One of the origins of our modern Mother’s Day, Matronalia was celebrated in ancient Rome as the New Year and as the time for matrons to perform rites to Juno Lucina at Her temple on the Esquiline Hill. This festival was also known as “the women’s Saturnalia.”
The Fellowship of Isis (FOI) Chicago community believes in honoring the Magna Mater/Great Mother and all of our mothers, their mothers, and our maternal ancestors. Everyone is welcome to the Matronalia/Junonalia celebration, wherein we will enact the FOI Liturgy of “The Mystical Awakening of Juno and Aquarius.”
Date: March 6, 2019
Location: 1465 N. Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood
Time: 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. and the ritual will begin at 7. For folks driving in, permit parking stickers will be on hand as stickers will be needed for vehicles parked on Leavitt Street’s west side after 6 p.m. The Temple is also easily accessible by the Damen Blue Line stop and various buses (Milwaukee Ave., Damen Ave., North Ave., Western Ave.). Please bring a potluck dish or beverage to share for the feasting after the Liturgy.
Offerings of flowers and sweets for the altar are welcomed, as are any talismans you may wish to charge (especially if they relate to prosperity, growth, health, fertility, or family blessings). We will be offering cakes to the Queen of Heaven! After all, it is the night of the Pisces New Moon too!
Suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of handouts but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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