Surviving and Thriving - Lughnasadh 2014
|Posted by RN Druid on August 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM||comments ()|
So...Another Festival of Lugh in the books. It was a windy, cold and wet Gathering, but it is one that I will never forget. We had an amazing time of fellowship, discussion and workshops; all of which will broaden my spiritual understanding and practice. Thank you for allowing me the honor of writing this year's ritual. It was well worth the two weeks of research and writing that it took to put it together. For those new to our group, there may have been some aspects that you haven't seen as of yet. A lot of this years ritual came not only from the Order's current Lughnasadh ritual book and the Book of Ritual itself, but also from the Order's "Alternative" and Original Rituals. The original Ritual of Lughnasadh is by far the oldest of the 8 seasonal festival and can be traced to a time before the creation of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and to that of the Ancient Druid Order, which developed during the early years of the last century out of the Druid Revival which began over three hundred years ago by a man named John Little in 1711. The actual date this ritual was written is unclear, but utilizing roles such as the Ovate of the Festival, Ovate of the Host, and of course the Pendragon, was a real pleasure; it took me back to the early days of our order and our more recent ancestors.
A huge shout out and thank you to Mike and Nicole for putting this hole thing together. Without all your hard work and tireless effort, our Gathering would not have happened. So, thank you. For me, a big Druid THANK YOU to Elizabeth for agreeing to take on the role of the Festival's Pendragon; you performed your role with grace, wisdom and a whole lot of style. And of course, Dawn; taking on the role of Ovate of the Festival, which is just an old term for what we now in our fellowship call the M.C.
With that said, I want to thank all who attended this Gathering. Without each and every one of you, this Gathering would have been just a windy, cold and wet experience. Instead, it was a wonderfully windy, cold and wet experience...There is a difference.
For those who were planning on initiating into the Order and the Bardic grade...the Goddess moves in mysterious ways and the weather was simply not cooperating, but I'm sure we can take care of this at Alban Elfed in September at the Autumn Equinox. I and all the other Keepers are looking forward to performing this once in a lifetime ritual; one that you will remember for the rest of your life. At last count, it seemed that there were 8 of you wishing to be officially initiated into the Order and into the Bardic Grade. I for one, cannot wait!!!
Thanks again to all of you...my Sisters and Brothers of the Star and Stone Druid Fellowship. May the Goddess shine down her grace and blessings upon this Fellowship of Druids.
Brightest of Blessings at this time of High Summer,
Spirit Fest April 2010 by Lewis/Lughaidh
|Posted by K. Seren on April 26, 2010 at 2:15 PM||comments ()|
Spirit Fest 2010 at MVUUC was a wonderful experience... Star and Stone Druid Fellowship was there to spread the "Good News" that Star and Stone is here with information on our Druid Order, The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and Druidry itself.
We had a beautiful table set up... a table that resembled the forest floor... a tree, many stones, prayer crystals, a well... and well.... lots of things! This was born out of the artistic and Bardic imagination of one of our Ovates, Elizabeth.
Dawn, an Ovate from the San Diego area, made the long drive up to take part in the festivities and get to know us. We were so very glad that she made the journey.
Lewis sat there and looked extremely Druid...answered questions about the Order and its teachings, Star and Stone, and Druidry in general... we had quite a few people sign up for our mailing list. I guess we need to create one?
Kim on the other hand... was there in spirit. She created a beautiful tri-fold brochure (so Druid- the "Tri" part) that summed up OBOD and Star and Stone perfectly. She was truly missed.
We all agree that this was a wonderful test run for Pagan Pride in October...we can't wait!