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Butterfly Release

Sunday, June 11

painted lady

at IshtarFest’s Sumer Faire (during closing ritual, around 2 p.m.)


At the 2012 Pagan Picnic, we had a memorial butterfly release sponsored by the Garden State Pagan Alliance as a fundraiser and in memory of one of its founding members. In the spirit of our theme this year, Old Traditions, New Perspectives, we are once again holding a Butterfly Release for the community. During Closing Ritual at Hands of Change’s IshtarFest, we will read a list of names and release Painted Lady butterflies to carry our message of hope and healing to the gods.

Butterfly is the symbol of change, the soul, creativity, freedom, joy and color. Their power is transformation, shape shifting and soul evolution. They represent the element of air, quickly changing and always on the move gracefully. Butterflies are messengers of the moment and come in a wide array of colors. We especially like the imagery of the Painted Lady Butterfly since Ishtar is the goddess of sacred prostitution.

As in all Hands of Change events, we invite the community to participate in ritual and community service. We invite members of our community, whether they plan to attend IshtarFest or not, to sponsor a butterfly to send prayers of healing to friends and loved ones. The butterflies will be released on sacred woodlands with plenty of flowers to feed and support them.

The money raised by your donations will go towards the purchase of butterflies from a certified and humane breeder. Any excess money raised will be divided between the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey, South Jersey Pagan Pride Day, and Hands of Change (all non-profits) in honor of the people named in the ceremony. If you would like to have your loved one’s name read during the ceremony, please click a Sponsorship Level below, to donate.

Sponsors will receive a packet of Flower Seeds and a Prayer card, as well as their Loved One’s name read during the ceremony. Sponsors are also welcome and invited (but not required) to attend the ceremony, which will be at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, in Old Bridge, NJ.

Beautiful Winged Blessings to You!


Bronze Sponsorship
One Name Added to our List
$5.00
Silver Sponsorship
One Name plus 10 Word Message
$10.00
 Gold Sponsorship
$25 or more… Add as many as you want!
$25.00

Please remember to put your Loved One’s name

into the “Add Special Instructions to the Vendor” section during Paypal Check Out! *


Questions About the Butterfly Release or Sponsorship?

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