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Quarterly Membership Meeting

Posted by Pamela on July 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Quarterly SBGH Grove Membership meeting will be held at the Irish Snug, 1201 East Colfax Avenue, at 3 pm on Saturday July 7.

Midsummer

Posted by Pamela on June 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In case you missed the Midsummer ritual at JUC CUUPS last evening, we will be having another Midsummer ritual, this one officated by the amazing Jorja. We will be at Cheesman Park on Saturday (yes, tomorrow, 6/23), gathering at 3:30 pm with ritual at 4 pm. Bring sunscreen and dress less!!!!

From the Scribe

Posted by Pamela on May 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday April 28, the Council met in Cheesman Park just before the Beltane ritual. Present were the Senior Druid Tony, our Pursewarden John, the Grove bard Rowen and the Scribe Pamela. Absent was co-founder Jorja, who accorded her vote to Tony.

The decision was made that when the membership meets to determine who will be doing what ritual for the cycle beginning with Eostre 2013, rituals will be drawn as lots. The entire membership may participate in ritual but members must have been Grove members for a minimum of two years before they can officiate.

The Council also discussed moving the ritual/gathering spot, possibly to the outer area of Cheesman, to have a modicum more privacy and to decrease distraction during ritual. This issue will be discussed with the membership.


From The Desk of The Sr. Druid

Posted by Jorja on February 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello All!

From time to time I talk to people who are having a hard time with their personal paganism. People go through periods of time when they are just not feeling the presence of the Gods. I can relate to this in a very personal way, as I've been in this spot myself. Sometimes everyday life grinds us down, we get caught up in the daily grind of modern life, and the numinous can seem very far away.

Here is some advise I give people who are maybe not feeling their religion as much as they would like:

1) First be a friend to the Gods. Pagan Gods and Goddesses are more powerful versions of people, and I've always felt that the relationships that we have with them are like our relationships with close parents and/or good friends. Think of how we maintain friendships. If you never called or visited your friends, how long would they be friends? What if you never treated your friend to lunch or a gift for favors they had done for you? Think about paying attention to the Gods by praying daily at your shrine.

If you find yourself offering the same prayers everyday, try something new. While repetition can be useful in building energy, to much of it can result in rote recitation where we are just mouthing the words, now deprived of all meaning. Also, MAKE OFFERING, EVERY DAY. It doesn't have to be something big, I offer a stick of incense during morning ritual, and sometimes a cup of coffee. No matter how small, the offering is important.

The God/desses are ancient beings, and in ancient times a 'friend' wasn't just somebody you talked to on facebook, he or she was an ally somebody who you depended on in times of trouble. Since friendships were so important, it was expected that friends would exchange gifts. This was an important action of 'putting your money where your mouth is.' If somebody was willing to share their food, and their wealth with you, it was likely that you could count on them to fight mutual enemies, to help bring in crops, or for any important endeavor. The Gods and Goddessess give us many gifts, They maintain the order of the Cosmos, The Earth Mother and fertility God/desses give us the food that sustain us, it is right that we give in return.

Sometimes we should also give the Gods, and especially our patrons, an especially fine gift. We are not all people of means, (just look at my bank account towards the end of the pay period,) but a special gift doesn't have to be expensive. Compose and perform a praise poem to a Deity, or make an offering of something you have made. Recently, I carved a spoon to give to An Dagda over a week's time and burned it to send it to Him. When you participate in High Day rituals, you give the Gods your time.

2) Take a long walk in Nature. Try to find the most natural setting you can. Getting out in nature can refresh our spirits and get us back in touch with the many works of the Gods. When you see with a mindful eye and a clear mind, there are miracles all around us.

3) Look for miracles. It always amazes me how many of my prayers are answered. Usually they are answered in subtle small ways. You sometimes have to look for it. Sometimes you do get something dramatic. Once Odin The Wanderer answered a request of mine, and I got home on far less gas than I should have been able to. WILL yourself to believe, resist the urge to try to logically explain it when you get a boon from the Gods.

4) If you really don't feel as though the Gods are talking to you, try using divination to see if you can get an insight into what is going on. On a day to day basis the Gods talk to us through the veil in a whisper. Using divination can allow Them to speak to us more clearly. If you don't feel confident in your abilities in at least one divinitory method, get some help from someone who is more adept. Feel free to contact me if you need help.

