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Halloween’s Blue Moon Circle
Come gather this Halloween for the only Blue Moon in 2020. We will honor and celebrate witches lost during the burning times in a meaningful way. We will celebrate our ancestors, an abundant harvest from Mother Earth, and our own powerful feminine energy within.
Time & Location
Oct 31, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Swan Dojo, 19 Church St #1, Burlington, VT 05401, USA
About the Event
Cultural Significance of Halloween
In traditional Celtic culture, October 31st is celebrated as Samhain, which is also considered the Celtic New Year. It is a time to give thanks for abundant harvests and acknowledge the transition of season to the "dark half of the year", celebrated with ritual fires and feasts.
In Mexico, October 31st is celebrated as The Day of the Dead. This is a joyous time which celebrates death as a normal part of life. Families create altars to honor family members and ancestors who have passed on. During this holiday, ancestors are
able to cross the veils between spiritual and physical realms to re-connect with their loved ones.
Halloween itself is a mainstream American holiday that includes extravagant costumes and children eating lots of unhealthy candy. While we do not know how our ancient ancestors celebrated this time of year, we do have the opportunity to create our own ritual. The witch, black cat, ghosts, and pumpkins are all symbolic of Halloween. In our ritual these are symbols for the power of women, transition to darkness, living spirit of our ancestors, and gratitude for an abundant harvest and the generosity of Mother Earth.
History of the Witch
According to Jenny Gibbons in the movie "The Burning Times", 9 million witches were burned over 300 years by the Church during the Inquisition. Gibbons is a historian with an MA in medieval history and a minor in the Great Hunt. This number is widely disputed among different sources and on the lowest end of the spectrum, the Catholic Church cites death rates of 40,000 - 60,000 witches.
Today the word "witch" still evokes much fear and many misconceptions. "Witch" is derived from the root word "wicce", which means "wise one." This word later came to mean "a woman supposed to have dealings with the devil or evil spirits and to be able by their cooperation to perform supernatural acts." This change in definition came as men began to fear the power of women and the patriarchy crystalized in form. The power of women is in our deep connection to the Earth and the Divine. This connection and wisdom is needed now more than ever and what better time to honor the witch than on Halloween ~ during the only Blue Moon of 2020.
This Circle Includes:
- Opening Ceremony with Breathwork
- Halloween Ritual to Honor our Ancestors & an Abundant Harvest
- Dance Break
- Group Share on Topic: Witches
- Closing Ceremony
Space is limited so save your seat by registering today.
This event is for women ONLY, ages twelve and up. The cost to attend is $10 to cover the cost of the venue.
Please bring any photos of ancestors you would like to honor or connect with during our Halloween ritual and/or any plants from this year's harvest you would like to invite in more of for next year.
- Masks are required
- We will sit 6 feet apart during the circle
- Event is capped at 25 women
+$0.25 service fee
+$0.25 service fee0