Wands up for Orlando – Pagan community ritual
Create your sacred space in your usual way.
Ask your beloved dead, ancestors, spirits, deities, to bless the ritual. Deities who seem appropriate to this ritual are La Llorona and Baubo, Dionysus and Antinous – all queer – but choose whichever deity or deities you have a relationship with.
Pour a libation into a bowl, offering it to the queer ancestors.
Light a candle (one candle per person is even better).
Prayer for the LGBTQ / Latinx dead.
Cry with us, all you spirits.
Cry with us, all you deities.
Cry with us, all you queer ancestors.
We mourn our beloved dead.
The Latinx queer ones slain by hatred.
We surround our beloved community with love.
We will rise up,
We will be free.
We will stay proud,
We will stay visible.
We will surround each other with love.
We will turn our hands to the work of building,
Building a world that is safe to be queer in.
So mote it be!
(or your preferred conclusion to a prayer)
Read the names of the dead
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
The Queer Ones are rising.
We are rising out of the woods,
out of the ocean,
out of the cracks between the concrete.
Genderqueer, transgender, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, kinky,
glorious peacock-shimmering, rising out of the darkness, the healing and sacred darkness, into the many-hued light of day.
Queer deities, genderqueer deities, transgender goddesses and gods.
Inari the fox god/dess; Vertumnus the changeable and ever-changing;
tricksters and healers, poets and seers and shamans.
We are rising, out of the silence,
out of the hidden places, daring to be,
to shine forth our glorious queer radiance,
because we are the holy ones, the liminal ones,
the dreamers and the creators of possibility.
Let us magnify and glorify the images of divinity within ourselves and each other.
Show forth love and beauty and creativity;
celebrate the radiance of the many-hued multiplicity of gender expression, sexuality, and the human body.
Reversion of offerings
Share some of the libation from the bowl. Pour some of the libation onto a sacred patch of earth. Leave some in the bowl on the altar for the next few days.
Take a white ribbon and meditate on not being alone, having a spiritual and human community which protects and supports you, feeling loved and able to love beyond every difference. Feel the power and strength that come from being together. You can now consecrate the ribbon in your usual manner, then tie it around your wrist (in a group, it would be better if everyone ties the ribbon around each other’s wrist). This will be a reminder of your connection with the community.
Use two cups. Pass the cups around the circle, and pour the wine from one cup to another, saying,
“I fill your cup with love”.
- Sage and Starshine: Prayer for Orlando
- UUA: Grieving Orlando
- Sparky T Rabbit, Lament for the Queer Dead
The Transgender Rite of Elevation (Gods & Radicals)
Ritual by Yvonne Aburrow and Spiritus Silvae