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Reflections on a Meeting

The Mother Grove is the Board of Directors of Ar nDraoicht Fein. The Board is not appointed: it is elected by the membership of ADF. There are nine voting members of the Mother Grove and they all come from diverse backgrounds and they all may have their ideas about how the Mother Grove and ADF should be run. The responsibility of the Board, from where I sit, is to work together for the support and betterment of the organisation first and foremost and use their own backgrounds and points of view to help shape their opinions, but doing the work of the Mother Grove comes first.

Last night, we had our quarterly Mother Grove meeting and it was held on line as are two out of our four meetings. One of our meetings is held at our Annual Meeting in May at Tredara in Ohio and one is currently held at my home in Toledo in December. I think it is important to see the directors face-to-face and we have been fortunate enough to do so at a very reasonable cost to ADF.

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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, March 1 2017

Indigenous peoples get representation at this year's PantheaCon. A black Pagan outlines her path for resistance. And another Pagan blogger writes about maintaining spiritual discipline in times of extreme trial and stress. It's Watery Wednesday, our segment about news within the Pagan community here and around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Posted by on in Culture Blogs

Today is “Beer Day” in Iceland.  On this day in 1989 - yes, 1989- beer became legal in Iceland after a long and arduous struggle with prohibition.  This is the story of beer’s long journey through the Land of Fire and Ice.

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    How very strange. The early 20th Century did terrible things to people's minds!

Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs

It's March, which here in the Northern Hemisphere marks the beginning of Spring. Back on the Dakota prairies where I grew up, March often blew in like a lion with brisk winds and rains, blowing away the last of the snow and ice. (Though sometimes it brought more snow...) Here in Texas, March comes in a little more gently most years, with warm balmy days and rain. Occassionally we end up with tornadoes and thunderstorms to mark the beginning of Spring, though those will often come closer to the end of the month.

However March manifests, it's one of my favorite months of the year. The Earth feels like she is taking a long, languid stretch after the cold Winter. Life begins to stir. It's time to till the soil, to plant seeds, to make ready for the growing season.

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Diving Under Dark Waters

I can feel my neurons, they are a rapidly proliferating web of connections like mycelial network running through deep forest soil, intertwined with the roots of trees.

 

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Tree of Sacrifice

The stang, or “Devil's Cross,” is the forked pole that, in Old Craft usage, represents the Horned.

It's a Tree of Life.

It's also a Tree of Death.

At the great temple of Uppsala in Sweden, they used to hang the bodies of sacrifices—strange and terrible fruit—from the trees of the sacred grove.

If you've ever seen the gutted carcass of a deer strung up from a branch to bleed out, you'll understand.

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Archaeological Dating: A thorny issue, even for the Minoans

I've been a big fan of archaeology ever since I discovered the ancient Egyptians back in grade school. Indiana Jones aside, I think it's absolutely fascinating that we can dig up the remains of civilizations from centuries ago, put the pieces back together (mostly) and get a glimpse into those long-ago lives.

Ah, but there's the big question: Exactly how long ago did it all happen?

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