Wiccans observe two natural cycles as part of their worship. These two cycles are the Phases of the Moon and the Wheel of the Year.
The Moon, as a representation of the Goddess, is commonly honored in three phases:
Three days after the Dark Moon is Diana's Bow, when the moon is just a crescent in the sky. Here we hold ritual to honor Diana, eternal Maiden and Huntress.
The Full Moon celebrates the Goddess in her role as Mother of Creation. This ritual, often called an Esbat, is the one many Wiccans are familiar with.
Dark of Moon (often referred to as the New Moon), when the Moon is invisible to the naked eye. Here we celebrate the Goddess in her Crone aspect.
We are all saddened by the loss to our community. The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Lansing will be honoring Chris Keith on Sunday 9 December:
The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty will be having a special time during this Sunday's service at 11:00 for honoring our former members, Chris Keith and Isaac Miller. The Sunday service will feature a holiday children's program for the bulk of the service, based on a Lemony Snicket story. The children will be dismissed from the service, unless parents wish for their children to stay, and then we will have a brief time which will feature a candle-lighting, a time of silence, and a special collection for the memorial fund that has been set up to help support Chris Keith's three surviving children, age 4, 6, and 8. We will have literature on hand about how to talk to children, about tragedy, and other related literature.
Following the service, a trained psychologist will meet as a group with people who wish to process deeper feelings about these tragic deaths.
Next week's service at UUCEL is titled "In the Bleak Midwinter" and focuses on the sadness of the winter season. The service is still being shaped, but may include a section in honor of Chris Keith and Isaac Miller, as well as honoring the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, CT.