Grove experience

Today I went to a Samhuinn ritual with Ravenwood Grove in Crystal Lake. They are a grove of the ADF. And what a wonderful experience it was!

I’m not very good with groups of people. One on one I’m fine. But put me into a group of people and I’m lost. I never know what to say or who to pay attention to. Basically I’m a disaster. So thankfully there were only 8 people. I could actually have conversations with individuals. And what a great group of individuals they are!  They were welcoming and  accommodating. It didn’t take much before I was made to feel right at home.

The priest of the grove also has MS. So she understood my need of a place to sit down and to have a bathroom handy!  They perform many of their rituals right there in their living room. They also have a huge back yard for times when weather allows to have ritual outdoors. Perfect for me and all my special needs.

The ritual itself was wonderful. Following the ADF outline I was already familiar with from ritual performed solo at home. I’ve been a member of ADF for four months now. I have celebrated full moon rituals and even one major holy day ritual on my own using the ADF outline. So even the ritual format felt familiar.

For me a successful ritual must include some connection with the Other World. And this ritual had that. In connecting with the Morrigan it was right on the money. I felt the connection and experienced it through the offering to the Morrigan.

This whole event went off flawlessly for me. I had to take a train out to them. No small feat for someone with MS. Even that went fine. From my initial connection with the priest via her very welcoming email to me letting me know about her grove to the fact that the patron of the grove is the Morrigan everything just fell into place. It even was a full moon night!

For me this was like a homecoming. A coming home to a spiritual place that had been missing for me. I’m so pleased it all went so well. I had a wonderful spiritual time. I can’t wait for their next big ritual!

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