GOG's Yules are yusually
pretty silly. This ritual was dedicated to Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles,
the much-beloved Hindu elephant god. We started the praise portion of the
rite with a Bollywood-style musical that told the story of how Ganesh won
his argument with his brother Kartikeya and convinced his parents, Parvati
and Shiva, that he should marry first.
Tricia DJ'd the music and wrote the script (CLICK
HERE FOR THE SCRIPT) which was both followed and ad-libbed up hysterically
by our cast of GOG thespians. The praise from the grove commenced with
Ganesh's marriage, and then a dancing group praise ensued with Kartikeya's
The invocations were strong, centering somewhat on fertility, as Norma had
told the story of Ganesh's birth and Kartikeya's birth at the pre-rit. Our
omens (from the Royal Thai Tarot): 9 of swords, losses of the past year
acknowledged; heirophant / elephant, you can still be reverent while being
silly; 8 of pentacles, honesty, craftsmanship, candor; king of swords, a
very airy king of swords, Ganesh, lightness, riding on a mouse; king of
cups, "Ganesh, obviously!"
Afterwards, we had tremendous Indian food cooked up by Alex and Karl and
Norma and others, along with delicious American food and lots of dessert
and treats. Bob was our kitchen witch.
Our "Win a Cthulhu for Yulhu" raffle netted the grove $85 (thanks,
everybody!). 32 attended.