Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

Medford, OR:
Clan of the Triplehorses Grove had an incredible three part Samhain event stretched over two days.

Friday, we started with an outdoor ritual where we worked toward healing and strengthening our relationship with our ancestors.



Immediately afterward, Panther led an in depth workshop for those new to ecstatic trance work. We journeyed to find each others' power animal, danced for them and then journeyed to meet up with the Bone Mother.

On Saturday, Panther guided us through a ritual drama of the Wild Hunt. Some participants worked directly with Herne, others met up with the Bone Mother for rebirth and others keened for the dead. We had numerous drummers and the pounding filled the air!

Don't miss our Yule ritual on Friday, December 12. Please contact us for full details:
triplehorses@gmail.com

Wintertime blessings,
Clan of the Triplehorses Grove

Eureka, CA:
For the latest happenings, go here

In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Senior Archdruid RDG &
Ellis Arseneau, OMS Patriarch

 

Colorado Springs, CO:
Circle of Stone had a wonderful Calan Gaeaf Ritual on November 8th, 2008 in a private home of two of our grove members in Pueblo, CO. We took a journey to the Gateway of Annwvyn and experienced a visit with Rhiannon and received our blessings and guidance so we may descend further into the womb of the Goddess and hibernate there until Gwyl Mair.The fire was extremely hot and the elementals crowned the Great Queen. For Alban Arthuan we will have a simple yet elegant feast and midnight outdoor ritual to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun at the home of Arch Druid Dyddgu. A couple hours before sunrise we will take a small pilgrimage to Red Rocks to the annual Drumming Up the Sun located in Morrison, CO.

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.

http://www.circleofstone.ning.com
Arch Druid Dyddgu can be reached at articw@yahoo.com

Additional links:
www.myspace.com/druidingreen
www.home.comcast.net/~nature_speaks

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:
[Editor's Note: I would like to ask our fellow Druids to send Penda and his Grove healing energies, Reiki, and blessings to aid them in their travails...]

I would love to put something positive In the Egg about our grove,really i would. For the past 10 months,we have been wracked by many calamities. Not one is even related to the grove per say but all members are hit by them regardless. It is almost imposable to imagine our luck as humans this past year. We only have 4 members you know. We are a very close knit family of friends to say the least. To begin with Mareth underwent surgery on her shoulder that left her out of work for months. While she was out her husband Mike discovered cancer invaded his body and is still undergoing treatment for it as well as a severely damaged heart due to his Chemo meds. He now has only 10% of his heart undamaged and can not be repaired. Beccuse of all their health problems he had to resign from his employment and she was fired and had to take a job of less pay and benefits. OUCHHHH

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 of yuckkkk.
We have been planning and going as far as writing out several ritual for the past seasons even though we could not hold them as we like. We do not like to have 1 person do any ritual so we ask all members to do something special for themselves to share. We have all acquired or made robes and cant wait to use them. Even my wife Mary, who is a Luthuren joiuned us in upr mini rituals/ discussions felt they were insiteful to her.

I 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..

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...

Contact: ShadoStr13@yahoo.com

Wilverly Raven Grove

New Milton, Hampshire, UK:
Well, this is a difficult one for an Asatru Grove to report on because we do not celebrate Samhain. There is no equivalent to Samhain in the Odinic Calendar and so instead I write to tell you about our Einheriar Blot which was carried out just last week.

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!

Derfel Odinsson
Archdruid

Roots Rocks and Stars
RDG "Proto-Grove"

Albany, OR:
Roots Rocks and Stars currently consists of three humans and two canine companions. We people are all college students, one in natural resources, one in Literature, and one in history. We live together in a small apartment in Corvallis Oregon's north end. We are all ethnically descended from British Isle and French folks (some Native Canadian/American ancestry as well) and this colors our rituals. We are primarily dedicated to Cernunnos, Epona, Brigid, and Cerridwen but actually tend toward an abiding devotion to nature and spirit without too much investment in names and images. Our rituals tend to involve home-cooking and plenty of beer.

Contact: juliecolibri@aol.com

No news this season from:

TSU
San Marcos, TX USA
RDG "Proto-Grove"

Thorn & Rose
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RDG "Proto-Grove"