Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

Medford, OR:
Come celebrate Beltane with Clan of the Triple Horses at one of our favorite sacred spaces, the beautiful Labyrinth at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford, Oregon.

We will have a brief Rite at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011. The Rite will honor the tradition of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, highlighted by each participant walking the Labyrinth at his or her own pace and with respect for his or her privacy. Our Rite will celebrate the weaving together of male and female, body and spirit---the “fertility” yielding new life, new creativity and new directions. This will be strictly symbolic and families will be welcome.

The Rite will be brief to allow time for personal walking and reflection. Each participant is invited to bring a candle to burn at the Center during our Rite and a small biodegradable offering to the Nature Spirits. No one will be turned away for lack of these items. Offerings will also be provided.

We can adjourn to a nearby, reasonably priced restaurant or coffee house for food, drink and catching up after the Rite. Join us to celebrate the Spark of Life!

We have not set a date or locaton for our Midsummer Rite. We are looking at several possible sites at this time. Updated will be posted on www.triplehorses.weebly.com and on RDGTalk.

Our website: http://triplehorses.weebly.com

Our contact info:
medford.grove@reformed-druids.org

Seasonal blessings,
Clan of the Triplehorses Grove

Mother Grove of the Reformed Druids of Gaia
Eureka, CA:

The Season of Earrach has been a very busy and fertile season for us in Eureka.

We're finalizing plans for this years Redwood Coast Druid Gathering which will be held at the usual place in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, this year from July 15 - 17th, during the "Mead Moon."

The finishing touches are being placed on the newest version of The Druid Path, which will be 14.1 and which will be deployed shortly. There is also a student's bulletin board in the development stage, which will help students with questions and facillitate discussion on the lessons.

The Mother Grove also produces The Druid's Egg, which you are reading right now.

One of our Grove sisters has begun channeling Dalon ap Landu, and has deployed a Facebook page for HIm and has recently launched a blog as well. Stay tuned for more developments now that Dalon has found a voice!

And next year in Dryad's Realm!

In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Senior Archdruid RDG &
Sybok Pendderwydd, Senior Clerk, RDG / Patriarch, OMS
Contact:
eureka.grove@reformed-druids.org

The Mother Grove is the home of the Senior Archdruid of RDG and of the Patriarch of the Order of the Mithril Star.

Colorado Springs, CO:
The Season of Awakening leaves quietly as the portal of Calan Mai opens and ushers in fertility energy for the upcoming grove ritual celebrating the Season of Flourishing to be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2011 at 8:20 AM in N.Cheyenne Canon. Colorado Springs, CO.

Clergy has taken up visits with local Hospice's in the city limits to preform Reiki and Last Rites.

On Alban Eilier, CoS held a re-balancing ritual to tune us into the tides of the forthcoming growing season.

The CoS website has been taken down and is in the process of a new skin, Gwyl Awst is the deadline for the new site to published In the meantime stay tuned to the Face Book site.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Circle-of-Stones/117600581588209

Midsummer is considered to be a focal point thus all members are reminded that this is a time of considerable solar power and to focus intent and energy into their workings as per stated in the Ogham reading submitted by the Arch Druid, Rev. Druid Patrica Vialpando in this issue of Druid's Egg.

Speaking of the Arch Druid, she launched a wonderful presentation titled Physical Aromatic Touch on Earth Day April 22, 2011 for her new business Nature Speaks Apothecary.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nature-Speaks-Apothecary/189115187767354

Also a very special Happy Birthday to our Preceptor, Rev. Lloyd Pauli, he turned 83 years young on May 2nd.

