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COVID-19 Update from the Mother Grove

March 18, 2020
“We stand together in this circle, in this place, in this grove. As we stand together, shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip, we are in the Mother Grove and we are the Mother Grove. We put our roots down into the ground and we hold each other in the stout and well-woven basket of this beloved Goddess-led community.”

Dear friends, we are a small Goddess temple in a small town in the ancient mountains of North Carolina. Our work revolves around the Divine Feminine in all Their guises and we hold this community of ours as a precious seedling in a brave new world that expands the notion of Divinity and the work of the Unseen and the Mystery in our beautiful world.

These are powerful and transformative times but they are also times of frustration, anger and fear. Our community knows that our worship lies “in the heart that rejoices,” but that line from The Charge of the Goddess may be difficult to hold when jobs are lost, sickness is prevalent and spirits are low.
We may not be able to meet in person in our little downtown chapel for some time but we know each of us occupies our own place on the web of all being, a web that connects us outward and inward. Please take some time to follow the CDC guidelines as best you can. Practice self-care and check with your neighbors. Be a helper as you can.

Our great thanks go to all those people who are caring for the sick, restocking store shelves, driving delivery vehicles, taking care of our needs while we step back from the full flow of modern life and look to our hearths and homes.

This time is a gift in which we may engage those things too often left undone in our busy lives. Setting up a solid and regular spiritual practice is a wonderful use of your time. Reading the books that inspire and inform is another.  Pondering our path, our beliefs and our relationship with our Ancestors will enrich our lives long after this pandemic has passed into history, a history that is filled with eras of challenge and hard times, and we now have one of our own. 

May our hearts be stretched as we offer solace and aid to sooth our community. May our Ancestors whisper their good advice. May the Divines we honor and serve hold us close. May we emerge from this time stronger, brighter and more connected to the Web of All Being than ever before.

May we all blessed be.

Living Portrait: Byron Ballard of The Mother Grove Temple

The Mother Grove is a federally approved 501(c)(3) non-profit church. All contributions to the Mother Grove are tax deductible. We welcome you to this growing circle of celebrants, envisioning a place of our own.

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