About a dozen people took part in a ritual to Aphrodite on the morning of Saturday, June 18, at the Wiccanfest near Mansfield, Ontario. This was a different kind of offering for both Wiccanfest as well as Hellenic Spirit. For us, it was wonderful to be able to have an actual fire in which to burn offerings and wishes/prayers for Aphrodite as well as being able to pour our libations directly on the ground. For Wiccanfest, it was the first time an all-Hellenic ritual has taken place. In the afternoon, three people joined Melissa and Spyros for a workshop on Hellenic Spirituality. Wiccanfest is a five-day festival occurring annually at or near the Solstice in June. Another event, Harvestfest, takes place the second weekend in October and Hellenic Spirit plans to have a presence there, as well. It was a delightful experience for everyone, and the warm sun and cloudless sky didn't hurt!
Here are a few photos from preparations for the morning ritual, including a wide angle view of the ritual grounds. To see a larger version of each photo, just click on it.