The Moon Path Chapter of Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will host
Seventeenth Annual South Florida Witches Ball
and Samhain (SOW-in/Ireland) Sun Celebration Circle,
7:30 PM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Rain or Shine
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale,
3970 North West 21st Avenue (between Commercal and Oakland Park)
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309. 954-484-6734.
Cost of the Witches Ball is $15 at the door.
Ritual garb and/or costume is encouraged
Bring your favorite beverage and snacks as well as drums for the Samhain Circle
Bring non-perishable food items (Or Cash Donation)
to be donated to LifeNet4Families
At The Witches Ball
You will be Dancing to DeeJay music provided by Izrafel that will be raucous and magickal.
KING OF CUUPS CATERING - Smiling Sun Silver - Sword and Swan - Psychics
will be available for your pleasure.
Walking the Labyrinth is an outside activity
9:00 PM The Attunement Ritual in the Memorial Garden
10:15 PM The Druids Rite with Ash The Silent
11:15 PM Raffle Drawing
11:30 PM Costume Contest with great prizes
Midnight begins The Samhain Ritual Circle with Spelcastor
Honoring the Dark Goddess
Drumming and a Bonfire (outside).
Memorial Wreath will be cast into the Sacred Fire.
You may also Light Candles for your Departed Loved Ones.
Bring your drums/musical instruments for the drum circle.
Bring your lawn chairs to sit outside under the stars
The public is invited to attend the Witches Ball and Samhain Circle which will
conform to, and celebrate, the Ancient Tradition.
Coven members, solitaries, the experienced, the seekers, and the curious are all welcome.
Perhaps it's time to come out of the broom closet?
Visit the CUUPS Moon Path Chapter website for details on pagan activities.
This year the Cross Quarter is on November 6th when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Scorpio,
but it is always celebrated on October 31/November 1.
The full moon in October is called the Blood Moon and
the full moon in November is called the Mourning Moon.
This year the Blood Moon is October 8, 2014 10 51 UT
and the Mourning Moon is November 6, 2014 22 23 UT
The word labyrinth is derived fron the Greek word laburinthos and the
Latin word labyrinthus. It symbolizes the path of initiation and enlightenment,
and is associated with the journey of the Sun through the seasons.
The Labyrinth is also associated with the Great Mother Goddess as a symbol
of penetrating the mysteries concealed in her womb. Traditionally, the structure
of the labyrinth is presided over by a woman, and a man traverses the pathways.
At the center of the labyrinth stands the lord of the labyrinth who is also known
as the judge of the dead. Here lie the mysteries of descent into the Underworld,
the return of the soul to the Great Goddess, and its rebirth through the womb
gate to the world of the Sun.
The ancient Egyptians had both a lunar calendar, and a solar 365 day calendar,
which was divided into three seasons of four months each. Each month consisted
of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days per week). At the end of the year,
five additional 'Heriu-renpet' days were added to the solar calendar
for the birth of the Goddesses/Gods. An extra day would be added as needed.
The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was an extremely important event
for the Ancient Egyptians. The first visibility of the star Sirius on the
morning sky, called heliacal rising, fell close to the Inundation of the
Nile and was the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian solar year.
The first new moon after the heliacal rising was the beginning of the lunar year.
3,000 years ago the heliacal rising was in early July, currently it is around
August 1st. Each lunar month was named after an Ancient Egyptian Goddess,
God, or major festival. In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month
was added to the end of the year.
The Ancient Egyptian third solar month from September 30 to October 29 is
Akhet III when there would be Inundation.
The Ancient Egyptian fourth solar month from October 30 to November 28 is
Akhet IV when there would be Inundation.
The ancient Hellenic lunar months would start on the new moon and a
new day would start at sunset. The new year would start on the new moon
before the Autumn Equinox. Except for Athens which used the new moon
following the Summer Solstice. I use the Autumn Equinox and the lunar
month of Boedromion for my calculations for the new year. In a year
with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month (Poseideon II) was inserted
between the 4th (Poseideon) and 5th (Gamelion) lunar months around
December/January. A different Goddess/God was honored for the
full moon of the month.
