Oct 4, 2008
remember from my article about harvest dolls (WitchWay
Newsletter, Aug. 2008) that I had two dolls that
not yet burned. Well...
as of two or
three weeks ago, I had three, count them, three
because, while cooking corn for dinner,
I was inspired to make this years' harvest doll.
You know how you get in a ritual or
spell-making mood and you've just got to go with it?
Well, then I had the 'power of three;' three
getting a little urgent to
get on with the burning of the previous dolls, or the dolls' spirits
it out Highlander style: "There can be only one!"
several members of our group, Mountain Pagans, met at a member's house
Idaho Springs. It
was a gorgeous drive
there- what a perfect weekend to visit her!
There were groves of aspens surrounding the
dirt road, all brilliant
yellow, and tinged with rusty orange or green tips.
either brought our
harvest doll we had
made together 2 years ago, or we wrote out what we were thankful for. We made a new harvest
bundle" or "cumulation of thought" as various members called
corn leaves and fibers,
grasses, ribbons, embroidery thread, and sewing thread to choose from. As we made them, some
members wrote down their
wishes and put this paper into the doll or bundle, and some
concentrated on the
wishes as they made the doll/bundle.
creative group energy when everyone is making a craft.
It was also cool to see all of the different
things we created. One
person made a
dried-grass/flower bouquet with pieces of fabric representing her
members. Some made a doll in various ways, and a couple combined their
and wish-papers. Even
a 4 year old got
into it, and, with help, made his own little doll, who he made talk for
one minute before he got interested in something else.
moved outside to the fire pit. We
planned on ritual first, eat later, but time had gone by making the
wish-bundles and dolls, and we were famished.
graciously made us
wonderful hot dogs, we also
had corn, chicken salad, and apple sauce.
Once we had finished eating, we were ready for
describe our ritual, please know that our group is very casual and
spontaneous. Also, we don't say "Our way
is the only
way." There are
many ways to do a
ritual, some more liturgical than others.
you read what we did,
you might take with
you some ideas for your own
group ritual, or you might not.
our thanks-papers or old harvest dolls and our new harvest
stood in a circle around the firepit.
Taking turns, we went clockwise around the
circle, three times.
first time, we opened the circle and
invited whoever we wanted to invite: deceased loved ones, helpful
deities, element spirits, and so on.
all have different preferences for who we worship, so this worked very
individually invite who we wanted.
round of clockwise turn-taking involved our saying thanks for things
happened for us. After each person said their thanks, they tossed their
or harvest doll into the fire.
our members yelled out "Thank you!" heavenward, so we all followed
suit and yelled "Thank you!" after each person threw in their paper
time around the circle, we took turns blessing our new harvest
saying our wishes. By
the way, if a
person had private thanks or wishes they weren't compelled to say them.
same exuberant member
who had started the
"Thank you!" yell, this time yelled "Bless these wishes!"
and again, we all joined in. Then
ended our circle, going counterclockwise, and saying our equivalent to
common phrase 'go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be' to the
had invited. Each
person said this in
their own way, and we were done.
tired from smoke and ritual, we went inside and chatted a while longer. We took a picture of all
of our wish-bundles
and wish-women. After
conversation, we said our goodbyes and traveled home, back through the
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