2018 Summer Solstice & Atete

Children sorting coffee ~ Ethiopia

Aloha Daughters of the Goddess,

Earth is warming up and the plants are growing and thriving.  It is the time we celebrate Summer Solstice which is a High Holy Day that is ringing in the longest day of the year.

Celebrate Summer Solstice & Atete

Ethiopian Goddess of Coffee, Creation,
Midwifery, Healing, Intuition.

Thursday, June 21st, 2018, 7:30 pm
Waxing Moon in Libra, Sun in Cancer

Concord locale/Directions given upon RSVP
$30 one time exchange  / $15 newcomers

For many of us, we are dependent on a cup of Coffee in the morning.  Atete is the Ethiopian Goddess of Coffee; the plant and drink are very sacred to Her. She is a Goddess of the Oromo people of Ethiopia.  The legends of how coffee came about are steeped in the mists of time, so is the Goddess Atete.  She is a revered Goddess from Ethiopia.  Farmers leave offerings of the crops for Atete in the fields after the harvest as womyn sing traditional songs of gratitude. Prayers are said to Her to help protect and relieve hardship after bad weather.  She is a Goddess of womyn and She protects all womyn and girls.  Atete is prayed to for fertility, protection during childbirth, and for the new child.

She is the Great creator Goddess of the Zar religion of the Oromo people. She fiercely protects womyn and womyn are Her intermediaries.  During Her major festival, women participate in healing rites where they place sacred plants in rivers and lakes.

During this ritual, we will be praying for the rights of the coffee farmers and producers.  Coffee is one of the biggest crops in the world that still use slaves and child labor to produce.  Because Coffee is a Sacred Plant to Atete it is important to protect those who grow and produce it.  Coffee is a huge political changer, and commodity, and is originally from Ethiopia. It is the second most valuable exported legal commodity after oil.  Coffee has changed the way business has been done because of meeting in coffee houses Arabic countries.

Summer Solstice is a High Holy day.  It is the longest day and shortest night of the year.  Summer Solstice is high Summer when everything is alive and abundant.  The nights are warm and everything is growing and flourishing.  It is also the 22nd Anniversary of the Daughters of the Goddess Womyn’s Temple.  The first Daughters of the Goddess Ritual was held in 1996.  The Temple is a radical space which celebrates the Goddess in all of Her names, that allows womyn and girls to be heard and express themselves. The Temple is reclaiming indigenous and magical traditional practices and holds over 20 Open Rituals a year.

At our Summer Solstice Ritual it is a tradition to redecorate our Temple Broom with flowers, herbs, plants, and ribbons. The Temple Broom connects all of our Summer Solstice Rituals and connects us to our tradition of being Witches.

For the Altar, please bring Sun colored, blue or white color/colored candle. Please bring flowers, herbs, plants and ribbons to adorn our Temple Broom.  Come and celebrate Summer Solstice and the Great Goddess Atete and your Sisters.

Please see our participation page for more information on attending our ceremonies.