The Roman calendar was originally lunar.
The first days was the kalends (from which the modern word calendar is derived),
the first quarter was the nones, and the full moon was the ides.
A crown of flowers was hung over the hearth, and sacrifices were made to the
Lares, or household gods on the kalends, nones, ides, and all feast days.
The waning moon was the unlucky part of the month and had no name.
The days were numbered backward from the first of the next month.
The ancient Roman solar calendar consisted of 10 months in a year of 304 days.
The Romans seem to have ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle
of winter, the unmarked "Terror Time". The 10 months were named Martius,
Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November,
and December. The year began with Martius "March". Numa Pompilius,
the second king of Rome circa 700 BC, added the two months Januarius "January"
and Februarius "February". He also moved the beginning of the year from Marius
to Januarius. This made the Roman year 365 days long.
October was originally the eighth month of the Roman solar year and the name is derived
from the Latin word for eight, octo. The month was temporarily renamed Domitianus in honor
of the Emperor Domitian, but the name was changed back to October after Domitian fell from favor.
November was originally the ninth month of the Roman solar year and
the name is derived from the Latin word for nine, novem.
The old Celts named this Sun Celebration Samhain (SOW-een/Wales, SAV-en/Scotland,
SAM-haine/non Gaelic speaking countries), which means 'summer's end', according to their ancient
two-fold division of the year, when summer ran from May 1st (Beltane) to November 1st (Samhain)
and winter ran from Samhain to Beltane.
Samhain is the most important Sun Celebration of the year, and is sometimes called 'THE Great Sabbat.'
This is the Night when the veils between the worlds of humans and spirits is considered to be at
its thinnest. Traditional lore speaks of the dead returning to visit their kin and the doors to
the Lands of the Sidhe (shee) or Faery Realm being opened. This is the time of reflection,
the time to honor the Ancients who have gone on before us and the time of "seeing divination".
It is also the third of three harvest festivals. The other two being Lammas (Aug 1) and
Mabon (Fall Equinox). It is also considered by some to be the start of the
new Pagan Wheel of the Year.
Also known as: Halloween; ShadowFest (Strega); All Hallows Eve ("hallow" means "sanctify");
Hallowtide; Hallowmass; Hallows; Brigid's Day (period of little sun); (Last Harvest);
(Summer's End); The Day of the Dead; All Soul's Night; All Saints' Day (both on November 1st).
Ancient and unconnected cultures (the Egyptians and pre-Spanish Mexicans, for example)
celebrated this Sun Celebration as a festival of the dead.
The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British, and Arawn for the Welsh.
Other Goddesses and Gods of Death and Resurrection: Sekhmet, Egypt; Tammuz, Sumerian;
Demeter, Greek; Persephone, Greek; Freyja, Norse; Bride, Celtic; Dis, Strega;
Ceres, Roman; Adonis, Assyrian/Babylonian.
The Year is divided into Quarters by the
Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and the Fall Equinox.
Halfway beteen the Solstice and and Equinox is the Cross Quarter.
These Quarters and Cross Quarters are called
the Wheel of the Year of the Sun.
Samhain is one of the 4 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year.
It is halfway between 2 Quarter Sun Celebrations,
Autumn Equinox and Winter Soltice.
Exactly opposite May 1st (MayDay) on the wheel of the year.
In the highlands of Scotland and England all the Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations
are considered times of being able to cross over to the "other world".
The eight Pagan Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
Wiccan name: Druid Name
Samhain November 1 (Cross Quarter)
Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice) Alban Arthan
Imbolc Feburary 2 (Cross Quarter)
Ostara March 20-22 (Spring Equinox) Alban Eiler
Beltaine May 2 (Cross Quarter)
Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice) Alban Hefin
Lammas August 1 (Cross Quarter)
Mabon September 20-22 (Autumn Equinox) Alban Elfed
Sophialinus The Drum Lioness