Geimredh 44 - Samhain 2005 - Vol.4 No. 1
is now. Now is. Don't postpone till then.
FROM THE ARCH-DRUID
With this holiday, we begin our 3rd year of publishing this newsletter! Our first issue was Samhain of 2003, and - since this would therefore be the 3rd Samhain issue - I feel it is no longer necessary to "describe" this holiday (or any other, for that matter). Besides, everyone who has been reading this newsletter regularly should be quite familiar with them by now!
Therefore, we shall concentrate on content that reflects the "spirit" of each holiday - and with that in mind, this issue will have an abundance of material dealing with the prevalent energies of the Season of Darkness: Lots of inspired poetry, divination, and articles dealing with death, transformation and rebirth...
The transition from Autumn into Winter is my very favourite time of year - always has been. Like my sweet hubby, I too am following an inner guidance to turn inward during the dark season, to contemplate what I've learned from the passing year, and to ask for guidance from the Crone as to the next step on my spiritual path...
I always do a Tarot reading to get a look at the energies surrounding the new year and what my role will be. I generally use a 13-card spread: The 12 Astrological houses with a 13th card in the middle - face down. This card either shows a hidden influence or sums up all the other cards. This spread is great for the "general feel" of the year.
The Awen always flows more strongly during this quiet season, and I tend to "wax poetic" - most writings are kept in my private journal unless I feel particularly moved to share one publicly.
May we all realize what an inspiring time of year this is, and find ever more creative ways of exploring the Otherworldly Realms...
Bardic Writings From OMS Members
following writings by Sezo, Derfel and Artic were generously submitted
to us for the
OMS Tarot Spread
You didn’t think I could write about Samhain and divination without mentioning Tarot?! Here is a spread that I have designed about the Order of the Mithril Star. This is a spread to do as you focus on your role with the OMS and its role in your spiritual development.
1 and 2 are placed as the 2 tree trunks of the OMS symbol
Card 2 represents how you feel about your Godhood
next cards are placed around the points of the septacle
Card 4 represents how YOU can help OMS
Card 5 represents what hinders your spiritual development
Card 6 represents what helps your spiritual development
Card 7 represents what 'dead wood' must be removed so you and your role in OMS can grow and flourish
Card 8 represents what new seeds you can plant and cultivate in the coming year
Card 9 represents what you really need to focus on to move on to the next degree
Card 10 is then placed in the centre of the star, between cards 1 and 2, and represents the your potential future of your spiritual development and your relationship with OMS
To illustrate the use of this spread, I've done a reading, which I am going to share with you, using the DruidCraft Tarot
1 represents what you think and/or feel about OMS - 7 of cups.
2 represents how you feel about your Godhood - Princess of Cups.
3 represents how OMS helps you on your spiritual path - Queen of Swords.
4 represents how YOU can help OMS - 4 of Swords.
5 represents what hinders your spiritual development - 5 of Swords.
6 represents what helps your spiritual development - The Empress.
7 represents what 'dead wood' must be removed so you and your role in
OMS can grow and flourish - Ten of Swords.
8 represents what new seeds you can plant and cultivate in the coming
year - 8 of wands.
9 represents what you really need to focus on to move on to the next degree
- The Wheel.
10 represents the potential future of your spiritual development and your
relationship with OMS - nine of pentacles.
Overall, I think I may have been underestimating the influence that I have over OMS. Its not just an Order that is based in the US, its a living breathing thing, and I carry and help create the spirit of OMS. A feeling of co-operation and balance seems to be here, plus the more work I put into my spirituality and into OMS, then the more I am going to get out of it: A deeper connection with my Waterkin, but to let the wise folk teach me more about myself. Together as a community we can really help each other, and I am starting to believe that I have a lot to offer OMS and everyone else, as much as they have to offer me.
This is a very rewarding spread to do, so if you have the time this holiday season, take 5 to evaluate where you are and where you are going, personally and as part of OMS.
With the veil at its thinnest over Samhain, many of us will be thinking about divination. For me Samhain night is the most important night of the year as a Tarot reader and general divination diva because readings have a tone – a sense of purpose that they may not have for the rest of the year. It's also a very important time to remember what unifies us as human beings, looking at those universal tools that by pass cultures, gender and ages, and one of those things for me is scrying.
Scrying is a term that is really confusing because a lot of people use it incorrectly. Scrying is the art of seeing something in a reflective tool - water, mirrors, crystal balls, fire (even if it’s as small as candle flame), and wax.
