From the Groves – Samhain 2010

Hawk Haven Grove (Georgia)

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White Cat Grove (New York)

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White Oak Grove (North Carolina)

The White Oak study group is getting started in Raleigh, North Carolina. Please contact the Henge Office for more information.

On-Line Study Group

Those interested should contact Ailim through the Henge Office.

Review: Pagan Astrology

Pagan Astrology: Spell-Casting, Love Magic and Shamanic Stargazing

by Raven Kaldera

Reviewed by Karl Schlotterbeck, MA, CAS, LP

There are two worthwhile gems at the heart of this work. One is the author’s insight that we can be more than a passive recipient of cosmic cycles. In fact, we can be an interactive and creative participant in the unfolding drama of our relationship with those forces personified as gods and goddesses in astrology.

The second gem is in the set of practical ideas he presents to give us the tools to show us how to be active participants with the forces. These tools include rituals, altars, stones, colors, icons, invocations, prayers, and associated magical objects. In fact, his general approach could be used without reference to actual astrological data, but as ways of affirming and balancing the various energies operating in all of us. And so I see here the potential of a psychological development program.

That being said, some of his assertions are not equal to the brightness of these two gems. (As we look at some of the shortcomings of this book, however, they do not invalidate the value of his central thesis: that we can participate with cosmic forces represented in astrological figures in a way to maximize beneficial aspects and to ameliorate afflicted ones.)

He makes reference to a “Celtic solar calendar of eight holidays” even though there is no evidence that the Celts celebrated anything but the four “cross-quarter” holidays (which are not really solar). In addition, he would place these cross-quarter days “exactly between” the equinoxes and solstices, which would place them not at the first of the month on which they are now celebrated, but around the 6th of the month in the case of Samhain. (He makes no mention that Samhain, like Beltane, is a month name and would hardly begin on the 6th.) Even if the cross-quarter holidays were placed at the full moon near that time, they would seldom fall exactly between the other holidays.

I found his “Astrology of Magical Tools” interesting since those associated with my own Sun, Moon and Rising signs have always attracted me. He also recognizes the eight phases of all planetary cycles – common in reference to the moon but generally forgotten for the other planets and pairs of planets. He makes a significant error, however, in describing the quarter phases of the moon as falling in particular signs, given the starting position of the New Moon. His description implies a static cycle when, in fact, the sun also advances during the cycle and, if the New Moon is late in a sign, the subsequent phases may advance to later signs than he suggests. Thus, one would do better to check a calendar for the moon phases than using this particular system.

A hefty book at about 350 pages, more than half of it consists of tables of associated implements, colors, stones, invocations, poetry, spells and actions for signs, planets, events and combinations thereof.

I’d never considered that astrology might be sectarian and therefore to be Pagan or otherwise (although some Christian sects decry it). Even with the Pagan deities’ names for signs, planets and asteroids, the Pagan connection seems irrelevant unless one identifies the planet Mars with the god Mars. The breadth of the book’s value is larger than its title and its basic thesis can be applied by anyone of any persuasion. However, Pagans and those with a New Age background may find the concepts more accessible than many mainstream readers, for sure.

Again, these very real shortcomings still do not erase the value of the author’s realization that we can take an active, participatory, and interactive role in addressing the forces in our lives, whether they come from deities, cosmic forces or mundane challenges.

I recommend this book for all readers who can keep their eyes on the prize here (the possibilities in interacting with the forces of our “fate”) and not take Pagan Astrology as a source book for Celtic studies or history.

  • [amazon_link id="1594773025" target="_blank" ]Pagan Astrology: Spell-Casting, Love Magic and Shamanic Stargazing[/amazon_link]
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: [amazon_link id="1594773025" target="_blank" ]1594773025[/amazon_link]
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773020
  • List Price: $18.95

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The 2010 Annual Golden Oak Awards

The Druid Academy Nomination Award Committee (DANAC) consists of a member drawn from six different Druid organizations that share a historical connection to each other and are primarily located in North America. The DANAC members wish to learn more about happenings in their own group, and in other groups, and encourage the best works of modern Druids by acknowledging their annual accomplishments.

The six judges are not official representatives elected by their respective groups, but were actually hand-picked experts by Michael Scharding, because he thought they were extremely knowledgeable famous folk who knew well both their own organization and the activities of other modern Druid groups. Therefore, their votes are therefore only a personal preference, not representative of any endorsement by their organizations.

