Last Outdoor Meeting
On Sunday 4th November we met at Fort Widley car park at the top of Portsdown Hill to celebrate Samhain. When we got there the sun was shining; a beautiful afternoon with views to match. But as the time came closer, so did the rain clouds. We were blessed by a wondrous rainbow and then the heavens opened. We decamped to Southwick, just north of Portsdown, found a local café, had tea, cake and a natter. The rain eventually stopped. We visited the local church, had a look round the village and followed a path leading to the ruins of Southwick Priory. Only one wall of the priory and earthworks survive. To our surprise found two huge redwoods in the grounds. Not quite the afternoon that was planned but enjoyable all the same.
Dates for your diaries:
We will join the Winter Solstice celebrations in the Hayloft, Emsworth. Saturday 22nd December 6.00 for 6.30 pm
Circle dancing and shared supper.
Donations to a charity
Imbolg. We will meet on Sunday 3rd February 2019 at 2.30pm
in Warnford to see the snowdrops. Refreshments provided in the church.
All welcome! See you there!
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Some of our Last Meetings
We went to Old Winchester Hill again for Lammas. The weather was hot, the breeze was delicious and the view over the Solent, stunning. We grounded ourselves and thought of the severe weather conditions the world is experiencing, acknowledging that Mother Earth is protesting about the damage we have done to her. We walked barefoot to a spot in the shade and shared our thoughts, meditations, poems and readings, sang songs and enjoyed the fruit and nuts we’d brought with us, washed down with elderflower pressé.
We celebrated Beltane in the bluebell wood on a bright and sunny day. The bluebells were just about exhausted but we enjoyed the show!
We connected with the underlying energies of the season, danced round the Maypole, wrapping up our ambitions for the year, chanted, played drums and bells, sang and discussed ways of slowing down as remedies for depression and stress.
We celebrated the Spring Equinox in Catherington Lith where the spring flowers were decorating the woodland; wood anemones, primroses, celandines and a little patch of scilla. Lene led a seed meditation and we played ball with the decorated eggs until they fell to pieces. Clemmie the dog enjoyed an extra meal, shells and all!
At the Winter Solstice we joined others for a celebration in the Hayloft in Emsworth.
We celebrated Samhain in a beech grove among the autumn leaves in the bluebell woods near Clanfield. We brought to mind the achievements of the past year, and thought about our dreams for the coming year. Lene guided us in meditation to meet our animal spirits, and we unwound the Maypole ribbons to release the spent wishes of those who took part in its winding in the spring.
We celebrated the Autumn Equinox on Old Winchester Hill, meditating in the yew wood with the trees. We walked to the Iron Age Hill Fort and collected seeds and berries on the way back to symbolise out intentions for the coming year. On our return to the car park we planted our collections in pots to take home and nurture.
Report of the first three meetings of GreenSpirit Solent 2017
We held our first meetings in a room at Trinity Church, Fareham. This is a short walk away from the train station, and convenient car parks. There is an hourly charge for the room which will hold about twenty people at most. We hoped there would be enough attendants to pay for the room and warned everyone that there would be a charge of £4 each. We will hold meetings outside in the summer and on those occasions will ask for voluntary donations. If there is a surplus we will put it in the pot for any times we don’t have enough people to cover expenses.
There are three of us who run the group, which has already proved useful, as at times there may be only two able to attend. One is treasurer and in charge of booking venues as well as paying for them and keeping the kitty. Another circulates notices to all our contacts, of whom there are now over 20. Notices are sent by email a week or so before each meeting outlining the programme and requesting contributions of poems, readings, songs etc., anything required for the planned activity and nibbles to share with a cup of tea. After each meeting another notices is sent, reporting on how much fun we had and with dates of the next two meetings for diaries.
We meet on the nearest Sunday afternoon to each festival of the Celtic year. The first was Imbolc. We always start with a round of names and a few minutes of stilling and centring. One of us reads about the underlying energy of that festival, taken from one of Glennie Kindred’s source books. A ritual is then performed, with an honouring of the five elements /directions from the GreenSpirit source book, and a meditation. Participants are invited to read their contributions and we perform a body prayer, song or chant. At Imbolc, everyone lit a tea light from the central candle and floated it in a bowl of water expressing their hopes for the coming year. For the Spring Equinox we all brought eggs painted at home and placed them in a basket, expressing our intentions for the season. At the end, we each took someone else’s egg from the basket to take home, while singing a song. We then circle-danced to The Bells of Norwich.
The latest meeting was to celebrate Beltane. We had a record number of participants and enjoyed making May headdresses from the greenery and flowers we had brought with us. Wearing them, we danced round a Maypole, mindful of our hopes for the future and singing The Summer is a-coming in, amidst much hilarity. The pole will be kept until the autumn when we will unwind it and remember what we had hoped for.
We then make our cups of tea and sing From the Earth the Grain, before sitting and chatting. This gives people a chance to socialise and discuss requests and intentions for future gatherings.
The next meeting is at midsummer when we hope to picnic on Old Winchester Hill (an Iron Age Hill Fort.) and do some circle dancing. If it rains, we will retreat to the café at the Sustainability Centre!
Joan Angus, 1st May, 2017.
For enquiries, please contact Joan Angus T: 02392 599299 E: w.angus202(at)btinternet.com