Few days ago I heard the frogs croaking from my garden pond during a rainy night.. Daffodil plans were already coming out of the ground.. one even had a yellow flower.. We’ve just past the actual day of Spring Equinox – when the Sun enters Aries… and suddenly, yesterday.. Snow has returned with a sudden vengeance.. all over UK.
It was going to be Hern’s Tribe’s outdoor Spring Ritual, and later ..we were going to observe Earth Hour – outdoors, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time.
(click on above thumbnail photos to see full picture. More photos in HT facebook page).
But waking up to heavy snow that ..by noon had completely blanketed the ground was a worrying sign.. not for us `hard core’ members in Hern’s Tribe. We have been doing these outdoor rituals 6-8 times a year ..every year…for over 8 years now. It was worrying because I knew that newcomers will be put off by it.
But many of the core members did turn up.. as planned, at 3pm, got into the woods, set up sacred altar, set up a canopy (for a bit of cover.. at least to put our bags under), we even set up a fire (Thanks Ian Kelly – a wonderful task in snow with water logged branches!).. and did the Spring Ritual.
We chanted the Hern-Chant in undulating harmony, consecrated ourselves with sage incense, sounds of bell, damp soil on palm.. We cast a sacred circle with a bone dagger (thanks Marcus, and his trusted dog Ruby for walking the circle!), and called the powers of Air, Fire, Water & Earth – the four elements. Then came the magic – around fire. To more chants, each member went to a private spot and took out a black & white crystal balls, and used it to balance his or her own dark & light energies ( Spring is the time of balance, as as it is at Autumn Equinox). Cakes & wine were blessed and shared.
After some merriment, some members who had poor health, and those living far outside London left. Rest of us stayed on (plans for going to the nearby pub for a break were abandoned). Few hours in snow in woods passed.
Then Earth hour approached.. Fire had managed to still be going ..with what little logs we had used.. Now in darkness, as out bodies were getting colder after 3-4 hours of being out in snow.. were needing what little warmth the small fire gave us.
We chanted Earth songs, spoke of friendships and kinship, danced around fire with lanterns, creating a circle of light, and poured love & light to Earth.
More shamanic changes started to happen afterwards – matters concerning shape-shifting …But that’s private – to know for the ones who had stayed.
We now look to Earth Day 2013.. only a month to go.. Do join us if you are in London. It’s going to be a wonderful day.. (am sure there’ll be no snow by then) 🙂