That's all the news for this season. Have a great Summer!
nt- Arch Druid Dyddgu

Official website - http://www.circleofstones.us
Official Contact email - info@circleofstones.us
Contact email - coloradosprings.grove@reformed-druids.org

Twitter - http://twitter.com/CircleofStones9

COS Blog - http://thecircleofstones.blogspot.com

Facebook Fan Page:
New website link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Circle-of-Stones/117600581588209

RDG ProtoGrove, Agoura Hills, CA:
Rabbit in the Moon Grove continues to meet monthly for private ritual, and also continues to provide a core Pagan group for our local UU church. We all also participate with Raven's Cry Grove, ADF in their work. Archdruid Michael (me) is also Chieftain and Senior Druid of Raven's Cry, so our relationship with ADF is a strong one but not exclusive by any means. In April, we presented "The Wicker Man" movie at the UU church, and in May we will present our own druid style ritual at the church, honoring the Egyptian gods and goddesses. Our Rabbit folk held a private rite and business meeting on May 1, including the eating of chocolate rabbits (a suggestion from El, by the way). No, we don't take ourselves overly seriously...

We do have some serious plans for June though. It is our intent to have a set of bylaws approved which will support our charter as a full grove we plan to receive at the Gathering. Of course, we will be preparing our ritual to present at the Gathering, and give it a tryout as our private rite for late June. The June rite will be our first time inviting guests to be with us, looking toward the possibility of their eventually becoming members. Excitement levels of all of us are way up looking forward to our 600 mile trek up to the Gathering. We are a crazy bunch when it comes to traveling for our spiritual path! Three more of our Rabbit folk plan to complete their vigil (one completing her second order also) and become third order before our trip, and the remaining one may well have her second order accomplished also.

We have a web presence - only a name and one page right now, but watch us grow! http://ritmg.info

Our activities are listed on Witchvox and the L.A. Pagan Examiner.

Contact: agourahills.grove@reformed-druids.org

AD Michael

RDG ProtoGrove, Crossville, TN:
No news this season...

Our online Family can be found at: http://bseriousseekersonly.runboard.com/
after making a free account with runboard, and applying at the above link.

Contact: crossville.grove@reformed-druids.org

Middleburg, FL:
The Grove is going through an 'inward' phase, and this has resulted in Archdruid Penda's receiving the AWEN and being inspired to tell a story. This is the beginning...

 

As I look towards the skies above I feel the hunger that has plagued my brethren for eons. My young gaze at me with mouths agape hoping for even a scrap to eat. I look into their eyes and and offer what little reassurance i can.

I wait for the morning fog to burn off as the air slowly warms. My young begin to become vocal as the sun warms our home within the clouds. They tell me it is time mother, t to begin today's search for food. I look at my babies and tell them today we will feast.

As the sun rises above the rock face and trees that we call home, the air around me begins to move around me. I Time to leave you alone as i search for what our world will bring today.

I look out over the cliff that we call home. The warm breeze hits me as i stretch to greet it. I lean forwards Into the winds and with no thought I jump from the cliff Into the empty skies. The wind against my body reminds me of the vastness and wonder of my world.

Behind me the cliffs I call home look smaller as the warm wind lifts me higher. Before me lies the great sea still shrouded in a blanket fog. Slowly i begin to circle the skies as i drift further from my home. As the warm air rises, I look around what may lie below me in the meadow. The colors distract me for a moment as I take in the wonder below. The lush green grasses are set ablaze by the flowers opening to the new days sun. I circle the fields hoping to find today's meal. Not seeing anything, I move westward toward the sea. The winds move faster as the morning turns Into mid day and i climb higher into the sky.

I wonder If today will be like the day before, a small bird was all i could find and share with my hungry babies. Today may be different I think as I see my friends circling In the distance towards the sea. I Join them in the search and move towards the rocky cliffs that mark the border of our homeland. We stop to rest on the top of the cliff. As in the past, we know here may be enough food to share and satisfy the bellies of our young.

Below us lies a small strip of sand that may hold today's bounty. We watch as the water rolls into the sandy spit of land. We watch and wait patiently as more of the sands are exposed to the light of the day. Suddenly I see a large grey mass lying on the warming sands. I wait for any movement from the mass but see none. We know this beach well. There are no large grey boulders here i thought. Again I take flight, slowly gliding towards the sands. The grey mass looks bigger as i glide closer. I do see my kind joining me in the air. We see some movement down below around the mass. As we glide closer, I discover that the movement is just the gulls and terns that live on the cliffs above. They take flight as we come in for a closer look. Still no movement as we hit the cold moist sands. Moving closer i see the mass has short grey fur and has been lying here overnight. The scent is heavy of the salt air and the freshly washed ashore mass. As we move closer, the last of the gulls take flight freeing us to approach with ease. The scent is something we remember from long ago. It Is a great feast one we have not seen in many seasons. Before us lies a gift from the sea., a godsend in these days of hunger. We begin moving into our feast and singing our song of happiness. Our song fill the air as we greedily tear into our find.

