Geimredh 43 - Samhain / Calan Gaeaf 2004 - Vol.3 No. 1
Blessed Samhain to All
(SÙ-un), (or SOW-en), known in Modern Irish as L· Samhna
(Laa SÙu-Nu), in Welsh as Nos Galan Gaeaf (that is the night
of the Winter Calends), in Manx as Laa
Houney (Hollantide Day), Sauin or Souney; is, of course, the eve of
“All Saint’s Day”, All Hallow’s Evening or Halloween.
As the Celtic New Year, it is the time when the veil separating the worlds of men and of the Tuetha de Dannan is at its thinnest, allowing the spirits of the dead, the faery folk, devas, etc., to pass back and forth with little effort.
Samhain Around the World
In Scotland, people would place stones or nuts in the ashes of the hearth before going to bed Samhain night. Anyone whose stone had been disturbed during the night was said to be destined to die during the coming year.
On Crete, each family prepares a pot of porridge (made by boiling wheatberries, pomegranate seed, raisins, currants and almonds) and then carries it from house to house throughout the village. At each home, a little of their porridge is taken out and added to the household's pot and a little of that household's porridge is added to theirs. By the end of the day, each family takes home a nearly identical mixture of the village's porridge to honour all the departed.
In Sicily, this day is called the Festival of the Dead and it is an important celebration, especially for the children, as their dead relatives return to leave them traditional candies and cakes as well as toys.
In Latin America, families celebrate the Day of the Dead by visiting cemeteries and cleaning the graves of their relatives. They also honor the memory of departed loved ones by leaving them flowers and by baking traditional cakes and pastries.
In Finland, the celebrations we associate with Samhain actually occur around Easter.
REFORMED DRUIDISM 101: THE SELF-STUDY ON CD-ROM V.9.0
We've been selling
it it at Avalon Risen, on the D101 homepage,
and on eBay. We're charging the general
public $19 for the CD, but OMS members can pick it up for $5 (and that's
post paid). See http://www.mithrilstar.org/memd101cd.htm
Also, we've been giving it away to new members who join without going through (or signing up for) the online D101 class -- that way they don't have to wait for a new session to begin -- they can just jump right in to the self study.
Last May we launched our online store, featuring Order-related items, including "Mithril Star" pendants, ritual cloaks, and T-shirts. We've become wholesalers with AzureGreen, and can get anything in their catalog ( www.azuregreen.com ) for you at 15% off their regular retail prices (but only if you use the AzureGreen link on the Avalon Risen webpage).
The "official" OMS Bibleography continues to grow. If you haven't checked it out lately, please do. Sybok has put a lot of hours into this effort. The bibliography is now up 90% and functioning. Sybok is still working on the "miscellaneous" page, but should have that up within the week. Then he will be going back and adding in all the suggested works that have been coming in (thanks to those who have contributed). The bibliography is very much an ongoing work in progress, so be sure to check it from time to time for updates.
One of the things about it is that it functions as a "suggested reading list" but it also reveals something of the character of the Order, in much the same way that perusing a new friends book shelf will reveal something of their character.
About 99% of the books have links either to our own Avalon Risen sale site, or to Amazon.com, where you can purchase the item. The only ones that don't are those we couldn't find and are out of print.
Check it out: http://www.mithrilstar.org/avalon/bibleo.htm
Do feel free to make suggestions. And if you have a review of any work therein, please submit it and we'll give you the credit. Also, you have to know we didn't -- we couldn't -- read every book in the list. If you believe or are aware of a book that shouldn't be on the list, for whatever reason, please let us know (and tell us why). Likewise, if we've left something out, or "misplaced" a book (maybe it's in the wrong catagory?).
Our online store is at http://www.mithrilstar.org/avalon and features a shopping cart powered by Pay Pal, so you can do all your shopping easily and conveniently.
Please keep checking that page, as we will be adding new inventory to the store every week! We already have many beautiful ritual items in there!
Also, if there are any items that you see on the AzureGreen website that you think we should carry in our store, please write us and we will consider it.
- The Veiled One
MEET OUR NEW TREASURER
to the problems of managing
were pleased to find a willing
a CPA by profession,
LUGHNASADH SESSION OF REFORMED DRUIDISM 101 CONTINUES
As an Order, we're adapting more and more of RDNAs traditions (with our own little tweaks of course) every year, and our online course is reflective of that. So in August, we changed the name of the course to Reformed Druidism 101, which is much more acurate.
The current session has 14 survivors, and 4 have already joined the Order (2 were members going in). Sadly, a few who did not survive simply refused to pay their obligation. Honor can be so lacking in the Pagan community.