The Judges

  • Tony Taylor of Henge of Keltria (HoK)
  • Rev. Kirk Thomas of Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF)
  • Michael Scharding of the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA)
  • Ellen Evert Hopman of Order of the White Oak (OWO)
  • Ellis Arseneau of the  Reformed Druids of Gaia (RDG)
  • Thomas Harris of the Missionary Order of the Celtic Cross (MOCC) [previously known as Reformed Druidic Wicca, RDW]

SIMPLE RULES

In the first round, each judge can nominate up to two entries for each of the eleven categories of awards, choosing Druids who belong to any of these six organizations. Naturally, most judges tend to nominate entries from within their own group, which they know the best.

In the second round, each of the judges can vote for one entry from each of ten categories, but can not vote for their own nominee.  If any nominee received two or more votes in the second round, then it will declared a winner.  If a nominee receives only one other vote in the 2nd round, then it will be declared to be an “honorable mention”.

Categories

  1. Most interesting internal grove project. Non-exhaustive examples include: liturgical design, fund-raising, recruitment, education, development, site-planning, web-development, meeting style, festival/meeting idea, etc.
  2. Inspiring external project by a grove or member (s) of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG. Non-exhaustive examples include: activism, ecology, public outreach, legal moves, publishing, charity, civic involvement, interaction with other religious organization, etc.
  3. Greatest hardship overcome by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG. Publicly admissible, of course, no gossip please. Non-exhaustive examples incluede: persecution, financial obstacles, medical impairments, isolation, time constraints, educational restraints, etc.
  4. Best Poem or song released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, OMS/RDG.
  5. Best work of Art completed or released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, ORDG. Non exhaustive examples: painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art, clay, collage, photography, etc. Dance choreography will be considered if an internet video is provided. Collaborating artists will receive a single prize.
  6. Best craftwork completed or released in 2008 by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, OMS/RDG. Non exhaustive examples: leatherwork, metalwork, clothing, needlepoint, moulding, weaving, jewelry, basketry, woodwork, stonework, etc. Food, drink, cosmetics and brewing can't be tested easily enough in disparate parts of the U.S. Collaborative craftspeople will receive a single prize.
  7. Best academic book released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, ORDG. At least 50 pages in length, can be on any subject somehow applicable to "Druidism", modern or ancient, such as history, religion, crafts, art, philosophy, spirituality, ethnicity, language, etc.
  8. Best novel released by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, ORDG. At least 50 pages in length.
  9. Best short story by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG, usually under 50 pages with a Druidical bent.
  10. Best "Druidical" essay or article by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, RDG
  11. Best movie or video-clip or instructional video, that advances the positive perception of Druidism in some way produced by a member of ADF, Keltria, RDNA, MOCC, OWO, or OMS/RDG.

Prizes:

Winners of each the 10 DANAC awards will receive a $33.33 prize from the Druid Academy, a blessed pretty rock, and international fame and kudos.

Past Winners

Past Keltrian winners include:

  • Grove of the Golden Horse
  • Maudhnait
  • Aauriane Veleda
  • Karl Schlotterbeck
  • Jenne Micale
  • Searles O'Dubhain

Past “Honorable Mentions” included:

  • Wren Taylor
  • Topaz Owl

Please see http://www.rdna.info/danac.html for a complete list of recipients.

Nominations:

If you want to be entered or know someone who should be entered into the 2010 Golden Oak Awards of the DANAC committee, then send an e-mail to Tony at Tony_Taylor@keltria.org (note the underscore) identifying a work from one of the eleven categories that was first released or completed between December 21 2009 and December 21, 2010.

2011 GATHERING OF THE KELTRIAN TRIBE

Last year’s Annual Meeting and Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe in Georgia was wonderful. It was our second time at a hotel and everyone enjoyed it. We went to a private location to to have rituals, but the majority of the gathering workshops and social activities took place in private conference room at the hotel. Very easy for attendees and hosts.

The Board of Trustees is accepting proposals for hosting the next Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe - 2011. Proposals must be received by the Board of Trustees by Winter Solstice. Submissions should included the following information:

Who: Name of the Gathering Coordinator - The person or group who will be responsible.

When: Dates for the Gathering and the time for the Henge annual meeting. (Just propose something, we’ll work with the Board of Trustees to try and get the greatest participation from the Board and the Council of Elders.)