To be continued...

Till next time,
Penda, Archdruid
Contact:
middleburg.grove@reformed-druids.org

Redding, CA:
No news this season...

Our fledging web presence is at: http://www.myspace.com/manzanita_druids

Blessings of Summer,
Tiffiny /|\
ArchDruid, Grove of the Manzanita, RDG
Contact:
anderson.grove@reformed-druids.org

Although it's not a "Grove", the NoDaL still qualifies as an "autonomous collective" of the Reformed Druids of Gaia, and consists of all the 3rd Order Druids therein. The purpose of the NoDaL is to provide a space for Archdruids of the RDG Groves and Proto-Groves to discuss the many aspects of running a group of Druids, and provide advice and support for each other. They also act as the "legislative" branch of the RDG - creating policy as needed.

In January the NoDaL voted to make some changes to the degree system used by RDG. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degrees will henceforth be called "Orders." In regard to members of the 3rd Order, it is henceforth a requirement that members of the 3rd Order participate in the NoDaL debates and votes, which are done in within an internet group.

The members of the Nemeton request that anyone interested in having input in RDG policy, please share their concerns or suggestions. You may write the NoDaL at senior.clerk@reformed-druids.org

Philadelphia, PA:
Currently meeting in the lush emerald woods of Fairmount Park in the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection (commonly know as Philadelphia), Aelvenstar Grove honors Mother Earth. The grove was formally founded Beltaine, 2004 and is a proto grove of the Reformed Druids of Gaia/Order of the Mithril Star and the Reformed Druids Of North America. In addition, we are associated with other pagan organizations such as Per NTR Sesen and Temple Harakhte.

Looking to our ancestors and the ancients, Aelvenstar Druids respect all life and receive inspiration from Nature and the heavens. We believe it is the natural state of Mankind to live in harmony with Nature. and that it is our responsibility to respect and protect the Earth. As activists, it is our responsibility to do our part collectively and individually to heal the environment.

Emphasizing development through the practice of Druidcraft, focus is placed upon personal growth through the development of body, mind, and spirit. Through study, discussions, rituals, retreats, fellowship, and meditation, a spiritual framework is provided through which Druids may further develop themselves.

Aelvenstar Grove holds eight celebrations a year, on the solstices, equinoxes, and cross quarter festivals. We sometimes meet on other occasions for outings and initiations. Online meetings and initiations are held too, as some members live a distance away.

We welcome new members of all backgrounds who love nature and seek spirituality permeated in the divine beauty and wonder that surrounds us. Nature is groovy!

Courses available: Reformed Druidism 101

Website: http://www.aelvenstargrove.org
Email: philadelphia.grove@reformed-druids.org

For more information about Reformed Druidism, visit http://reformed-druids.org

Live Oak , FL:
Greetings! White Horse ProtoGrove is sorta in idle mode at the moment.............I am back at college working on my LPN & doing pre-requisites for my RN at the moment & have been very busy........

Blessings,
Ann Feather

Contact: sebring.grove@reformed-druids.org

Roots Rocks and Stars
RDG "Proto-Grove"

Albany, OR:
Roots Rocks and Stars currently consists of three humans and two canine companions. We people are all college students, one in natural resources, one in Literature, and one in history. We live together in a small apartment in Corvallis Oregon's north end. We are all ethnically descended from British Isle and French folks (some Native Canadian/American ancestry as well) and this colors our rituals. We are primarily dedicated to Cernunnos, Epona, Brigid, and Cerridwen but actually tend toward an abiding devotion to nature and spirit without too much investment in names and images. Our rituals tend to involve home-cooking and plenty of beer.

Contact: albany.grove@reformed-druids.org

No news this season from:

Thorn & Rose
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RDG "Proto-Grove"

calgary.grove@reformed-druids.org