A TIME FOR GREAT JOY
Birthdays of the Gods and Goddesses of Joy
December 27 to 31
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give into it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
–Mary Oliver, Devotions, The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
We greet five special days outside the monthly procession of practice offered by the Lady’s Year for Joy.
During these days we celebrate the birth within us of five families of Joyful gods and goddesses, enhanced by the art of Patti Kaufman.
December 27, The Gods of Joyful Humanity
Delighting in the attributes of human beings who carry joy, honoring human resilience, courage, hope, playfulness, and friendship.
December 28, The Gods of Joyful Direction
Attending with gratitude to those divine beings who light our pathways, guide our steps and bless us as we live into the purpose we have chosen for this lifetime.
December 29, Gods of Joyful Passion
Celebrating with abandon those heavenly elements of the soul that ignite us to care deeply, to cherish sweetly, and to take right action with high energy.
December 30, Gods of Joyful Beauty
Relishing with vast pleasure and gratitude the incomparable beauties of our world, our stars, our friends and neighbors, our lives.
December 31, Gods of Joyful Spirit
Opening once again, yet again, to our divine reasons for being, and strengthening our connection to the eternal source of joy and aliveness.
Joy in the World
And in me.
Praise, Praise. Praise