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1 Foghamnhar 44 - Lughnasadh 2006 - Vol.4 No. 4
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The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you
like the leaves of Autumn.

~~ John Muir ~~

About the Holiday

Lughnasadh is a traditional mid-summer harvest festival, The name Lughnasadh itself, which means 'corn king' is of Southern Irish origin, and relates to the harvest of early wheat in these areas. Lughnasadh was a time for feasting and games, much like the modern Olympic Games, and took place around the time of the first harvest. Games of this form can be seen in the traditional Scottish Highland Games which take place during the summer months.

In Irish mythology, Lugh, who symbolizes the harvest, is brought to find a wife. However, none can be found and one is fashioned for him out of flowers. However, his flower bride is lured away by another and Lugh is killed in the ensuing battle. The killing of Lugh symbolizes both the harvest, and the end of summer, which is seen at Samhuinn.

It is a common tradition at Lughnasadh for hand-fastings to take place. These are a form of marriage, where each party agrees to remain together for a year and a day - if after this time they are still together they would be considered man and wife, but if they wished to part they could do so after this time.

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MUSINGS FROM THE ARCH-DRUID
by Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear /|\

Thou Art God/dess,

Late at night on this past New Moon (Mon., 7/24/06), I was meditating and contemplating the place and purpose of our Order, envisioning the "larger picture" possibilities - which always appears to me visually as a web of Grove-lights around the whole body of Mother Gaia...pulsating light and energy that feeds the planet, and each other, with whatever we need to move further along on our respective paths to the highest expression of ourselves...

For quite some time now, I've been considering our "affiliation" with the Reformed Druids of North America, a "dis-organization" that has served a purpose of being a sort of "umbrella" group for many different Druid paths. One thing that has always sort of bothered me about being affiliated with any group "...of North America" is that I've always thought of it as "limiting" us to a certain geographic area...which I imagine is not that inviting-sounding to our friends and members "across the pond"...as well as all the other countries in which our members reside...

I've always seen us as an "inter-national" order, open to all countries, provinces, islands and all other abodes on the planet. I've always thought it would be awesome to be able to travel around the world, and always have some waterkin to meet and visit with along the way! :)

So there's always been a part of me that could not quite reconcile inside myself the thought of belonging to an "...of North America" group...and as I was contemplating this during yet again the last Dark Moon, it hit me that we needed to change our affiliation, and the name of that affiliation...to something more Universal, and more Earth-centered...and what I kept seeing was, "Reformed Druids of Gaia" - which contains the global concept, and I liked the sound of belonging to something "...of Gaia" - of the Earth Mother!

So I did the numerology - as I always do when considering name changes - and it had some incredible ones! Here they are, for the numerologically-inclined among you:

9 soul urge (total of vowels)
9 inner self (total of consonants)
9 expression (total of complete name)
3 life path (total of birthday, which was 7/24/2006)
3 destiny (total of name and birthday)

We have the "universal" number of 9, the number of spiritual service...and we also have the "Druid" number of 3, the number of Awen! How cool is that? :)

So, I took all this to the Mother Grove, and we discussed it for a long time...and we came to a unanimous agreement that this is the "direction" we'd like to take...so we agreed to establish our own "canopy" organization, which will include our Order and all it's Groves and solitary Druids, and perhaps in the future other Druid groups might wish to come in under our canopy and be affiliated with the RDG (Reformed Druids of Gaia)...

We as an Order will still remain OMS - we just are adding a new affiliation - so our new official name would be OMS of RDG (or you can write it out the long way)...and this name change will eventually be on all our webpages - the one exception will be our PayPal account - I don't think we can change the name on it, so that will be OMS of RDNA...

Our preceptor will be responsible for creating our new constitution and bylaws, as well as eventually taking care of the legal necessities. Our intent is to be legally "official". This will also mean that 3rd degree Druids will no longer need to be ordained by 3rd degree RDNA Druids to be considered a Reformed Druid Clergy (or Arch-Druid if you have your own Grove)...the only "apostolic succession" you will need to be concerned with is this: If you were ordained by myself or your preceptor, (both of whom were the original Arch-Druids of our Order) - or if you are ordained by anyone that we have ordained, then you will be considered "official" RDG Clergy (or Arch-Druids if you have your own Grove)...

