Saturnalia Rite & Topsy Turvy Feast of Misrule
December 26 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pmFree
As humor and especially absurdity and mockery are traditionally associated with this Saturnalian Misrule, this should be the spirit of the Feast. To invert and turn the norm on its head, this will be a Topsy Turvy Feast where men come dressed as women and women as men, only with the mockery and humor overtone.
The feast is of course a potluck and feel free to bring-a-bottle.
The Saturnalia, a seasonal celebration of this time of year for old Rome, was of course sacred to Saturn and celebrated as an inversion or reversal of what was the norm. It was a festival of Misrule where Masters served the servants, clothes were worn inside out/back to front, and all kinds of misrule ran amok.
In today’s Trad Craft this practice is still maintained in some traditions, sometimes under the guise of the Lord of Misrule and a period of Misrule. In our Tradition, we observe this time of Misrule as Dark Time; the Misrule element being worked more around the Yule period, which is appropriate to the Saturnalia.
A Celebration of Misrule for the Father of Boundaries and order may seem strange. But the idea is to celebrate the spirit of Misrule within a ritual celebration format in order to satiate that spirit so it has no desire or need to reach into our mundane life, world or society, and thereby leave Saturn empowered!
This Misrule celebration also supports the liberty of our bound spirits of creativity. And freeing ourselves from the chains of social convention, the clear sight and understanding or “insight” one may get by freeing oneself from the chains of the societal norm, is where the practice brings to us its true Saturnalian Yule Gift.
With this liberty, one may find a new horizon and shift the path of one’s life or some practice, element, or habit one would like to be rid of. This is done by exposing it in a blunt and honest manner, and using misrule and humor to gain another perspective, thus disarming the monster and bringing about change. Perhaps this is the source of the New Year’s Resolution we still hold as a Yule/New Year’s practice.
This event is a gift from The Green Man, no donation requested, please come share this rite with us!