Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe

From the President

Photo of Tony Taylor taken by Karl

Tony Taylor

The Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe and Annual Meeting of the Henge of Keltria is held at various locations in the United States. The site location is selected by the Board of Trustees based upon proposals submitted by the membership. The following is a list of past gatherings.

  • 1999 – Camp Gaia (Kansas City) KS
  • 2000 – Quincy (Boston), MA
  • 2001 – Coon Rapids, MN
  • 2002 – Syracuse, NY
  • 2003 – Coon Rapids, MN
  • 2004 – Clarksburg, WV
  • 2005 – Chittenango, NY
  • 2006 – Clarksburg, WV
  • 2007 – Shreveport, LA
  • 2008 – Letchworth State Park, NY
  • 2009 – Bangor, ME
  • 2010 – Cumming, GA
  • 2011 – Ham Lake, MN
  • 2012 – Cumming, GA
  • 2013 – Estes Park, CO
  • 2014 – Vestal (Binghamton), NY
  • 2015 (Proposed) – Decatur, GA
    (For information regarding any of the gatherings, please contact the Henge Office.)

       

 

HH-99 – From the President – Lughnasadh 2013

From the President

 Lughnasadh 2013

By Tony Taylor

Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe and Annual Meeting

Photo of Tony Taylor with deer staff

Tony Taylor

Wren and I have been busy with our many projects. Certainly the 2013 Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe and Annual Meeting of the Henge of Keltria was at the top of our list.  Every gather is great, but this year was among the best.  I hope we will have the gathering hosted there again sometime.

I enjoyed the field trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as workshops by Topaz Owl, Eibhlean Owl, and Steward of the Wood. It was really nice to meet our OBOD guests and a newer member from California who drove over 1000 miles to the gathering. She easily earned bragging rights for driving the longest distance to attend. There were many opportunities to connect with the nature spirits. Marmots, pikas, elk, magpies, and humming birds visited us throughout the field trip.

Book of Keltria

The big project Wren, Karl, and I are working on is the new Book of Keltria, which is our correspondence course in book form. There are new theology and ritual chapters replacing the previous versions of the correspondence course material. Also the Gods chapter has undergone substantial rewrite. A big change in the theology chapter is that the “beliefs” have been replaced with “hallmarks” of Keltrian Druidism. The fundamental difference between the beliefs and the hallmarks is that within Keltrian Druidism, what you believe is not as important as what you do. Hallmarks are based upon actions rather than words.

Book of Ritual

Another big project underway is a substantial rewrite of the Book of Ritual.  There are many things that were not covered adequately in  previous versions of the Book of Ritual. I hope to get this information incorporated and a new edition released soon after the Book of Keltria. This expanded edition will provide details on the how, what, and why of Keltrian ritual.

 

From the Secretary – Beltaine 2013

by Eibhlean

Photo of Secretary Eíbhlean

Secretary Eíbhlean

Beltaine 2013

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.

With gratitude,
Eíbhlean/Owl
Secretary – Henge of Keltria

HoK 2011 Gathering Photos

HoK 2011 Gathering Photos

Gathering-2011

HoK Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe
Coon Rapids & Ham Lake, Minnesota
July 2011


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2011 Board of Trustees
2011 Board of Trustees

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Samhain Greetings (2010)

By Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

The 2010 Gathering of the Keltrian Tribe was a great success.  Kudos go to BeanSidhe, GreyBoar  and the members of Olde Stone Grove for hosting the event.  Workshops were conducted at a Holiday Inn Express, but the rituals and a potluck were held at their home, which includes one of the nicest personal ritual spaces I’ve ever visited.

Of course, I am eagerly anticipating applications from members who are interested in hosting next year. Look for notice elsewhere in this issue to submit your proposal to the Henge Office by Yule. This year we were in the southeast, last year in the northeast, and the year before that in western New York. It is a great chance to meet the Board, Council of Elders, and other members and initiates.

Congratulations to GreyBoar who was welcomed to the Ring of the Oak on Friday, August 13th, 2010. Also, congratulations to Aauriane Veleda, who was welcomed into the Ring of the Birch on Saturday, August 14th. May the mysteries revealed to them help them grow in their relationships with the Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and Gods and Goddesses of our tribe.

I am pleased to receive the good news that the Druid Network received notification that their application to be registered as a charity furthering the religion of Druidry was accepted on 21 September 2010.  A great accomplishment; they spent over five years working to receive their acceptance.  I celebrate their success and wish them continued recognition and further successes in all their endeavors.

On the other hand, the news regarding two national druid figures was sad. Alexei Kondratiev passed away last May after a heart attack. I never met him in person and really wish I had.  I first learned of Alexei’s work back in the 1980’s when he authored a tarot deck.  If my memory serves me right, it was “The New York Tarot” and consisted of photo images of New York.  In the late 80’s, I enjoyed his comic books Vidorix the Druid, and read all of the issues I could find.  They were intelligent comics based in Celtic myth. He has long been on our recommended reading list with The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual and Celtic Rituals: An Authentic Guide to Ancient Celtic Spirituality. So much so, that one Keltrian Grove adopted the name Apple Branch Grove.  Alexei became a member of the Henge in the mid-90’s, wrote Lesson Two for the Keltria Correspondence Course, and participated in the Keltria List. Although he didn’t post often, when he did it was spot-on and clearly from a true Celtic scholar. I will definitely drink to Alexi this Samhain night and for many Samhains to come.  May his continued journeys be filled peace, love, and wisdom.

Isaac Bonewits also passed this year on August 12th. I will really miss him as.  We first contacted Isaac in the early 1980’s (’81 or ’82) to help convince him to start a new Druid organization.  We, along with several others, convinced him there was a great deal of interest in a national Druid organization; he eventually founded Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship in 1983.  Grove of the Twin Oaks, my first Druid Grove, became one of the first ADF Groves, after the Mother Grove in 1983 or 84.  Isaac blessed my initiation and my elevation to second at Pagan Spirit Gatherings in the mid-1980’s. Isaac became a member of the Henge in the mid-90’s and remained both a member and a friend for many years.  In 2009, by unanimous decision, Isaac was awarded the first, and only, Druid Academy Nomination Award Committee (DANAC) Lifetime Achievement Award for his thirty-three years of publications, organizing activity, presentations, wit, humor, research and dedication to Druidism.  His Druidic life was an inspiration to me; he is sorely missed and will be honored this Samhain with many toasts.  May he travel well and be blessed by all the Ancestors, Nature Spirits and Gods and Goddesses whom he encounters.