Our Celtic Study group recently read, discussed, wrote chapter reports and concluded the book titled The Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis.
At our last Druid Meet up for the year In October 2008, we had a hands on demonstration of various literature, photographs, videos, handouts, tree leaves/branches/barks and essential oils that Arch Druid Dyddgu brought back from her trip to Oregon. This was a wonderful surprise for the grove and enjoyed by all.
Beginning in January 2009 we will be integrating Nature into our studies by designing our own Druidic Wheel starting with trees, herbs and stones by researching, compiling reports and discussing each pearl of nature via means of associating and meditating with handmade essences produced from the plant material shown at the demonstration.
The Grove has discussed and agreed starting this Calan Gaeaf we will spend 4 High Festivals working with Welsh Goddesses then next Calan Gaeaf we will begin our work with the Welsh Gods.
Plans are currently in the works for Gwyl Mair Ritual 2009.
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
For more information about Reformed Druidism, visit http://rdg.mithrilstar.org
Grove of the Oaken Staves
Our other member Kelly has been wracked with health issues as well this year. She has undergone 2 surgeries so far and hopefully the will heal quickly. I too am disabled and have been for 3 years now. I have been limited in the scope of my physical abilities ih everyday life and within the grove. No Dancing skyclad for me,hahahhahaha.
When we can get together,
we always end up just having impromtue rituals in which we all
give thanks for what we do have in life. We have felt this was
a good way to at least lift our hearts and spirits in our times
do hope this explaines whats happening with us here in Fl. Dont
count us put,we are doing what we can when our bodies allow..
White Horse Protogrove
Oak , FL:
Milton, Hampshire, UK:
Einheriar is held on November 11th and is a heartfelt message of thanks to those who gave their lives in defence of our homelands. In the UK November 11th is also Remembrance Day when the whole country comes together to honour the dead of World Wars One and Two. In recent years these honourings have been widened to include the fallen from many conflicts including the Falklands War, The Gulf War and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is an emotional day for us Brits, as almost everyone has lost someone in battle. We wear Poppies as an act of remembrance – a legacy of the Battle of the Somme and the last post is played at the Cenotaph in London. It is also traditional for the Queen to lay a wreath for the fallen.
This year, our first as a Grove, we decided that it would be fitting for us to commemorate the War Dead from our local town. We also felt that it would be fitting to do so in the company of other townsfolk and so, with that in mind, I contacted the local Anglican Church to see what their plans were.
As a result, at 11 o’clock on the 11th November members of the Grove joined the congregation of St Mary Magdalene Church for a service at the town War Memorial. The service was, as you would expect, Christian in flavour but we as a Grove were allowed to have an input as were the local Quakers.
As the clock struck we stood for a two minute silence and, when the silence ended I read out the names of the local people who had lost their lives in war. It was a long list, it took a long time to read out and reading it made me, and many others, very emotional. A trumpeter from the Church band then played the last post and the Vicar offered Christian prayers. In all about 1,000 townsfolk attended what was a very moving occasion and an occasion that the Grove was proud to have been a part of.
For Yule we will be back to fully blown “Paganism” with the Winter Solstice visit to Stonehenge. So until then, may good sense and peace prevail in all corners of the world and may we celebrate next year’s Einheriar with no further names added to that list.
Hail the fallen!
Rocks and Stars
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