May 27th, 2013
|09:04 pm - Wellspring 2013|
Man, it was cold. Thursday it was cold and rainy, so I had to set up in the rain. Then it was just really, really, cold. If it was 20 degrees warmer it would have been great. But it was still a good time anyway, even trying to stay warm by huddling around a fire.
Despite the cold it was fun and the fellowship was great!
Current Mood: tired
January 11th, 2013
|07:42 pm - I only got because of my ninja skills|
You are Mr. Sulu
|James T. Kirk (Captain)
|An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
|Leonard McCoy (Bones)
||You are able to master many
skills such as swords,
plants and martial arts.
Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...
December 24th, 2012
|11:20 pm - Hobbit Nerd|
I re-read the Hobbit in anticipation of seeing the movie (great movie by the way). On the map of Erebor showing the moon letters in the line "When the thrush knocks...", the word "when" is mispelled. It it spelled HWEN. Every other word follows normal English usage, merely substituting Runes for English/Roman letters.
The runes are the Anglo-Saxon runes. Later for the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien re-did the runes differently for the dwarfs, such that the rune normally the F rune became G for Gandalf. In the movie they show Gandalf scratching the newer Dwarvish G rune into Bilbo's door.
I will say that there are two things that I am very disappointed in the movie. First Radagast the Brown is made out to be a bumbling, filthy, addle-brained, drug using, hippy. Really? Sure he's close to nature, but does he have to have bird poop plastered on his hair and face? Really? I can see why they did this as he reported that the Necromancer (Sauron) had returned to Dol Guldur and Saruman didn't want to believe it because Radagast is "unreliable." But still, in the books it is mentioned that the wizards did do something about the Necromancer which is why Gandalf didn't make it to the Battle of the Five Armies until it was over. There was no mention of any friction between the wizards. Still it helps as a secondary sub-plot.
Second, they had stone giants who were actually made of stone, instead of just really large people throwing stones. This was uncalled for in my opinion.
August 22nd, 2012
|12:35 am - Real Seafood Company|
It is Liz's birthday today and to celebrate we went out to Real Seafood Company. This is a really great place and we've enjoyed going there before.
Overall we had a great experience. The food was great, the service was great and it was a happy time.
And one of the best parts, just because I'm such a geek, was the menus. We were given two tablets with a menu app. There was a menu to jump to a specific section or you could just swipe to move around. Touching a menu item brought up a pop-up window that showed a picture of the dish and also a description. It was really cool. Apparently today was the first day they introduced this. I was told that the tablets were the Motorola Xoom. It looked to be running at least Honeycomb if not Icecream Sandwich.
Current Mood: geeky
July 4th, 2012
|04:28 pm - Further musings on the Court of Sif rite|
I bought the book Trance-portation by Diana Paxson. I also bought Seidr, the Gate is Open by Katie Gerrard. I'm reading Seidr to get further ideas for the Court of Sif rite. It's a really good book and I already see much that can be used for the Order of Raven and Falcon (an order dedicated to Odin and Freyja) further down the road.
Couple things that are now obvious to me regarding the Court of Sif is that I will need to have a drummer. Drumming will be invaluable in helping to achieve the desired mental states. According to Harner 4 beats per second is ideal, but I've been to Seidh working where a slow heartbeat kind of rythm was used. What I would like is the 4 beats per second used throughout most of the rite, but switching to a slow heartbeat when the participants are actually interacting with the different spirits. Any drummer volunteers?
Secondly there should be vardlokkurs sung. These are songs to attract spirits traditionally used in Seidh work. For this rite I figure I will simply have people do toning with the intent of attracting the courtiers of Sif to the area so we can converse. During the toning I will be singing other parts.
Current Mood: good
June 24th, 2012
|12:49 am - Feeling Accomplished in a Manly way|
Today, with the help of my brother, I installed a new overhead fan in the bathroom. It has a light and also a heater. The old one was very noisy and sounded ill. After removing it I have to admit it looked pretty grose, dirty and very rusty. And I'm not even making that up.
We got to go up in the attic, which was very hot and played with electric wires and had to figure out the wiring and everything. And best of all we only made one trip to Home Depot, Usually our projects require 3-4. There was one bit of trouble. After we got the unit installed and it was time to attach the light and the outer housing, we noticed that the screw on the inside didn't come down far enough for the light fixture to connect. This was a problem as that was the only means for the outer housing to stay in place.