Scrying is not dowsing! Dowsing with rods or pendulums brings you 'yes/no /maybe' answers – you are not receiving visions or a symbolic conversation with your Higher Self. The TV show Charmed has caused a lot of confusion as they apparently 'scry' for evil on a map, but to be more precise it is actually dowsing.
So what can you scry with? It’s recorded that the ancient Persians used crystal balls; the ancient Greeks would use a clear mirror. Tribes of South America used highly polished black stone. There are sources that suggest the same practices in Ancient Egypt as well.
The crystal ball is the cliché, and is the most widely used method of scrying. Some people prefer to use a completely clear quartz ball - but those are very expensive and it’s not very ecological (I feel) to mine the Earth Mother for something unnecessary. Others prefer a small ball that fits into the palm of their hand, with inclusions or little bubbles inside – be it clear quartz, obsidian, rose quartz whatever. The inclusions give the eyes something to focus on and shut the rational mind down.
The Magick Mirror is a popular method as well. Usually this is a black mirror, but it’s some black glass or glass that has been painted black on one side, and you can set it up in a photo frame that you like. You gaze into your reflection in the mirror, often staring into your eyes, and as you unfocus your eyes, slowly you may see a completely different face in front of you! It’s therefore no surprise that to contact guides or past lives, mirror scrying is the most popular and easiest method to use.
Water scrying happens usually in a dark bowl. Gazing into the depths of the water you may see visions. Or a popular method is to drop a few drops of black ink into a bowl of water and see what images you see in the ink. However, for me, I don't class this as scrying because you aren't seeing visions, you are interpreting shapes like you would in tealeaf or cloud readings. Seeing symbols isn't the same as having visions in my opinion. However if it works for you then that’s all that matters.
How exactly do you start to scry? By gazing into something, you are focusing your mind and hopefully shutting down the rational mind. If you aren't good at meditation, you will need to work on this to become a good scryer, because in both you are shutting down the rational mind and all those thoughts about the cat/dog/shopping/TV that you can hear in the background, etc.
With your eyes open you let the left side of the brain open up and project into the tool. However, with regular scrying practice these things should develop over time. Once you are into the right state of mind – calm, relaxed and focused – you may start to see things. Again, this is rather dependent on your visualisation abilities. You may just see an outline when you start to scry, but after a month or two of regular practice you might start to see details, so you get the most out of your scrying time.
Now that you have your bowl of water, mirror or crystal ball, then what? It is most important that you are protected! I really can't emphasize how important it is to be seated in a protective ball/sphere of light, or even better would be to open a ritual, calling the quarters and deities to protect you and keep you safe. You may also ask them that your scrying will help answer a certain question, or that you will see all that is necessary for you to see. When scrying, you are slightly venerable by negative entities because you are in direct communication with your Higher Self, and they would love to attach themselves to your energies.
Protection is 100% necessary, and even some form of smudging or cleansing afterwards to be doubly sure that nothing has got through your barriers. You aren't putting up shields, because that means you will get little if nothing from the session – just a protective barrier.
A little candlelight is all you may need, so one candle slightly out of sight but enough so you can see into the tool will be necessary. Then you will start to focus and concentrate into your tool. Don't feel it is a staring contest! Just relax your eyes, softly focused so you can see without making yourself uncomfortable. Soon you may see the tool go misty! And it’s often at this point in your first couple of goes that you may be so surprised that you lose your focus and jump back into your own skin.
Once you know you can get into the right state of mind it’s just a case of building up on that experience. Some scryers however only see mists of different colours and that is fine! Colours tell us a lot about what we need to know or focus on. However the mists might clear and you will start to see your first visions. They may seem really weird and abstract, and some might seem terrifying. To first see skulls or old men or dogs is fairly common because it’s a symbol of connecting with the Otherworld and your unconscious. You may then see other wondrous things.
After a while you may run out of symbols, or you will lose your concentration. Don't fret – it’s just your Higher Self saying you've seen all you need to see at this point. Sit back and quickly run through all that you've seen.
As you scry more you may find that you get the feelings of these visions, or audio as well as visual. It may feel though you are falling into the vision. That is perfectly fine, but make sure that you centre and ground yourself, and maybe cleanse yourself after a scrying session.
