Fall Equinox Ritual, September 19th, Ann Arbor
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The Wheel of the Year turns, the air cools, the leaves on the trees turn red and orange and yellow, the fruits ripen, and we come together to celebrate the harvest and the life within the land!

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
presents our sixteenth annual
Fall Equinox Ritual

Saturday, September 19th
Botsford Recreational Preserve
3015 Miller Rd., Ann Arbor
2 to 5 PM

Come join us as we celebrate the fall harvest and honor Ana, the goddess of the Huron River. We will also be performing our traditional Stag Dance! There will be a raffle and potluck following the ritual. All welcome. (Rain date: September 20th - call us or check our Web site for weather updates if needed. We only cancel for downpours, we can survive scattered showers!)


What should I wear? Whatever you like!
What should I bring? Food for the post-ritual potluck.
Do I have to be a Druid to attend? Of course not!
Do I have to call you first to get permission to attend? No, our rituals are open to all, but feel free to contact us if you like!

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
P.O. Box 3901
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
734-262-1052
robh@shininglakes.org
www.shininglakes.org

Lughnasadh Prep (sounds like a private aschool, doesn't it?)
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It's that time of year again! And this time, it's twice as many days for twice as much fun!

We still need folks to fill the following roles at the main rite on Saturday:

Purifiers and Portal Openers (x3)
Bardic Invocation
Allies
Outsiders
Manannan
Archetypes
Ancestors
Nature Spirits

We will also need some mead and some sparkling fruit juice for the return flow, if you
can bring one or both of these, let us know!

In more general terms, the (nearly) final version of the schedule is now up at:

http://www.shininglakes.bravehost.com/lughad.html

The 7 to 8:30 Saturday slot is still open for one (or two?) workshops or meditations or
whatever anyone will volunteer to do, let me know if you're interested!

We'll still be doing our potluck, this time a bit later in the day (though I expect people
will start eating right after the ritual anyway, unless I assign security people to stop them)
(and assuming the security people don't just start eating early as well), bring any kind
of food, picnicky food is best. Food that needs to be kept warm should probably be avoided,
unless it can be kept next to the fire.

And of course, we'll be doing our raffle again. Donations of any raffle items are very much
appreciated!

Schedule-wise, Kestrel is doing a Norse ritual to Freyr on Friday night, and I'll be doing
a Hellenic rite for Mnemosyne and the Muses on Saturday night. Non-Norse and non-Hellenic
folks are welcome to join in, of course!

Also, don't forget that we're doing a food drive for the Washtenaw HIV/AIDS Resource Center.
Check the link above for a list of suggested donations.

The weather forecast currently says no chance of rain until Saturday night, and only a slight
chance then. Keep 'em crossed!

See you all Friday, Saturday, or both!

Blessings,

Rob

SLG Lughnasadh 2009
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Lughnasadh 2009

Botsford Recreational Preserve
3015 Miller Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan
8 pm, August 7 to 11 pm, August 8, 2009

A two-day festival and Ár nDraíocht Féin Lughnasadh ritual combined. From opening to closing we will be celebrating and honoring our Gods with workshops, rituals, and other special events.

Just outside the city limits of Ann Arbor, Botsford Recreational Preserve is a small section of old-growth forest with treehouses, walking trails, and the permanent nemeton of Shining Lakes Grove.

How much will it cost to attend? It’s free! We will have a raffle to help cover our site rental costs, and of course donations are welcome.

For this year's public service project, we'll be collecting food for the HIV/AIDS Resource Center. For details on what to bring, and for the schedule of rituals and workshops for the weekend, visit:

http://www.shininglakes.bravehost.com/lughad.html

SLG Summer Solstice Ritual, June 20th
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Most people associate the first day of summer with Stonehenge, and the Druids who built it. Well, actually, the Druids didn't build Stonehenge, and we Druids of Ann Arbor don't have any sort of henge at all, but we do have a lovely nemeton, and we invite you all to join us there, to celebrate the solstice with us!

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
presents our sixteenth annual
Summer Solstice Ritual

Saturday, June 20th
Botsford Recreational Preserve
3015 Miller Rd., Ann Arbor
2 to 5 PM

Come join us as we honor Bel, our primal father god, as he reaches the height of his powers on this longest day of the year. There will be a raffle and potluck following the ritual. All welcome. (Rain date: June 21st - call us or check our Web site for weather updates if needed. We only cancel for downpours, we can survive scattered showers!)

What should I wear? Whatever you like!
What should I bring? Food for the post-ritual potluck.
Do I have to be a Druid to attend? Of course not!
Do I have to call you first to get permission to attend? No, our rituals are open to all, but feel free to contact us if you like!