Bright Blessings!

Tony

Thank you

Posted by Pamela on February 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Words cannot express my gratitude for the donation I received for the "Ralphie Fund". For those that did not hear the tale, my buddy Ralphie (a red and white Border Collie) was attacked by my upstairs neighbors' two viscious little dogs. He was badly wounded and required 3 hours of surgery to repair 11 separate wounds, including a 6-inch slash across his neck that nearly took his life. The vet bill was a huge financial burden and your generosity will help us make it through the month. Thank you all so much for your love and support.

Pamela

change in offering policy

Posted by Jorja on February 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Change in acceptable offering

As of now Silver Branch Golden Horn is officially changing its policy on acceptable offerings: We now require that all offerings be biodegradable (yes praise offerings and songs are biodegradable). Things that cannot be burned or easily buried are also no longer acceptable.

It is the feeling of the council and the membership that as an earth loving group that we can no longer accept items that are harmful to the environment or the being that live in it including (but not limited to): lead, pewter, Non wood statuary (or other items), synthetic cloth, electronics, items including mercury (such as “mood” rings) and other items.

When in doubt ask yourself if I ate this would it kill me or make me sick (this does not mean that stuff has to taste good because incense is still okay) if the answer is yes then don’t bring it to ritual as an offering.

Thanks

Jorja

From the desk of the Senior Druid

Posted by Jorja on February 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Okay so I am starting a something new; since so many people have told me how hard it is to get together with me because of my crazy schedule I thought I would do a blog, where I talk about the grove, paganism, just general Tony stuff! So here it is for the first time: From the desk of the Senior Druid.

*************************LOOK AT THIS IT HAS CHANGED *****************************************

1) Imbolc Ritual: well it is winter in the Rockies so there should be no surprise that this year we are having 12-18 inches of snow. As of right now we are moving the Imbolc ritual to next wee 2/11/12 see the calander for the informion. But since it is good luck to have snow on Imbolc so I guess we have all been really, really. REALLY blessed.

2) What does Imbolc mean to me? At this time of the year it makes you wonder how did our ancestors and our forefathers survive? This is the end of winter, the stores are running low and quarters are getting close. Imagine it you’ve been trapped inside for a good 3 months with the same people day after day, you’re getting lean and hungry from lack of fresh food, everyone stinks because there is no way to bathe or wash your clothes. It was probably so miserable that it makes you wonder why there are people to this day. What keep our ancestors from wiping each other out? Imbolc is the reason, this is the time of year when the ewes lactate, food stores could be supplemented, it gave humanity (at least those at the right latitude) hope that soon spring would return. While spring meant more work it also meant more freedom. Freedom to eat fresh foods and lots of it, freedom to roam, and freedom to wash off the stank.

Back then, and today, all good farmers know that you want as much snow on Imbolc as you can get, because when March and April comes that snow will melt and provide the water that the newly awakened plants, and soon to be sown crops, need to thrive.

Also as a follower of Bride I like to reflect on her at this time of year. It seems to me that Bride is a goddess of civilization (healing, smith craft and the bardic arts form the pillars of all societies). At this time I like to think of ways that I can contribute more to civilization and my community: family, friends, my grove. I search out new way to connect and feel myself slowly stirring in anticipation of the coming spring.

3) On general Tony topics, I am so proud of Jorja she has been asked to appear on modernpagan.tv podcast on 2/7 at 7:00 (you can watch it live or of course watch it another time) here is the information on that:

From Jorja’s facebook posting:

The one and only Jackie Weller has graciously invited me join the live podcast on moderpagan.tv

Just in time for Valentine’s Day and Lupercalia this week discussions will be about sacred sexuality (what it is and how to get there) We will ask talk about non-traditional relationships; love and life beyond monogamy where we'll discuss swinging, Polyamory, and open marriages.

So grab your special friend, pull up a PC (or a mac) and have a listen as we learn, laugh about and overcome the myths and mayhem (the perfection and the pitfalls) of sacred sexuality and life beyond monogamy.

Just go to the following website and enjoy!

http://modernpagan.tv

4) If you want to sign up to for the planning committee for the Best Bard in Denver then talk to Jorja she will have some stuff set up for it in the next couple of weeks.

Yours,

Tony Fleming

Senior Druid


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