Last night, I celebrated the Autumn Equinox with my grove. I had a lovely time and, as always, am grateful to the grove organizer and his wife for their hospitality. Every time I go I feel closer to my grovies. It feels more and more like family.
We started off harvesting some grape vines for wreathes. This was the first time I ever made a wreath so it was a fun learning experience. My mum used to make them with vines from our forest; she made it look so easy and, while I suppose it really is, I think I was a bit too anal about it. The plan is for the wreathes to dry until Imbolc, when we'll make "wheel of the year" wreathes for our homes. We must find representations for each high day to attach to our wreath. As the wheel turns, so will our wreathes so that the top of it will correspond to the high day we celebrate. I think it's a lovely idea and can't wait to finish mine!
I also collected some vine for magical purposes. Skip and I talked a bit about ogham. He suggested that I make mine out of disks or else I could subconsciously choose the omen I want based on the feel of individual tree staves. He gave me a thick piece of vine that I can saw into disks. Doing this may mean that the energy of the individual trees represented in the ogham wouldn't be as strong in my set, but using a vine/muin to make them would strengthen my connection to my spiritual family of Muin Mound Grove. I think it's fitting. I can still use the rowan and oak ogham staves I made for charms. Rowan, or luis, is especially good for protection magic whereas oak, or dair, helps with strength and wisdom.
The business meeting was productive. I took over the secretarial duties and once more volunteered to help with the website. This basically means I need to get a web editing tool such as Dreamweaver. My occupation allows me to get a pretty hefty discount on the software so I wouldn't really mind. I think of it as a good investment towards my own websites and as a sacrifice to the grove. I'm excited to help out and hope I can meet everyone's expectations.
This ritual was the first since Imbolc that started after the sun set. The year is growing older and the days have become shorter. It was chilly and it felt nice to stand around the fire. The mosquitos were noticeably absent. The moon smiled down on our rite.
I'm already excited for Samhain!
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