What: Indicate if you plan to have rituals, workshops, merchants, or other activities. You don't need specific, simply outline what the activities will be.
Indicate the intended meal arrangements. Meal Plan -- Catered? Group kitchen? Local Restaurants? Banquet? Brown bag?

Where: Private property? public campground? campground with our exclusive use? hotel? convention center?

Why: Why do you want to host the gathering? Will it be in conjunction with another festival/activity?

How: How will the Gathering be funded? Will there be advance registration?

The possibilities are endless. Past gatherings have been in a piper’s hall, on private property, at a county campground, and a Hampton Inn. Will the 2011 gathering be at a beach or hotel? Perhaps it will be somewhere really exotic. The proposal is primarily to let the Board know who is serious about hosting the gathering so the Board can work with that person to plan the get-together. The dates and other particulars are likely to change as arrangements solidify. The Board will work with you regarding events, workshops, etc.

Please submit your proposal to the Henge of Keltria to arrive before Winter Solstice.

A TREATISE ON NATURAL LAW: PART I

by Autumn Rose

Autumn Rose

Number three of the Twelve Keltrian Beliefs states: We believe that Natural Law reflects the will of the Gods and Goddesses. Most pagans would agree with that assertion--- but what exactly do we mean by “natural law”?  The question is not a new one.  It has been explored and debated at least since the time of the ancient Greeks.  Nearly everyone who has tackled the subject has agreed that natural law is law that is fundamental, universal and unchangeable, and that it informs and helps to shape manmade law.  But Heinrich A. Rommen, in his work The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy, points out that manmade laws occasionally become inadequate due to changing circumstances or evolution in human understanding.  At such times, he says, the natural law reasserts itself and guides the reformulation of manmade law.  All well and good--- but it still doesn’t tell us what constitutes natural law.

It will come as no surprise that there has been little agreement on that issue.  Most thinkers on the topic have simply held up their own religious precepts as natural law; and since such precepts vary from faith to faith, human thinking has never produced a description of natural law that is truly universal.  However, in all the lengthy discourse on the subject, there is one consistent element.  When philosophers have talked about natural law, it was always human social law that they meant: the rules by which we best interact with one another.  If the concept of natural law, understood thus, were introduced today for the first time, we might well regard it as a branch of social psychology.  That being the case, perhaps the place to discover the content of natural law is not in religious codes, but in manmade legal codes.  If we could determine what legal codes have had in common in all times and places, might that not give us a clearer picture of what is truly fundamental, universal and unchangeable in our social nature?

I set out to test this hypothesis.  Needless to say, it was not practical to review all the legal codes ever written.  However, I examined in minute detail what I hope is a representative sampling, starting with the earliest known legal code, that of Hammurabi, promulgated nearly 4000 years ago.  Rather than confining my research to European law and its roots and offshoots - which might or might not represent human law as a whole.

I included works on Bedouin law, the laws of the Muskogee tribe of Native Americans, and the legal code of the Ming dynasty of old China.  I did not consult a modern American code, feeling that a lifetime of living in the context of modern American law provided knowledge enough for purposes of comparison.

What, then, did these studies reveal?  First of all, without exception every legal code consulted contained a set of prohibitions.  In all cases these included murder, rape, assault, kidnapping, theft, arson, trespass, perjury, fraud, bribery, and malfeasance in office.  About half the codes mentioned treason.  Cases where it was not mentioned usually involved an absolute monarch; perhaps in those cases the penalty for disloyalty lay within the discretion of the king, so that there was no need to encode it precisely.  All the codes maintained a pattern of stating a prohibition and  following it immediately with a statement of the punishment(s) for violating it.  Of all aspects of the law, punishments showed the greatest variety, from fairly humane ones to some that we would now consider barbaric.  In addition to prohibitions and penalties for violating them, all the consulted codes regulated certain categories of human interaction: sexual behavior and marriage (to varying degrees); commerce, including coinage, contracts and labor; and the use and transfer of property, especially real estate.

Besides these three categories of law--- prohibition, punishment and regulation---  human law as represented by the examined codes has displayed three characteristics worthy of comment.  The first is an attempt to establish a connection with Deity, however understood and defined.  Every consulted code without exception made reference to a Supreme Being or Beings, as the direct source, the inspiration, or the honoree(s) of the laws.  Almost all law codes punished crimes against the temple or church more harshly than crimes against individuals or secular institutions.  Some societies still do.  Even in American law, where the U.S. Constitution famously lacks any reference to a Supreme Being, it’s noteworthy that every one of the 50 state constitutions does contain such a reference.