Your new role and title will be as Druids of the Order of the Mithril Star of the Reformed Druids of Gaia... :)

I personally see it as progress, as our Order is constantly evolving and growing, and this seems like the next logical step to me...

I invite your thoughts and reactions to this, either onlist or off...

On another note, the fees for the Gathering will go up again by $10 on August 15th, so if you are planning to come, you might want to get those reservations in before then! :)

We also have some spots open for more workshops, classes, readings, or whatever you have to share - contact me privately if you are interested in offering any of these... :)

Blessed Lughnasadh to you all! :)

In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, AD /|\
OMS-RDG

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.

~~ Irish Blessing ~~

Time is running out - so register NOW for the...

Co-Hosted by
Clan of the Triple Horses Grove, Medford OR,
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and the Order of the Mithril Star

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And in the Autumn of our lives...
A secret place to share...
Wisefolk gather from all around
with sacred herbs and prayer...

A quiet, serene, virgin space...
Of knowledge, healing and love...
Where we grow in oneness with ourself
So below... as above...

Join us at the cauldron...
It simmers, breathing warmth...
gather your herbs, share your knowledge
dance, untamed beside the fire...
Share with us your hearts desire...

~ Lilye ~

Seasonal Myths
(with Astrological undertones)

Mythically, this is the day of the year when the god of light is defeated by his twin and alter-ego, the god of darkness. It is the time of the year when night conquers day. And as I have recently shown in my seasonal reconstruction of the Welsh myth of Blodeuwedd, the Autumnal Equinox is the only day of the whole year when Llew (light) is vulnerable and it is possible to defeat him. Llew now stands on the balance (Libra/autumnal equinox), with one foot on the cauldron (Cancer/summer solstice) and his other foot on the goat (Capricorn/winter solstice). Thus he is betrayed by Blodeuwedd, the Virgin (Virgo) and transformed into an Eagle (Scorpio).

Two things are now likely to occur mythically, in rapid succession. Having defeated Llew, Goronwy (darkness) now takes over Llew's functions, both as lover to Blodeuwedd, the Goddess, and as King of our own world. Although Goronwy, the Horned King, now sits on Llew's throne and begins his rule immediately, his formal coronation will not be for another six weeks, occurring at Samhain (Halloween) or the beginning of Winter, when he becomes the Winter Lord, the Dark King, Lord of Misrule. Goronwy's other function has more immediate results, however. He mates with the virgin goddess, and Blodeuwedd conceives, and will give birth -- nine months later (at the Summer Solstice) -- to Goronwy's son, who is really another incarnation of himself, the Dark Child.

Source: http://nakedgoddess.blogspot.com/

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.

~~ George Eliot ~~

Eisteddfod

An eisteddfod is a typically Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of such a meeting of Welsh artists dates back to at least the 12th century when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd of Deheubarth at his court in Cardigan in 1176, but with the decline of the bardic tradition fell into abeyance. The present-day format owes much to an eighteenth century revival arising out of a number of informal eisteddfodau. The word eisteddfod is derived from the Welsh word eistedd, meaning "sit".

The National Eisteddfod
The most important eisteddfod is the National Eisteddfod of Wales, held annually in the first week of August and usually alternating between North and South Wales, and taking place entirely in the Welsh language.

The Urdd Eisteddfod
Another important eisteddfod in the calendar is 'Eisteddfod Yr Urdd', or the youth eisteddfod. Organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru, (the largest youth movement in Europe). It brings together children from the age of 7, up to young adults of 24, from all across Wales, for a week of competition of singing, recitation, dancing, acting and musicianship in the summer half-term school holiday. This is the largest youth festival in Europe. Regional heats are held in advance of the final competition. As with the national eisteddfod, the Urdd Eisteddfod moves location, although with the establishment of the Urdd headquarters in the Wales Millennium Centre, the eisteddfod will return to Cardiff every four years.

