Somehow, in the great burgeoning joy of Beltane, and the merry dance of energies around May, we forget the cold touch of death, so far removed to’that ‘other side’ of the year. May is a time of brightness and joy, dance and mirth. Not death, not the sudden soul destroying change that is so very permanent. Surely death’s cold fingers cannot reach out and touch us in this joyful early summer dance?
This year, for one family at least, it is a time of grief, and loss and mourning.
When a moot* is founded, some random people find themselves in a room, connected by only one thing, a sharing of the draw of the path we all follow. The knowledge that there is something ‘other’ out there. It does not matter if we are Pagans, Witches, Druids, Lightworkers, follow a Ceremonial path, or are just curious, we all feel that draw, and often that need for connection with others who don’t think that dancing up the Sun at Beltane is ‘silly’ and who understand that staring at a full moon from a dark unlit garden, getting drenched in dew, is perfectly normal!
The Bedfordshire Pagan Moot at the Half Moon pub is such a moot, and those who run it are so welcoming that it starts to feel like one big happy family, coming together to share knowledge, make those connections and celebrate the seasons. As a family we share news and companionship alongside the pagan discussion, we catch up with people’s lives over a drink and at least two sets of tarot cards. Even though we don’t see each other beyond that one afternooon in a month, we start to make the connections to each other, to recognise each other as people we will be continuing to share space with, learn more about, learn from. We start to recognise each other’s strengths, what upsets us, what inspires us. We start to form friendships.
Queenie (left) and Christina
Christina was one such person, one look at her almost elfin face, her sparkling but wise eyes, and you could tell that she was a bubbly person, the life and soul. Her strongly held views were often different than others around her, but they always came from a place of love and acceptance, and a firm belief in the inner good of everyone. They were respected because of it.
She would amuse us with her stories of a sometimes chaotic life, making us laugh. She would chat with everyone and offer her ideas and her input with confidence and enthusiasm, and through it she always kept one eye on her little ones. A home schooler, she was devoted to her family, always doing her best, no matter the struggles she faced. She would put others before herself so frequently, always offering support where she felt it was needed, especially if the support involved children.
The Bedford Moot has only been going since September 2017, and Christina was one of the founding members, it’s easy to see how her enthusiasm would energise all around her. We only got to know her for a short time, but even in that short time we learned of her joy of life, her love for her family, and her enthusiasm for Tarot. She leaves behind two lovely children, aged ten and twelve, who are going to miss their Mum so badly.
No one can imagine what they and her family are going through. Everyone at the Bedford Moot offers their deepest condolences. Even in our small community her loss has been felt deeply. She inspired in life, and that she has touched many people shows through in the tributes paid to her page on facebook. What is clear is that she was very much loved by all who knew her.
Queenie posted on the Moot site
It is with great sadness we have to announce the passing of our dear friend, Christina, and co-founder of The Bedfordshire Pagan Moot. The news came as a great shock, and our thoughts are with her family and especially her two young children. At our next moot meeting in June, we will be doing a small remembrance for her. She will be sadly missed by us all. RIP our beautiful Sister. )O( x
Christina on the left at the Imbolc Moot
I think Queenie speaks for us all.
Walk in Beauty, Christina. Walk with Persephone.
*Moot definition – a gathering of like minded people, often in a pub but sometimes in other venues. The idea being to get to know the local community, meet and greet, listen to talks on various pagan subjects and otherwise spend time with like minded people.