Dragonflies and Lightning
Ruby (Red) Johnson Widner – a formidable and loved Elder Mother and Friend – has taken on her final adventure in her transition to the Summerlands. A woman who stepped out fearlessly and walked a spiritual path that called to her heart and led her to travel to many places and to touch many lives, she loved her children, both physical and spiritual, with a deep reverence. She lost one son far too soon and held her surviving son, daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren as the most precious parts of her long and fascinating life.
She often spoke of her love of dragonflies and how they always seemed to gravitate to her. Storms gave her thrill and joy to watch rolling in and she actually experienced having lightning strike her vehicle; she remembered with awe watching the blue light dance over and around her. The smell of freshly mowed lemongrass always reminded her of Kentucky. She loved fresh tomatoes and annually did battle with Georgia’s ever-present hornworms to protect her plants. She loved roses and surrounded herself with them in art and various richly colored rose bushes in her yard.
She was fierce, strong and sometimes seemed impossible to the people in her lives. But she lived her life and walked her Walk as authentically as she could. She brought knowledge, grace and a sense of family to those who heard the call and sought her out as a craft wisewoman for more than 70 years. We were blessed with the gift of knowing her.
May starshine light your path ,dear Mother. That which is remembered, lives.
With Love and Reverence,
Originally published in Henge Happenings - Beltaine 2014
Our clan members are enjoying the first signs of Spring in Georgia and we enjoyed a beautiful evening under the stars for our Feast of Flowing/Equinox Rite. The weather in our part of the U.S. is a little unpredictable this time of year but usually settles down by our Feast of Flowering in May. We focus our energy to stir and lift with the life emerging all around us. It is sheer joy to be able to bring our Tree Selves together under the canopy of massive Ash, Oak, Beech, Hickory and Sweet Gum that embrace our much loved Nemeton. The tree frogs are singing, Cranes fly through our vision to the healthy wetlands just over the crest of our Northern hill. Soon we’ll have the gorgeous fire flies making the tree tops sparkle with their flickering brilliance.
We wish all of our Henge Kin a blessed, positively abundant and deeply contented Spring and Summer. Welcome back the Life and Vibrancy of the Land!
Walk with Wisdom, Strength and Gratitude
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Our group is moving toward preparations for The Feast of Awakening in our area. We will be enacting the sevenfold blessing of stepping through Brid's Girdle (the Crois Bhrighde ). Healing and Protecting Mantles (Bhrighde Bhrat) will be hanging in the branches all around our Clan's Nemeton. Our clan family and guests will be told to take them home but leave them outside all night to fully impart the Blessings of Breo-Saighit...our much loved Fiery Arrow.
scars os mo chionn
Do bhrat fionn dom anacal?
[Trans: "O Brighid,
spread over my head
your bright mantle to guard me?]
No fire, no sun, no moon shall burn me,
No lake, no water, nor sea shall drown me,
No arrow of fairy, nor dart of fay shall wound me.
May the blessings of Brid of the Many Names
be with all of our Keltrian family as we collectively
join our Tree selves in the Great Work of awakening the Earth!
As was shared by our Matron
I put songs and music on the wind
before ever the bells of the chapels were
rung in the West or heard in the East.
I am Brighid-nam-Bratta (Brighid of the Mantle),
but I am also Brighid-Muirghin-na-tuinne (Brighid of the conception of the waves),
and Brighid-sluagh (Brighid of the immortal host),
Brighid-nan-sitheach seang (Brighid of the slim faery folk),
Brighid-Binne-Bheullbuchd-nan-trusganan-uaine (Brighid of sweet songs and melodious mouth),
and I am older than Aona (Friday) and am as old as Luan (Monday).
And in Tir-na-h'oige (Land of the Ever Young)
my name is Suibhal-bheann (Mountain traveler);
in Tir-fo-thuinn (Country of the Waves) it is Cu gorm (Grey Hound);
and in Tir-nah'oise (Country of Ancient Years) it is Sireadh-thall (Seek-beyond).
And I have been a breath in your heart.
And the day has its feet to it that will see me
coming into the hearts of men and women
like a flame upon dry grass,
like a flame of wind in a great wood...
May your hearts open with hope and joy like the first peeking flowers of the coming Spring!
