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SAMHAIN DRUM PARTY
Samhain Drumming party,
Thanks to all who attended and made this such a special night .
We wanted to have a night where the Ancestors were honoured, To have a small Ritual , Celebration, feasting and Drumming
To help do this We Created the Ancestor grove where people could sit, reflect, Light Candles in honour of their Ancestors, Relatives and those who were special to them. We used our Masks erected on poles, dress to represent the Ancestors . We had great fun in organising this and setting up the area There was small shrine with candles ready to light for Relatives and Ancestor
Somehow we ended up with rather a lot of Pumpkins to prepare Fortunately Gwen and Dawn brought ones they had carved earlier . A scene with a Cat by Gwen and the Wolf by Dawn. Both Brilliant I'm afraid ours just had normal pumpkin faces.
We Began the evening with a shot ceremony to honour the Ancestors which is what Samhain is all about. Then feasting and drumming till late on.
A brilliant time was had by all. Thanks Everyone who came along and helped make it a memorable Night
WINTER SOLSTICE RITUAL AND DRUM PARTY
Once again a fantastic evening , Thanks to Everyone for making it a Brilliant ritual and celebration.
Once everyone had arrived we got down to the more serious business of the ritual. We had a simple ritual around the Stone circle . Keeping it Brief as it was a little cold. Jay Did a fantastic calling of the quarters and Circle using the Norse traditions he normally works with.
We Celebrated Yule as The Great cosmic Wheel , The fiery hub of the universe The turning Year.
Yule is Rebirth , Midwinter celebrations .Return of the Sun
In the Winter we can feel low and isolated ,It’s dark and cold ,the place is still, however the earth is renewing and regenerating itself , ready for the new life.
Take this time to reflect, wrap yourself in the darkness and celebrate the stillness . Be still , as the earth, but underneath hold the seed of regeneration, Ponder and meditate on what you wish for the coming Year. What you hope to achieve and do.
Yule is a time for Friendship, family and sacred Kin. We Give and send blessing for those who could not be here,to those who we have met on this Path and have been Helpful and Supportive .
A few moment were taken to think of achievements and to reflect on what’s been good throughout the Year . To meditate ,and Ponder on what you wish for the next year.
We then Light a candle for the returning Sun . Then it Snowed .
Happy Yule , Blessed solstice and May the seed we have set come to fruition . May we continue to support and help each other through out the coming year..
DERBYSHIRE PAGANS WALK TO PAIDLY GORGE
We set off from Longshaw Country Park Map ref SK 267 800
on the top of Owler Bar Rd the B6055
And walked across the Mooreland
The Manor house at Padley was built in the late 13th - 14th Century. Quarrying for mill stones began in the Longshaw estate in t 1466
Padley Gorge is one of the finest remaining examples of oak and birch woodland that once covered many Dark Peak valleys. The woodland mainly consists of sessile oak and birch with alder along the stream side and holly and rowan scattered throughout the remainder of the wood.
Down below, Burbage Brook runs through the Gorge Tumbling over the massive boulders beneath.
Emerging from the wood of Padley gorge one can see Carl Walk in the distance.
New Years Eve Eclipse of the Moon
EIGHT THOUSAND SACRED DRUMS
As one of our main concerns is environmental issues we needed felt it important to join the Eight thousand sacred drums, drumming for Earth healing. This took place on the 21st March at the Spring Equinox. Drumming was designed to coincide with the Otomt toltec nation Drumming They believe when Eight thousand drums join in unison throughout the world that only then can we begin to facilitate Earth Healing and world peace. But there are other Nations who also believe that Drumming together promotes this.
Not only did the Drumming coincide with the Drumming in Mexico but others around the world timed their drumming synchronise with this event weather drumming alone or in groups.
The event was held at Stony wood in Wirksworth.
We invited people to bring a stone or crystal to energise , then to take back with them to put in a place that needed some healing weather it be their Garden, parkland or a place in the environment that needed energy to spark it’s healing.
We also included a small ceremony to also celebrate world water day which was on the 22ed March. to honours and thanks water. Each participant said their prayer and offered thanks to the water element. This was then presented to the people of Wirksworth to put into their nearby stream or Well to energise and give thanks to the element of water for service to the Earth.
Fantastic May Day celebrations. Everyone helped to orgnise the event. Including the May pole. Lots of fun Trying to errect the Pole and work out how best to dance around it. all we needed was some Morris Dancers
Our Ancestor Figures fron Samhain were transformed by addition of Hawthorn Oak and Ivy to represent the Lord and Lady.
We created a small Laberynth and Quiet area for reflection.
But of course the evening ended with some excellent Drumming and celebrating.