The International Eisteddfod
Another Eisteddfod is the International Eisteddfod, held annually in Llangollen. Choirs, singing groups, folk dancers and other groups attend from all over the world, sharing their national folk traditions in one of the world's great festivals of the arts. It was set up in 1947 and begins with a message of peace. In 2004, the eisteddfod was (unsuccessfully) nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Terry Waite, who has been actively involved with the eisteddfod.

Other Eisteddfodau
Smaller-scale local eisteddfodau are held throughout Wales: advertisements for them may appear in the back of the newspapers or on posters locally. Schools hold eisteddfodau as competitions within the school: a popular time for this is on Saint David's Day.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisteddfod

A tangerine and russet cascade
Of kaleidoscopic leaves
Creates a tapestry of autumn magic
Upon the emerald carpet of fading summer.

~~ Judith A. Lindberg, Shades of Autumn ~~

Bardic Competition and Crowning Achievements
at the Eisteddfod

THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD OF WALES

The National Eisteddfod is the largest and oldest celebration of Welsh culture, unique throughout Europe as each year it visits a different area of Wales. Eisteddfod literally means a sitting (eistedd = to sit), perhaps a reference to the hand-carved chair traditionally awarded to the best poet in the ceremony 'The Crowning of the Bard'.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to 1176 when it is said that the first Eisteddfod was held. Lord Rhys invited poets and musicians from all over Wales to a grand gathering at his castle in Cardigan. A chair at the Lord's table was awarded to the best poet and musician, a tradition that continues today in the modern Eisteddfod.

Following 1176, many eisteddfodau were held throughout Wales, under the patronage of Welsh gentry and noblemen. Soon the Eisteddfod developed into a huge folk festival on a grand scale. After declining in popularity in the 18th century, it was revived in the early years of the 19th. In 1880 the National Eisteddfod Association was formed and since then the Eisteddfod has been held every year, except for 1914 and 1940.

The Gorsedd of Bards (Gorsedd y Beirdd) made its first appearance at the Eisteddfod at the Ivy Bush Inn in Carmarthen in 1819, and its close association with the Festival has remained. It is an association of poets, writers, musicians, artists and individuals who have made a significant and distinguished contribution to Welsh language, literature, and culture. Its members are known as Druids, and the colour of their costumes - white, blue or green - is indicative of their various ranks.

The head of the Gorsedd of Bards is the Archdruid, who is elected for a term of three years, and is responsible for conducting the Gorsedd ceremonies during Eisteddfod week. These Ceremonies are held to honour literary achievements amongst Welsh poets and prose writers.

Three Gorsedd ceremonies are held during the Eisteddfod week:

- The Crowning (Coroni) of the Bard (awarded to the poet judged best in the competitions in free meter)

- The Awarding of the Prose Medal (for the winner of the Prose competitions)

- The Chairing (Cadeirio) of the Bard (for the best long poem) .

The schedule goes something like this:

Monday morning, Gorsedd Circle
Monday afternoon, Crowning of the Bard
Wednesday afternoon, Prose Medal
Friday morning, Gorsedd Circle
Friday afternoon climax, Chairing of the Bard

During these ceremonies the Archdruid and the members of the Gorsedd of Bards gather on the Eisteddfod stage in their ceremonial robes. When the Archdruid reveals the identity of the winning poet, the 'Corn Gwlad' (a trumpet) calls the people together and the Gorsedd Prayer is chanted. The Archdruid withdraws a sword from its sheath three times. He cries 'Is there peace?', to which the assembly reply 'Peace'.

Then the Horn of Plenty is presented to the Archdruid by a young local married woman, who urges him to drink the 'wine of welcome'. A young girl presents him with a basket of 'flowers from the land and soil of Wales' and a floral dance is performed, based on a pattern of flower gathering from the fields. The Gorsedd ceremonies are unique to Wales and the National Eisteddfod.

As well as the traditional ceremonies there is another side to the Eisteddfod: maes yr Eisteddfod, the Eisteddfod Field. Here you find lots of stalls associated mainly with crafts, music, books and food. Music competitions and radio shows take place in the Theatre y Maes( the theatre on the field). There is also a societies tent, a literature tent and the very popular live music tent - only songs in Welsh can be performed. The learners tent is for teachers and students of the Welsh language.

