Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

Medford, OR:
Druids of Clan of the Triple Horses Grove in Medford, Oregon, journeyed to the Center of who they are and rekindled the Light within themselves during a brief Winter Solstice/Hogmanay ritual Saturday, January 3 at the beautiful Labyrinth of Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. The Labyrinth has become a Sacred Space and monthly gathering space for our Grove.

Grove member Wolfsong led a brief guided meditation helping members journey with the Light of the Old Ways as it passed from generation to generation, from ancient times to modern. Members then walked the Labyrinth, leaving offerings and lighting candles in the Center. A brief ritual after the walk allowed members to pass the Light, symbolized by candles provided by Aigeann and Seven Tines, from one heart to the next.

What a sacred, special way to celebrate the Light’s Return and begin the “Muggle" New Year!

Please contact us for full details:
triplehorses@gmail.com

Wintertime blessings,
Clan of the Triplehorses Grove

Eureka, CA:
The Mother Grove continues to grow and prosper, with new members coming on board even as older members lose interest or find that their loyalties are divided. As we strive to grow closer as a Grove, we find that the wheat gets naturally divided from the chaff. Such is the nature of growth and transformation. We enthusiastically welcome our new members and the insight and wisdom that they bring with them! "Nature is good."

Our long term Grove project, Sequoia Pagan Alliance (SPA), was passed onto younger Druids, as the duties of administering an international Order (OMS), a global collective (RDG), and a local Grove, have taken precedence over networking the local Pagan community. Druid Jenn "Ninjakitten" and Druid Darkcryst have taken over the SPA, with the blessings of their Archdruid and Patriarch.

The Mother Grove will again be hosting our Druid summit, this year on Lughnasadh weekend and called the Fourth Annual Redwood Coast Druid Gathering, and for the first time, to be open only to Druids and those interested in becoming Druids. Triple Horses Grove in Medford, OR and (we believe) the Druid Network will be co-sponsoring the event, as they have done every year. We hope to see as many of you as possible, whether from RDNA or OBOD, ADF or RDG --- if you're Druid, you're welcome to attend.

In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Senior Archdruid RDG &
Ellis Arseneau, OMS Patriarch

 

Colorado Springs, CO:
Alban Arthuan Ritual was canceled due to lack of interest. Gwyl Mair ritual is scheduled for Tuesday February 3rd 2009 however due to the Arch Druid's illness it may be postponed to Saturday February 7th 2009. The Gwyl Mair/Imbolc ritual will consist of a trip to Cerridwen in her most holiest time. The Celtic Study Group and Druid Meet and Greet will be enforce by March.

http://www.circleofstone.ning.com
Arch Druid Dyddgu can be reached at articw@yahoo.com

Additional links:
www.myspace.com/druidingreen
www.home.comcast.net/~nature_speaks

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: aelvenstargrove@yahoo.com

For more information about Reformed Druidism, visit http://rdg.mithrilstar.org

Grove of the Oaken Staves

Middleburg, FL:
After the Grove of the Oaken Staves experienced everything that could be thrown at us, I am happy to say that we are breathing a sigh of relief. While we suffered a lot of maladies to kill put the average human into the doldrums, we hung in there and with eachother's support we can say we are again feeling human and ready to move forward. This weekend we are holding an Imbolc celebration. We will Drink of the waters and eat from the bounty given by out mother the Earth.

I wish someday we can all share in her bounty together as one.

may you never thirst,

Penda, Archdruid
hdivinemad@bellsouth.net

White Horse Protogrove

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: ShadoStr13@yahoo.com

Wilverly Raven Grove

New Milton, Hampshire, UK:
Yule is the big one for Asatru folk and so the grove headed for Stonehenge to celebrate with other likeminded people.

About 2,000 people were gathered at the stones to watch the mid-winter sun rise. This is far less than attends at midsummer and yet somehow the smaller crowd made it feel more important. Almost as if we were down to the hard-line religious folk and all the thrill seeking hangers on were long gone.

After sunrise we wandered about the stones talking to Pagans from other groups, other groves and even another Asatru kindred. It was all too short-lived though as, as is usually the case, English Heritage wanted us out before “opening time” and so at about 10am we all headed for home. Yule though is not just about the solstice. Yule is twelve days (and nights) of celebration, parties and, most important of all, religious observance.

The following day we held Blot back home at our own Holy Place (in sight of the Wilverley Ravens) and we were delighted that we got a fly-past from one of Odin’s birds just as we closed the rite – a good omen indeed!

The next day saw one of our more outgoing members take on the role of Father Wotan. Suitably adorned in red robe and white beard he followed the age-old Odinist tradition (go on admit it – you thought it was a Christian thing) of delivering gifts to the children of the kindred. The grove (if all members are taken into account) has six little-ones and Father Wotan ensured that all of them got something special. Mind you our red-suited friend stopped short of climbing down chimneys – the coward!

All too soon we came to twelfth night and this was a more adult affair as we saw in the secular New Year and made plans for the next twelve months in the life of the Wilverley Raven Kindred.

With that in mind we wish a happy 2259RE to Druids everywhere and express the heartfelt wish that none of you will ever thirst!

Hail the High Ones

Derfel Odinsson
Archdruid

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: juliecolibri@aol.com

No news this season from:

TSU
San Marcos, TX USA
RDG "Proto-Grove"

Thorn & Rose
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RDG "Proto-Grove"