So we did the manly thing and drilled a second hole and used a longer screw to secure everything. Then we (including my beautiful wife, who had come home by then) all went out to Applebees for dinner.
I like spending time with my brother. Being twins (fraternal) we were constant companions growing up and now I rarely see him as he lives 45 minutes away.
Current Mood: accomplished
June 19th, 2012
|07:53 pm - Still More on Court of Sif|
Got the bracelet things the other day. They are cloth and have simple knots to expand or constrict the band. These should be ideal for making into trance working bracelets. I plan on using Rún Valdr to make the bracelets magical. They will act to help one achieve a useful trance state, keep one protected and to still the more subjective parts of the mind so that a more objective experience can be gained. There will also be symbols to help with one's astral sight and hearing. Everyone will be able to keep the bracelet to take home afterwards, so that they continue to use it on their own. Should be quite neat. I love the idea of magical technology.
Rún Valdr also has a very good grounding symbol which skylark913 can attest to. I plan on using this a great deal for the group after the working is done. I'm also thinking of having available stones attuned to the grounding symbol that people can take when they leave the ritual.
Also my order of rowan wood from MagicalDruid has shipped! I basically just ordered the 9 sacred wood package but asked for only rowan wood. This will be used for the offering to Hlif, the Chieftain of Protection.
Current Mood: good
June 10th, 2012
|01:30 am - More on the Court of Sif|
So I thought I would go ahead and mention the Chieftains of Sif to give some more information to those interested in the ritual at Summerlands. I also wanted to show a bit of the work I have already put into this project to show that I'm not just talking out of my butt but actually have a plan. Forgive the length. I hadn't intended this to go on and on. But as Odin said, "One word led to another word..."
After getting the idea to do this after attending Ian Corrigan's Court of Brigid last year I first made contact with the Goddess Sif and asked if She was willing to do somethig similar. She was. The next step was to find out who the Court of Sif consisted of.
Essentially the idea is that you start with the Norse Goddess Sif. She has authority over several different areas. To help Her, She has Chieftains, kind of like vice-presidents or department heads. Under the Chieftains you would have all the worker spirits, as it were. The purpose of the Court of Sif rite is to make contact with these worker spirits in order to gain magical allies for specific magical workings. Just like the Goetia grimoire lists various demons, their sigils, and what they could do for the magician.
In Ian's Court of Brigid, he called Brigid's helpers, Powers, or the Queens of Brigid. Sif told me to call her helpers Chieftans and that there were 5. I looked through the Troth Book, Our Troth, second edition, volume 1, in the section that talks about Sif, identifying the various areas that Sif holds power and making notes of each. When I was done I found I indeed had 5. These are beauty, abundance, kinship (especially by marriage), prophesy, and protection. I won't go into the details to save space, but if you want to see my reasoning check the Troth book yourself. The Chieftain are 5 women who, if not goddesess in their own right, are pretty close in terms of power.
I then made contact with the Chieftains using trance journey techniques and asked each if they were willing to work with me to find worker spirits in a rite (the one to be done at Summerland). They were, so I then asked what they would want as offerings for future workings. As I interacted with them I made note of their appearance. I later went through an Old Norse dictionary looking for Norse words to describe their functions. I'm not sure if the words I picked are appropriate, but they sound nice and later the Chieftains approved of them, so it seems that what I came up will work. So Norse language purists, please forgive me. I should work on getting symbols to represent them.
Sigils for spirits is a very traditional part of spirit magick, and I know Ian has come up with an Irish variation to create sigils for each spirit. I would take a more radical view and ask the spirits themselves for symbols that represent their presence or their essence. I started this with my Rún Valdr practice with my Deities. With the Deity symbols when you use them you are immediately filled with their presence which feels wonderful and is perfect for devotional activities. I like the idea of asking the spirits for a symbol rather than randomly creating something. I plan on having the people attending the Court of Sif rite get a symbol from the spirit when interacting with them.. I realize this may tax some people, but we'll see what we get. I actually tried this when I made contact with a spirit under the Chieftain Gnott. The symbol I got is very different from what I normally get for my Rún Valdr symbols.
