Meeting took place on Tuesday 14th October.
This was supposed to be a meeting about Hoodoo, unfortunatley, Leithin Cluan was unable to travel from nodnoL due to a crisis. We sincerely wish you the very best Leithin and we miss you.
Instead, we discussed that we should meet up anyway and bring the Question Cards and perform a healing circle… turns out a lot of people needed it as quite a few members dropped out due to illness (The Plague! The Plague!). Fortunately we had a very good turn out due to new potential members: Mr. Chutney (I think I called him ‘B’ in the last post), Vyvyan and TaleTeller. I had quite forgotten to bring the Question Cards (I’m getting good at that), so after opening the meeting in the usual official manner I was offered a bean bag by the wonderfully chipper D2 (He had agreed to host as we never confirmed a location for the this meeting), whom was also very kind enough to offer me a tot of Green Mead (believe it!) and some exquisite cheese.
We used the evening to get to know the new potentials and for them to get to know us. I was explaining the history of our Grove when D2 declared “There are two people who want to speak to you”… who could he mean? Its been years since I never returned that library book… It was Leithin Cluan down South and River in Ireland on Skype! I’d never used Skype before, its like something off Star Trek. We are officially in The Future when we have video communication and huge television screens, all we need now is warp flight, keyboards on the walls and yellow/black tape on the edges of everything and we’re THERE.
By the time me and D2 wrapped up Skype (we’d been catching up, talking about courses and bruises) the party had gone to where it always goes… The Kitchen. Briseilid had carried on where I left off in regards to the history of our Grove. And then we started the BIG questions like, what actually qualifies as ignorance? What can we as Druids do to combat ignorance- even though the answer, ultimately was we can’t. There will always be those who have a staunch set of beliefs that are unshakable or a different opinion that refuses any shades of grey. Doesn’t mean we can’t try however.
As the night drew late, we finished with a healing circle, connecting hands and with the powers of Earth and Sky, we sent healing to anyone we thought who could use it. For Leithin Cluan, we siphoned off a portion to her ‘pot’.
Will we see Mr. Chutney, Vyvyan and her husband, TaleTeller again? Who can say? after they left we did discuss that we are not a Grove for everyone, people have different expectations and needs for coming together, whether or not those expectations are met and needs satisfied however are totally different things. The GOC is a down-to-earth-say-it-like-it-is kind of Grove. We don’t have structured sessions where we begin with a meditation exercise and finish on a poem (not that there is anything wrong with that, its just simply not our way, although we are beginning to see more of Cymro’s poetry come through) we sit around and chat in our meetings because there is a strong kinship and sense of family, of tribe, that’s what and who we are. What did the new potentials get out of it? I don’t know, what I do know is that I hope we do see them again and the invitation is always open to those who are welcome.