Part 2: Present
When we define our present moment in life, are we talking of the here and now or within the last year or so? While it can be difficult to define the present for some. I would give broad leniency, as decisions within a year have direct correlation to the here and now. I feel that we sell ourselves short with this definition because the common thought is a directly defined piece of time. So for the context of this entry, Present is within the last year.
Late last year, I was surprised with the announcement (September 15, 2017) that there was a Protogrove now in my area.After practicing for the last several years as a solitary with A.D.F, I was jubilant to the possibilities. I attended the first coffee hour(s) with Protogrove of the Gathering Waters A.D.F. in early fall of 2016. Mike Kaan, who is the Grove Organizer (G.O.) was the one who had set things up. And after that first meeting I began to look forward with having a local group again.
Soon after and several meeting later, things began in earnest that we would be creating our first rite together. And lucky me, I had the distinct honor of composing the liturgy using the A.D.F. Core Order of Ritual (C.O.o R.). Our first rite was to be held During Imbolc 2017. A copy of that Ritual can be found here. While there was only a handful of people in attendance, the rite was very well received. My own personal thoughts on the right are : 1.) I was happy with the flow of the rite. 2.) Happy that no major fumbles occurred. There was room for improvement for me personally thou. After practicing solitary for so long, I see the missed cues from working once again with a group. Things like this will once again get better with continued group rites.
I must step back a moment and say the the protogrove has a cross culture pantheon. And during the early meeting last year it was decided that we would have Celtic/ Norse/Anglo-saxon. We had to divde up what cultures would be honored and when. As it turned out, all Celtic high days will be celebrated on the cross quarter. ie; Imbolc Beltaine, Lughnasdh and Samhain. And all Solstice and Equinoxes will be Norse/Anglo-saxon. A fair and equitable arrangement .
Back to the present focus, I see myself growing more spiritual everyday. Even in the daily Piety that occurs, it has a sense of a stronger connection to the kindreds. Like clockwork the last several days, I arise to my Druid prayer beads.
After one round of them, I do a daily Ogham pull to signify what the kindreds might have for a lesson/focus. (Which I shall post every day in this journal. More on that in future posts). I then proceed to take flame (from a perpetual candle that has been alive for 3 months) and light a candle to my Matron Morrigan offering daily prayers and thanks. This morning routine has become so engrained, that If, I do not follow it. I immediately feel out of focus. Let it be said that while our lives might be routine. Everyday is a Ritual.
The next post in this journal will look at Part 3: Future. Envisioning my-self Spiritually and with what I entend to do with A.D.F.