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2018 Spring Equinox

VERNAL EQUINOX FESTIVAL
FOUNDATION CENTRE - IRELAND
March 24, 2018

We were blessed by a most beautiful sunny spring day, and everywhere about us new growth was eagerly pushing up through the earth as we processed happily through the grounds to the sounds of birds amongst the trees.

Invocations were made as ever at the spiritual homes of the Fellowship, the Rose Garden, the Druid Grove of Dana and the Priory of the Noble Order of Tara - its ancient walls and great window, all so fittingly open to the skies in constant contact with the mighty elements upon which we all depend.

It was a day of outer and inner peace and spaciousness, and a cloak of serenity continued to enfold the proceedings as we entered the Temple at this brief time of balance between day and night.

Strengthened by Olivia's words from The Winged Isis, Invocations were made at the Well and Blessings given with its healing waters. At the High Altar the Goddess Inanna then spoke through her priestess, and encouraged us all to hold fast to Hope. With the power of Love and the development of our own spiritual wings, our deepest dreams will surely blossom and come to fruition, as we bravely overcome the darkness and grow in the light.

Later the same message was presented through our Mystery Play. Indeed it is implicit in the familiar story of the powerful Goddess Demeter's precious daughter, Persephone, and her longed for return from the Underworld each year, where nevertheless she has learnt to love and appreciate the work of Hades, the equally powerful Lord of Darkness.

Eternal Maiden and Goddess of Spring, Persephone heralds the annual cycle and rebirth of beauty upon the earth. She has made her peace with the darkness of the soul, where deep in the deathly grip of winter, new life is formed and lies hidden, in readiness to burst forth into a joyous and unfailing renewal of the Earth and Her many children of every kingdom.

Buoyed by all else we had received - an inspirational journey, beautiful music and song - joint healing was sent to all in need of special care at this time. Then with the reassurance that each and every one of us is precious to the Goddess as her children, we completed our gathering in a spirit of gratitude to all who had contributed, and gave thanks to Deity for bringing us together in spirit once more.

As ever, we finally repaired to the village for refreshments to relax and enjoy each others company. Good wishes to all!

Minette Quick
March 26, 2018


Persephone
Persephone, Temple Portico. © Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle



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