Mother Grove Goddess Temple Celebrates Spring Equinox At Episcopal Parish in Asheville, NC
The Mother Grove Goddess Temple, a goddess/earth religions community, celebrated the change of season on Saturday. So what’s that got to do with the Episcopal Church? Well that depends on how you feel about the Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church in Asheville hosting the event. Hmmm, wonder if they consider this a “risk” or how they “engage the world around them?”
At any rate, All Souls Cathedral gets to enjoy all of the requisite props for being A Progressive Episcopal Parish: wiccans, goddess worship, earth religions and pretentious, self-serving little rituals. And it shows that there really is nothing Tec would not allow in their buildings, except, of course, Christian worship by ex-Tecans.
After making it through the harsh winter, people in Western North Carolina are looking forward to the warm sun of spring. Some are preparing to celebrate the season’s change with an ecumenical ritual.
Saturday officially marks the first day of spring, being the day of the spring equinox.
Members of Mother Grove Goddess Temple will celebrate at 7 p.m. Saturday with A Breath of Appalachian Spring: A Ritual in Celebration of the Spring Equinox, in the parish hall of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village.
Saturday’s event is open to all faith traditions, said Byron Ballard, wiccan priestess and a member of the temple. Mother Grove “isn’t a wiccan group, though some of us are wiccans,” she said.
“Mother Grove is an outgrowth of the work of several people in the goddess/earth religions community,” Ballard said. “Its goal is to create a permanent sanctuary, where people of all faith traditions may openly and safely celebrate the divine feminine, the goddess.”
Wicca is a modern religion built on the ancient agricultural religions of Europe, she explained. “Wiccans may also refer to themselves as witches.”
Jill Boyer is a co-founder and priestess with Mother Grove. She says she looks forward to celebrating “with my celebrants and community, having time to celebrate something that is very important to me and the ritual aspects themselves.”
Boyer believes people have an ancient and human need for ritual and celebration in groups, and to acknowledge the changing of the seasons.
The celebration will consist of raising a circle, singing, “whistling up the wind” and flying prayers written on paper airplanes. Ballard will lead the ritual, explaining that it is a joyful expression of the beginning of spring and coming together as a community.
Man, I wonder if there were any raisin cakes or Pearls of Wisdom liturgies?
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