World Goddess Day 7th September 2014
The World Goddess Day Project is an initiative by Claudiney Prieto, the Brazilian author of the bestselling “Wicca- Goddess Religion.”
Claudiney Prieto,has written a number of popular books on Wicca and Witchcraft and is a priest of the Dianic Nemorensis tradition in Brazil.
The World Goddess Day website states:-
Nowdays, in a staggered society impaired by centuries of patriarchy, heteronormativity and sexism, the Goddess is considered by many people the only way to reunite ourselves with the true Self, with our most inner Self. She is the only way to get rid of so many years of oppression that only brought differences, prejudices and wars … So a World Goddess Day has never been such necessary as now!
Claudiney explains that:-
The number nine is one of the most sacred to the Goddess.” In the future, World Goddess Day will always be celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. This year, the date is Sept. 7
In Cornwall it seemed fitting that the Priestesses of Kernow be involved in organizing the celebration and so a wonderful day was planned by the Priesstess at Pengersick Castle – a superb setting for the event.
It was a lovely day – the weather was just right and those who attended were open and happy to celebrate the day as Priestesses, their family and friends..
Sue Edwards, of the Priestesses of Kernow explained:-
World Goddess Day is not just for women, but also for family and friends.
The Goddess is associated with many things including earth, motherhood, fertility, love and vegetation, but also war, death, destruction as well as healing, compassion and life. As a Priestess of Kernow who follows the Goddess traditions,I feel its important to have one day granted to the Goddess in which we can remember her in all her forms.
Women especially are looking for something which celebrates the feminine within and are turning to the way of the Goddess. She is re-entering into our modern life bringing back her vitality, power, wisdom and healing, through Pagan traditions.
In Cornwall we not only have The Priestesses of Kernow, but an extended group called the Sisterhood of Kernow. This is a network or web of women from all walks of life connecting and supporting one another.
My feelings are it is important to support the Project World Goddess day and to bring the divine feminine back into our lives , to adapt her stories for modern day and to bring balance back to our world.
During the afternoon there was storytelling, a blanket bazaar, a shrine to the Goddess was created and a Peace Tree was decorated. There was live music and great company.
The highlight of the afternoon was a Ceremony led by The Priestesses of Kernow which included the formal ‘handing over’ of the ‘leadership’ from Marjorie Rowland, who now takes her place as an Elder within the group, to Sue Edwards.
“The Priestesses are all equals and sisters”, explained Sue, “women helping and empowering each other. By taking the lead I’m not taking charge, but accepting the responsibility of supporting the Priestesses and the work we do. My role is to support the web we are weaving – bringing Priestesses and Sisters of Kernow together….. creating a space for women to work with women.”
During the ceremony the Priestesses bound the circle with threads, simulating the weaving of the web part of the vision which brought the Priestess of Kernow into being a decade or so ago. From the circle lines – the weft of the tapestry of the web were brought into the centre.
The threads were measured, then cut and finally pulled together representing the unity the Priestesses stand for.
Of course these three phases being a recognition of the three-goddesses known as The Morai.
Clotho (“spinner”) spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the ‘Ninth’), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.
Lachesis (“allotter” or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod.
Atropos (“inexorable” or “inevitable”) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person’s death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with “her abhorred shears”.
So the web was spun and the passing of time marked by the seasons allotted to each and to each season an aspect of the wheel of the year and the cutting marking the end of one stage of developed, the movement of Priestess to Elder…. and so the web is spun again with a new ‘leader’ holding the threads. Each thread an equal and essential part of the whole.
The feedback from all those who attended has been very positive and there is the intention to make sure that the event is made bigger and better next year.
The Divine Feminine is alive and well in Cornwall and The Goddess Tradition being supported and going from strength to strength.
The Priestesses are looking forward to a new period of growth and development with the creation of the Sisterhood of Kernow.