Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

Medford, OR:
Clan of the TripleHorses Grove, Medford, Oregon, thanked the Shining Ones for a fruitful harvest and a busy season of growth as we celebrated the Autumn Equinox September 23 at one of our favorite sacred spaces, the beautiful Labyrinth at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford.

We honored Manannan mac Lir, God of the Tides; and Demeter, Earth Mother and Goddess of the Harvest, then walked the Labyrinth with offerings of thanks for what we have manifested through the season of growth. We asked that our harvest be fruitful and that we enjoy a time of peace and rest in the Earth Mother’s womb during the season of darkness.

Our Clan next celebrated Samhain October 24 in the backyard sacred space of Grove founders Aigeann and Seven Tines in Medford.

A special altar held tokens of our Ancestors. We journeyed, accompanied by drumming, to the Otherworld where we listened to our Ancestors and told them it was all right for them to go to their rest.

Highlighting the ritual, we constructed a Wickerman, tied prayer rags and offerings to it, then burned it in sacrifice to the Shining Ones to chants of “Burn! Burn! Burn!” We then toasted our Ancestors and wished one another blessings for the New Year.

A delicious potluck featuring spaghetti and baked applies provided by Aigeann and Seven Tines helped us ground after our journey. We relaxed and watched an educational DVD regarding the Ryder Waite Tarot and its meanings.

Our contact info:
medford.grove@reformed-druids.org

Seasonal blessings,
Clan of the Triplehorses Grove

Mother Grove of the Reformed Druids of Gaia
Eureka, CA:

ELECTIONS: The MG held elections for grove officers for YGR 04 on October 20th. Ceridwen was elected Archdruid for another year. Ellis was affirmed as Scribe and Shauna was selected to be our server. It was also decided to hold our Samhain / New Years meeting on the Druish Samhain, Saturday, November 7th.

THE DRUID PATH: The NoDaL has finished making suggestions for revisions to The Druid Path self-study course, and now the Mother Grove is working on implementing those changes. We are expecting to be finished with Version14.0 around Yule.

THE 2010 GATHERING: The MG is also beginning to plan this year's Druid Gathering and is now collecting donations so that we can make our reservations in time to secure our spot. Next year's gathering will be free to all members of the RDG.

PROCLAMATIONS OF THE SENIOR ARCHDRUID & OMS PATRIARCH:

Bori Gormod Dwrci Ddiwrnod: The Mother Grove in session on the Feast of Samhain, Dydd Sadwrn, 7 Geimredh, Year of the Gaian Reform 04, by unanimous vote, does hereby proclaim that hence forward, and for all time, that all Druids shall observe the 4th Dydd Lau of the season of Geimredh to be celebrated as a feast day, with much drinking, eating and carrying on, and shall be a festival of the harvest, and shall be called in the olde tongue, Bori Gormod Dwrci Ddiwrnod. (As is usual and customary, our autonomous collectives may do whatever they like).

SO SAY WE ALL!!


Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Senior Archdruid, Reformed Druids of Gaia
Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch, Order of the Mithril Star

CONCERNING THE "SEASON OF SLEEP": It is traditional in the RDNA that the period beginning today and ending on Beltane be observed as the "Season of Sleep." This is because in Minnesota, where the RDNA was founded, winter is now setting in, and the Earth Mother appears to be going to sleep. During this period, water, not whiskey is consumed during the Waters of Life rite, and no ordinations may be held.

The RDG is an international organization. We're not just in the midwest, or even just in North America -- we are everywhere. So for us, the Earth Mother does not sleep. Ever. She certainly never sleeps in the equatorial and tropical areas of the planet, nor does she seem to ever sleep on the southern and western coasts of the US. Right now, in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is well under way and will soon give way to Summer, even as we in the Northern Hemisphere are beginning to experience winter.

So, as far as the RDG is concerned, there is no "Season of Sleep." We don't recognize such a thing. That is not our custom. Therefore whiskey (if that's your Grove's preference) may be consumed from now until next Samhain, and ordinations may be performed as requested. (As is usual and customary, our autonomous collectives may do whatever they like)

SO SAY WE ALL!!

AD Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear /|\
Senior Archdruid, Reformed Druids of Gaia

Druid Sybok Pendderwydd /|\
Patriarch, Order of the Mithril Star, RDG

OTHER NEWS: The MG will be gathering for a Feast on Bori Gormod Dwrci Ddiwrnod, held traditionally on the 4th Dydd Lau of Geimredh. This is a day of drinking, eating, eating and drinking, and sleeping off the affects of alcohol and tryptophan. The holiday kicks off the Yule feasting season.

