guests also joined us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox,
time of bounty and thanksgiving, at the beautiful Labyrinth
Valley Medical Center, Medford. As we journeyed to the Center
offered thanks for what we have manifested and harvested during
season of growth. We also offered thanks for the life of ADF
Isaac Bonewits, who crossed the Veil August 12, 2010. We will
more formal commemoration of his life during our Samhain Rite
briefly offered thanks for his life and the spiritual Path
For Samhain, we will honor their Ancestors and welcome the new Celtic Year Sunday, October 31, 2010 with a Samhain Rite at the home of Grove Founders Aigeann and Seven Tines in Medford. We'll gather beginning at 5 p.m. and begin our Rite by 6 p.m. followed by a simple potluck. We'll finish early out of respect for those who have to reenter the Muggle world early Monday morning!
We will have an Ancestor Altar and burn a Wickerman in sacrifice of what no longer serves us. We will honor our Ancestors and the life of Isaac Bonewits, founder of Ãr nDraÃocht FÃ©in: A Druid Fellowship, our Grove's Parent path.
Each participant is asked to bring:
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Grove of the Reformed Druids of Gaia
Seren-Ddaear will remain Senior Archdruid
our meeting, we discussed plans for the 2011 Redwood Coast
Druid Gathering, as well as other Grove business. We are
also beginning some intensive inner work with our Guides,
since all of us have felt a calling to do so lately...
The Mother Grove is the home of the Senior Archdruid of RDG and of the Patriarch of the Order of the Mithril Star.
And next year in Dryad's Realm!
ProtoGrove, Agoura Hills, CA:
The Grove meets monthly for private ritual, and we are core organizers for Pagan activities at our local Unitarian Universalist church. We are presenting the movie "Butterfly" at the church on October 16, and we are organizing a Full Moon public ritual in our Grove form at the church on November 21. Our founding Grove members are also members of Raven's Cry Grove, ADF and rather than holding our own Neopagan high day rituals, we are part of the Raven's Cry public rituals such as Samhain coming up. The Rite of the Waters is exclusive to our private Grove rituals; we substitute sharing of drink and food when in public.
At our last ritual, we meditated about whether we should honor a rabbit god, and we all received strong sense of "yes" and also that the god spirit is male. The "desert cottontail" is our local rabbit, and we all also received the sense of that form being our manifestation of the one who welcomed our Grove into His local area. Our next ritual will focus on our seeing what name "Rabbit" wishes us to use when we relate with him.
We expect that our three founding members will all be 2nd degree or greater very shortly, and that one will be 3rd degree shortly after Samhain. We also expect that two other people will join our Grove very soon, bringing our membership to five by midwinter.
Our Grove has plans for a road trip to the redwoods of Big Sur in early December.
We have a web presence - only a name and one page right
now, but watch us grow! http://ritmg.info
ProtoGrove, Crossville, TN:
The Seeker's Outreach Program (S.O.P.) which is a nearby
prison in which Rev. Starr attends each week for a Wicca
service. The government at this point in time only recognizes
this path, but we have many members who are of various pagan
paths. Many are Druid, and the OMS Druid class is being taught
to the one's who are interested, along with many other classes
such as; Tarot, Runes, Deities, Sabbats, Gems, Herbs, Wicca,
Witchcraft, Druidism, etc.
The Temple celebrates 2 Rituals (Each New, &Full Moon, and all Sabbats) one with the S.O.P. and the other is usually at Starr's home. Several guests were able to joined us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox. We also offered thanks for what we have manifested and harvested during our season of growth.
If you are in Crossville, Tennessee area you are invited to join our Samhain Celebration. This event will be held at our Grove Founder's Rev. Starr's home. We will be honoring our Ancestor's and welcoming in the Celtic New Year. The time may change, at present it's set for 4pm CST, so if anyone plans to attend please call first.
What you need to bring:
For directions call Rev Starr RA at 931-210-3203
We have 41 online members in which 17 are active. Out of the 41 members 13 are in the offline Temple, but only 7 are active. In the S.O.P there are 10 boys and all are active.
Our online Family can be found at: http://bseriousseekersonly.runboard.com/
Our fledging web presence is at: http://www.myspace.com/manzanita_druids
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" cd rom self-study course and has made it's recommendations 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 email@example.com
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://reformed-druids.org
Oak , FL:
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