Community Wreath by North Georgia Solitaries
The Community Wreath Project was born at the Atlanta Pagan Marketplace of Ideas of 2012.
Community is defined as a group sharing common interests or is in itself distinctive in some respect from the larger society within which it rests. The Pagan community is definitely distinct and different from society at large.
The Pagan community gets larger every day. People are changing their path every day towards various traditions of Paganism. Some are seeking out old churches and covens and learning the old ways. Some are seeking more solitary paths. Some are seeking more of a new age Paganism.
The internet, social networks, forums, emails, and webcam services are making the world smaller and smaller so Pagans from all over the world can converse and interact with each other in matters of seconds rather than the weeks it took to send letters back and forth through the mail not so very long ago. This makes it extremely easy to let conversations be ruled by anger rather than taking the time to think about your answers and your postings. It makes it really easy to forget sometimes that we are all part of a single community.
As the world gets smaller with the technology we have available to us, it becomes so much more important for us to interact as a community with not only other Pagans, but all the other people in the world. If everyone could treat each other as a part of the same community on a daily basis just think of what we could accomplish. We could do away with wars and concentrate efforts on fighting hunger and disease instead.
The wreath symbolizes the community with each ribbon symbolizing each person’s connection to others in the community. We all connect to each other like strings on a web, pulling and tugging and causing vibrations in others lives with even the smallest action. The movements we make in the web affect the people we have contact with, as well as the people they have contact with, and so on. Each member of the community is important and crucial. Every action of the individual affects others in the community and the community as a whole. You never know how your actions are connected to and will affect someone else. Take one of those individuals out of the community and it is changed forever.
The original wreath has had a busy journey through the southern Pagan community throughout the year between APMI 2012 and APMI 2013. The wreath traveled to several groups and events including Atlanta Pagan Marketplace of Ideas 2012 (where it began), Beltane Bash, Lunafyre Sanctuary, Gryphonsong Clan, House of Oak Spring, Blue Lotus Grove, Auburn Pagan Pride Day, Atlanta Pagan Pride Day, Temple of the Rising Phoenix, North Georgia Solitaries, and Grass Roots Church. We brought it back to Atlanta Pagan Marketplace of Ideas 2013 so we could show what kind of community energy had been built during the year and birthed a new wreath.
During its journey, the original wreath was featured in an article on The Wild Hunt and the idea was picked up by a group of Pagans in France. They sent us a ribbon to tie onto our wreath to symbolize the connection that spans the world.
The new community wreath has already been to Pagan Unity Festival (carried by Caterina O’Sullivan – NGS and Silver Pine Grove member) in Tennessee and is back and ready to continue on its journey. We plan on taking both wreathes back to Atlanta Pagan Marketplace of Ideas 2014 to show how the energy that has built and perhaps birth a new wreath.
If you would like to be a part of the Community Wreath Project and host the wreath in your ritual or at your event please contact Lady Charissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.