We were ten Red Maple Grove members to celebrate Mabon on September 19, between 2:30pm to 3:10pm. It was a nice sunny afternoon, and the warm climate (24o Celsius) was perfect for the ritual. The rite was done following the Norse tradition and we followed the ADF Core Order ritual. This time, each member had a copy of the ritual which was an amazing addition. Everyone could participate and follow the steps with the script and the rite flowed admirably. Like last time, I was the one inviting and thanking the Nature Spirits, the ones that I feel most connected to.
The ritual was in honor of Freya, the Norse Goddess of the Earth, fertility, love, and war. As offerings, the grove gave nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, bread and water to the Earth Mother, the Deities, the Nature Spirits and the Ancestors. As a personal offering, I gave Whiskey to the Morrígan, my matron goddess, which is also a Goddess of war. I offered Rum to the Ancestors and bird seeds to the Nature Spirits.
The omen was cast with Elder Futhark Runes:
- Past: Eihwaz (Yew) Transition. Matters of life and death, regeneration, foresight.
- Present: Tiwaz (Týr) Warrior. Opposition, dedication, oaths of allegiance.
- Future: Hagalaz (Hail) Disruption. Change, delay, cancellation of plans, interference.
The Grove interpreted the omen as this: Death and change have been in our recent past and change is right here with us, with our newest members keenly starting the Dedicants program. The present is a time to pay close attention to health matters, to ensure things are going well for each and all on the physical plane. The grove as a whole may be more energized and more activated. The traditional question was asked and we were satisfied and did not request more.
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