Past Meetup

Woodland Midsummer Gathering 2018 - Ceremony & Social

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Queen's Woods

Near Highgate Station · London

How to find us

Attendance fee: £5/ £3 (concessions). Please gather at The Woodmans' pub (the garden/ patio area) by 2.00pm- You'll be led to the woods together at 2.45pm for Ceremony.

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Details

Join us to celebrate Midsummer 2018.. with ceremony & socials. We'll drum, dance and make merry ...after the ceremony to honour the Sun that's reached the height of his power. We'll also be marking/ celebrating our own personal achievements :-)

`This marks the height of the Summer, and the longest day of the year. Astrologically, it is exactly the point when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (which is the natural house of the Moon!). The new-born Sun of the midwinter (Yule) has grown to it’s fullest potential, and so pagans are mindful at Midsummer that the wheel turns. It is when the previously defeated Holy-King returns, challenges the Oak-King and wins. Thus at Midsummer, the rein of the Oak King ends and the one of Holy King begins. Midsummer games such as tug of war enact this battle between summer and winter forces. In terms of the God myths, it is a time for the God to become Sun-King, and take his place on the throne of responsibility for his people'

***** fixed Fee: £5 / £3 (concessions) per person **

Meeting point:
Woodman's Pub (Archway Road).
We usually meet in the garden/ Patio area of the Woodman's pub. have a drink, gather all attendees and walk to the woodland. A designated team member will lead you to the woods.

Time/ duration:
These outdoor rituals & gatherings are organic. Magic happens when everyone is ready and spiritually in resonance. So once arrived, and have done and meet & greet, do settle down and reach a calm magical state.. especially while ritual team are busy setting up altar and having a quick preparation.

Gather at pub - 2pm
walking to woods - 3pm.. followed by ceremony.
Event expected to end - 7pm - then socials in wood & pub

RITUAL :

Out ritual Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the actual ritual - ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

Optional items to bring:

- Ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks / ground sheets / blankets
- Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks / flower crowns (No athame!! .. No swords!)
- Drums & musical instruments
- Lanterns / candles / lighter (all candles in lanterns only please, unless it's large pillar-candles. Strictly No tea-lights on ground or trees!!)
- Crystals / runes / divination tools
- Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

***No Children***:
We ask no children at this event. Babies in prams who can be kept quiet or moved away from ritual if they cry is acceptable.Thanks.

Behaviour / alcohol/ drugs policy:

This is in a public woodland/ park. We wish to make sure the good reputation of our group members & organisers are maintained. So please BE on good behaviour. No drugs/ substances allowed.

Photos/ privacy:

Please do not take photos during set-up, run-through or ritual.. Other times, it's fine. It's in a public place so we can not stop the public walking through or taking pics. If worries about your privacy / identity, please wear a ritual mask to safeguard your identity in photos that others may take of the group.

Meeting place (Woodman's Pub):
Gather in the Woodman's Pub from 2.00pm.. Get to `High Gate' Tube station.. come up to main road. Turn right. Pub is just 30 seconds away.

After Ceremony & some socials in the woods, we will head back to the pub (woodmans) for more socials.

***For more details & updates, please rsvp to this event, and keep an eye on notifications & comments from organisers. Thanks**

-Mani Navasothy