Each year, Welsh people from all over the world return to Wales to take part in a special welcoming ceremony staged during Eisteddfod week. The ceremony is organised by Wales International, an association of ex-patriates from all over the world. The Wales International ceremony is held within the Eisteddfod Pavilion on the Thursday of Eisteddfod week.

There is also an Eisteddfod held twice a year in the Chubut province of Patagonia, South America, in the towns of Gaiman and Trelew. This Eisteddfod started in the 1880's and includes competitions in music, poetry and recitation in Welsh, Spanish and English. The winner of the best poem in Spanish receives a silver crown. The ceremony to honour the best poet in Welsh, the Bard, involves a religious ceremony asking for peace and health and involves the Chairing of the Bard in an ornate carved wooden chair. The main Eisteddfod at Trelew is a very big gathering with visitors from all over the world.

Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales

To allow for the sensitivities that exist between North and South Wales, the Royal National Eisteddfod takes place alternately in North and South Wales.

It is an eight day cultural festival which is held at the beginning of August every year. It attracts about 6000 competitors and 150,000 visitors. It is the largest popular festival of competitive music-making and poetry-writing in Europe

If you do not speak Welsh you will have to rely on the similtaneous translations, as the event takes place solely in the Welsh language.

The Eisteddfod (meaning "sitting together" or "gathering") evolved from ancient bardic tournaments in which apprentice poets and musicians would compete against each other for a seat of honour in the households of noblemen. Winning such a tournament was a certain passport to employment, for poets depended on the patronage of wealthy noblemen and landowners for their livelihood. Today it is a unique celebration of Welsh language, art, culture and heritage.

These tournaments were in existence as long ago as the 10th century, when Hywel Dda, a Welsh King, is reputed to have awarded a seat of honour to a poet in his household during a competitive meeting at his court. A 12th century manuscript refers to a similar gathering at Lord Rhys ap Gruffudd's castle in Cardigan in 1176, which included poets and musicians from all over Wales.

The Caerwys Eisteddfod of 1523 was an important milestone in the Eisteddfod's development as it regulated the patronage system and graded poets and musicians according to rank and status. At the beginning of the 19th century, an Eisteddfod of historic significance was held at the Ivy Bush Inn in Carmarthen. By this time, the Eisteddfod was no longer confined to poetry but had developed into a fully fledged folk festival on a much larger scale.

The first National Eisteddfod as we recognise it today was held at Aberdare in Mid Glamorgan in 1861. In 1880 the National Eisteddfod Association was formed and charged with the responsibility of staging an annual festival.

Wales has other Eisteddfodau, including the Urdd National Eisteddfod (for the youth of Wales) and the International Musical Eisteddfod - which is held each July in the town of Llangollen, in North Wales. The first International Musicial Eisteddfod was held in 1947, with the aim of promoting peace between nations after the war-torn years of 1939-45, through the international language of music. This week-long Eisteddfod attracts 2,500 competitors from over 40 countries. In addition to the daily music, singing and dancing competitions, gala concerts are performed in the evenings.

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Sources:

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/Wales-History/Eisteddfod.htm

http://www.gorsethkernow.org.uk/english/gallery/wales2002/galleist.htm

http://www.gorsethkernow.org.uk/english/gallery/wales2002/eiscrown.htm

http://www.wales-calling.com/culture/eisteddfod.htm


"Come," said the wind to
the leaves one day,
"Come o' er the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses
scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone
and the days grow cold."

~~ A Children's Song of the 1880's ~~

Bardic Writings of OMS Members

It appears that most of our members were on vacation this Summer,
but we do have contributions from Antlerchime and myself...

