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Spring Equinox 2008303 viewsTior and Dean admire the phallus we made in honour of Dionysos.
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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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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."

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Another wine offering206 viewsTior gives an offering of wine to the fire in honour of Hestia!
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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.
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Frankincense192 viewsFrankincense burning as an example of one resin used in incense making.
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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)
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Close up of Spring Equinox 2008 altar173 viewsDionysos was our main deity and Hermes was our gatekeeper deity.
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Lughnasadh 2007 Altar156 viewsThe Lughnasadh altar was set up with bread and butter, lots of beer, blackberries for Lugh , corn dollies, Irish Whiskey, incense, corn, apples and other offerings. The Druid in Charge for this ritual was Doreen Taylor.
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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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Folks making Brighid's Crosses 2006139 viewsWe had an Arts Meeting, run by Kevin, and he taught us how to make Brighid's Crosses, which we hang in our homes to protect against fires.
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Butser Farm 2006132 viewsDoreen Taylor at Butser Farm
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