Full Moon Ritual & Kids' RE
Please join us on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 pm – USNB for a Full Moon Circle & Separate Kids’ religious education. The Unitarian Society of New Brunswick is located at 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
We ask that you bring a puja object or offering to add to our altar for Thursday’s full moon ritual that has a spiritual connection to bringing more light/abundance into your life.
In Hinduism, Puja (which is a Sanskrit word for “reverence” or “worship” and is sometimes spelled “pooja”) relates to a ritual which most Hindus perform every morning after bathing and dressing but prior to taking any food or drink.
Performing puja is seen as a way for humans to relate to the realm and actions of the divine. One can perform puja for anything considered to be divine, from deities such as Lakshmi or Ganesha to something grounded in the mundane, such as a sacred place.
Puja takes many forms; for our Full Moon Ritual we will perform the simplest type, known as darsan, or the act of gazing upon an image. We don’t consider the image be divine itself; instead, it embodies the divine energy of the deity or other aspect of the divine, and provides a visual connection to the respective divine concept that each of us will be focused on during our ritual.
The rite of puja also usually includes providing an offering to whom or what is represented by the symbol of the puja, such as flowers or food, and possibly lighting a candle or incense. For us, we will extend our candle and incense lighting in circle to also be considered as collective offerings to all of the pujas that are presented.
Crow and Chiron will be in service. They will invite Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu to assist us as we continue working on bringing more abundance and light into our lives. Contact or IM Chiron with questions or for more information.
A concurrent children's Religious Education playshop will occur down the hall, facilitated by Pan and Maeve. Music and rhythm will be featured for cooperative aged children of parents attending the adult Full Moon ritual.
After ritual, we'll enjoy a potluck munchies and beverages. Please feel inspired to bring one to share, as we enjoy our web-weaving session to top off the evening.
From those able, we ask a donation of $5 per adult in order to cover rental of the space.
Please direct questions to Chiron
by Clove Petal
I awaken to a marvelous Morning Melody – Bird Song.
A reminder that I shall not lament the New Day.
EMBRACE the dawn with Joyful Heart,
Singing Spirit, and Dancing Mind.
joyfully and Let the Sun Shine IN.
What are your plans to honor Gaia this Earth Day (April 22)? Whatever they are, consider joining Hands of Change members in picking up litter in Old Bridge to help beautify the Earth Mother and help her prepare for Her day. We will be meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday April 18 at Gaia’s Garden Grove and then carpooling to another location to participate in the litter pick up. Afterwards, you are also invited to join us for a Thai lunch at a local restaurant (dutch treat).
Participating in community service is a way of repairing or healing our world (Tikkun Olam), which is a vital part of restoring the Divine Light as part of Kabbalistic teachings. As the Judaic mythology goes, when God created the world, he did so by pouring Divine Light into special vessels. Some of the vessels shattered, not being able to hold so much light, and scattered some of the light into the world, attached to the shards.
Part of the repair is gathering the light. Different views exist on what this actually means, but modern views tend to center on acts of social responsibility. We at Hands of Change look for opportunities of community service at each of our 8 sabbats, as well as the litter pick up to honor the Earth Mother.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Gaia to register and for location information. You will need to sign a waiver provided by the town of Old Bridge to participate in the event. Old Bridge will provide some equipment, safety vest and gloves. Sunscreen, bug spray, long pants and closed-toed walking shoes are recommended. Water will be provided by Hands of Change.
On my drive home last night, I listened to a CD someone gave me. It was one of those CDs that I’d never heard of and had gotten because the person was moving and didn’t want it. It was bound to be great.
Out of my car’s speakers came noise and music. It was pretty awful. But I was determined to listen to it. Someone clearly had thought this was important enough to publish a CD for.
I let myself drift into the music and the noise. People singing in an operatic way, words I didn’t understand, moaning, birds singing, clanking sounds. Letting judgement go. Feeling the sound in my body.
The night seemed a little clearer and brighter. Less alone. Less lonely.
If light and clear could be colors, they would look like what the music sounded like I think.
The music brought back a memory from fifteen years ago attending Spring Mysteries (this week outside Seattle, Wash. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spring-Mysteries-Festival-ATC/135958786481357) run by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church. A ritual taking us to the underworld. The sounds of people moaning and crying out. Spooky.
Listen to the sounds around you this week. What do they remind you of? What senses besides hearing do they touch? How are they connected?
Triptolemus, God of Agriculture, led the people in waking up the Earth and inviting Persephone of Springtime back from the Underworld. Persephone recognized the light in each of us and challenged us to find the seed of light and abundance that we all can grow and nurture this year. We charged quartz crystals using Odic breath and put our thoughtforms of growing light into them. Then we planted them to be nourished this season and to bring back to the Grove at Litha for further work.
If you attended the ritual and want to interact a little more with Persephone this season, check out these Fun Facts.
You can also use your crystal for meditation on the Light. Hold your charged crystal in your dominant hand and imagine Persephone blessing it with the light of Springtime. What images and feelings do you get while holding the crystal? Can you see your light growing?
I look out my window at a world very much altered in the past week. From a land of snow, the greenscape has emerged. The air is tinged with the promise of spring to come. This Saturday, March 21, the Spring Equinox, Hands of Change will celebrate an open Ostara at 5 p.m. in Old Bridge to mark the spectacular change from frigid winter to breezy spring.
We will invite Persephone back from the land of Death. Without her, Demeter will not allow plants to grow and flourish, and the people would starve. But with the help of the people, Persephone will return and dry her mother’s tears.
Persephone embodies both She who Destroys the Light and She who Shines in the Dark. As the former she brings winter. When she descends to the Underworld, the days grow shorter and she brings her borrowed light to comfort the Souls of the Dead. We miss the light but often don’t think to be grateful that our ancestors are basking in what is borrowed from us in the colder months under Persephone’s care.
As the days grow longer and warmer, Persephone is able to return and the land becomes green once again. She is the light of hope for the end of cold bleak winter and the return of the bounty of the land.
These are some of the concepts we will be working with this Saturday. We hope you can join us!
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If you drop something in water, it usually sinks through the water to the bottom. Sometimes if it’s something filled with air, it floats at the top. It is the nature of the object in the water that determines what happens to it.
Water is malleable. At the sea, it will flow around shells and driftwood as it rushes up the beach. But it’s also strong – a wave can knock us over.
In the form of snow, it can be slippery or crunchy, wet, soft or hard. The eskimos have 53 words for snow (50 Words for Snow). It has so many qualities and can feel like so many things.
Over the next few weeks, as all the snow melts in New Jersey, pay attention to how the water changes. What does the snow become and do? How can we learn this lesson of water?