The second notable characteristic of the studied codes was a universal attempt at fairness--- one side of the coin of justice, so to speak, where vengeance is the other.  This sense of fairness expressed itself in various ways.  For example, in all codes the penalty for harm caused by neglect or ignorance was less than that for intentional harm, and less still or lacking entirely for harm caused by accident.  The very young, the very old, and the mentally incapacitated, in every case enjoyed reduced accountability for the harm  they did, and often were not held accountable at all.  Lastly, every code examined made allowance for redress of grievances in the form of institutions where a citizen could make a civil or criminal complaint against a neighbor, or appeal what he considered an incorrect decision by a judge.

In one respect this universal sense of fairness failed, and that failure constitutes the third noteworthy characteristic of human law: the conspicuous lack, throughout most of history, of equal protection of the law for everyone.  Slaves, foreigners and women in particular have had fewer rights and protections than others.  In societies with multiple tiers of social rank, punishments for crimes were typically meted out in proportion to the rank of the victim.  Of the legal codes consulted, until modern times only one applied the law without regard to gender or social status--- that of the Roman Catholic church of the Middle Ages--- and even that one stopped short of equality for members of other creeds.  The very notion of human equality did not enter the discourse on natural law in any consequential way until the 18th Century, when natural-law philosophers turned their focus from faith to reason and from religion to politics.  (This new version of natural law was the philosophical source of modern democracy.)  The lack of legal recognition for human equality until recent times, and the fact that we still struggle so painfully with the application of the concept, suggests that the idea of equality is not inherent in human nature--- but that is another topic.

To sum up:  It would be folly to suggest that all legal codes have been the same.  They have shown great variety in their local interests and customs, in the severity with which they treated lawbreaking, and  in the tightness or looseness of their regulation of private and public life.  But, as we have seen, they have displayed an astonishing degree of uniformity in the concerns they addressed.  We are probably safe in assuming that these concerns constitute an integral  part of our fundamental social nature.

In Part II of this treatise we are going to examine human society within the matrix of the larger natural world.  This is an aspect of natural law that has been largely neglected by philosophers.  A few have acknowledged grudgingly that the larger natural world exists, but as to how human society reflects that larger world, or how Nature in general may determine our social concerns and motivate our laws, they have been mostly silent.  In the Imbolc issue of Henge Happenings we will make an attempt to answer these questions.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Arnaoutoglou, Ilias.  Ancient Greek Laws.  London and New York: Routledge, 1998.  Law text and commentary.  A comprehensive sampling from numerous Greek city-states, covering the 6th to 2nd centuries BCE.
  • Bailey, Clinton. Bedouin Law from Sinai and the Negev: Justice Without Government. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009.   Law text and commentary.  Bedouin law from late 19th to late 20th century CE.
  • Brundage, James A.  Medieval Canon Law.  Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education Limited, 1995.  Covers Church law from early Christianity to the late Middle Ages.
  • ________  Constitution and Laws of the Muskogee Nation. St. Louis: The National Council, 1880.  Law text.  Includes U. S. laws affecting the Muskogee Nation.
  • Da Ming lu.  Trans. Jiang Yonglin.  The Great Ming Code. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2005.  Law text and commentary.  This code was in effect from 1397 to 1911.
  • Davies, W. W.  Cincinnati: Jennings and  Graham, 1905; New York: Eaton and Mains, 1905.  Law text and commentary.
  • Drew, Katherine Fischer, trans.  The Burgundian Code. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.  Law code of one of the Germanic states that succeeded the Western Roman Empire.  Dates to late 5th and early 6th century.   Law text.
  • ________  Exodus 20:1 to 23:33 and Deuteronomy 5:1 to 26:19, The Holy Bible. Revised Standard Version.  New York, Toronto, Edinburgh: National Council of Churches, 1952.  The Mosaic code.
  • Hogue, Arthur R.  Origins of the Common Law. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1966.  Reprinted by the Liberty Fund, Inc., 1985.  English law from mid-12th to early 14th century.
  • Howard, A. E. Dick.  The Magna Carta.  2nd ed.  Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1998.  Law text and commentary.
  • Karras, Ruth Mazo, Joel Kaye and E. Ann Matter, eds.  Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.  Fifteen treatises on medieval European law that illustrate how secular and canon law codes interacted.
  • Kelly, Fergus.  A Guide to Early Irish Law. Early Irish Series Vol. III.  Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1988.   Irish law dating from 7th and 8th centuries CE.  Law text and commentary.
  • Kolbert, C. F., trans.  The Digest of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage and Insult. London, New York, Victoria (Australia), Toronto, Auckland (New Zealand): Penguin Books, 1979.  The compilation of Roman laws commissioned by the Roman Emperor Justinian (527-65 CE).  Commonly known as the Justinian Digest, it draws from Roman laws enacted from the 2nd century BCE to the 6th century CE.  History and law text.
  • Nelson, William E.  Americanization of the Common Law: The Impact of Legal Change on Massachusetts Society, 1760-1830. 2nd ed.  Athens (Georgia) and London:  The University of Georgia Press, 1994.
  • Rommen, Heinrich.  Trans. Thomas R. Hanley.  The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy.  Indianapolis:  Liberty Fund, Inc., 1998.  A history of natural law philosophy from ancient Greece to the present.
  • Wolff, Hans Julius.  Roman Law: An Historical Introduction.  Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1951.  History of Roman law from its beginnings, with emphasis on its influence on subsequent law codes.

