August 2012 - Morris Dancing, Green Gathering, and Claire’s Birthday
August is the time when Stonehenge is awash with tourists, ice creams are selling
fast, families head for the beach and Druids like everyone else look forwards to
sociable times; BBQ’s, harvest, music and friends.
Morris Dancing at Wickham:
Frank attended the Wickham folk festival in Hampshire and was delighted to find that
the Morris Dancers had turned out in force, not just to bless the festival stage,
but also generously entertaining the little market town square also. So ‘English
culture is dead’ they say...
Left, 10 minutes of amazing English folk dance with roots so ancient no-one truly
knows the origins. I’ld say that English culture is alive and kicking!!!
Above and Left, the ol’ Druid Caravan makes its summer appearance after a spring
clean and Bex waits for the kettle to boil. The site is on a fresh cut corn field,
don’t ware sandals, the stiff stems can hurt!
The little Green Gathering
The ‘LGG’ is held at the sustainability centre in Hampshire, it is the gathering
of the southern Green Party members. There is camping, community, great music, great
food, great company, great debate and talks concerning green activism. Frank was
invited as a guest last year to fascilitate a folk ceremony ‘druid style’ which went
down very well. This year the organisers asked if Frank would lead the spiritual
side of the LGG, lead several circles, talks and workshops throughout the weekend.
Left: setting up the sacred space in the woods on the opening Friday. Circles would
be held there at 9 am every morning of the gathering, and at midnight on the Saturday.
Frank reported back that the people at the gathering this year were extra special,
and how deeply moved he has been by the warmth of their welcome and openness to what
he had to share with them.
On the midnight ceremony, lit just barely by candlelight, at the time of raising
and focusing energy, even the trees joined in, with those immediately above russelling
whilst the further parts of the wood remained still. It was a ‘welcoming inclusive
atmosphere, nothing scary about it at all, just mother nature joining in’ Frank said.
He gave a talk about our cultural exchange and brotherhood with the Amauta and how
this had led to our spiritual accord. John took part also and gave a beautiful input
with his harp. In our closing rite on Sunday, an offering of harp music was made
by rotating the circle.
We would like to give a huge thanks to Tim, the Green Party members and the other
religious groups present for putting on such a great event and being willing to welcome
a Druid to share the old traditions with you all. Thanks!
Over the years, as a small grove and community we have faced many struggles, challenges
and exciting and sometimes spiritually meaningful moments together and we are all
good friends. There are some friends who when you are with them, you feel that you
can be entirely yourself, you are with your soul family. These are the people you
trust, care about and would go to the ends of the earth to help if they were in any
One of these dear ones is Claire. Claire’s Birthday was on Sunday, but to help get
her celebrations started some of us decided to meet up with her in Glastonbury on
the Saturday just because we wanted to enjoy her company and let her know how special
she is to us. OK...so here are some pics, really just for those grove members who
were there to enjoy and those who had to be far away to feel a share in.