Recording your sessions. Again this is always up to you. Some people find it easier to have a tape recorder next to them whilst they scry, so they just speak what they are seeing. Others like to be completely focused on the visions and afterwards take 5 minutes to recall everything before writing it down. This is like dream journaling almost, and in writing it down you may get insights of interpretation into your sessions.
Sometimes they may take a few days for you to process, and sometimes, like dreams, they may seem very bizarre and make no sense at all lol. If that is the case you may want to ask your spirit guides about them or perhaps draw the odd Tarot card or two to give you a few pointers about what that session could be relating to.
Scrying is a very effective technique, one that brings a lot of rewards of meditation and visualisation. It also brings you into deeper contact with your Higher Self and your guides, if that is what you wish.
If you get scared the first few times you scry, that’s perfectly normal! Sitting in the dark with a crystal ball brings to mind moments in dodgy horror films. The first time I did a ritual I felt scared, slightly worried about what was happening, so it’s to be expected. Once you've done it a few times and feel confident in what you are doing, you will no longer feel scared and might even look forward to scrying!
I hope this has at least given you more food for thought on scrying. I love scrying and would highly recommend it to anyone. For me it goes back to the core of what divination is – talking and working with your Higher Self for the greater good of yourself or others around you, and to stretch your empathic and psychic abilities. From my experience there are only gains from scrying sessions, but as always, it’s what’s right for you. Blessed Samhain!
Sezo’s Drum Ritual
Now that we are in the dark months, we start to greet the darkness, and are even eager to explore it. One of the time-old ways of exploring the darkness, to look into the Otherworld, is with a drum. The drum rhythms can help us fall into a trance state to help us fall into the Otherworld. There we can communicate with the Spiritworld, the ancestors, spirit guides animal guides and totems.
As well as taking us into these places, the drum can bring us out; call us back into the physical world with its deep resonance or playful jigs and reels. The drum can help us with healing, banishing, invoking – in fact every part of ritual and Druidical practice can be shared and made unique with the heartbeat of the Earth pounding through and working with us.
Also, the drum is a wonderful tool at this time of year. During our festivals of light, be it Halloween where we celebrate our inner light and child as well as the darkness, but also through till Yule when we are getting together and making merry. The drum brings us together as one – reminds us that we all share a heartbeat with the Earth even as she slumbers.
The Drum Circle is extremely sacred. For a group of people to talk we have to take it in times to talk (especially in Talking Stick rounds, this time is sacred!) but there is nothing like a drum circle where we can all talk and weave our energies together!
So as we think about our darker selves and self-exploration, to connect with our ancestors, let us do this with the time-old and sacred drum! Universally used and honoured throughout time, culture and space, which is a rare thing with humanity!
This is a ritual to consecrate your new drum, or to even reconsecrate it. I feel that drums are holy items, and are as important to us as ritual knifes, crane bags, etc. in druidry and paganism.
This ritual is what I have written for my bodhran, and so contains some elements that are only applicable to the history and essence of it. Feel free to change and adapt this ritual for your drums and to connect with its history and culture.
Open ritual as usual, making sure you have necessary things, i.e., something for each element to cleanse and bless it with and maybe something to decorate it with like beads, feathers, ribbons etc. A nice drink also helps to honour the energies, so mead, your favourite beer or wine would be more appropriate I feel rather than water or fruit juice but as always its up to you and your feelings on the ritual. Also, find a place to do this where you won’t disturb too many people with some loud noise!
I open this ritual to make this bodhran, this 'deafener', to not just be a bodhran, but mine. To be a tool and a great extension of myself. May its sound bring to me the songs and cries of my ancestors who danced with glee to its sounds, or stepped together on the battlefield. Its origins are lost to us because the ancestors sat long into the night dazed by its beauty and its voice, or just damn tired after dancing the night away. Noting its origin was not as important as playing it and being part of it. Be it from the fields, or from far away lands - the drum is a universal tool from Great Spirit and with it I can join, weave and connect with the Web of Life, Death and Rebirth.
Present the drum to the 4 quarters.
