Saturday February 11, 2012
Circle of the Sacred Flame
The Circle of the Sacred Flame presents its February public ritual in celebration of the Lupercalia.
Lupercalia is a Roman ritual of purification and fertility dating from such an ancient time that even the Romans of the first century B.C.E. had forgotten its origin and to which Gods it was dedicated and even the meaning of some of its symbolism. Some believe it was to honor Faunus , in his appellation of Faunus Lupercus, and the more ancient Goddess Rumina, the She-Wolf of Rome. Central to the ritual is the lustration (light flogging) with a goat skin scourge. This was often accompanied by much rowdiness and horse-play. The purpose was the purification of the people from curses, bad luck and infertility. Traditionally performed on the Ides of February, the name of the month coming from the februa, meaning anything used in purifying including wool (used for cleaning), brooms, pine boughs (which make the air sweet and pure), etc.
Our ritual will carry on this tradition, in a very non-traditional Wiccan celebration where just about anything might happen. And afterward, as always, there’s time to share in the potluck meal with friends old and new.
When: Saturday, February 11th, 2012.
Time: start at 7:30 pm arrival, Ritual starts at 8pm SHARP
Please Bring: A ritual donation of $10 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds), a chalice, goblet or drinking cup; a potluck dish to share and your preferred beverage.
Note – wine will be served during this ritual – water will also be available . . . please ask.
The Green Man 5712 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601 North of the 101/134 Fwys
East of the 170, off at Burbank
Just north of the Red Line/Orange Line North Hollywood stations
(approx 5 min walk north from station)