From the Regional Druid
The wheel of the year continues forward. You can smell the change of the season in the air, and summer is easing into autumn. The days are noticeably shorter, and the fall vegetables are starting to make their way to the markets. As the night air grows increasingly colder, there is a sense of ancestral presence coming near. Samhuinn is only a month away, and the echoes of the voices of those long passed can be heard from the depths of the waters. It’s a time of reflection. It’s a time of harvest. It’s a time to gather one’s energy and prepare for the cold, wet winter ahead.
I feel a sense of this autumn in my role as Regional Druid. My term will be over in about six months, and it feels like yesterday that I was elected to serve. I’m proud of our region, its leaders, and the members. Everyone, together, makes the Northwest what it is. We’ve had amazing growth, and I sense that this will continue after my term is over next May.
This past quarter has been very busy for me as RD. I travelled up to Olympia, WA for the Many Gods west conference, and I was able to chat with many of our members up there. It was an amazing place to be, and it reminded me how beautiful it really is up there. I was met up there by my RD partner Victoria Selnes, and together with several members of Cascade Grove led a wonderful ADF ritual. Just last week, Victoria and I were at Sacramento Pagan Pride, and we represented ADF (along with a bunch of help from Sierra Madrone Grove) and again led a beautiful ritual.
We continue to see many wonderful things flourish in our region, and we have a new Protogrove in Eugene, Oregon. Also, it looks like Clan of the Triple Horses is going for reinstatement as a Protogrove in Medford (Yay!). So, bunches and bunches of Oregon growth happening, and it is nice to see my friend Aigeann make a return to leadership.
I wish you all autumn blessings, and may the Kindreds always walk the path with you.
Rev. Sean Harbaugh
Here’s a few links that might help you with information and celebrations for this High Day season!
Rituals for the Season
The Ritual Page on ADF.org has lots of links and ideas
From the Editor
I was thrilled to join Sierra Madrone Grove at the Sacremento Pagan Pride this year to help support the event! This year, they included a Temple, and Rev. Sean and I both setup shrines in the Temple. It was a great experience to have a space where other people could come and worship our gods.
In a recent blog post, Archdruid Drum talked about the importance of Pagan Art – including public shrines, Temples and music. We encourage members of ADF to do what they can to support public displays of Pagan Art. It was very exciting to setup the shrines at Sacremento Pagan Pride for everyone.
If you have some shrines that you’ve setup, please share them with us!
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May the blessings of the Kindreds be with you!
Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
From the Mother Grove
Recently the Mother Grove sent out a couple of announcements:
Voicing our Support and Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
ADF signs Declaration 127
Make sure that you’re signed up to the ADF-Announce Mailing list to receive key announcements!
Around the Region
Events and Rituals that are happening around the region.
Protogrove of the Valley Oak, San Jose, CA
Columbia Grove, OR
Hold the date!
The two big events have their dates all setup – save the dates to attend one or both!
11th Annual Eight Winds Festival
Beyond the Gates
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Images by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)