Getting back to the Chieftains, they are:
1. Beauty - Frithr or Fridr (the th should be the d/th weird looking norse letter). She appeared to me as a tall, blonde woman with long wavy hair and blue eyes. The offering she would like is locks of hair. It should be noted that hair was pretty important to the ancient Norse. In the sagas whenever they described a beautiful woman all they talked about was how long and lovely her hair was. Sif is described as the most beautiful of the goddesses and Her main attribute is Her hair made of gold. Which leads to Her second Chieftain.
2. Abundance - Gnott (there should be an accent mark over the o). She appeared to me as another tall, blonde woman, but her hair was long and straight and her eyes were gold. Her offering should be coinage of some kind. Should be actual currancy.
3. Kinship - Froendi (the o and e should connected) could also be Fraendi. She appeared to me as a matronly woman with curly medium length, light colored hair. Eyes were gray in color. Her offering is bread, homemade if possible. It occurs to me that Amish friendship bread is perfect as you are expected to give starter packages away to neighbors and friends.
4. Prophesy - Spa (there should be an accent mark over the a). She appeared as a woman of medium height with curly medium length dark hair. Her eyes were dark. Her offering should be mead.
5. Protection - Hlif. She appeared as a tall woman with straight, longish, black hair with bangs. Her eyes were blue, but very light in color. She carried a rowan staff. Her offerings are rowan wood. The wood should be touched to the tongue first before being offered.
So that's about it for now. I see that Ian has a rite to do the working part after getting a listing of the spirits and what they do. I may need to either steal this or modify it for my own practices. In my studies I find it better to try to interact with the spirits on a more mental plane than trying to achieve corporeal manifestation on the physical plane. Thus any rite I come up with would be half physical and have mental/trance journey. Working with an inner nemeton or temple would go a long way towards this and thus except for the physical offering, the real interaction would be non physical.
Also thinking back to the ceremonial formula of "Enflaming oneself with prayer" I'm thinking it would be good to make offerings to Sif, then to the Chieftain who rules over the worker spirit, then making the offering to the worker spirit, then switch to a trance state to do the summoning and interaction. Also if you gain a Deity symbol (in this case for Sif) using that throughout the working would further grant you the authority to treat with the spirit. This would be the enflaming oneself with prayer part where you are literally channeling the energy and presence of the Deity throughout the working. Thus we see the short-cuts Rún Valdr brings. No need for long sessions using Barbarous names.
So even following ADF core order of ritual, a brief outline could be such:
Kindreds (ancestors, nature spirits, shining ones)
Chieftain in question offering
Worker spirit in question offering
Trance induction to inner temple/nemeton
Summoning of spirit (use of symbol as a focus, calling by the authority of Sif and the specific Chieftain) Ian has some nice formula for this that could easily be adapted to a Norse audience.
Interaction with spirit (asking for task to be done, settling on final price)
License to depart and thanks to the worker spirit
Thanking Gatekeeper/closing gates
Thanking Earth mother
End of rite.
This rite can be shortened by skipping Earth mother and Bardic as they seem extraneous to a magical working. The kindred also seem a bit extraneous as well for this kind of focused work, but I'm sure that could be debated. I would stick with treating with the outdwellers, maybe even doing a variation of a magic circle, perhaps using the rune Othala, which represents a safe place, that which is known, one's homestead. It delineates the safe and known (where you are working) and the unknown and dangerous (that which is outside your working space).
In the ADF style ceremonial magical ritual that I wrote many years ago I had the idea of using the portals as power sources to the realms of Land, Sea and Sky. Not sure if that would be appropriate here as you are trying to get a spirit to do the work rather than raising energy yourself to get the job done. Most likely it is for another kind of ritual other than spirit work.
I have looked at Ian's blog about the Court of Brigid and read the post by Rufus Opus and his criticisms of trying to slap neopagan names on ceremonial rites in a bad way. I can understand RO's concerns. I would agree that, for example, doing the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram using Celtic God names instead of the normal Hebrew God names would be innappriate. However doing a banishisg ritual created purely from Celtic Lore untainted by ceremonial traits would be very appropriate. Having a banishing ritual is always nice. Bad copy and paste jobs are not. I see what Ian started as taking the concept of spirit work made popular by the renaissance magicians and later ceremonial magicians and approaching it from a purely neopagan ADF way of doing things as very appropriate and useful for ADF folk.