Turn to the East
Spirits of East, of Air. I call you to carry the beats of this drum to where they are needed, that it will always resonate with others of the Circle, but may its tender voice be always heard and distinct. May its song clear out the cobwebs of my mind and spirit, and lift my spirit high. Cleanse, empower and consecrate my drum. (Move through some incense smoke)
Turn to the South
Spirits of South, of Fire. I call you to make my drum always encourage the Sacred Dance. Let the drum feed the fires and passions of my heart, of what I need to experience with courage and vitality. With each beat of the drum may I feel proud to be alive and feel the warmth of my warrior ancestors stepping into battle. Cleanse, consecrate and empower my drum (Move over a flame)
Turn to the West
Spirits of West, of Water. I call you to help my drum always glide into the beat of the music, into the rhythm of my heart and the songs of my ancestors. The slightest of taps to the loudest of bangs, may it always stir my heart and that loving my drum highlights my love of the Earth and equals within the Circle. Cleanse, consecrate and empower my drum. (A few droplets of water on the inside of the drum, or sprinkle a few droplets over it)
Turn to the North
Spirits of North, of Earth. I call you so that I will also beat out your rhythms, may I feel the heartbeat of the earth deep within my soul and the pounding of my feet, and that I beat it in truth, bringing the subtle energies of Earth to the fore. Let this drum be a strong, sturdy and faithful companion in all aspects of my path. Cleanse, consecrate and empower my drum. (Sprinkle a little salt over it)
I call a toast and offer the Waters of Life! Here I give thanks to those who gave their life and essence in the making of this drum.
Praise be to the drum-maker, using the best of his skill, care and attention into making this drum. Love, honour and respect to fall over him and his family - for he has selected the greatest skin and wood. (Make a small libation to the Earth)
I offer my thanks to the goat that gave its physical life for this drum. May every time I beat upon the skin be an adequate thank you for what you have given and what we will make together. (Make another small libation to the Earth)
To the tree who gave its wood to the drum-maker, every time the sound resonates through the frame may it be an adequate thank you. (Make a small libation to the Earth)
In using, treating and caring for my drum I honour your energies and thank you for what together you offer me. (Finish the drink)
Sky Father, the greatest Bodhranii of all, I welcome the Dagda into this ritual to cleanse consecrate and empower this drum. This is the drum of my ancestors as they beat the way into battle and beat their way into the Cosmos. With the Cauldron as your faithful drum, and your Club as your sacred tipper to give us your reels and jigs of thunder, bless my drum. Together our hearts beat as one.
Earth Mother, the muse and goddess of inspiration, I welcome Bridgit into this ritual to cleanse, consecrate and empower my drum. Let the fire in my head and my heart pour onto the drum. Let the tipper be your hammer, let the drum be your anvil and together we can forge a future whole and true. Every sound, like the pulsing of our hearts, be pure and so together let our hearts beat as one.
Sacred drum, sound of Earth, Sea and Sky, be filled with Divine Love. Be true to me. Join me in our sacred and time-old relationship, and offer me your name.
Enter into a period of drumming, thinking of all the things said above, of the elements, Earth Mother and Sky Father. More importantly listen to what your drum wants to say, what it wants to play from deep within your gut (rather than, say, your heart). During this time you may want to sing along with it (preferably a tune that needs to come out, a song for the moment rather than a prewritten one), speak an off-the-cuff poem, chant a few awens, etc., and work together.
It may offer you its name or what its personality is (male/female, bright, bubbly and fast, or maybe more subtle and booming.) Spend time doing this and let that inner child relish in making noise!
Spend some time playing with the beater and then playing with your hands. Get a really good feel of it and of all the different noises, pitches and rhythms at the time. Raise some energy to work your energies together; as you drum you may feel a braiding of energies. Weave your energies with the drum, the Divine, the elements, the ancestors or anyone and anything else that feels appropriate.
Together we are now as friends and companions in this world and the other. We are honour bound through blood, sweat and tears of sadness and joy. Let us learn our lessons together, as we beat out our battle cries, as we weave and tie together the melodies and pace in song, dance and Circle and as we stomp together in our spiritual path between the worlds!
Close ritual as you feel appropriate!
Enjoy your drum and may all your journeys bring truth!
Last Daisy Blooming
spent the past few days thinking hard about the meaning of Samhain and
how it is applying to my life at this moment. I had many fleeting thoughts
but what gave me the answer was in my garden all along. Remembrance is
Her old house now lies empty awaiting for its new owner and as we stood outside on her back porch I sensed her garden and what it had to say to her, she nodded and agreed. We walk in her garden, as we so often done years past, this will be the last time I walk her beautiful landscaped mini forest she coveted in her backyard. She came over to my house after we had lunch and we take tour of my garden.
be a thing for Druids and Pagans to cruise garden pads and walk it consistently
on a daily basis noticing the glory of nature and how abundant she is.
