Happy Yule!

Happy Yule to all, and may the new year bring good things into your life! Last week our Protogrove held our Yule ritual honoring Odin. Outside around our altar and a warm fire we remembered him and the sacrifices he … Continue reading

Koliada – 2014

In the dying light of the afternoon sun we gathered around the fire. It was at the home of one of our grove mates, a new space for our rites, but with the fire, altar and friends, it was the … Continue reading

Deeply Rooted Samhain – 2014

The horn called, the drum beat; through the woods, to the stone circle we moved together to honor those who passed before us into the otherworld. It is to our ancestors that we call this night. Across the gulf between … Continue reading

Autumn Equinox – 2014

Autumn Equinox The horn sounded and we chanted as we walked the long path to the oak grove.  At the boundary to the grove we made an offering to those outsiders who would disrupt our rite, and as an added … Continue reading

Lughnasadh – 2014

Last weekend our grove hosted a family campout at High Cliff state park for the Lughnasadh high-day. In contrast to the weather report, which showed thunderstorms over the weekend, the gods gifted us with beautiful weather, and we all had an excellent … Continue reading

Summer Solstice – 2014

We held our summer solstice rite in the quarry at High Cliff, where drum circles were held, once upon a time. While, many in our local community travel to Pagan Spirit Gathering to celebrate the summer solstice, we still decided … Continue reading

Beltane – 2014

Another high day has passed for our grove.  This one marks our 6th month anniversary, as Samhain of last year was our first public ritual. Beltane is the Celtic fire festival which divides winter from summer. It was a time … Continue reading

Maslenitsa (Spring Equinox)

Maslenitsa is one of the Slavic pagan festivals that occurs around the spring equinox.  It’s purpose is two fold, to welcome in the beginning of spring and to say farewell to winter.  We gathered together to welcome in the new … Continue reading

Imbolc Reflections

Yesterday was our Imbolc celebration. It was filled with good friends, fellowship and food. We would like to thank those who came out to celebrate with us. Including the unexpected pleasure of having a few members of the local OBOD … Continue reading

Winter Solstice – 2013

Yesterday we had our Slavic Winter Solstice rite to honor the Kindred.  The Slavic pagans and early Slavic Christians saw the Winter Solstice as a time when the world was closest to the underworld and had similar traditions as the … Continue reading