Welcome to you all!
I will be posting my experiences here as I journey through the first year of my AODA (Ancient Order of Druids in America) candidacy. This past week Oakstone Grove visdited my farm for the first time. We met at the Henge at U of Mass in Amherst, fulfilled a sweet Samhainn ritual and then gathered at the farm for a feast of shared foods. There was much to discuss as we are in the process of creating the structure of a Study Group. I am so blessed to be among such folk as these.
I have been reading for about 25 years about Celtic and Earth Based Spritualities. It seems I have been doing druidic things even before I decided to formalize my path by becoming a member of AODA. When I moved to this farm it became very apparent to me that a grove should be planted. I selected six Washington Hawthorns and two European Mountain Ash. The two Mountain Ash were planted at the beginning of the path to the outer grove or nemeton, and they are called the Guardians. One of the Hawthorns is planted just beyond the Ash and and it is called the Gatekeeper. The other five Hawthorns (one for each of the elements - earth, air, fire, water and spirit) were planted in a circle. However the Hawthorns had other ideas. Two of the trees danced away on their own and instead of a circle there is a crescent of three and two have been found together pointing the way to the inner grove. I have created a fairly complete Ogham garden and even before I had discovered that the Ogham had existed.
I believe in something I call memeory of blood. That which was experienced in the before, (past life experiences) and may sometimes come from genetic memory which is passed down through the blood. It is this memory of blood that I believe has guided my hand and heart in creating these gardens and these groves.
Hawthorns provide healing for the heart, are a symbol of hope and happiness, are associated with Brigid, and are part of the magickal triad named as Oak, Ash and Thorn.
Harvest and Home is the name of my business. Through Harvest and Home I will share with you my recipes, crafts and ideas which are my celebrations of the cycle of the seasons.