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February 18th, 2010

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11:14 pm - Anagantios, the stay-at-home month
I watched the Anagantios moon set in the west as I drove home, reflecting on the day. Awake at 3:30 AM and out the door by 5 AM, I began the ritual that has come to mean so much to me over the years: our "Stay-At-Home Moon" ritual, in which the Grove Priest travels from member house to member house, lighting the flame of our Grove's devotion and illuminating and warming the home in this frigid month.

This year I was able to bring seamus_mcnasty with me, as he is now also a Grove Priest. The company and help was invaluable to me today, and it helped me to know that our future as a growing Grove would include secure traditions like this one, where our members can have a day when they can request that a Priest come to their house and bless it, and our membership numbers will not outgrow the availability of our Grove Priests.

What is so special about this moon to me is that I get to spend time not only with Grove members I know well in their own homes, but I often get to see members, new and old, that I either haven't had a chance to connect with or that I have sorely missed over the time they have been away.

It is very special to me to spend that time with the members who ask me into their homes. The 212 miles traveled today were priceless to me in terms of joy and fulfillment.

But, for now, it is the end of a very long day; it is time for me to do a final house blessing (my own) and to fall asleep in preparation for tomorrow.

But I do so with the vision of that Anagantios moon gracefully setting to the west, and good conversation bringing a smile to my lips.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Current Music: "The Good Fight", -JB

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Date:February 19th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
When are y'all going to get to my neighborhood?
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Date:February 19th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
You'll be receiving a candle with script from me: the candle will have been lit from the same fire that was used to light the flame in every other Crane house that had me visit.

I have a couple of these to send out ;)
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Date:February 19th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't think it would effect me as deep as it has. I fell asleep last night with a new sense of fellowship. I was tired but content.

I did not expect the drain in energy that I experienced, since you were doing the work I trying to add my energy into each house helping the light to find it's way into every corner and shadow. I tried to remember the fires of piety that we have lit over the years and the blessings that we have received over the years and relight those fires to shine in each house.

There is something special about being invited into someones house, I feel much closer to people of the grove today. I wish we had more time to visit we each person.

I am also always happy when we get to talk, it wears me out sometimes because of the amount of topics and ideas we cover with little time to reflect before the next round of incoming information is being downloaded...

but always wonderfully entertainment and often enlightening...
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Date:February 19th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Guys, we can't thank you enough for the trip to our home.

The blessings and Jasper-pets were greatly appreciated as was the fellowship. Thank you both!

And not, to read some vedas!
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Date:February 19th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
That is hands down cool. I just don't know where you guys keep coming up with all these cool ideas! You give me hope for our own groves future, that in growth there does not have to be stagnation.

I wish I lived in OH.

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