This is similar to how Shining Lakes Grove came in contact with Ana, the Goddess of the Huron River here in Michigan as our Earth Mother. Fox was writing some rite and kept trying to come up with an appropriate river goddess to use. Irish lore has tons of these. Then he thought, hey, why don't we contact the goddess of the river we live by. In other words, trying to contact Boann would do us little good because She is in the river Boine in Ireland, not in the Huron river here in Michigan. When moving to a new watershed, you need to make contact with the goddess of that new watershed you don't keep the old. So Fox started work to contact the Goddess of the river Huron. She's no doubt native in origin, and perhaps appearance, but She was approached in a Celtic manner. We are not trying to do native american things or appropriating native ways. We are keeping true to our own ways. This kind of spirit work pioneered by Ian is similar in scope and tone.
That said, it's getting late and I'm getting tired. Please excuse any spelling errors.
Current Mood: tired, but good
Current Music: stuff on Pandora
June 8th, 2012
|04:17 pm - Court of Sif|
Well it's official. I'll be doing the Court of Sif at Summerlands ADF festival in August. This will pretty much be the same thing that Ian Corrigan did last year with his Court of Brigid except that it will be for the Norse Goddess, Sif. Much thanks to Ian for inspiring me to do this. I was mightily impressed with what was done last year.
Ian calls this a "prospecting" ritual where we are trying to find spirits willing to help us in magical working. Think of this as neopagan grimoire magick. But instead of using the Goetia or other Judeo-Christian trappings, this will be purely from a pagan point of view. Instead of using some Golden Dawn kabalistic ritual we will be using ADF core order of ritual.
In my youth, I spent a great deal of time learning ceremonial magick. However after I became Pagan, I found that I couldn't go back to the ceremonial stuff as that was all based on the Judeo-Christian god. That wasn't my god anymore and it didn't fit. This is a way to fulfill the need for some deeper magical work, but in a way that I find approachable.
However I have to admit to a certain trepidation at the prospect of standing up there in front of everyone and doing this thing. I've not lead rituals in front of the ADF people in general as Ian has. I'm worried I won't be seen to have the same amount of ritual "clout" as he does. I'm also not much of a singer or song writer, so I really don't have any Sif specific songs to use. Nor do I have cool phrases in Old Norse.
I have the rite written up and it seems complete. Just need to gather the items for the offerings, then write up the stuff for Part one where I explain what's going on and hand out information to the people. I'm even going to try to come up with a ritual to use when contacting a specific spirit for magical working.
I'm not as strict of a ceremonialist as Ian. I'll be taking some shortcuts. For instance in his Court of Brigid, he had an annointing part to help with the spirit vision. I plan on using my Run Valdr to echant a bunch of bracelets for people to wear to help them get into trance, open their inner eye and have a better trance work experience. Also after words Run Valdr will be used to help with grounding after the ritual. You know the Run Valdr motto: I've got a symbol for that!
I suppose I need to reach out to people for a bit of help during the ritual, I'm thinking of _crow365__ for the omens. As an Initiate and a fellow son of Odin I would trust him with that. Also robsteiner to open the gates as he does a wonderful job with that. I can beg those Bardic types out there for a Sif song or two.
Well, need to go pick up Liz at work now. I took the day off.
Current Mood: good
May 5th, 2012
|09:43 pm - The Avengers Movie|
Liz and I saw the Avengers movie in 3D today. I will keep this as spoiler free as possible. All I will say is that it was a great movie. Joss Whedon did a fantastic job directing. Being familiar with the characters from the comics it was really great seeing the team in action. And early into the end credits they set the scene for a sequal. And everyone has to stay untill all the credits are done. There is an extra scene that is priceless. A must see.
Overall the extra scenes at the end of the credits after Iron Man 1 & 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America all leading up the Avengers movie was brilliant as it clevery tied all the movies together and nicely set the scene for the Avengers movie. And the scene at the end of the Avengers totally capped the whole experience.
Great movie. Go out and see it.
March 12th, 2012
|09:19 pm - The Horror....The Horror...|
Mercury went into retrograde today. Run for your lives!!!!1!1!111!!!!!!1111
January 20th, 2012
|09:01 pm - Car issues|
So I was going out to Wendys for lunch at work yesterday. As I was turning onto the street where Wendys is, my car didn't actually turn. And ended up hitting the median curb. Hard. The steering was all messed up.
