Priestess Shaya gave the opening sermon at the Fall Derketo Festivallast night. The Festival was well attended, and a lot of fun was had byall. The Goddess was praised in many ways. Here are some images of theproceedings, along with the entire text of Shaya's speech.
Fall is the time of Harvest. This time of year is ruled by the aspect of Water,
as embodied before us in the sacred river Styx, which flows from the Heart of
the Goddess. This gathering is to give thanks to Her, for all that she so abundantly
gives to us. She is Fertility, and the land is fertile and rich and sustains us.
Of the Elements, Earth and Water are the two passives. They are the heavy elements.
Today we speak of Water, which is the opposite of Fire. Fire is Thinness, Brightness, and
Motion. Water is Thickness, Darkness, and Motion.
Thus we see that both Fire and Water contain the quality of Motion. And our very lives are
filled with Motion. When Motion stops, Life is over.
The Goddess is the Mother of all things. From her Sacred Womb, all Life springs forth.
She is Lust, and Pleasure, and Fertility, and Love. But most of all she is Life.
Let us celebrate today the Life she gives us. Let us spend our lives doing as She wills.
Let us fill our lives with her Love.
Hear the words of the Goddess Derketo, the dust
of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, and
whose body encircles the universe:
I am the beauty of the green earth,
and the white moon among the stars,
and the mysteries of the waters,
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto Me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices,
for behold! all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
honor and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me,
know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not,
unless you know the Mystery.
For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself
you will never find it without.
For behold! I have been with you from the beginning,
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.