Sunlight
©1986 by Antlerchime

Reprinted with permission

Ten days of heavy winter
And the snow that falls upon my day
I'm waiting for the summer
Beams of sunlight melt it all away
I'm gazing at the mountains
Shining white against an azure blue
Dark trees that pierce the flowing ice-cold coating
Smooth and bright and new
Wind blows across deep snow and chills the hands of time
And I must hurry on before the distant sun is gone
And leave behind a frozen land
That's clothed in white on every hand
And buried deep in winter's sleep since time began

Ten icy, shining crystals
That cling upon the beard of man
Eyes wander the horizon
Rising, falling, taking in the land
Seek shelter for the evening
And the cold that creeps upon the earth
At rest before the fire, glowing warmly
Cat upon the hearth
Night falls and moonlight calls upon the fields of white
And sleep unfolds anon though we must wake before the dawn
And travel on, and leave this lair
And walk the snow, and breathe the air
And shade our eyes as we arise into the glare
And there is sunlight
And glowing snow-bright
And chilling ice-wind
And there is sunlight

Ten crystal streams of water
Weaving down beneath the peaks of white
Descend upon a river
Winding, flowing out of winter's night
My eyes have seen the dreaming
Of a hundred whispering nights of cold
The sleep of snow is ending
Melting, steaming in the sunlight bold
Cold ends, the spring awakens into a warming dawn
And summer's in the air with lengthened days of sunlight fair
The drifting snow will disappear from hills of green
And leaping deer
The wind will ease, now summer's breeze, as life appears
And there is sunlight
And glowing sky-bright
Awakened life-light
And there is sunlight


A Magickal Evening

©2003 by Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear

As I went about, in the wee hours of the night,
watering my indoor plants
and feeding my two frisky black kittens,
I chanced to look out the kitchen window,
and here's what I saw…

There she was, the Lunar Lady, in all her fullness,
moving gracefully across the sky,
with hot-blooded Mars in pursuit,
his face red with exertion
– like Pwyll chasing Rhiannon on her white horse –
always a short distance behind her,
never catching up to her,
no matter how slowly she rode,
nor how quickly he raced.
He did not think to ask her to stop
(as he did in the myths),
but seemed to delight in the endless chase…

She did not seem to mind,
and even began to tease him,
shyly ducking behind a cloud,
peaking out to see if he was still coming,
then setting off again in the clearness,
moving steadily forward,
with one eye turned back to watch him
in amusement, and something else…

I watched, transfixed, this celestial dance
between the Yin and the Yang,
powerful archetypes of balance and attraction…

I know not how long my reverie lasted,
but it touched me deep inside
and left me with a most delicious desire
to go awaken my soulmate…

The Lone Wolf
©1975 by Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear

A memory stirs me of a lean gray wolf,
Solitary amid Northern snows.
It seemed cruel at the time that
She should be alone
Set off from the pack.

Years later that changed,
And her stride matched that of her fellows.
But how odd now, to be dreaming again
Of the nights of old…

One doesn't see the Northern Lights,
Hanging around with this crowd.
Soft footsteps crunching on snow are unheard.
The sharp eyes, ears, senses have faltered
From depending on the skills of the pack.
One almost yearns now for the beauty of that harshness.

I thought the problem was that I was crazy,
But then that changed.
I thought the problem was having no friends,
But then that changed.
I thought the problem was having no lover,
But then that changed.



I had lingering nights,
Filled with soft words and hands –
As much as one had the right to have,
But it isn't enough, as I don't have me…

The wolf has come full circle again,
In sets of three…seven…nine.
With a little sorrow, she lingers behind
And leaves the rest.
Anticipating, she sniffs the air
And revels in the sharp scent of Earth.
In snow she bounds forward,
Heading North,
To the aura of indigo nights.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.

~~ Stanley Horowitz ~~

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OUR INACTIVE MEMBERS

Some special things are happening this Fall, and I just want to mention them as they may have an impact on you.

First, there is the "First Annual West Coast Gathering of the Reformed Druids of Gaia (and friends)." This event is taking place here in the Redwoods on the weekend of Sept 22nd - 24th.

ALL OF YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!!!
Information about the Gathering can be found at
http://www.mithrilstar.org/2006wcdruidgat.htm

Those of you who are former or lapsed OMS members have an opportunity here. You will be reinstated to active status just for attending! Further more, your reinstatement to the Order will be for a minimum of 3 years. How can that be?

Between now and October 31st, dues for everyone are $12/year, so you can renew your membership and once again enjoy the benefits of OMS membership for just $12 a year for life! Attending the Gathering will therefore pay your dues for a minimum of 3 years or up to 5!

