We Hold Outdoor Rituals, We Are Not Fair Weather Pagans

Red Maple Grove without fail holds open rituals marking the eight standard Neo-Pagan holy days, equinoxes and solstices plus the four Celtic mid points (Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasad) at the Tree Ring, our grove’s sacred tree (in Irish, bile). Our Cross-quarter high days are Norse, while our traditional Celtic mid points are Celtic. This is located just inside the park across from where Kippewa and Jackson meet Dows Lake Road. We do this regardless of the weather. We are not fair weather pagans.

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Yule 2016

Bell ringing druid rings bell thrice.

Outdwellers

Outsiders, forces of chaos, you who have chosen to not be part of our workings,
you who dwell, fierce and untamed beyond our lands in dark places to civilization unknown,
I give you this offering and ask you to stay behind the gate and do not disturb us during this rite.
(OFFERING OF RAISINS)

Purification

KSS- Purifies with sage/sweetgrass or water

Grove Attunement

Feel yourself reaching down, down into the earth
Down, down, like the roots of a tree
Down to the eternal water
The potential, the essence behind the Well
Down, down, down until you reach the water
Draw the water up, up like the roots of a tree
Draw the water up into you.

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Samhain Ritual 2016

Bell ringing druid rings bell thrice.

Processional Chant:

We approach the sacred grove,
With hearts and minds and flesh and bone,
Join us now in ways of old,
We have come home.

Outdwellers

Outsiders, forces of chaos, you who have chosen to not be part of our workings,
you who dwell, fierce and untamed beyond our lands in dark places to civilization unknown,
I give you this offering and ask you to stay behind the gate and do not disturb us during this rite.
(OFFERING OF RAISINS)

Purification

KSS- Asperses with water

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Autumn Equinox Ritual – 2016

Autumn Equinox Ritual 2016

Bell ringing druid rings bell thrice.

Processional Chant:

We approach the sacred grove,
With hearts and minds and flesh and bone,
Join us now in ways of old,
We have come home.

Outdwellers

Outsiders, forces of chaos, you who have chosen to not be part of our workings,
you who dwell, fierce and untamed beyond our lands in dark places to civilization unknown,
I give you this offering and ask you to stay behind the gate and do not disturb us during this rite.
(OFFERING OF RAISINS)

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Lughnassadh Ritual – 2016

Lughnassadh Ritual 2016

Bell ringing druid rings bell thrice.

Processional Chant:

We approach the sacred grove,
With hearts and minds and flesh and bone,
Join us now in ways of old,
We have come home.

Outdwellers

Outsiders, forces of chaos, you who have chosen to not be part of our workings,
you who dwell, fierce and untamed beyond our lands in dark places to civilization unknown,
I give you this offering and ask you to stay behind the gate and do not disturb us during this rite.
(OFFERING OF RAISINS)

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Summer Solstice Ritual – 2016

Summer Solstice Ritual 2016

Bell ringing druid rings bell thrice.

Processional Chant:

We approach the sacred grove,
With hearts and minds and flesh and bone,
Join us now in ways of old,
We have come home.

Outdwellers

Outsiders, forces of chaos, you who have chosen to not be part of our workings,
you who dwell, fierce and untamed beyond our lands in dark places to civilization unknown,
I give you this offering and ask you to stay behind the gate and do not disturb us during this rite.
(OFFERING OF RAISINS)

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Spring Equinox 2015 Omen

Past: Idad (yew) Soul, the essence of our being, that which survives through the incarnations, our true self.

Present: huath (whitethorn) shelter. This is a time of resting, recuperation, healing. One image is of those who may have been battling through the day, but now have an evening of rest, possibly before a morrow of renewed struggle. Now, however, is the time to relax and regain strength.

Future: ur (heather) romance. Spring will come and with it vitality, energy and romance.

The traditional question, “Our deities have spoken; are we satisfied or would we hear more?” was asked. There was a request to hear more. Explanatory: beithe (birch) beginning. Spring will come. We may be standing here cold now, but the season is changing. It will be spring and new things will happen.

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Spring Equinox 2015

Bell ringing druid rings bell thrice.

Grove Attunement
D-The Fire it burns bright within us,
Feel the flame between you and me,
D-The well it flows deep beneath us,
Feel the waters between you and me,
D-The tree it grows high above us,
Feel the connection between you and me,
D-We are together, our hearts open,
Earth’s children united , as it was meant to be.

Purification
KSS- Purifies with sage

Honoring the Earth Mother

From our first breath, to our last sigh,
Our Mother is with us.
From our first laugh to our last cry,
Our Mother will hold us.
She is our body, She is our Home.
We thank you, Great Mother
For all that we have been given.
May we always remember to step lightly upon you,
and to honour your gift of life.
Great Mother, accept these offerings.
{All offer a kiss to the earth while grain is placed on the Altar}

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Imbolc 2015 Omen

Imbolc Omen…

Past (Straiph, blackthorn, fate): The past is past. It happened. It is out of our control.

Present (Beithe, birch, beginning). We are starting something new, beginning a new thing, entering a new phase.

Future (duir, oak, leadership) Those elements underlined for our future are those connected to leadership and the knightly virtues of courage, courtesy, hospitality, etc.

The question: “Our deities, especially Bridget, have spoken; are we satisfied with this divine communication, or would we hear more?” was asked.

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Imbolc 2015

Bell ringing druid rings bell thrice.

Grove Attunement
D-The Fire it burns bright within us,
Feel the flame between you and me,
D-The well it flows deep beneath us,
Feel the waters between you and me,
D-The tree it grows high above us,
Feel the connection between you and me,
D-We are together, our hearts open,
Earth’s children united , as it was meant to be.

Purification
KSS- Purifies with sage

Honoring the Earth Mother

From our first breath, to our last sigh,
Our Mother is with us.
From our first laugh to our last cry,
Our Mother will hold us.
She is our body, She is our Home.
We thank you, Great Mother
For all that we have been given.
May we always remember to step lightly upon you,
and to honour your gift of life.
Great Mother, accept these offerings.
{All offer a kiss to the earth while grain is placed on the Altar}

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