From the Regional Druid
Greetings and welcome to the NW newsletter for the Autumn Equinox. This High Day generally marks the end of summer for this area, although the warm weather can drag on a little. We are heading into winter – into the cold and wet weather. Many folks love the winter, many folks hate it, and in most of our region Winter is necessary for life. While the shorter days have us traveling more in the dark – both figuratively and literally – this season also brings us the rain and snow that provide us life giving water through the year.
Many traditions also suggest that this is a good time to do internal work, to evaluate what our year has brought us and what changes we wish to make next year. As we celebrate the Equinox, let’s also take time to consider balance, as the light and dark are balanced on this High Day, so are the forces of Order and Chaos balanced within ourselves. So to do we bring balance to our lives. It’s up to each of us to find that balance for ourselves – and it looks a bit different for each of us.
What is your balance?
Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,
Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid
A Review of Beyond the Gates
August 24th through the 27th, Trout Lake Abbey saw a second large gathering of neo-pagans, during Beyond the Gates 2017, the second festival of it’s name to take place. Under the setting sun and the rising moon rituals were held in honor of Cernunnos and the Earth Mothers across the hearths and cultures, and in the Mountain Room with view of Mt. Hood we had the opportunity to listen to workshops led by a number of special guests, including Jason Mankey, John Beckett, Courtney Webber, and Fjothr Lokakvan, as well as returning speakers Phaedra Bonewits and Kirk Thomas.
Despite some hiccups in the planning process, and the event being in it’s infancy, the festival was a resounding success. It was an absolute pleasure to witness ritual lead by an OBOD Druid, an ADF Druid, and a Wiccan. This was an ecstatic devotional to Cernunnos which highlighted the differences between how each person experienced Him, not to mention the differences between their spiritual paths. And again, during the main ritual, to witness the stylistic differences between the individuals who took parts.
In addition to our wonderfully unique rituals, we had some incredibly knowledgeable speakers on topics ranging from the history of neo-paganism, to tarot, from prison ministry to magical intentions. I only wish I could have spent more time picking the brains of everyone who presented a workshop! And we had some great meals provided by one of the Columbia Grove members, David, with an incredibly unexpected and greatly appreciated help from a couple of our attendees! We even had a huge “piacular offering” of bacon Sunday morning (just in case)!
Most of all, we all got to meet some wonderful people, share lots of lovely stories and laughs, and learn together, and worship the earth together as a pan-pagan community. And I hope the friendships we all made and developed will continue in health and happiness for many years to come.
Beyond the Gates photos by John Beckett
Dedicants Corner: Autumn Equinox
Working on your Dedicant Program? Or just interested in the High Day?
Here’s some useful links for you.
The Guardian posted an article about the Irish Wake and how that relates to the ancestors.
General Resources from
Around the Web
Some new, and not so new, resources that any Druid might find useful!
Interested in fresh ideas for your ritual? or what to know what the different steps mean or even are? Check out the CooR Tutorial on ADF.org
Audio version of the The Mabinogion.
Published by OBOD and read by Ronald Hutton
Podcast reading British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)
by the Celtic Tomes Podcast
Clan of the Triplehorses
Oktoberfest Meet and Greet
Clan of the Triplehorses (http://triplehorses.weebly.com/) will hold its next public meet and greet during Oktoberfest (https://www.jvilleoktoberfest.com/) to be held September 30-October 1, in Jacksonville Oregon.
We will be glad to meet up with people and/or possibly find a quiet picnic table to have a casual sumbel.
Oktoberfest is a free, family friendly annual event held in Jacksonville, Oregon on the grounds of the Brewhaus Restaurant (http://theschoolhaus.com/).
This is a public event and there will be no formal ritual.
So feel free to send us an email if you’d like to meet up with us there: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Check out these podcasts, and remember to rate them too!
Kindling the Hearthfire
Weird Web Radio
Gifts of the Wyrd
Part the Mist
White Mountain Druid Sanctuary
Seeking the Sacred Divine Anthology
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Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)