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

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

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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Winter Solstice 2014

WINTER SOLSTICE 2014

Beginning Ritual
Ring bell thrice.

Opening Prayer
Welcome to all who come to keep the Old Ways. Let us weave together our spirits to honor the Gods and to celebrate the strength of our community with the light of our love and laughter throughout this darkest night. May the Gods watch over us and bless this gathering.

Grove Attunement {right hand on the left shoulder of the person beside you}
D-The Fire it burns warm, bright within us,
Feel the flame’s heat between you and me,
D-The well it flows smooth, deep beneath us,
Feel the waters flow between you and me,
D-The tree it grows strong, high above us,
Feel the connection of it’s roots between you and me,
D-We are together, our hearts open,
Earth’s children united , as it was meant to be.

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Samhain 2014

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.

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