Sign up for the Gathering at http://www.mithrilstar.org/2006wcdruidgat.htm
or, if you can't attend then reinstate yourself at http://www.mithrilstar.org/join.htm

I think you'll be glad you did!

nt -- el /|\
Preceptor

Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined
And spreads a common feast for all that live.

~~ James Thomson ~~

Mabon: The Goddess' Farewell to the Hunter
by Dame Niamh
Reprinted with her permission

Now I lay you down upon the drying grass,
Beloved. Your eyes sweep shut; you are weary,
Having given all you could give,
Even now you fade into the dry brown turf.

Your hand, once strong and warm, is dry
Like a little bundle of willow twigs; your hair
Fades into the leaves under your head.
Your blood and bones return to Me.

But this is how it is: your sacrifice is made
So that all can live again as the Wheel turns.
Even now your child quickens in My womb,
Growing, flourishing. He will be born when the snow flies.

How can I let you go, beloved?
I bend to kiss your lips, they fade against mine.
You smile, and slowly, slowly, sink into invisibility.
My tears fall where you were.

Now you will go down to that sunless sea,
Climb into your boat and sail the moonlit waters,
Safe in my womb. When My waters break, you will be born,
And I will hold you in my arms again. Child, brother, husband
O remember Me till I hold you again!

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"Our task must be to free ourselves -- by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole
of nature and its beauty."


~~ Albert Einstein ~~

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She calls it "stick season," this slow disrobing of summer,
leaf by leaf, till the bores of tall trees rattle and scrape in the wind.

~~ Eric Pinder ~~

The word “Mabon” is from the story of Mabon ap Modron, “the son of the mother”, the Divine Youth. Mabon is taken when he is three nights’ old.

His whereabouts are shrouded in mystery; it is through the wisdom and memory of the most ancient animals (Blackbird, Stag, Owl, Eagle, and Salmon) that we understand where he is and why.

Mabon dwells in His Mother’s womb, the Otherworld, in a place of challenge, nurturing, renewal, regeneration and new life. Just as the light is now being drawn into the earth accumulating strength and wisdom, to become a new seed, Mabon has returned to his Mother’s womb.

Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn,
time seems speeded up. What was, is not, and never
again will be; what is, is change.

~~ Edwin Teale ~~

THE STATS OF THE OMS

As of today we have 157 members:

139 members are ordained First Degree Druids.
7members are eligible for ordination into the Second Degree
7 members are ordained Second Degree Druids
2 members are eligible for ordination into the Third Degree
9 members are ordained Third Degree Druids
8 members are eligible for ordination into the OMS Fourth Degree
1 member is eligible for ordination into the OMS Fifth Degree
1 member is an ordained OMS Fifth Degree Druid
2 members are ordained OMS Seventh Degree Druids

During the season of Samradh, OMS experienced a net Membership gain of 1

Total Groves sponsored: 2 (+ 2 new Proto-Groves)
Total US Members: 132
Total Canadian Members: 10
Total UK Members: 4
Total International Members: 22
Total Countries represented: 8
Total US States represented: 37
Total Canadian Provinces represented: 6
Top 5 US States: CA=13, OR=12, WA=11, FL=11, NY=7
Total members in areas near Redwood Groves: 5

On such a day each road is planned
To lead to some enchanted land;
Each turning meets expectancy.
The signs I read on every hand.
I know by autumn's wizardry
On such a day the world can be
Only a great glad dream for me--
Only a great glad dream for me!

~~ Eleanor Myers Jewett, An Autumn Day ~~

ASTROLOGY FOR PAGANS

Ceridwen currently has four Advanced sessions and one Intermediate session in progress. Because of this large amount of classes, she is taking a long "hiatus" from the group class format for quite some time (at least until all of her current students graduate)...

Ceridwen is, however still offering PRIVATE TUTORING sessions! Because of the increased "personal attention" these entail, there will be a sliding scale fee required...

If you wish to take advantage of this offer, or need more information about it, send an email to: Ceridwen  Subject line: AstroPagan private tutoring

You will then be contacted immediately and a private database and schedule will be set up that will conform to your own personal needs - NO WAITING! All of the pertinent charts and tables will be calculated and sent to you, as you need them. Each lesson will be offered whenever YOU are ready for it - no homework deadlines! - and if you need to take time off at any point for personal business or holidays or whatever reason, your schedule will be adjusted accordingly!

