Archive for November 1st, 2010

It has been my great honor to have been part a druid grove (the Grove of Four) for the past 11 years. It has been a great source of inspiration and joy. However, the past few years have seen our grove practicing what my teacher Bobcat calls, “Crap Druidry”. Basically we lacked focus and would simply get together and say, “So, what do you want to do?” This lack of focus prevented the kind of deep relationship where the Awen flows. We weren’t grounded and present enough to reach for sacred relationship to the land, the ancestors, the gods or even each other.

So after 11 years, we decided to dissolve the grove. We took this Samhain as an opportunity to make an end that was complete and honorable. It wound up being a rather joyous event. It was very freeing while at the same time it honored all the work we have done together. We each took turns speaking our truth about what the grove has been, sharing our frustrations and our thanks and gratitude. We opened a bottle of mead and honored each other and our members who were not present. We honored our teachers. We honored the spirits of place and the gods of Nature that were witnessing our rite. Basically we put as much attention and intention into the ending as we put into the beginning.

That is a rare thing in our society. We all too often put tremendous amounts of energy into the start of things, but rarely any energy whatsoever into the closing. This often leaves people just emotionally drifting. I think of the energies of weddings compared to divorce. I think of all those corporate kick-offs for projects that just fall away over time. It is hard to find our feet without proper acknowledgment of projects, cycles and dynamics coming to an end.

One great gift of honoring the cycles of Nature is that Nature doesn’t behave in such a manner. Birth and Death are equals – deities that work in congruence in order to maintain a balance where life feeds on life and the whole dance hums with beauty. We get an opportunity each year to really honor both deities in high celebration. Of course each day brings us birth, change and death. Every day is Beltane and everyday is Samhain on some level. And each day we need to acknowledge and craft relationship with these gods. Our pagan traditions teach us to flow with the cycles of Nature and her seasons. And in the fall, death and dying are in great abundance. So Samhain is a great holy day to honor the gods of Death.

So it was fitting to bring closure to our wonderful grove on Samhain. The Grove of Four is no more. Yet as we sat in the pine grove sharing, yarn symbolically wrapping one to the other in a tangled mess, we realize even though what has been is no more, the bonds of friendship and love between us remains. As we moved through the breaking of the grove, we began to speak of what we wanted in a grove, whether or not it was important to share ritual with others. We talked about diving deeper into our spiritual heritage and in our chosen path of Druidry. We honored the gifts that each of us brings, hoping to have those gifts shared more easily and with more inspiration. It became clear that out of this ending something new will come into being. Cycles turning, tides flowing into one another, endless storylines intersecting, picking up where another leaves off, songs entwining into harmonies and creating an endless symphony –  this is Druidry. And I am excited to see what comes out of this tide of dying, the spirits of decay returning form into potentiality, spinning and weaving spirit energies into new creativity. I look forward to dreaming in the dark between now and Yule and seeing what comes into being as the new cycle of growth begins.

Blessing of Samhain,
Wild winds of change howling in the dark night,
Snowhawke /|\

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