Year Review: June 2015 – June 2016

Year Review: June 2015 – June 2016
For the last 2 years we have posted a years review from June to June. It has been another busy year, and looking back at all we have done in the last year its not surprising.

– At the summer solstice we performed a ritual at the Giant’s Ring which had around 20-30 in attendance. It was celebrated as a ritual Wedding of the King and the Land via personifications of Lugh and Macha.

– For Lughnasadh it lashed down games so the traditional lughnasadh games were traded in for a more chilled festival with food, sharing and fun.

– For the autumnal equinox we saw a well attended event in Belfast with the Reconciler Ritual.

~ At Samhain we celebrated in our temple in Belfast with a festival for the dead.

~ Also in the community space during the winter several workshops were held, and a Red Tent space

~ For the Winter Solstice the Belfast Grove celebrated the season with ritual and fine food.

~ At Imbolc Belfast Grove performed a seasonal ritual.

~ In March we had a workshop on the Thoth tarot and Thelemic Qabalah

~ For the Vernal Equinox the National Sovereign led the grove ritual. It was a ritual of purification in which all present where involved. A group banishing, purification and invocation was performed that each person may get rid of anything they don’t need, purify what’s left and invoked what they need to accomplish their True Will in the coming year. It was a potent rite enjoyed and appreciated by all present.

~ In April there was the celebration of the Three Days with an AGM and readings of the Book of the Law.

~ In April we had a workshop on the theurgic formula of Magick in Theory and Practice, including general content on the dynamic of ritual.

~ For Beltaine there was Poets, Bards and Blaggers, with performances of music, poetry, storytelling, dramatic performances and more.

~ Members of the Order continue to facilitate the Belfast Pagan Moot which happens in the temple space once a month.

~ We published two printed books in the last year. At the autunnal equinox we published the Fortified Island Anthology with material from the first five volumes, and just after the three days we published the journal of ogam studies

– We formed a ritual proficiency group to train community celebrants and to impart ritual skills. This group of members meets on a regular basis.

~ We have offered space to the esoteric, pagan and alternative communities for ritual, workshops and meetings.

~ We have also continued to offer liferites including handfastings, greater feasts (funerary services), child namings, and other associated rites.

~ We continue to offer initiation into our unique system and spaces to explore the rituals and their precepts and to look at and work on the associated coursework.

~ We have had a donation of hundreds of books by a member to found a members library and we are currently working towards housing this and making it available for members use as soon as possible.

Looking back we would like to thank all those who have organised, participated, volunteered and made all this possible. We’ve had lots going on, and we’d like to see this continue. Most activities and projects have arisen from the impulses of individuals who had an interest, and either offered to share it, to organise something or otherwise pioneer an impulse. If there is something you would like to happen, be it an area of work, a study group, a working group or something else entirely vocalise it, ask for help and help to make it happen.

Beyond our own small corner of the world and the idiosyncrasies of our work as an Order (a contracted group of people working in a specific way, with a specific tradition), managing a space and creating activity in Belfast has been an important way to act in service to the local community by inviting speakers and workshop leaders, creating learning opportunities, and offering spaces for liferites, celebrations and for the use of other groups. Through the moots we have also created spaces to meet new people walking on allied paths, and encourage a diverse and vibrant community. We have also formed and maintained significant links with other groups and individuals on the island and have supported them in their work, with many of these links and symbiotic interactions expanding and growing. These trends of growth, expansion and diversification are projected to continue in the coming year with several exciting projects in the pipeline,