I ended up limping it to a local Belle Tire store, after work, going 20 mph with my hazard lights on. It turns out my tires were pretty bald which is why I was sliding. I figured at a minimum I would need new tires, a new rim for the one that hit the curb and a control arm. Turns out it was more than that. $2100 more.
But I could have been on the freeway when I had my difficulties and be overturned in a ditch somewhere.
November 17th, 2011
|08:31 pm - Immortals|
Last Sunday I saw the movie Immortals with my lovely wifelisbet and Grovemate, robsteiner. If you are any sort practitioner of Greek religion you will most likely hate this move. As with 300 they didn't even try to recreate anything remotely close to the myth. The license they took was egregious. They only mentioned three gods by name. The rest I had no clue as to who they were. There was only one goddess, Athena.
However I enjoyed the movie. The clever use of a "minotaur" in the "labyrinthe" was interesting. The fight scenes were spectacular and we got to see one of the hottest asses ever.
But the main reason I love this movie was the gods. For once, the gods in this movie did not look down upon humans, or turned out to be evil thus indicating that the Christian God was superior. These gods, while looking a bit androgynous, felt that humans' free will was important and didn't want to interfere with that free will. Finally a movie that accurately portrays gods correctly. Sure these gods broke the rules a bit in awesome ways, but still, the idea was there. The gods had faith in humanity. This was completely refreshing and I really enjoyed seeing this. I will buy this movie just for this reason (well maybe for the ass too).
June 1st, 2011
|01:09 am - Wellspring 2011|
Wellspring this year was mixed blessings. First off, as others have, and will, mention, it was very wet and muddy this year. Now, I'm good at weatherworking and started Sunday, but couldn't do more than brief dryness. Others did workings as well with limited sucess. There was definitely something bigger at work this year. The ground was actually permanently squishy and soft making getting around a pain. I just wore cheap flip flop sandals and resigned myself to wet, dirty feet all weekend. The only other downside was that I spent too much time in the hottub on Thursday and almost passed out, but Jim G helped me out and made sure I was ok. Thanks bro!
On the good side ADF community was in fine form. Everyone I met made me feel welcomed and appreciated. ADF rocks!
My attention this year was split between three things. The Norse Rite, the Warrior Games and making sure my grovemates didn't regret coming this year for the first time.
I may be biased, as I had a part in the Norse Rite, but it was one fantastic rite, easily on par with the very best of ADF. Anna, the Norse Kin Chief did a fantastic job of organizing and running the rite. I think it would have sucked without her. Everyone else who participated did great as well. Freya, as one of the Deities of the Occasion, in particular was very happy with the rite. She is one of my Patronesses and I want her to be happy. There was such a strong outpouring of happiness that it was astounding. Being able to feel that joy from Her at that moment was one of the top highlights of the weekend.
Warrior Games for me started out bad. I woke up on Saturday with a sinus headache and really wasn't in the mood to compete much beyond archery. I was prodded and glad I did compete as I started feeling better. My favorite had to be the spear throwing. Seeing as I'm a son of Odin spears just seemed natural. To take a moment to brag, I quickly mastered the technique and had relatively few bad throws. I was soon coaching others, even though I'm sure this coaching cost me first place in the spears competition. When I took my three throws with the spear (each one going further than the last) I was amazed at how smooth and effortless it was. It hardly seemed that I was throwing very hard. My last, and best, throw was 51 feet 7 inches. Of course, the guy I coached, Jim G, ended up beating me by over 20 feet, but it was still quite satisfying to compete. With the spears I felt a strong connection to Odin which meant a lot. For Archery, I got the best score, and then (as Chief of the Magicians Guild) cursed the other competitors so that they wouldn't beat my score. No one did. I didn't place in the other two events, rock throw and hammer throw. I'm not that fond of hurling objects for distance (with the exception of the spear) and usually don't do well in those events. Granted the hammer throw was more of an accuracy thing, but still... Anyway, props for Grey and Rachel for running the competition. There were no injuries, but much fellowship.
