April 6th, 2006

surya

Belinus, relationships, and feeling like it's all getting done right.

Due to an interesting and uncommon scheduling issue that deals primarily with a Grove bylaw conflict (no, worry not: I will not try your patience by descending into a bylaws dissection), we have come up with an interesting, entertaining solution to a particular problem.

Not one, but two Beltaine rituals!

Our bylaws stipulate that Three Cranes Grove, ADF, is a Gaulish-focused Grove, but we have agreed that we'd like to do an Irish Beltaine. Paritally to get around that stipulation and partially to provide for it and honour the connections we've built in the past, we decided at the last business meeting that if we couldn't change the bylaws in time, we'd run two rituals.

The more I thought about this, and the more I talked to tanrinia and others, the more I started to like the idea.

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And so, I'm looking to write a full devotional rite to Belenus, to be done around solar noon on April 30. Solar noon falls at about 1:30 PM EDT on that date, so we'd start around 1 PM, I suppose.

The bylaws were changed the other day, so we are not obligated to do two rituals, but I cannot escape the feeling that if we ignore Belenus on the day we celebrate Beltaine, we will be doing something very wrong. Despite that, I also cannot help but think that we ought to run this next ritual just as we have said that we will, with an Irish focus.

We've built a number of relationships with deities: Belenus, Saturn, Ianus, Esus, Cernunnos, Brigando, Teutates. Each of these relationships has grown in a different way, a deep way, a way that has provided us outlets of creativity that sometimes astound and amuse us, but always seem to empower us. I understand moving out from the cultural focus of the Grove, the movement toward encompassing the deities of those who gather in ritual with us: the majority of members don't have a Gaulish hearth cutlture like I do. I want to see that continue and grow, too.

But I think that, if this devotional rite goes well, if we find that we don't need to pick and choose one deity or culture for a High Day, then perhaps we can grow further through exploring more of these kinds of devotional rites, and it will allow us to retain working relationships with certain deities even if we do not make them the focus of a High Day rite.

I'm very excited about the possibilities inherent in this ritual. Very, very excited.