I read her cards and off she went, to visit other friends before she is
to leave on Tuesday. This was abundance of the season. Abundance of given
time to spend with a sista and to reminisce about the good ole days.
the Threshold of Time
we are, in a season of no turning back. The smell of the earth gives her
away. Nothing like the odor of wet leaves upon damp grass. I stand out
by my garden and I sense the season, yes it changing and the veil is ready
to part. The Geimredh season upon us, death waiting
for us at the door, yet we know deep inside that death is just merely
a transformation not a final rest.
1. What have we harvested that we planted in the
Dalon ap Landu
Thomas Butler (who has created our lovely new logo/sigil) has taken up
the challenge to create the above "Mithrilized" rendition of
the formerly formless God of Reformed Druidry - Dalon ap Landu, the "Patron
With that in mind, we have given a Winter project to any Mithrils interested in writing myths to write the next chapter: How did Dalon ap Landu survive the battle? What are his plans for his followers?
STATE OF THE ORDER
of today we have 152 members, of which:
During YR 43, the Order experienced a net Membership gain of 14
Groves: 2 (+ 1
A Blessing for the
wrote this as a blessing that one can offer to trees
nine-fold blessing of the sacred grove
axe, no saw, no fire shall harm you,
peace of the running stream through your roots,
the harp of the woods be heard once more
Cauldron of Poesy
Moí coire coir goiriath
My perfect cauldron of warming
I am Amirgen White-knee,
The Gods do not give the
same wisdom to everyone,
Ciarm i tá bunadus ind airchetail i nduiniu; in i curp fa i n-anmain? As-berat araili bid i nanmain ar ní dénai in corp ní cen anmain. As-berat araili bid i curp in tan dano fo-glen oc cundu chorpthai .i. ó athair nó shenathair, ol shodain as fíru ara-thá bunad ind airchetail & int shois i cach duiniu chorpthu, acht cach la duine adtuíthi and; alailiu atuídi.
Where is the root of poetry in a person; in the body or in the soul? Some say it is in the soul, for the body does nothing without the soul. Some say it is in the body were the arts are learned, passed through the bodies of our ancestors. It is said that this is the truth remaining over the root of poetry, and the wisdom in every person¹s ancestry does not come from the northern sky into everyone, but into every other person.
Caite didiu bunad ind archetail & cach sois olchenae? Ní ansae; gainitir tri coiri i cach duiniu .i. coire goriath & coire érmai & coire sois.
What then is the root of poetry and every other wisdom? Not hard; three cauldrons are born in every person -- the cauldron of warming, the cauldron of motion and the cauldron of wisdom.
Coire goiriath, is é-side gainethar fóen i nduiniu fo chétóir. Is as fo dálter soas do doínib i n-ógoítu.
The cauldron of warming is born upright in people from the beginning. It distributes wisdom to people in their youth.
Coire érmai, immurgu, iarmo-bí impúd moigid; is é-side gainethar do thoib i nduiniu
The cauldron of motion, however, increases after turning; that is to say it is born tipped on its side, growing within.
Coire sois, is é-side gainethar fora béolu & is as fo-dáilter soes cach dáno olchenae cenmo-thá airchetal.
The cauldron of wisdom is born on its lips and distributes wisdom in poetry and every other art.
Coire érmai dano, cach la duine is fora béolu atá and .i. n-áes dois. Lethchlóen i n-áer bairdne & rand. Is fóen atá i n-ánshruithaib sofhis & airchetail. Conid airi didiu ní dénai cach óeneret, di h-ág is fora béolu atá coire érmai and coinid n-impoí brón nó fáilte.
The cauldron of motion then, in all artless people is on its lips. It is side-slanting in people of bardcraft and small poetic talent. It is upright in the greatest of poets, who are great streams of wisdom. Not every poet has it on its back, for the cauldron of motion must be turned by sorrow or joy.
Ceist, cis lir foldai fil forsin mbrón imid-suí? Ní ansae; a cethair: éolchaire, cumae & brón éoit & ailithre ar dia & is medón ata-tairberat inna cethair-se cíasu anechtair fo-fertar.
Question: How many divisions of sorrow turn the cauldrons of sages? Not hard; four: longing and grief, the sorrows of jealousy, and the discipline of pilgrimage to holy places. These four are endured internally, turning the cauldrons, although the cause is from outside.
