Ever since reading Jay Griffith’s book Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, I’ve been fascinated by the extent to which our relationship and understanding of time is culturally constructed. Our system of numbering off the days and years and months and weeks, and splitting the year into four neat quarters bears little relationship to the reality of their origins: the cycles of the moon, the changing of the seasons.
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April’s new moon marked the fifth lunar cycle since Freya’s birth. We chose this day to hold a special ceremony for blessings and to bury her placenta (which was being stored in the freezer). Prior to the ceremony we chose a lilly pilly tree to be planted above the placenta. This marked the perfect middle ground between Shani’s desire for a fruit tree, and Pete’s desire for a native!
The rain had been coming down for two days straight, a reminder of the rain that had fallen just after her birth. For this reason, we assembled in the Little House Zaguan and prepared ourselves for the ceremony. We had asked family and friends to join us and bring with them a special bead and blessing for Freya. We began by acknowledging the Kaurna ancestors whose land we live on, grounding and casting a circle. Once this space had been created, we called in the directions and blessed Freya with the powers of Earth, Water, Wind, Fire and Spirit. For the purpose of this ceremony, we adapted the directions to be place specific. We called in Earth from the East, where the Plains and the Adelaide Hills lie; Water from the South, the direction of our oceans; Air from the West, from where our weather and cool changes arrive; and Fire from the North, direction of the midday sun.
We then called into the circle, ancestors passed and all living creates with whom we share common origins (i.e. everything). Freya’s Goddess parents, Joel & Sophie then called in the God & Goddess and read a blessing for Freya. Next, Shani returned the placenta to the Earth, to nourish and sustain the lilly pilly, which Pete then planted.
Then came the most tear jerking part of the whole ritual – the blessing of the beads. Sophie and Joel called forth each person to first charge their bead with love, protection and their own individual blessing. Working in a clockwise direction, everyone (either aloud or silently) gave their blessing and placed their bead in a circle around the lily pily. There were wishes for ‘love of family’ & ‘community’, ‘freedom of speech’ and the ‘strength’ for Freya to be ‘true to herself’. We then made an offering to the Earth and closed the circle, sending away all the spirits and helpers who had come to take part in the ceremony. Pete & Shani then offered bread to Joel & Sophie to thank them for being Freya’s Goddess parents. Then we feasted!!
Following the ceremony, Shani made a beautiful necklace for Freya, with the beads offered to her during the blessing. The necklace will hang above her bed, until she is old enough to wear it and will provide her all the love and blessings given on this day.