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Solar Cross Devotionals

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Solar Cross Monthly Devotionals are inclusive, family-friendly gatherings that embrace diversity in the Pagan community and beyond. Devotionals vary from month to month, are dedicated to deities from a variety of traditions, and are led by Solar Cross clergy and guests.

Held every third Sunday of the month in Berkeley, CA, Solar Cross offers these free devotionals as an opportunity to connect with divinity and community. Participants typically gather at 10:00 am for a 10:30 am start, and follow a simple ritual format (see below). Meetings are held outdoors (weather permitting) in a tranquil garden setting and conclude at noon.

Offerings of bread, fruit or flowers for the altar are appreciated, but there is no potluck. Children under 18 with legal guardian are welcome. There is no charge to attend, although donations to Solar Cross are gratefully accepted. For information on the location of Bay devotionals, or to RSVP, please contact Ankhira at    opsis at sbcglobal.net

We realize that not everyone can attend monthly meetings in Berkeley, CA, and we invite those who feel called to participate in devotionals to do so in their own homes and communities. We like the idea of building the egregore for each deity we honor by participating in shared song, visioning, and liturgy, so we encourage you to join us in following the following ritual format.

10:00 am
Gather, say hello, make introductions, have tea/ coffee, get situated, assemble the physical altar. Ascertain which participants will help with portions of the ritual like Quarter calling, etc. This is also a good time to introduce the words of any chants or songs that will be in the ritual.

10:25 am
If in a group setting, the devotional leader should take a moment before starting to give participants a brief outline of the ritual, before inviting the group to ground and center.

10:30 am
Begin by lighting a candle.  Open to the Holy Mother through prayer:
“Holy Mother, in Whom we live, move and have our being,
From You all things emerge and unto You all things return.
Open our hearts this blessed day.
Touch our bodies and our minds.
Walk with us through the gates of power,
In shadow and in starlight, in fire meeting earth,
In wind on the ocean, and the sweet kiss of life.
Blessed be our journey.”*

Next, honor the Quarters, Ancestors and Descendants. Some Solar Cross Devotionals are led by guest clergy who incorporate liturgy appropriate to their tradition and the deity (ex., Asatru for the Idunna Blot or Ceremonial Magick for Nuit). We also encourage an inclusive pan-Pagan format; this can be as simple as facing in each direction and saying words such as,

“We honor and invite the Powers in the East,
In the South, in the West, and in the North.
We honor and invite the Powers Above and Below.
We honor our Ancestors, who have gone before,
And we honor our Descendants, who have yet to come.”

Due to the “softer” nature of these devotionals, a formal circle/ sphere casting is not strictly necessary, but can be done at this point if desired.

Next, the devotional’s leader introduces the worship by giving some short background about the deity. For instance,

“We are here today to honor Persephone, the maiden of the spring fields who is also Queen of the Underworld. Her story, as it comes to us, is as follows…”

The story should be detailed enough to paint a picture in the minds of the dedicants, yet short enough to allow time for the rest of the service.

After concluding the story, the leader should shift the energy of the gathering toward meditation and/ or visioning. Chants and drumming are effective tools for this important portion of the ritual.

When the leader senses that the meditation/ chanting has reached its fruition, s/he gathers the energy in a way that allows it to percolate quietly in the group. Participants should be encouraged to briefly share ideas and/ or messages that may have come to them during the meditation.

This process of sharing is also important; however, the leader should monitor the group energy to ensure it doesn’t devolve into mundane chatter. While the energy is still potent, the Gods, Descendants, Ancestors, and Quarters should be thanked and bidden farewell, using liturgy appropriate to the tradition or simple wording such as:

“We thank and honor the presence of (Deity). We are grateful for your gifts of ___________, (etc.). We thank and honor the Descendants and the Ancestors, and our own place in the flow of time. We thank and farewell the Powers Below, Above, in the           North, in the West, in the East and in the South.”

Finally, close the ritual with the short version of the Holy Mother Prayer:
“Holy Mother, in Whom we live, move and have our being,
From You all things emerge and unto You all things return.”

11:30 am
The formal portion of the devotional typically takes about one hour. After the official closing, encourage participants to remain for a while, sharing more of their experiences from the ritual and strengthening the ties of kinship and community. This is also a good time to make announcements about other upcoming events. Remember to share a portion of bread and fruit, etc., from the altar (if this was not already done as part of the ritual) saving some as an offering to the Gods and the land.

12:00 noon
Thank participants for attending, and conclude the gathering.

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For information on the location of Bay devotionals, please contact Ankhira at
opsis at sbcglobal.net