Regardless of the year, it seems that Hekate Rising has fallout of some kind. This is to be expected, since contact with a deity never leaves one completely unchanged. However, sometimes it catches one off-guard.
From my point-of-view the weekend was a success. Everyone seemed pleased, and good connection was made. I had the privilege of meeting a Sister in Hekate that I’ve known online for many years with whom I also share a more Goddess-centric Path view, though her roots are not Dianic. She was wonderful and brought great energy to the weekend. It is my hope that she’ll return next year. Our first baby blessing went wonderfully, as well as all the other rites and celebrations that were part of it.
The Mysteries seem to have brought some questions to the participants. It’s always a bit of a challenge for me when I get questions afterwards because I go into a deep trance state for the Rite, and I don’t remember what happens. I tend to get pieces of information for a while afterwards in dreams and little flashes, but nothing is ever clear for me. From the bits I’ve gathered here and there talking to a few participants, the messages from the Goddess had rather immediate impacts on some of their lives. My own dreams have been very fuzzy since then, so I wait until someone comes to me with her own information and put the pieces together.
Next year’s retreat is already booked. Each year I look forward to it, and I also question whether or not I can do it again. So far, the answer has always been yes. Next year will mark our ninth time, a magickal number. I’m curious to see what it will mean.