Samhain 2020

I have been somewhat lax in my submission of omens to the posts. This past Sunday, November 1st the Grove celebrated Samhain and honored our Ancestors, particularly those newly deceased.

I pulled Iodadh, the Yew Tree which indicates “Death and Rebirth” H’Uath, the Hawthorn which indicates caution in moving too quickly without waiting, and nGetal, the Broom/Reed which indicates forward action.

I interpret this to mean that at this most critical moment in our modern history we have to be careful about the movements we make without being cautious. The cycle of life, death, and rebirth is one that our Ancestors have gone through time and time again, and we need to make sure that there is a safe and secure world to return to! Forward action is fine if we have taken the time to know the consequences of our actions.

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Recent Events

Greetings all! For those of you who actually take the time to read these posts which chronicle the omens taken by the Seer (or individual representing the office of the Chief Seer) you will notice that some of the most recent omens are missing. Due to the fact that the Grove has not been able to gather publicly with the rest of the community, many of us have been working our celebrations from home. I have collected a few of the omens taken by our Grove members and will be posting them following the Beltaine Feast.

I have been watching the omens for the situation our world is experiencing for some time and I admit that the omens are not exactly auspicious. The Kindred are teaching their children valuable lessons on taking care of the Earth and taking care of each other. I cannot say whether or not we will be able to go back to “normal” after this, but then again, some of us firmly believe that the old normal was broken and we need to come to grips with a new “normal.”

Anyway, I have said in the past that the Kindred keep reminding us that we are a community and no matter what comes our way, we will get through it by acting like a community. It is not about “me” it is about “we”.

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Yuletide – Winter’s Solstice Omen

Sunday, December 22nd Whispering Lake Grove celebrated Yule at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie. The omen taken was Tiwaz, Fehu, and Sowilo. These runes indicated to me that as we stand within liminal space and liminal time we are encouraged to conserve our resources (both physical and financial) and to remember that even though this is the dark time of the year, the sun will rise once more upon the horizon and we can always rely on the community and the Kindred. It was deemed a most auspicious omen for the people.

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Samhain Omen 2019

For this particular High Day, which I admit was full of energy, the Kindred were particularly kind in their blessings. We were given Jera, Ansuz, and Elhaz. Communication is a strong asset. As we move forward in the new year, knowledgeable in the fact that the Kindred are watching over us, we can accomplish even more in 2020 than we did in 2019.

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Lughnassadh Omen 2019

We received Laguz, Nauthiz, and Gebho. This indicated to me that while there may very well be burdens upon our souls and our spirit, we have a great gift of the blessings of the Kindred, so long as we remember to honor the Ancient Bargain. The community is one of our greatest assets and one we should use to its highest potential.

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Midsummer Omen

Among the stones cast for this celebration honoring Sunna I received Elhaz, Hagalaz, Manaz, Eihwaz, Nauthiz, and Raidho. The message that came to me as I interpreted these stones in their particular pattern, was that the Kindred have been with us throughout the best and the worst of the season. There is much that we as a community must do to see our goals realized, and the biggest is to stick together. Regardless of whether there is sun or rain, we need to be there for each other. The Kindred will help with the rest. This is a common message of late, and one that I think we all need to consider as we enter into another season.

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Eostre and Beltane Omen

I must apologize to those who are reading the omens for the Grove. While I know there are pictures of the omens cast for both of these celebrations, I have to admit that the inspiration that came from the Kindred in answer to our hails did not translate well to the written word. In other words, I have no idea what I said at the time. I am working to improve upon this new aspect of my divination and seership skills. Please bear with me…

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Imbolc Omen

During our celebration honoring the return of the light and the blessings of Lady Brighid. The omen was taken by Rev. Carrion Mann via the Runes. We received Kennaz – the Torch representing illumination, Perthro – the Dice Cup representing Choice and fate, finally Othala – representing the hearth and home. As this is a hearth holiday, this is considered an excellent omen for the community.

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Yuletide Omen

During the Yuletide celebration, we honored our many Kindred allies of the Middle Realm.

Following the sacrifice we received the following omen:

Raidho – Indicating a Journey
Berkano – Indicating new Beginnings
Isa – Indicating the need to Rest

Generally read together I felt that the Kindred were trying to tell us that we all would be taking a journey together as a community. They want us to take time for ourselves. They are always with us and want to help us on our journey, but they want us to take a few minutes to honor them at our shrines. We do not have such busy schedules that we can’t take the time to say a simple prayer and give an offering of some sort.

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Samhain Celebration

On Sunday, October 28th we celebrated Samhain and honored our Ancestors according to the Ancient Bargain. Our sacrifice was well received (though I believe they would have gladly danced with us all through the night…) and our omen was deemed good.

We received Uruz which speaks of manifestation and organizing our energies.
We received Fehu which speaks to movable wealth, and also indicates the “wealth” of community resources.
Finally, we received Wunjo which speaks to us of joy and happiness.
Overall, I had the sense that the Ancients are a resource we may always rely on to help us manifest our deepest desires, dreams, and endeavors throughout the season and the future.

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