July 17th, 2004

socks and cat

A Pagan sampling

When I left home this afternoon I had no idea that by the evening I would be taking part in a Pagan Despacho ritual. Since I belong to a spiritual center that embraces so many different world religions, I'm no stranger to ceremonies and rituals from all different faiths. But this is the first time I've ever done one sitting on the earth, surrounded by trees.

I won't share much of it here in a public post. But when we ended the ceremony with a fire I looked up into the sky and saw bats circling us. Until that moment I had never even seen a real bat before (only picture or on tv). I had a powerful experience during the ritual even before the fire was lit. But then again, I think any steps to connect to one's wholeness and divinity can be powerful.