Temple Mirabilia

This morning various conversations and readings mixed in my mind and a sparkling idea was born. I am suddenly daydreaming about what a temple of priestesses dedicated to celebrating and promoting mirabilia might be like and what form the rites celebrated there might take.  I shall be playing with this idea further as a framework for later posts which will stretch my creative muscles and remind me to be even more aware of moments of mirabilia.

Mirabilia is defined on p. 175 of Pronoia as a noun that refers to “modest astonishments, friendly shocks, sweet anomalies” and elaborated here as “events that inspire wonder, marvelous phenomena, small miracles, beguiling ephemera, inexplicable joys, changes that inspire awe, eccentric enchantments, unplanned jubilation, sudden deliverance from boring evils (rom the Latin mirabilia, “marvels.”). Being open to and present for such moments and helping others to notice and celebrate such moments has become one of my core values.

With this definition in mind some of the holy days/activities for Priestesses of Mirabilia would include:

  • the quest to sight the first blossom of spring
  • daffodil days and the festival of asparagus which includes a contest for the most creative recipe using asparagus –watch out for Sister Mae’s asparagus ice cream recipes which are an acquired taste; we love her so we are still working on acquiring that taste)
  • midnight jazz party, picnic, and bubble blowing meditation to celebrate the summer solstice
  • a moonlight dance to celebrate the return of the fireflies
  • the sacred tasting of the first tomatoes from the garden
  • the Annual Apple Picking  and Pumpkin Carving Party and Hoedown
  • Silent Feast of the Ancestors
  • the hot cocoa toast to the return of the dark-eyed juncos
  • an annual Snowy Day Retreat which is celebrated in fuzzy slippers and soft warm robes; the cats especially like this one as they get extra snuggle time
  • The Month of Sacred Silliness in February where colorful costumes, decorated cupcakes, and puns bring light to dark winter nights
  • Howling at full moons is strongly encouraged

There are many more and new ones get added fairly regularly. What festivals would you add to celebrate the small miracles and  inexplicable joys of life?



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rene
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 22:55:50

    A Spring Equinox dandelion gathering party – leaves for a spring salad, flower tops to make a wine for later in the year (maybe Lughnasad?). Some kind of weeding hoedown (har har) over the summer, as I anticipate that will be the action and the season I need a lot of help getting through! A communion for the creation of compost piles. Half moon haflas every month. Cemetery picnics that are *not* just for Halloween. Some kind of event to celebrate the first bee sighting and maybe a bat house building festival. Um um…. I want more!


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