OR..

If you are interested in a private consultation about your Astrological chart, please visit her home page at:

http://hunters-moon.org

There were three men came out of the West,
Their fortunes for to try,
And these three men made a solemn vow,
John Barleycorn must die..
.

They let him stand till midsummer's day,
Till he looked both pale and wan,
And little Sir John's grown a long, long beard
And so become a man...

They've hired men with scythes so sharp,
To cut him off at the knee,
They've rolled him and tied him by the waist
Serving him most barbarously...

And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl--
And he's brandy in the glass,
And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl
Proved the strongest man at last.

ALMANAC

Today is Lughnasadh, Lammas, or August 1, 2006 CE.

The Feast of Lughnasadh began at Sunset on July 31st.

It is the 1st day of the Season of Foghamnhar, and the 1st day of the Month of MÌ na Lynasa.

It is also Tuesday, in the common tongue, or Dydd Mawrth in Welsh.

It is the Druidic day of the Holly.

1 Foghamnhar- Discovery of Lindow Man, who has been dated to the second century BCE and is believed to be a Druid, 1984

9 Foghamnhar - FULL MOON Celtic tree month of Muin - Vine, begins.

22 Foghamnhar - The Sun enters Virgo.

23 Foghamnhar - Birthday of the Matriarch of the Order of the Mithril Star - Arch-Druid Ceridwen Seren-Ddaer

23 Foghamnhar - NEW MOON

32 Foghamnhar - Me·n Fûmhair (September) begins (a Friday - Dydd Gwener - Day of the Apple)

37 Foghamnhar - Oberon Zell applies James Lovelock's Gaia Theory to Neo- Paganism, 1970.

38 Foghamnhar - FULL MOON. Celtic Tree month of Gort- Vine begins.

53 Foghamnhar - Mabon / Alban Eluid, or the Autumnal Equinox. The Sun enters Libra.

53 Foghamnhar - NEW MOON

53 -55 Foghamnhar - 1st Annual West Coast Gathering of the Reformed Druids of Gaia - Humboldt Redwoods State Park - CA - USA

62 Foghamnhar - Deireadh Fuhmhair (October) begins (a Sunday - Dydd Sul -- Day of the Birch).

67 Foghamnhar - FULL MOON. Celtic Tree month of Ngatal- Reed begins.

82 Foghamnhar - The Sun enters Scorpio

82 Foghamnhar - NEW MOON

92 Foghamnhar - The Festival of Samhain (Halloween / Calan Gaeaf).
Eve of the Celtic New Year (1st day of the NRDNA Year 45)

1 Geimredh - The Season of Geimredh begins at Sunset (1 MÌ na Samhna, November 1, 2006).

The Mother Grove wishes all of you
a most inspiring Lughnasadh, a joyous Mabon,
and abundant blessings throughout the season!

May you never thirst!

Arch-Druid Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Managing Editor/Webmaster
El Arseneau, Preceptor
Cylch Cerddwyr Rhwng y Bydoedd Grove

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Sunrise in the Cosmic Egg" - http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=13403

"Wheel of the Year" - http://www.kilunarei.nl/index2.php?p=wicca_wielvanhetjaart

"the horn of plenty is offered up" - http://www.gorsethkernow.org.uk/english/gallery/wales2002/galleist.htm

"Jason Walford Davies from Bangor won the Crown" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/tours/events/pages/eisteddfod02b.shtml

"The Gorsedd Ceremony" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/tours/events/pages/eisteddfod02b.shtml?12

"Mam o'r fro, a matron of the district, with the horn" - http://www.gorsethkernow.org.uk/english/gallery/wales2002/eiscrown.htm

"Eisteddfod Chair of 1922" - http://www.terrynorm.ic24.net/llwyd.htm

"Bardic Crown from Birkenhead Eisteddfod, 1931" - http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/item1/17706

"The Eisteddfod crown designed by Ann Catrin Evans" - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4703759.stm

"The taking of Mabon" - http://www.liminalityland.com/morraha1.jpg

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