An attempt to put on an even bigger feast is the MG's task for the Winter Solstice festival of Alban Arthuan, which this year will fall on a Dydd Llun, in this case the 51st day of Geimredh.

"Keep coming back it works!" and "Next year at Dryad's Realm!"

In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Senior Archdruid RDG &
Sybok Pendderwydd, Senior Scribe, RDG / Patriarch, OMS
Contact:
eureka.grove@reformed-druids.org

Colorado Springs, CO:
Circle of Stones will be presenting their annual Calan Gaeaf ritual at the home of Arch Druid Dyddgu on October 30th, 2009. The Calling of Morgaine Le Fey and the deconstruction of her mythos will be presented at the outside firepit. A feast of the late fall harvest, drumming/dancing and comradeship follows the ritual.

In the past few months we have been working Rhiannon and her gifts of abundance/prosperity and we look forward to winters deep healing with Morgaine.

http://www.circleofstone.ning.com
Arch Druid Dyddgu can be reached at
coloradosprings.grove@reformed-druids.org

 

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

Middleburg, FL:
Despite the spectre of illness hanging over everyone in our grove, we still seem to manage to somehow celebrate the season and take care of business. On Saturday, we held a ritual and dinner that would make anyone drool. If anyone enjoys roast Pork tenderloin and a salad that had everything but the kitchen sink. It even had Green Goddess dressing to mark the tone of our celebration. If you like desserts you would be jealous!!!

To mark the holiday, our ritual was based on our departed ones that had an impact upon us. We remembered family members and those that passed over within 2009. Many wonderful memories were mentioned and talked about. Mareth gave gifts to members that somehow stuck with it for our first year. The highlight was the giving the 1st degree oath to Mike, Kelly and Daniel. It is on to bigger things for them all.

We also had "elections" for the coming year and i am pleased to announce that Mareth will be our Arch Druid for 2010. Our new Bard is Mike,our scribe is Kelly, our minister of propaganda "web person" is Daniel. I will make sure everyone feels welcome and try to plan and teach a pagan related craft at our meetings. Corn dollies is planned for November.

We made it a point to make sure we as a Grove will always have fun while honoring our Earth Mother.

Till next time,
Penda, Archdruid
Contact: middleburg.grove@reformed-druids.org

Redding, CA:
Grove of the Manzanita is settling into the fall, with the hustle and bustle of the summer out of our way, and the craziness of the winter holidays not yet upon us. We are currently meeting every third Saturday at ArchDruid Tiffiny's home. Our latest gathering had the grove watch "What the Bleep Do We Know?" with a potluck dinner of Indian Tacos.

Samhain will be celebrated with all the children invading the neighborhood and overloading themselves on sugar immediately following. Tiffiny will be serving her traditional Jell-o brain and homemade pretzels.

Our fledging web presence is at: http://www.myspace.com/manzanita_druids

Blessings,
Tiffiny /|\
ArchDruid, Grove of the Manzanita, RDG
Contact:
anderson.grove@reformed-druids.org

Although it's not a "Grove", the NoDaL still qualifies as an "autonomous collective" of the Reformed Druids of Gaia, and consists of all the 3rd Degree Druids therein. The purpose of the NoDaL is to provide a space for Archdruids of the RDG Groves and Proto-Groves to discuss the many aspects of running a group of Druids, and provide advice and support for each other. They also act as the "legislative" branch of the RDG - creating policy as needed.

The Nemeton has finished it's process of reviewing and revising "The Druid Path" cdrom self-study course and has made it's recomendations to the MG, which has begun implementing them,

Nemeton members request that anyone interested in having input in RDG policy, please share their concerns or suggestions. You may write the NoDaL at scribe@reformed-druids.org

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: philadelphia.grove@reformed-druids.org

For more information about Reformed Druidism, visit http://reformed-druids.org

Live Oak , FL:
Greetings! White Horse ProtoGrove is sorta in idle mode at the moment.............I am back at college working on my LPN & doing pre-requisites for my RN at the moment & have been very busy........

Blessings,
Ann Feather

Contact: sebring.grove@reformed-druids.org

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: albany.grove@reformed-druids.org

No news this season from:

Thorn & Rose
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RDG "Proto-Grove"

calgary.grove@reformed-druids.org