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Cascadia Autumn Equinox 2022

Sunday, September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Greetings,
We need you.  Cascadia Grove has openings on our elected board.  Do you have a desire to contribute to a spiritual community?  Would you like to help direct rituals and pagan events for our Grove?  Are you interested in being part of a well organized and stable pagan church?  This is a chance for some people to further a space for druid community and spirituality.
Like most volunteer opportunities, any job is as big or small as the time and energy you have to bring to it. Contact cascadiaadf@gmail.com for more info.

Cascadia Grove will be holding our Autumn Equinox Ritual at Edge of The Circle Books on Sunday September 18th @ 5pm. All folk of good will are invited!

We will attempt to stream the ritual via zoom for those who are unable to attend in person.  This will depend on available bandwidth, but we will do our best.
Parking and building info are at the end of this emal.
 
Shane will be leading our rite. We will honor Arawn, Lord of Annwn and the shortening days of autumn.
There will be time in the middle of the ritual for personal offerings.  Offerings to Arawn are appreciated, but you may make an offering to any deity or spirit you wish.
Offerings for the harvest are Bread, apples, cheese etc, but feel free to bring something else if you are so inclined.  Offerings are optional.

After the ritual, we will have time for questions and discussion.  Cascadia Grove is committed to the inclusion of folks of good will.  With this in mind, we ask everyone on this call to practice awareness and sensitivity in regards to conversations about sex, race, gender, sexuality and other protected and marginalized groups.  We ask that this time be focused on subjects of Pagan interest.  Politics are filling people’s minds a lot these days but we ask that folks keep the conversation apolitical to encourage a purposeful space for matters Pagan.

We will do our best to make zoom streaming work, but tech can be a fickle friend. Streaming worked at Lughnassadh, so I expect it to be fine

We will be closing admittance to the Zoom ritual at 5:10.  Please make sure you are on Zoom with us by then.

Here is the link to download Zoom to your device: https://zoom.us/support/download

And here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87985475110?pwd=aGZXbVVnbFVwQTlsL25tb01XWDNNdz09

Here are some suggestions for attending via zoom:

Sacred space:
If you are able to do so, prepare space for yourself to take part in the ritual.  Here are some ideas:

  • Be present to an altar or shrine you already have, or prepare one.
  • Set out a candle (fire or battery).
  • Burn a bit of incense.
  • Meditate or center yourself in your space.
  • Read something relevant to your path.
  • Listen to some calming music and do a bit of dance, or movement of your body.

The actual thing you do is not the most important part here.  Preparing your mind to do the practice of ritual, with intention and focus, is the underlying goal.  Engaging as many of your senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, tasting) as possible can help with this.

Singing:
Everyone will be muted during the ritual.  Sadly, Zoom does not allow us to all sing together so we’ll each need to sing muted.  I’ve attached the song sheet to this email.

Offerings:
During the personal offering time, we will pause for about 3 minutes so that each of us can make our offerings in our own bit of the sacred space that we create.  If you have a thing you wish to offer, be prepared to put it out of use by human hands after the ritual.

  • For food items, this could be placing it out for the nature spirits to consume.
  • If you wish to burn a thing and have means to have a fire, you could do that.
  • If it is not a thing to be burned, like a stone, a bit of metal etc., you could place it outside your home in a space you make sacred for the Kindred and/or we can take it to White Mountain Druid Sanctuary* which has dedicated spaces for these types of offerings.
  • Liquid offerings can be given into the hands of Cloacina, Roman goddess of drains and sewers.

Waters of life:
Come to ritual with a glass of something to use for the Waters of Life.  During the ritual, we will imbue these waters with magic, bless them and then drink them.  Waters of life are typically water, cider (hard or not), meade etc.  Have a glass of something available as we drink together of these waters that we make sacred.

Lastly, Shane holds a bimonthly Pagan meeting over Zoom on the second and fourth Sundays. You can receive updates about this through Meetup. Email us and we can give you more details.

Parking and location info:

Reminder:  Our Lughnasadh ritual is this Sunday, August 7th @ 5pm PDT at Edge of The Circle Books.
Please be advised that there is a flight of stairs leading down to the ritual area.
Location and parking info:
Edge of The Circle Books on Google Maps
Free parking is available on the ground floor of the white-ish parking structure at the corner of 15th Ave NE and NE 45th St — about 2 blocks away from EoTC Books.
Here is a shot of the locations.
Parking for EoTCB

Parking for EoTCB

If you would like to donate to help us pay for the Zoom account and sundries, please go to adfcascadia.org

May you be healthy and well until we meet again by the hearth’s fire,

Jeff Olhoeft, Pursewarden
Shane Coineandubh, Scribe
James Harmon, Senior Druid
Cascadia Grove, ADF 501(c)(3)
cascadiaadf@gmail.com

*Cascadia Grove supports White Mountain Druid Sanctuary, a modern day interpretation of ancient Indo-European rituals and practices located in Trout Lake, WA.  If you are curious, check out patreon.com/wmds.  Also, we send out semi-regular emails updating folks on our progress.  If you would like to be on that list just reply to this email.

Details

Date:
Sunday, September 18
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Venue

Edge of the Circle Books
1307 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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Shrines at White Mountain Druid Sanctuary

It is summer 2019 and the Goddess Brigid’s Shrine is being built! The walls are up and the roof should be done by winter. The Goddess Samona’s Shrine just has a few finishing touches. Over the last year, we also got a statue of Lleu Llaw Gyffes and there is now a shelter built over his statue.
The Patreon site (patreon.com/wmds) has been updated with information about getting engraved bricks for the walkway up to Brigid’s Shrine. We also have a blog at https://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-paths-blogs/cascadia-druids.html.