Two years ago yesterday our Heiromum died. Laura Janesdaughter was an amazing woman and she led the Temple of Isis Los Angeles with strong heart and mind and I miss her so much. She was the one who ordained me. She was the one that got ordained as an Arch Druidess with the Druid Clan of Dana/FOI just so Mary, Denise and I could have a grove and now the Hazelwood Grove exists and before her memorial that year the three of us were created Arch Druidesses ourselves by Linda Iles and DeTraci Regula. It could not have been a more fitting time and thing to do to honour Laura and all her hard work for us. Laura was the face we showed at the Faire and at workshops and rituals. She was our heart when we needed a center.
Laura had a way of knowing when it was time to push you to the next step. When you had gotten stalled in your growth and needed to see the next place to leap and she showed you how to cushion the fall, when you did.
Laura, Callista, Denise and Inanna were the other cohorts at the first appearance of the goddess, BunniHoTep and she never doubted BunniHoTep was real or that she was a goddess. When others in the Temple didn’t understand about BunniHoTep she defended her and she defended me for writing her stories and scolded me more than once for saying she was a madeup goddess and not a rediscovered goddess.
I’m not generally one of the ritual priestesses or leading events. I’d rather be in the background and observe and record unless I get shoved into the light. Laura let me be our archivist and record ritual and when people complained about being filmed she pointed out we were in public and without documentation pagans don’t have a record of existing.
When I was laid off and unemployed for 5 ½ years, Laura more than once stepped in and kept us from being homeless or hungry and was offended when I told her I would pay her back. I never got the chance. She died in the small space of time between the temp job that lead to this job and the start of my permanent job. I’m so grateful I was off work because it allowed me to spend that week being part of the women that were holding space that week for her. It allowed me to sing to her, to say the Grove prayers with her that we had created. It allowed us to simply be, with her. It was a great gift to be able to do those things.
So Laura, where ever you are in journeying, may blessings be showered down upon you and may you were loved deeply and always will be. What is remembered lives.
“My heart, my mother, my heart, my mother, my way of understanding” Women with Cakes chant
Out Yule Ritual Saturday – Prayers by me
Set up large altar in center 2 long tables?
Hand out glow in the dark goodies Kris and Kat
Carols before Ritual
We hear a voice or two:
Tune is O come O come, Emmanuel (plain chant) reworked by ElfKat
O come, O come, O Solstice Light
And shine upon our hearts so bright
The light of love that echoes here
And shines out to all who love us here
Rejoice, Rejoice, and listen to your heart
A single light that brightens the dark
Rejoice, Rejoice and listen to your heart
And share the spark of love in every heart.
A Light enters the darkened room and moves to the center
A voice in the darkness says
ElfKat “Love is the beacon we are all drawn to.”
A voice from a different place around the room
Kris “We are love and we are drawn to each other.”
Two people from different places repeat.
Anniitra & Pat “Love is the beacon we are all drawn to.”
Priestess light candles around the room
All Priestesses Present “Love is life, love is light, love is the beacon we are all drawn to.”
People should bring their elemental offerings up after each elemental invitation and place on altar
Pat Call in Earth and our love for Mother Gaia and her creatures
Bring things to an empty table that symbolize our love of Earth. Priestess speaks about how we can care for the Earth
Kris Call in Air and our love for the stars and the moon and all that fly over head
Bring things to the table that symbolize our love for Air. A priestess speaks about love and its relationship to Air, How it carries words and music?
Anniitra – Call in Fire and the desires we have and the fires of earth that warm us and our hearts
Bring things to the altar symbolizing Fire in our lives. A priestess speaks about Fire and our desires?
Callista! Call in Water and the waters within us and the ones without and all that swell therein
Bring things to the table of Water. A priestess speaks about the Water within us and outside us?
Joanne – Call in our spirits and all spirits of friends and family, past and present to celebrate our love
Bring things to the table of our spirit. A priestess speaks about the Spirit within us and how we share it and ourselves with others?
Joanne speaks about love and light
Sing “It’s in every one of us”
Everyone holds a candle and passes the love, ie: the light, from one to another around the circle.
ElfKat We share love in this season dedicated to the light and love’s return to our lives and seek to remember that is always there even when we forget. All we have to do is open our eyes and ask that it be shown to us.
Kris Love is the look in a friend’s eyes
Callista Love is a cat’s purr
Diana Love is helping another without being asked
Pat Love is in the sunlight on our faces
Anniitra Love is the warmth in the darkness
Joanne Love is the colour in a bird’s wing
ElfKat Love is the flash of a disappearing squirrel’s tail
Priestesses Love is all around us
Help us to see it.
Callista talks about St Lucy/Lucina and other gift giving traditions
Turn the lights on in the room and share the token gifts
Pass plates of cookies our food so that all may be without hunger