• Columbia Grove

Written by Arin D'Wulf

On December 15th, 2018, 37 members of the Portland Pagan community came together to honor the Winter Solstice. Our rite was a Mother's Night in the Anglo-Saxon tradition. We called on Thunor, god of Thunder, to protect our rite and guard the Outdwellers. For inspiration we called and offered to Woden. The Earth mother we named Erce, and offering of song was made to strengthen our relationship with our sovereign goddess Columbia. To open the gates we called out to Hama, creating the magic with him that was required to make sacred space. This ritual was held in honor of the Goddesses and Mothers, and those who walk with the Mothers. It was also held in honor of Horsa.

Offerings were made to the Mothers, and to the Kindreds three. And as we all sang Wassail, Horsa trotted out to ask for offerings. Chocolate Coins were offered, which Horsa accepted on behalf of the Nature Spirits and the spirit of the horse.


Spider guides Horsa as we all sing Wassail...she also makes sure He doesn't cause TOO much trouble!

We took blessings from the Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and Shining ones, in the form of Rune cards from the Anglo-Saxon books. Beth, who lead the ritual, also took the omen.

Ancestors: Cen, Torch

Nature Spirits: Man, Mankind

Deities: Gyfu, Gift

The Ancestors remind us to carry the torch of leadership with courage.

The Nature Spirits remind us that mankind is mortal and we need each other's fellowship.

The Deities remind us to be hospitable and generous. We give that we may receive.


The omen from the 3 Kindreds

We would like to extend our thanks out to everyone who helped make this ritual a success. Beth and Arin for leading the ritual. Spider, David, Ari, Cheriti and Corwind for their help taking parts during ritual. And of course thanks goes to all the Friends of Columbia who helped with setup, and with the kitchen on Saturday.

Join us on January 27th, as we honor Brigid at Imbolc!


Photo credit to Cheriti and Eidh.



  • Columbia Grove

Written By David

Saturday, November 4th, 37 people, Grove members and guests, gathered together to face and expel their demons. Mars was called as the warrior, the Earth was honored in her aspect as Magna Mater, and Apollo was called upon for his gifts of inspiration. The Goddess Columbia was respectfully honored with song. Janus was called upon and honored as our gatekeeper. The ritual was held in honor of the ancestors that we know as well as those unknown to us. Two of our members embodied our ancestors to accept offerings from the ritual attendees.

Omens:

Nature Spirits: The Hanged Man - Sometimes getting where you're going requires sacrificing the path you originally took to get there. It feels like a step backwards, but only because pride can blind you to other ways. If letting go of that pride means you find a better, smoother path, then that's a sacrifice worth making.

The Shining Ones: Four of Swords - You can't go full speed forever. Remember to take the time to relax, reflect, and recuperate. Stopping to catch your breath is not the same as giving up.

Ancestors: The High Priestess and The Empress - The women of the past are watching. Harness the gifts of wisdom and compassion they have given you. Walk with love and intuition. (i.e. Don't disappoint your grandmas)

-Scout

Later on, two of our other members arrived as aspects of the demons that haunt us so we could make offerings of appeasement to them and remove them from our lives.  Dis Pater was called upon to release his hounds who were encouraged by a powerful wave of emotions from the ritual attendees, to gather the demons and return them to Dis Pater. 

  • Columbia Grove


Happy December everyone! As we are getting ready for the new year, here's a couple announcements for the coming year!


First off, the 2019 Ritual Schedule!

Here's what we have in store for rituals for the coming year!

Irish Celtic Imbolc - January 27th at 3:30 PM

Hellenic Spring Equinox - March 16th at 4:00 PM

Roman Fortuna Ritual - April 7th at 3:00 PM (This is an ADF-light, non-high day ritual!)

Irish Celtic Beltane - May 5th at 3:30 PM

Gaulish Midsummer - June 23rd at 3:30 PM

Irish Celtic Lughnasadh - July 28th at 3:30 PM

Hellenic Fall Equinox - September 22nd at 3:30 PM

Anglo-Saxon Samhain - November 2nd at 5:30 PM

Roman Saturnalia - December 14th at 5:30 PM


Stay tuned to the website and our Facebook page for more information on each individual ritual as it approaches!


Secondly, Beyond the Gates 2019!



We're excited to announce that we will be hosting our 4th Annual Beyond the Gates on August 22nd-25th, once again located at Trout Lake Abbey! The members of Columbia Grove are working hard to make sure that the event is just as wonderful as it has been in the past!

The theme is "Liminal Journeys" which means we'll be focusing on the things of the "in-between" with our rituals and workshops. Special Guests will be announced soon, and tickets will be going on sale in the new year. Stay tuned!


We're all really excited for the new year, and for the events and rituals we have planned, and we're looking forward to sharing it with all of you!