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Hello everyone! Have you ever wondered just what on earth Columbia Grove is working on or discussing each month? Well, look no further! Moving forward, I will be writing a little recap summarizing what is going on during our monthly grove meetings! Let’s dive in.

September 2020

  • This month we announced the winner from the election of our grove Elections Officer! Columbia Grove’s leadership elections are coming up where we will be voting on our new Senior Druid, Chief Druid/Scribe, and Pursewarden. This means we needed to elect a non-running member to handle the votes. Our member Forest was elected into this position!

  • Together we discussed the creation and first steps on building our End of Life committee. This committee will work on handling requested death arrangements for our friends and members.

  • We created official special interest group forms for our grove members which means that there may be new groups on the horizon! All of our special interest groups (such as Liturgy Circle, Nature Awareness Guild, and our Bardic Group) are open to the Friends and Members of Columbia Grove. There are current whispers of a new Divination guild!

  • Lastly, we discussed THIS! Breathing life back into our blog and newsletter! You can expect blog posts from our Senior Druid (Arin), an article from our Chief Druid/Scribe (Spider), grove meeting recaps, and regular ritual reviews. There will also be content submitted from our members from time to time. Our newsletter will be going out every quarter on Solstices and Equinoxes so look for our first Newsletter around Winter Solstice too!

Welcome to the fun!

If you are interested in joining Columbia Grove as an official Friend of Columbia feel free to check out the membership part of our website and/or email us at ColumbiaADF@gmail.com!

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On Saturday January 27th, members and friends of Columbia Grove along with our beloved guests celebrated the High Day of Imbolc as one united pagan community. This ritual was held indoors and we had an excellent turnout of many old and new faces. This rite was led by Amber and Cheriti, and our members Ari, Indigo, Arin, Corwind, David, Pence and Buffalo also took invocations and roles to create a rite full of teamwork and magical energy. This Imbolc rite was to Brigid, Triple Goddess of Smithwork, Healing and Poetry, Goddess of Women, Children and Rebirth. As one tribe we called upon The Morrigan as our protector to watch and shield us from harm. We called upon our Earth Mother as Danu and our sovereign Goddess Columbia named after the river that sustains us. Manannán mac Lir was invoked as our psychopomp, our gatekeeper, with a chanting invocation to open the gates and allow us safe passage to commune with our three Kindred; the Ancestors, the Nature Spirits, and the Gods and Goddesses which were appropriately honored by members of our community.

A curly haired man reads an invocation from a page. Reflected in the dark window in front of him is the image of a woman in a white and red dress.

Brigid was invoked with cream, fire and a devotional song in native Irish Celtic.

For the main working of this rite guests wrote down something that needed Brigid’s powerful and careful healing within their lives onto a strip of cellulose dissolving paper that was mixed into a glass container symbolic of her well. A few drops of sacred water that had been retrieved from one of her healing wells in Ireland hallowed our well. After mixing their healing wishes to Brigid, guests cemented their devotion with three falls of hammer to anvil. Each guest received a candle that was lit from candles that had touched Brigid’s sacred flame in Ireland. We held our candles high to Brigid as we sang songs to her.

Our Seer, Arin, pulled the following Omens: The Ancestors gave us the Bee. They remind us that we have community and that we are never alone. We follow in the footsteps of our ancestors and they walk alongside us

The Nature Spirits gave us the Cow.

Not only are we to acknowledge our community but lets not forget that we have a living family as well. We were told not to forget the mothers in our life, be them blood or spiritual for they have gave and/or give us life.

The Shining Ones (Gods and Goddesses) gave us the Bull.

They encourage us to see our strength, and to acknowledge the wealth in our lives

The Goddess Brigid gave us the Blackbird.

She offered a message that we are not to forget that the world is fluid and ever changing. Her message was that things may change, for good or ill, and that we will always come out on top if we accept change as a part of life. Overall our message from the Three Kindred and Brigid When change is upon us we will thrive best if we hold onto our community and family. We are blessed wealthy in love and support so long as we seek it out when we need it. We look forward to celebrating a Hellenic Greek)Spring Equinox “Festival of Flowers” with you all on Saturday March 16th! Until then, Happy Midwinter and may you stay warm in body, soul, heart and mind!

~ The Friends and Members of Columbia Grove

2018 brought a lot of wonderful new things to Columbia Grove and one of those things was the creation of the Nature Awareness Guild special interest group.

This guild focused on honoring our Earth through monthly volunteer work, hikes, and/or outdoors adventures that helped grow our spiritual connections to the beautiful land of the Pacific Northwest.

This year Nature Awareness Guild members put in a grand total of 149 hours of volunteer work, visited some cool places and learned a lot!

Here is what we achieved as a group for 2018!

Volunteered with Friends of Trees (wetland restoration and urban tree plantings): 74 hours

Visited the Volcano Observatory open house in Washington to learn about our Pacific Northwest geology

Volunteered with SOLVE (removal of invasive species in a local cemetery): 24 hours

Volunteered with Forest Park Conservancy (removing invasive species and park maintenance): 10 hours

A hike in the Columbia Gorge with focus on spiritual healing after the 2017 wildfires

Volunteered with The Nature Conservancy (removing invasive species): 9 hours

A trip to Ape Caves in Washington followed by an adventure to Merwin Lake

Beach Litter removal and guided meditation: 14 hours

Forest Park Litter removal: 18 hours

One of our biggest achievements for 2018 was planting a grand total of 102 trees in urban and wetland environments!

It’s been a fantastic year for this new guild and we can’t wait for 2019 and all the fun adventures it will bring! Lets see if we can plant even more trees this year!

If you have any questions about the guild or joining please don’t hesitate to contact us at www.columbiaADF.org

Above is a series of pictures of Friends and Members of Columbia Grove on various Nature Awareness activities!