Message from the Editor
& Senior Archdruid

Happy Celtic New Year to my fellow Druids and Waterkin!

This past season brought with it some gifts, but also lots of chaos and challenges for growth. And now there is a definite chill in the air, even here in Northern California, as the Winter season is soon upon us...

During the past few months, the Mother Grove lost a couple of members - one moved to San Diego to be with family and find a job more suited to her graduate degrees...and the other one is having family issues and needs to focus on those at this time...

Just this past week, however, we met a like-minded person who just moved down here from Portland, OR, and will possibly become a new member of the MG. We also have two other people to meet and check out, who have written to us and expressed an interest in meeting us and finding out how we practice Druidism - so we'll see what happens... :)

Change is in the air, and I guess we'd better get used to it! According to some wise and tuned-in folks, the changes are just going to accelerate, the closer we get to the Winter Solstice of 2012. There are a lot of old, outworn forms that still need to be torn down, so that more appropriate and life-affirming forms can take their place. We need to stay grounded and centered during the chaos - not always an easy feat, to be sure!

But that is why we have each other - we are not meant to go through all this alone! According to what I've been reading, the time for being "solitary" is seemingly drawing to a close. It's getting harder to manifest on one's own, and there is definitely a renewed desire to form small communities of like-minded people - or of finding one's "spiritual family"...

So it's at times like these that I feel much gratitude for what we are building together - a web of Groves and Waterkin - interconnecting all around Gaia. We have some wonderfully talented and caring people amongst us, and I would like to see us continue to support each other through all the upcoming changes - and continue to grow and evolve as a Gaian Druid family!

Winter blessings,
In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear /|\
Senior Archdruid of RDG