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Brighid's Cross Making 2006


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Puanepsia 2006


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Samhain 2007


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Lughnasadh 2007


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Anadikia 2007


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Butser Farm 2006


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Anthesteria 2007


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Incense Making February 2008


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Summer Solstice 2006


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Lughnasadh 2006


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Spring Equinox 2008


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The Wicker Man at Butser Ancient Farm 2006140 viewsThe Druids of Hollow Hills Protogrove went to Butser Ancient Farm to see the annual burning of the wicker man. This is the wicker man prior to Burning!
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Summer Solstice Altar 2006108 viewsThis is a photo of the Altar we used for Summer Solstice. We honoured the Irish healing Goddess, Airmid, and we blessed smudge sticks that we made in a workshop a couple of weeks earlier. Druid in Charge of this ritual was Doreen Taylor.
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Altar For Fall Equinox 2007103 viewsThis is a photo of our altar at our Hellenic Fall Equinox ritual in 2007. Our main Deity of the Occasion was Demeter.
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Finished Brighid's Cross85 views
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Blessing Branches Puanepsia 200670 viewsWe made little blessing branches because it's a tradition in Greece to go from door to door giving out branches in return for beans as "payment". The branches are laurel, sacred to Apollo, and have charms on them. The charms on them are a bunch of grapes, a goblet and a harp - in honour of Apollo.
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Anthesteria Altar73 viewsThe Anthestêria is a Festival of Flowers (Anthê) for Dionysos Anthios (also Antheus and Euanthês - Fair-flowering), the Blooming God. For, as Ovid (Fasti 5.345) says, "Bacchus loves flowers," which herald His arrival by their appearance in the spring.

This is the time when the fermentation of the wine is complete and the new wine is ready to drink, and so we make a first-fruit offering, but it is also the time when the vines are pruned in preparation for the next season. Therefore the Anthestêria is also the most important Festival of the Dead, for we appreciate the beauty and fruits of the Earth, the delights of wine, and indeed all pleasures, the most when we salute the Dead.

We honoured Dionysos with flowers, grapes, wine and a drinking contest! We poured more olive oil than ever before. The altar looked beautiful with flowers and ivy and grapes and offering bowls. This ritual was led by Via Baker.
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Butser Farm 2006113 viewsKevin Taylor at Butser Farm
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Spring Equinox 2008303 viewsTior and Dean admire the phallus we made in honour of Dionysos.

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Sacred Fire with offering189 viewsOur sacred fire with a phallic offering for Dionysos.

Give way! Make room
For the God! For it's His will
To stride exuberantly
Erect through the middle

-- Semos in Athenaios XIV 622B (Kerenyi, p. 287)
Mar 30, 2008
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Spring Equinox 2008 Altar208 viewsAltar- on the altar are offerings of honey, figs, barley, wine, mead (for the Waters of Life), more wine, incense, ivy, flowers, statues of Dionysos and Hermes (our gatekeeper) and a large libation bowl. The Honda lawnmower had no part in this particular ritual.

Our ritual was dedicated to Dionysos, god of wine, drama, poetry, vegetation/trees and inspired madness.

Homeric Hymn 26 to Dionysus :
"I begin to sing of Dionysos ivy-crowned (kissokomes) the loud-crying (eribromos), splendid son of Zeus and glorious Semele. The rich-haired Nymphai received him in their bosoms from the lord his father and fostered and nurtured him carefully in the dells of Nysa, where by the will of his father he grew up in a sweet-smelling cave, being reckoned among the immortals. But when the goddesses had brought him up, a god oft hymned, then began he to wander continually through the woody coombes, thickly wreathed with ivy and laurel. And the Nymphai followed in his train with him for their leader; and the boundless forest was filled with their outcry. And so hail to you, Dionysos god of abundant clusters (polystaphylos)! Grant that we may come again rejoicing to this season, and from that season onwards for many a year."

Mar 30, 2008
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Close up of Spring Equinox 2008 altar173 viewsDionysos was our main deity and Hermes was our gatekeeper deity.Mar 30, 2008
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Spring Equinox 2008303 viewsTior and Dean admire the phallus we made in honour of Dionysos. Mar 30, 2008
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Bread Phallus293 viewsWe made a bread phallus in honour of Dionysos for Spring Equinox 2008. Born from the thigh of Zeus (Zeus had been tricked into killing his mother with a thunderbolt), Dionysos is the god of vegetable life, especially the grapevine and ivy. As such he is the god of wine, fertility and poetry and the theatre
One of his attributes is the phallus, especially the erect phallus
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Another wine offering206 viewsTior gives an offering of wine to the fire in honour of Hestia!Mar 30, 2008
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Spear Lughnasadh 2006195 viewsSpear decorated by members of Hollow Hills Protogrove in honour of the Irish God Lugh. Photo by Rebecca Alexander. Feb 25, 2008
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Frankincense192 viewsFrankincense burning as an example of one resin used in incense making.Feb 24, 2008