The next session will begin in January. If you are a member of the Order and need to take it, use this link to enroll: http://mithrilstar.org/d101enroll.htm
If you are a member of the Order, the money commitment does not apply to you.
STATE OF THE ORDER
NEW YEARS DAY Y.R. 43
of today we have 138 members, of which:
21 members are eligible for ordination into the First Degree.
16 members are ordained First Degree Druids.
3 members are eligible for ordination into the Second Degree
4 members are ordained Second Degree Druids
3 members are ordained Third Degree Druids
1 member is eligible for ordination into the Fourth Degree
1 member is an ordained Fifth Degree Druid
2 members are ordained Seventh Degree Druids
During YR 42:
186 students started the Druidcraft 101 class
15 finished and became members
During YR 42, the Order experienced a net Membership gain of 15
Total US Members: 116
Total Canadian Members: 9
Total International Members: 22
Total Countries represented: 11
Total US States represented: 32
Total Canadian Provinces represented: 6
Top 5 US States: OR=12, CA=9, WA=10, FL=11, NY=7
Total members in areas with Redwood Groves: 4
4th ONLINE ORDINATIONS COMING UP AROUND YULE
Our next online ordinations will be held in the mithrilstar chat room sometime around Yule.
There are (as of this writing) 21 Druids eligible for the First Degree, 3 eligible for Second and 1 eligible for 4th.
If you are in a hurry, or not able to make an online ordination, and don't want to wait for the online date, you may make a private appointment with Ceridwen or Sybok for a phone or chat room ordination - or you can contact one of the three new Third Degree Druids, as they are empowered to perform the rites for First and Second degrees.
Write the clerk of the Mother Grove for a list of 3rd's.
ASTROLOGY FOR PAGANS
Ceridwen currently has four Advanced sessions and one Beginning session in progress. Because of this large amount of classes, she will be taking a "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 schedule will be set up that will conform to your own personal needs - NO WAITING! Each lesson will be offered whenever YOU are ready for it - 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!
If you are interested in a private consultation about your Astrological chart, please visit her home page at:
Today is Samhain / Calen Gaeaf, or November 1, 2004 CE.
It is the 1st day of the 43rd Year of the Reform, the 1st day of the Season of Geimredh, and the 1st day of the Month of MÌ na Samhna.
It is also Monday,
in the common tongue, or Dydd Llun in Welsh.
It is the Druidic day of the Willow.
FULL MOONS occur on 26 Geimredh, 56 Geimredh, and 86 Geimredh.
NEW MOONS occur on 12 Geimredh, 41 Geimredh and 71 Geimredh.
The birthday of our Co-Founder, Sybok Pendderwydd, occurs on 15 Geimredh.
The Sun enters Sagittarius on 21 Geimredh.
(December) begins on 31
(a Wednesday - Dydd Mercher - Day of the Hazel).
Yule / Alban Arthuan, or the Winter Solistice occurs on 51 Geimredh.
The Sun enters Capricorn on 51 Geimredh.
(January, the new common year 2005) begins
on 62 Geimredh
(a Saturday - Dydd Sadwrn -- Day of the Sequoia).
The Sun enters
Aquarius on 80 Geimred.
Irish Galway Wassail
While wassailing is now usually associated with Yule, it originated around Samhain. It was usually done by a group of individuals who had imbibed too much Samhain ale. They would gather stones or weapons and cider and go out to find the largest apple tree around. There, they throw the stones (or fire their weapons) into the branches of the apple tree to frighten away evil faeries. They would then drink to the tree's health and sustenance. Today, "wassailing" means the drinking to the health of anyone with a spiced punch or cider.
1/2 cups water
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 baked apples, cut into small pieces
5 egg whites
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
8 whole cloves
1 quart ale
1 cup cooking sherry
1 cup Irish whiskey
1. Bring the water and cream to a slow boil and remove from heat.
2. Beat the egg whites well.
3. Thoroughly mix in all the remaining ingredients except the alcohol. Allow this mixture to cool slightly, enough so that the heat from it will not crack your punch bowl. If you have a non-glass container for your wassail, you can skip the cooling process.
4. Blend in the alcohol just before serving, and be sure to offer the traditional toast to the old apple tree.
Mother Grove wishes all of you a most blessed New Year,
and abundant blessings throughout the season!
May you never thirst!
Druid Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear,
Sybok Pendderwydd, Clerk
Cylch Cerddwyr Rhwng Y Bydoedd Grove, OMS
NEXT ISSUE WILL BE PUBLISHED ON Imbolq / Oimelc - 1 Earrach YR 43
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