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The Weaving of the Sigil Moon


a bold Moon in the season of Imbolc

At Mother Grove Goddess Temple, we do rituals to honor both Full and Dark Moons. Tonight we honored the February Moon with a small group around a folding table, seated in the comfort of our chapel.  The morning religious education class had focused on Osun, Yemaya and Oya and there was a grand altar set up for Them.

We covered the table with brown paper and dumped bright crayons in the middle. We grounded and I asked everyone to think about what they needed from the community in the coming year.  I invited each of them to be free with images and colors and not worry about "art." We chatted as we sketched and colored, wishing healing for those who needed it, a new home for someone who needs one and we giggled at Bob's rendition of his dog Romeo who looked like a demon sitting on a table.

Then I invited each of us to imagine what we wanted for the community in the coming year and to find an image in our own sketches that held true for the community wish.  And we did--each of us finding a strong image to add to the pool of images. We kept turning the folding table and picking up images from each other's sketches, creating a community sigil.

In the end it was a glorious mess of colors and images and dreams, for ourselves and for our community. There was kindness in it, and some fear, and some laughter. It was a big brown paper bag of dreams, unfolded on a table in a small chapel.

It was perfect.

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H. Byron Ballard is a ritualist, teacher, speaker and writer. She has taught at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Unity Festival, Southeast Her essays are featured in several anthologies, including “Birthed from Scorched Hearts“ (Fulcrum Press), “Christmas Presence“ (Catawba Press), “Women’s Voices in Magic” (Megalithica Books), “Into the Great Below” and “Skalded Apples” (both from Asphodel Press.) Her book Staubs and Ditchwater: an Introduction to Hillfolks Hoodoo (Silver Rings Press) debuted in June 2012. Byron is currently at work on Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet. Contact her at,


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