Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

 

Medford, OR:
For pictures and ramblings of our recent activities, please see our Live Journal at: http://triplehorses.livejournal.com/

Our next formal ritual will be our annual Druid service asking for protection of the Gods during the dark cold nights of the Wild Hunt as well as through the days ahead. For more information about the Wild Hunt, please see: http://www.maryjones.us/jce/wildhunt.html

Our ritual is free and open to the public and children are welcome. Our ritual will be immediately followed by a potluck feast and a Bardic Circle inside our guests lovely (and warm) home. For our Bardic Circle, please bring a meaningful poem (original or otherwise) to share and/or a piece of artwork/handicraft. Our Bardic Circle can be a bit of a Druidic show ‘n’ tell. A friend of our Grove will be playing the guitar.

Samhain blessings to all~!

Eureka, CA:
The Mother Grove

The Mother Grove has been busy this past season. In August we co-sponsored the 2007 Gathering of Druids which was even more succesful than the 2006 Gathering. We're looking forward to 2008, with the hope that even more Druids will attend.

Ceridwen is working at a new Pagan store, "Pathfinders Books - For All Magic Using Traditions", in Eureka, and getting that up and running has been a primary focus not only of Ceridwen's but of almost all the Druids here, as Pathfinders will become the "nexus" of the local Pagan community (btw, if you are wondering why this issue of DE is so late, this is the reason). We're already hosting our monthly Meetup there, and other events are in the planning stages. Pathfinders is also carrying the RD101 Self-Study disk.

Archdruid El, as many of you are aware, works in retail furniture sales, and is facing his busiest time of the year, the Yule season.

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:
We have 5 active members and held our first meeting and ritual yesterday into the night. Our
ritual was simple. Each of us offered thanks for the past year. I wanted to start the group out by thinking of what they have and what they have to give our world in the future. We also will meet monthly,and accept pocket change from our members as donation. We are going to divide what funds we acquire into 3 funds. The first being the mother grove,next to help abused horses in our area and third for our own supplies. We have an eager group that has been meeting for months now and they decided that they feel good about the grove. I hope it works!!!!

Penda, Archdruid
hdivinemad@bellsouth.net

White Horse Protogrove

Live Oak , FL:
Another of our newly formed Protogroves - Florida is sure becoming a popular place for Druids! More news on this group as it progresses...

No news this season from:

Grove of Erde
Euless, TX USA
"Proto-Grove"

TSU Proto-Grove
San Marcos, TX USA

The Thorn & Rose Grove
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RDG "Proto-Grove"