Meeting took place on Tuesday 11th August.
The Gate Hangs Well, is our usual haunt when it comes to social nights in the pub. Saying that, we’ve only had two this year and this was the second.
So sets the scene for Tuesday’s invasion of this respectable drinking house that doth serveth delicious pie. So as me and Danceswithweasels arrived to discover, to our horror, that the usual table in the back had been replaced by a much higher one. Only giants would have felt comfortable eating and drinking at it. AND pie night had been moved to a Monday!
Worry not, dear readers, pie of the day was served and we claimed a good table at the very front of the GHW, so we could expose our talks to the world.
There wasn’t really a set theme, conversation went from the GOC’s attendance to this year’s Pagan Pride to Transgender centrefolds being given their own cells in prison.
We even went into discussion about which seasonal quarter was next (Alban Elfed, of course!) and how the present , Druidic and Pagan celebrations have only been put together fairly recently (it has only been since Gerald Gardner and Ross Nichols put the Pagan year together that we celebrate all eight festivals). That thread had us all, more or less agreeing that as long as we didn’t try to pass off our traditions as from ancient times and acknowledge that we are creating our own traditions in the here and now, then we are in fact witnessing the declaration of our customs to pass on.
This also went into my love/hate views on Iolo Morganwg, which I shan’t go into (one day, sure).
Then, we started talking about King Arthur….
Few things have ever got us ALL going but discussion of the ‘Once and Future King’ proved to be a most interesting debate. Dumbledore dislikes the notion of the romantic court versions of Arthur. I don’t blame him, they are quite foppish in the Monmouth and Mallory versions. Cymro holds the opinion that Merlin is an gestalt of different Druids (like Robin Hood) and Arthur a link to the past of the Britons and heritage. I’ll be honest in saying that my mind has become hazy on who said what (I was on my fourth pint by this point), so if any fellow GOC members want to share, they can do so.
All in all a good night of catching up and sharing thoughts.