As our ancestors once did, so we do today and so may our children do in the future...
The wheel of the years turns and the days grow shorter – too short. Darkness envelopes us and it seems like our little electric lights are the only weapon we have against it. But now we arrive at the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. It is a time, for hope, a time of change and transformation when the old is replaced with the new. Out of the darkness we seek that spark of Nature's light and the promise of life renewed. So let us we gather at the pit. Let us light our fire and sing joyous into the night for endings and beginnings, and for the fire that tempers and shapes us anew.
Our Beings of the Occasion tonight will be the Moirai, the Fates. Let us turn to the Three Goddesses almost inseparable, Klotho the Spinner, Lachesis the Disposer of Lots, and Atropos the Unavoidable. These are They Who Know the Fate of Man, but not keepers of destiny nor the restrictors of Free Will. As a New Year draws near, we look to each for a hint at what is to come. So, let us give our praise and offerings, seek the Oracular Gifts of the Moirai, and gladly accept the Blessings of our Kindreds!
Please arrive on time so that we may provide a pre-ritual briefing to everyone and still start ritual no later than 7:30pm. As always, our ritual will be held outdoors. Please dress accordingly!
Information about our ritual style can be found at: About Our Ritual Style
More information about our grove can be found at: Larrea Tridentata Protogrove, ADF
** This is a public ritual and all are welcome. ** Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who assumes responsibility for their charge's actions. We are currently unable to provide childcare, so if your child is unable or uninterested in being part of the service, it may be better to leave them home for the sake of your own experience as well as those around you.
While attendance is free and open to everyone, rituals do cost money to perform. All donations are gratefully accepted and are tax deductible through the charter from our parent organization, Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) [a 501(c)3 charitable religious org]. All attendees are welcome to participate in the ritual as much or as little as they like; incense, oil and other items are provided to use for offerings. If you'd like to bring something of your own to offer, the Deities and Ancestors, in general, appreciate the sweet smells of incense as well as alcohol and silver objects. The nature spirits love edible seeds. All of our Kindred appreciate handmade goods and heartfelt poems and songs.
All offerings are given to the Kindreds, taking them permanently out of human use (burned or otherwise eliminated/destroyed).