Baltimore Reclaiming's ritual cycle runs from Lammas to Beltane. For the last several years, we have chosen to spend the entire cycle working with one theme. In 2015, we worked with the Pentacle of Life. The following year, Thomas the Rhymer and the Fairie Queen. In 2017, it was the Major Arcana of the Tarot. For the ritual cycle beginning at Lammas 2018 and running to Beltane 2019, we will be working with the Feri creation myth of the Star Goddess.
The Star Goddess - A Feri Creation Myth
Alone, awesome, complete within Herself, the Goddess, She whose name cannot be spoken, floated in the abyss of the outer darkness, before the beginning of all things. And as She looked into the curved mirror of black space, She saw by her own light her radiant reflection, and fell in love with it.
She drew it forth by the power that was in Her and made love to Herself, and called Her “Miria, the Wonderful.” Their ecstasy burst forth in the single song of all that is, was, or ever shall be,and with the song came motion, waves that poured outward and became all the spheres and circles of the worlds. The Goddess became filled with love, swollen with love, and She gave birth to a rain of bright spirits that filled theworlds and became all beings.
But in that great movement, Miria was swept away, and as She moved out from the Goddess She became more masculine. First She became the Blue God, the gentle, laughing God of love. Then She became the Green One, vine-covered, rooted in the earth, the spirit of all growing things. At last She became the Horned God, the Hunter whose face is the ruddy sun and yet dark as Death. But always desire draws Him back toward the Goddess, so that He circles Her eternally, seeking to return in love.
All began in love; all seeks to return to love. Love is the law, the teacher of wisdom, and the great revealer of mysteries.
-- from The Spiral Dance (Starhawk, 1979, pp. 17-18)