From the Regional Druid
Blessed Beltane to you all,
Here in California, we’re having a wet spring. While it’s lovely that we’re getting the water, it does put a bit of a damper on outdoor activities. I’m looking forward to a somewhat dryer summer so I can get outside to walk more often.
Beltane is an interesting High Day for me. While many people celebrate this day as a celebration of fertility, the Northern Germanic folks celebrate Witches’ Night or Walpurgisnacht. This day is an interesting balance of the celebration of the fire, a celebration of fertility, and a celebration of power. How you view it is rather up to you. I do recommend that you do a little digging and see what you think. Check out the resources below to get started.
Thank you to everyone who voted in the ADF Elections this year! If you haven’t seen the results yet, you can find them on the website at https://www.adf.org/members/org/elections/2017/results.html
Spring is a great time to be in our region. Stay safe, and if I can help, please do reach out!
Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,
Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Dedicants Corner: Beltane/Walpurgisnacht
Working on your Dedicant Program? Here’s some useful links for you.
Celebrating Walpurgisnacht in our Modern Day by Lonely Planet
John Beckett posted a Solitary Beltane Ritual on Patheos. Beckett’s ritual structure is more Wiccan-esque but it’s got some good ideas for the High Day, and only 4 of the 8 High Day rites have to be ADF Core Order of Ritual for your DP.
Cernunnos Shrine Update
The snow is melting in Trout Lake WA and we can make our way to all of the Shrines!
Our plan for this summer is the completion of the Cernunnos Shrine and perhaps, the starting of the next Shrine. We are planning on having the dedication ceremony for the Cernunnos Shrine over the Eight Winds Festival happening at Trout Lake Abbey on July 13-16th this summer.
If you would like to make a one time payment, please contact Cascadia Grove directly, email@example.com. We need these to be ordered by May 15th in order to get them in place by July.
We would love to see some inscriptions with Grove names on them.
Sites for Pagan News and Blogs
Looking for some pagan-friendly reading? Check out these sites!
Paganbloggers.com – New pagan blogging site with some great contributors
Patheos Pagan – Hosted on an interfaith blogging site there’s a great collection of bloggers here
Wild Hunt – your pagan news site!
Witches and Pagans on Pagansquare.com – Hosted by the Witches & Pagans site there are a lot of good bloggers here too!
Around the Region
More Events are Coming!
The two big Northwest 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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Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Trout Lake Abbey photos by Debbie Olhoeft