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
P.O. Box 3901
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
734-262-1052
robh@shininglakes.org
www.shininglakes.org

SLG Beltaine Ritual, May 2nd
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In 1994, a newly formed group of Druids created their ritual circle on a private nature preserve in Ann Arbor, and invited the public to join them for their first open ritual. Every year since then, we have returned to that same circle to welcome in the May, to jump the sacred fire, to dance the Maypole, and to continue our tradition of open public ritual.

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
presents our sixteenth annual
Beltaine Ritual

Saturday, May 2nd
Botsford Recreational Preserve
3015 Miller Rd., Ann Arbor
2 to 5 PM

Come join us as we honor Aren, our god of beauty, love, and freedom. There will be a raffle and potluck following the ritual. All welcome. (Rain date: May 3rd - call us or check our Web site for weather updates if needed. We only cancel for downpours, we can survive scattered showers!)

What should I wear? Whatever you like!
What should I bring? Food for the post-ritual potluck.
Do I have to be a Druid to attend? Of course not!
Do I have to call you first to get permission to attend? No, our rituals are open to all, but feel free to contact us if you like!

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
P.O. Box 3901
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
734-262-1052
robh@shininglakes.org
www.shininglakes.org

SLG Spring Equinox Ritual, March 21st
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Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
presents our annual
Spring Equinox Ritual

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Time: 2 to 5 PM
Location: Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill St., Ann Arbor

Join us as we honor Ana, the goddess of the Huron River!
Reenact the ancient Slavic pagan tradition of hunting for colored eggs! The one who finds the red egg wins a prize!
This is also the ritual where we bless our seeds and our tools for the coming year, so bring your seeds, bulbs, gardening tools, non-gardening tools, computer equipment, or anything you use in your vocation, and we'll bless it during the rite.

As usual, our rituals are family-friendly and open to the public, and all are welcome to join us. (Yes, this means you!)


What should I wear? Whatever you like!
What should I bring? Food for the post-ritual potluck.
Do I have to be a Druid to attend? Of course not!
Do I have to call you first to get permission to attend? No, our rituals are open to all, but feel free to contact us if you like!

Ritual Roles and more!
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Hurray for the laptop my bosses got me for my birthday, so I can still send e-mail even when my desktop PC is sick! But boo to the small keys, and excuse any typoes.

Imbolc is nearly here! We need folks for the following roles at the ritual on Saturday:

Purifiers and Portal Openers (all three)
Bardic Invocation
Allies
Outsiders
Mannanan
Archetypes
Ancestors
Nature Spirits

As part of the ritual, we'll be asking Bríd to bless our candles, so if you have any candles you want blessed, please do bring them.

In terms of offerings, this is a great holiday for writing poems or songs for the individual praise. Keep it in mind!

For the potluck, dairy food would be holiday-appropriate, though as always anything is acceptable.

We need raffle items, as always! Valentine's Day themed items will be fine, I promise I won't cry when I see them. >8)

The current weather forecast for Saturday afternoon is rainy and 44 degrees. No worries about the ritual, which will be inside, but give yourself extra driving time if needed. Hey, it's better than the snowfall we had right before the spring ritual last year, right?

And don't forget, the night before the ritual, we'll be doing the Fire Lighting Ceremony at Rod and Liz's home at 7 PM. We don't have any craft projects planned, but everyone is still welcome to help us bless the ritual flame in the presence of the Bríd dolly, and lay out the cloth outside to be blessed by her as she wanders the night.

I hope to see you all this weekend!

Blessings,

Rob

PS - Don't forget that we'll be giving folks Bríd Crosses in exchange for non-perishable food donations for Food Gatherers!

Imbolc Ritual is in five days!
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Because you know how much I love reminding everyone of everything all the time... >8)

Our Imbolc ritual will be Saturday, 2 PM, at the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting. Current forecast is for showers - yes, that means rain - and a high of 44 degrees F, but it's indoors so don't worry about that bit. Just revel in not having to drive through a foot of snow!

I'll post about ritual roles and such later tonight.

Imbolc Ritual, Saturday the 7th, 2 to 5 PM
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Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
presents our annual
IMBOLC RITUAL

Saturday, February 7th
2 to 5 PM
Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill St., Ann Arbor

In ancient Ireland, Imbolc was the time for every household to welcome the goddess Bríd into their homes to receive her blessings. In modern Ann Arbor, we gather together to honor her many aspects and ask for her blessings of skill, inspiration, and community. All are welcome to join in our celebration, no knowledge of Druidry or paganism required!

After the ritual, there well be a potluck and a raffle.

For more info:

Shining Lakes Grove, ADF
P.O. Box 3901
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
www.shininglakes.org
robh@shininglakes.org
734-262-1052

And check out our blog!
robslg.bravejournal.com

Welcome to the SLG LiveJournal Community!
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