Atáat dano dí fhodail for fíilte ó n-impoíther i coire sofhis, .i. fáilte déodea & fáilte dóendae.
There are two divisions of joy that turn the cauldron of wisdom; divine joy and human joy.
Ind fháilte dóendae, atáat cethéoir fodlai for suidi .i. luud éoit fuichechtae & fáilte sláne & nemimnedche, imbid bruit & biid co feca in duine for bairdni & fáilte fri dliged n-écse iarna dagfhrithgnum & fáilte fri tascor n-imbias do-fuaircet noí cuill cainmeso for Segais i sídaib, conda thochrathar méit motchnaí iar ndruimniu Bóinde frithroisc luaithiu euch aige i mmedón mís mithime dia secht mbliadnae beos.
There are four divisions of human joy among the wise -- sexual intimacy, the joy of health and prosperity after the difficult years of studying poetry, the joy of wisdom after the harmonious creation of poems, and the joy of ecstacy from eating the fair nuts of the nine hazels of the Well of Segais in the Sidhe realm. They cast themselves in multitudes, like a ram¹s fleece upon the ridges of the Boyne, moving upstream swifter than racehorses driven on midsummer¹s day every seven years.
Fáilte déoldae, immurugu, tórumae ind raith déodai dochum in choiri érmai conid n-impoí fóen, conid de biit fáidi déodai & dóendai & tráchtairi raith & frithgnamo imale, conid íarum labrait inna labarthu raith & do-gniat inna firthu, condat fásaige & bretha a mbríathar, condat desimrecht do cach cobrai. Acht is anechtair ata-tairberat inna hí-siu in coire cíasu medón fo-fertar.
The Gods touch people through divine and human joys so that they are able to speak prophetic poems and dispense wisdom and perform miracles, giving wise judgment with precedents, and blessings in answer to every wish. The source of these joys is outside the person and added to their cauldrons to cause them to turn, although the cause of the joy is internal.
Ara-caun coire sofhis
I sing of the cauldron of
Ar-caun coire n-érmai
I sing of the cauldron of
The cauldron of motion
Fó topar tomseo,
Good is the well of poetry,
Is mó cach ferunn,
is greater than every domain,
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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)...
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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!
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buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
therefore I look upon everything
I think of each life as a flower, as common
each name a comfortable music in the mouth
each body a lion of courage, and something
it's over, I want to say: all my life
it is over, I don't want to wonder
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.
DINNER IN A PUMPKIN
In a large skillet, combine ground beef, chopped green pepper, chopped celery, and chopped onion and cook over medium heat until ground beef is browned.
Add next seven ingredients to skillet.
Mix well and place mixture into pumpkin cavity.
Place lid on pumpkin.
Place pumpkin on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
Just before serving, embellish pumpkin by placing (with toothpicks) black olives to make eyes, a steamed carrot to make a nose, and whole cloves to make a mouth. Use fresh parsley leaves to make hair around lid opening.
To serve, scoop out part of the baked pumpkin, along with the meat mixture, onto each plate.
Today is Samhain, or November 1, 2005 CE.
It is the 1st the day of the 44th Year of the Reform, the 1st day of the Season of Geimredh, and the 1st day of the Month of MÌ na Samhna.
is also Tuesday, in the common tongue, or Dydd
Mawrth in Welsh.
MOONS occur on 1 Geimredh, 31 Geimredh and
The birthday of Co-Founder Sybok Pendderwydd, occurs on 15 Geimredh.
The Sun enters Sagittarius on 21 Geimredh.
The birthday of Celtic Bard and Honorary OMS Druid, Robin Williamson, occurs on 24 Geimredh.
The birthday of CAW founder and Honorary OMS Druid, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, occurs on 30 Geimredh.
begins on 31Geimredh
Yule / Alban Arthuan, or the Winter Solstice occurs on 51 Geimredh.
The Sun enters Capricorn on 51 Geimredh.
begins on 62 Geimredh
The Sun enters Aquarius on 80 Geimredh.
The Season of Earrach, the first day of MÌ na hOimelc , 1 Earrach 44 begins at Sunset on January 31st.
Source of Courage
for my Soul,
In the light
of a summer’s brilliant day,
When I stay
on this inward road,
of the Darkness,
~ Author Unknown ~
your soul at the harp of harmony
~ Caitlin Matthews ~
Mother Grove wishes all of you
May you never thirst!
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Managing
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