Continued in A Treatise on Natural Law: Part II

The Everyday Lives of the Ancient Celts

by GreyBoar

Grey Boar

[Ed note: During the 2010 Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe, GreyBoar gave a wonderful workshop regarding “The Everyday Lives of the Ancient Celts.”  At the conclusion of that workshop, GreyBoar had a handout of recommended books, websites, and videos that provide additional information regarding the everyday lives of the ancient Celts. That handout is represented here. - Editor]

For further research…

Books:

  • [amazon_link id="041505764" target="_blank" ]The Celtic World[/amazon_link] 
        by Miranda J. Green
        ISBN 0-415-05764
  • [amazon_link id="0-500-05067-8" target="_blank" ]The World of the Celts[/amazon_link] 
        by Simon James
        ISBN 0-500-05067-8
  • [amazon_link id="0-19-869157-2" target="_blank" ]Dictionary of Celtic Mythology[/amazon_link]
        by James MacKillop
        ISBN 0-19-869157-2

Web Sites:

DVD’s

  • [amazon_link id="0-7907-8708-3" target="_parent" ]The Celts: Rich traditions and Ancient Myths[/amazon_link] 
        BBC Video  
        ISBN 0-7907-8708-3
  • Celtic Causeways”
        Discovery Channel
  • [amazon_link id="B000065U28" target="_parent" ]Sorcerers and Wizards: Real Magic[/amazon_link]        Discovery Channel
  • [amazon_link id="B000EJ9ROW" target="_blank" ]Sex and the Celts[/amazon_link] 
        Jimmy Duggan
            /Pathfinder Home Entertainment

A prayer for the hours before dawn

by Jenne Micale

Jenne Micale

In the moon just past fullness, a crescent pared from its belly, remember you are blessed.

In the white of night when none sleep, remember you are blessed.

When the owls call out the small creatures, driven by fear from the leaves, remember you are blessed.

When the veil wreathes the pockmarked face in a pale halo, remember you are blessed.

When the coyotes keen on the ridge and the hounds reply, remember you are blessed.

When the deer amble in their feast and hunger, remember you are blessed.

When marshlights dance at the crossroads, remember you are blessed.

When Midhir measures time in his pale hand and age beckons in the black curve of space, remember you are blessed.

When the stars are lost in dawn’s haze, remember you are blessed.

2009 HoK Annual Meeting Minutes

Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
1:00 PM EDT – July 25, 2009
Maine Room, Hampton Inn, Bangor, ME

Called to Order 1:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

Board members present:

  • President Topaz Owl
  • Vice President Wren
  • Secretary/Trustee Tony
  • Treasurer Karl
  • Trustee Rain
  • Trustee Caroline

Roll was taken by the Secretary of the members of the Henge who were present.

It included the Board plus 3 general members, Naomi, Autumn Rose, and Sam, which was a quorum of the membership.

Invocation was given by Arch-Druid Karl.

Minutes of prior (2008) annual meeting minutes were sent to all attendees of last year’s meeting.  They were accepted with no further additions or corrections.

President’s Report - TopazOwl

President TopazOwl forgot to bring the cattle of the Henge.  Was going to bring to pass on to the new president.  Will be shipped in the mail.  Had a wonderful time here.  Gave thanks to all to be there.

Vice President’s Report – Wren

She gave thanks to everyone for the opportunity to serve. She will continue to promote the henge in her travels and will try to continue writing for Henge Happenings.