Two grovemates, Sean and Kris made it out to Wellspring for the first time. It was great hanging out and showing them around. As I said above I wanted them to not regret showing up. Despite the mud and wet, they seemed to have had a good time and even felt first hand the beauty of the ADF family. Wellspring (or any ADF festival) isn't about just showing up and going to some workshops. It is about belonging and being welcomed by the ADF community and family. As Kris said, it doesn't matter what Grove you are in, we are all ADF people. They got to experience rituals run by folks from different Groves all across the planet. Everywhere you turned were people willing to be helpful, friendly and giving. After leaving my shorts at home by mistake, I was offered shorts to wear. People were willing to give so much. It is this fellowship that I hunger for and makes me count the days between festivals. I always urge my grovemates to go to Wellspring or any other ADF festival because I know how wonderful it is. I'm really glad that Sean and Kris made it and now I will have help in urging others to go. If you haven't gone to any, go to an ADF festival. Wellspring in particular is great
I got to spend lots of time with Three Cranes Grove. You guys are awesome! I got to do healing for folks, which I love to do. I got to be part of the wonder that is ADF.
One funny thing happened on the way home. The Cranes mentioned that they stop at a certain Bob Evans in Erie, PA on the way home. I made my way there and arrived just as they were getting ready to go. I was sitting not far from where they were and soon a bunch came over to give hugs and to say good bye. The waitress came by then and was astounded that there were 6-7 women lining up to hug me. She was rather flabbergasted and had to be thinking, "Who is this guy and why are random people lining up to hug him?" So thanks for helping me with my street cred, Cranes. Then my grovemates arrived and Jessie and Craig from CA and we had a nice lunch together. On the way out we ran into Nick and Emerald who had just arrived.
Overall, damned good time!
May 23rd, 2011
|08:10 pm - ADF List problems|
Hey ADF folks,
I've been trying to send an e-mail to the ADF Magician's list without success. Either it just goes missing or it bounces.
I'm trying to drum up some help with weatherworking to make Wellspring dry and warm.
April 19th, 2011
|06:46 pm - Boo for Technology, Yay for me!|
So it turns out that the new ethernet card did not fix my problem. My desktop would still swich networks, cutting out my internet connection, even though it is connected by a cable. I had an epiphany that it was not hardware related, but software. My laptop, which is wireless is doing fine. Liz's computer, which is connected by a cable is doing fine. Only my desktop was wonky. Also when I connected to the old router everything was fine.
So it occured to me that the only difference between my computer and Liz's computer is that I installed the software that came with our wireless router. Thus, I felt, my desktop was thinking it was a wireless machine and would occasionally go looking for a wireless network. But having no wireless card it got confused.
So I uninstalled the router software and voila! No more problems.
Current Mood: accomplished
April 13th, 2011
|08:24 pm - Hooray for Technology!!!|
I picked up a new ethernet card for my desktop computer today. The other was was going wonky on me. I was intermittently losing internet connection while my laptop, right next to me had no problems. After lots of troubleshooting I figured it had to be the built-in ethernet connector. The router is fine.
Let's hope this works. So far so good.
November 11th, 2010
|09:10 pm - Yay Me|
My Initiate Program application was approved.
Current Mood: happy
September 26th, 2010
|08:16 pm - ADF Divination 1 Exit standard question|
For Divination 1 the first exit standard says: "Name and briefly describe one method of divination or seership technique common to three paleo-pagan Indo-European cultures. (minimum 100 words each)"
Does this mean that I pick three different IE cultures and find any divination system that each used and write about it? Or does it mean that I need to find one divination system that was common across three different IE cultures and write about how each culture used this one system?
Current Mood: puzzled
September 18th, 2010
|07:20 pm - Shining Lakes Grove, ADF Fall Equinox Ritual|
Well, today was our Grove's Fall Equinox ritual. We had a good omen and no one died.
We honor Ana, our River Goddess/Earth Mother and the Nature Spirits for Fall Equinox. It was a good time. We had a newer member do the Outsider part and it was well done. He had been inspired by illious's Outsider offering at the Summerland Festival and did a similar version during our rite. We offered two apples, one before hand and one afterwards since they lived up to their end of the bargain.
I'm happy to see folks get inspired at festivals and then bring that back to the Grove. This past year has seen several changes to our Liturgy that, in my opinion, really makes a difference. We actually do a Portal Hallowing now, something we never used to do. We also make a much bigger deal out of opening the Portals and get the participants more involved. Also after welcoming the Kindreds, we have everyone take a moment to feel Their presence within the ritual area. Overall it's made for more oomphy kind of rituals.
Hopefully we will have a lot more Grovemates making it to Wellspring next year.
Current Mood: good