Walk with Wisdom,
Eibhlean and GryphonSong Clan
DUIR – URA – Druid Cord
by Eibhlean/Owl GryphonSong Clan
Cord work is widely adaptable. One very basic use is for protection. A cord can be made with the intent to protect the wearer from harm. Then, when worn, the cord protects from specific types of harm as the need arises. One caution: these protective cords should only be used when needed, not casually worn day in and day out. They work well when sleeping in an unfamiliar place, or visiting somewhere the wearer is uncertain about.
The truly wonderful thing about the Druid’s Cords is that they are completely Continue reading
Employing MailChimp as our Henge Membership Database and Media Campaign management system is a success. We continue to document and refine our processes ensuring consistency and solid follow-up on all membership related tasks.
The Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe and Annual Meeting was a wonderful event! Much gratitude to Stewart of the Woods and Firefly for all the imagination and work they put into making this gathering in Colorado Rockies a reality.
Please let us hear from you! The beauty of our spirituality lies in our amazing diversity of talents. Don’t hesitate to offer stories, ideas, music, rituals and research to share. We all grow and are enriched by everyone’s unique expression of Life.
Walk with Wisdom, Strength and Gratitude,
Secretary, Henge of Keltria
Keltrians around the world are feeling the expansive spring and pre-summer energy energy. We celebrate in many new and innovative ways, so let’s share our joy of learning and growing as a tribe.
Our 2013 Gathering is coming together beautifully and we encourage everyone to join us in Colorado for what we anticipate will be a great and empowering Gathering....
We continue to look for innovative ways to reach out and engage our collective and the greater community. Please share your stories and insights regarding honoring our Ancestors, our joy at sharing this amazing world with the Nature Spirits and our devotion and service to the Gods. Keltrian Druids appreciate the many unique perspectives that intelligent and thoughtful minds bring to the tapestry of our shared understanding. We stand together in sadness and joy. We continue to strive every day of our lives to Walk with Wisdom.
Secretary – Henge of Keltria
A Light in the Darkness
Darkness.. The Void… The Abyss..The Absence of Light… For many of us whose personal and community spirituality encompasses the use of magickal practice as part of our worship – there is a “Light” time of the year and a “Dark” time of the year. Whether your path walk celebrates this time as running from Samhain to Beltane, Imbolc to Lughnasadh or anywhere in between – if your particular practice includes acknowledging the duality aspect of existence – you will be observing a Dark period of energy work.
Dealing with Darkness can evoke all manner of concerns. The unseen, deeper currents of the vast vibrating energetic sea that we all swim in can pull and tug at places within our own personal “Inner-scape” that trigger various levels of intensity in our inherent “fight or flight” impulses. Many feel that is a black mirror into which they do not wish to peer. Moreover, many really should not – if their personalities are particularly fragile or otherwise hyper-sensitively wired. Nevertheless, with a grounded and reverent approach – this can be the time of truly embracing our own individual Great Work.
It is my belief that magick is not some historical relic that can be harnessed into a “one size fits all” practice. To me, magick is a living essence and our diversity in how we each practice it shows its myriad beautiful faces. Birthed in the unknown antiquity of the universe, magick reflects change and evolution. While maintaining its birthright, magick adapts to the nuances of mundane time, place, person, and purpose.
Masculine or Feminine, Lunar or Underworld, Dark Hunter or Veiled Crone - whatever faces or aspects you are most familiar and comfortable with – the Dark Time encompasses and goes beyond them all. Who would willingly choose to face, embrace, and pull in the lessons from our less than admirable aspects? Who wants to stand – open and completely vulnerable – and allow the very tangible pain of having our outmoded definition of our selves be torn down and reborn newer, stronger and, paradoxically for this time of year, “lighter”? In the path that our collective walks, it is part of our responsibility as a Druid.
It takes no small amount of courage and an ability to accept that even with the best of intentions – we all screw up - repeatedly. We hurt people. With what we think might be the most casual of actions or words – we sometimes unintentionally rend the very fabric of another person’s personal perspective of reality. When we choose to face and step through the portals of painful experiences and potentially the past life baggage that we all carry – what we emerge as impacts everyone around us. As we grow, evolve and expand we touch something in each person who interacts with us and a spark is planted that may <or may not> begin to reach out. It is a reaffirmation of our connection and it is based on how we choose to engage ourselves in our Lives. Most of us hold that we are – in essence – light. It is an expression of the balance of our reality that our greatest life/light work comes from our dreams in the dark.
- Eíbhlean of GryphonSong