so that we may live. This is the time of year when I am most aware of the cycle of death and rebirth.
I celebrated today by simply saying a prayer and lighting a candle. I hosted an Equinox ritual for the church Sunday, after service. I may still decide to do a short divination using the Earth Magic Oracle cards to find out what is in store for me and what to focus on until Samhain, which is October 31. May you all be blessed with abundance this Equinox.
Autumn blessings, Victoria