Secretary – Tony

Books and office materials are in good shape.  About the same membership level.  HH is ready to go but is being held until the election results are final.  Tony will begin the transition to the New Secretary upon return to Georgia.

Treasurer’s Report - Karl.

Net Income for 2008, $926.30 – Total Henge Assets $8,9364.03.

Council of Elders Report

(Former) Archdruid Tony indicated that Council of Elders met earlier in the week and discussed several issues – Ordination Process. By-Laws “Defrocking Amendment,” Remove phrase “Sunday best”

Newly elected Archdruid Karl received his new “Archdruid” cord, which is white with a gold thread.

Archdruid  Karl spoke about his vision of shaping ordination ideas into a real manifest shape.  He also spoke of bringing as much life to the Henge as possible, in all ways.  He also asked everyone to give hand of thanks to the Archdruid emeritus for his shepherding along the Henge.

Election Results (counted by Trustee Caroline)

  • President:      Tony - 26 (Elected)
    Rain - 2
  • Vice-President:    Grey Boar - 27 (Elected)
  • Secretary:    Rain 27 - (Elected)
  • Trustee:       Naomi - 24 (Elected)
    Rovena - 12

Thanks was given to all candidates and congratulations were given to those elected.

2009 Board of Trustees

Open questions:

Many questions were asked and answered during the course of the weekend by the general members attending the gathering; they indicated they had nothing further.

Meeting Adjourned at 1:27.

Submitted by the Secretary

This was the Thirteenth  Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe.

  • 2009 – Bangor, ME
  • 2008 – Letchworth SP, NY
  • 2007 – Shreveport, LA
  • 2006 – Clarksburg, WV
  • 2005 – Canastota, NY
  • 2004 – Clarksburg, WV
  • 2003 – Coon Rapids, MN
  • 2002 – Syracuse, NY
  • 2001 – Quincy, MA
  • 2000 – Coon Rapids, MN
  • 1999 – Kansas City, MO
  • 1998 – Atlanta, GA
  • 1997 – Minneapolis, MN

Greetings All! (Samhain 2010)

By Grey Boar

Photo of GreyBoar

Vice President GreyBoar

The old Celtic year has ended and what a year it has been! Undoubtedly it was one of the busiest years I’ve ever experienced.

It was my privilege to meet those of you who were able to attend the “2010 Keltrian Gathering of the Tribes” here in Cumming, Georgia. The entire weekend was a joyous occasion for me and I thank all of you who took time out of your busy lives to attend.
I also want to thank those of you who contributed your time and effort to the success of the excellent workshops and rituals. Then too, I’d like to offer my gratitude to those members of Olde Stone Grove who participated as well as my bandraoi, BeanSidhe for all her hard work in planning and preparing for the event.

Tony and I manned a table for “The Henge” at Atlanta Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, October 9th. We handed out “Keltrian’ info flyers and membership forms to all people interested… and there were plenty! The official count was just under 900 attendees that day. As a side note, there was also a drive to collect food for the needy in Atlanta through the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Bank was blessed with over a half ton of food collected from attendees and vendors.

At this time, I’d also like to give my appreciation to Tony for assisting me with the “Introduction to Keltrian Druidism” workshop.

Recently “Druidry” was recognized as an “official” religion In the United Kingdom, although some there are still unsure whether this is a good thing or not. It remains to be seen how this will affect the different groups there.

Yet with all the wonderful events that have occurred this year there has been sadness as well.  Alexei Kondratiev and Isaac Bonewits passed this year; both who were invaluable contributors to modern Druidism. The Atlanta Pagan community is certain to miss Lady Sintana founder and Wiccan High Priestess of the House of Ravenwood who crossed through the veil in September.  She was one of the first to fight for our rights to follow the Old Religion, in whatever form, here in the United States.

As we gather for ritual to honor our Ancestors this Samhain, let us all take time to remember all those whom have passed into “The Other World” this year and raise our drinking horns to their honor as well.

Still, the Celtic New Year is upon us. It would be wonderful to see more members enrolled in the Henge’s correspondence course. Then too, we would need more people involved in mentoring those students. Though we’re certainly not evangelistic, it would be beneficial to our Henge to have more members with the capabilities of “furthering” our tradition. Hopefully this would lead to more Groves. So why don’t you toss those ogham sticks and see what the Gods would have you do this year!

Happy Celtic New Year and a blessed Samhain to all!