SPRING!!!

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Happy Merry Jolly Alban Eilir ALL!!!  Have a Grand Weekend. Yours under a Beautiful Blue Sky, MichaelCool

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yep!

You can feel it in the air, that a change is a stirring as the early plants show themselves. Some of the days have been recently smashing too, with the Sun slowing being empowered with more heat and light. As this side of the globe begings to tilt towards the Sun; now that is indeed the magic of nature and the cosmos combined!

As the nights draw out in the northern hemisphere, this being the reverse for the community members in the south. It too may be start to cool the fires off, and stop making the earth rumble in Victoria for the Melborne Grove!

However one may celebrate this astronomical and geocentric event, have an enjoyable time indeed! Laughing

 



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On the other side of the world

Yes autumn has arrived in our part of the world and celebrations will be happening soon. Thanks for your thoughts of us.



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Thanks and Grand Weekend

Thank you for  your replies Astrocelt and ElkieSmile  I hope your eqinotical weekends were as grand as mine was.  Perfect Weather - Wonderful Camping - Great Time.

 

Blessings - M

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Yes it was a Spring Equinox

Yes it was a Spring Equinox celebration, you can even see how the earth is responding and beginning to bloom.

Many thanks to the Earthworks Grove, which Druid Grove within the community will be featured at Beltaine? 

Blessings - astrocelt

 



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Thank You

Thank you for the that AstroceltLaughing 

 

Cheers - M

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Re: Thank You

I have seen Flocks of Canada Geese Flying around and heard Birds doing their Mating Calls.

That indicates Spring is Springing!

Time to think about what we are all going to do to Celebrate Spring Equinox.


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Re: Thank You

Yes the first little shoots of crocus are out in the garden and Bridies snowdrops are in full swing!



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Re: Thank You

Hi HeddwenSmile  Any special plans for Alban Eilir?

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Re: Thank You

Hello Michael, I will be visiting a local beach and doing a short ritual there. What about you?



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Re: Thank You

I have no Idea Heddwen!
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Re: Thank You

Spring is certainly in the air, apart from the early flowering daffodils.

Some of the small streams are showing the beginnings of a new cycle too, as frogs have been preparing for the new generation.

 

Noticed that something has also been removing the frogspawn along the pathways and also by the roadside.

Astrocelt



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Re: Thank You

Frogs coming out of their Hibernation is certainly a Sign of Spring Coming!

 

 

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Re: Thank You

Happy Alban Eilir!



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Awens to All:

I just got back from Spring Equinox Meditations at the Vihara Buddhist Temple.

In preparation for the Meditation, I made up a Special Gift for the Temple.

After work, I went to the Store and bought 30 Hot Cross Buns and I made up 8 Packages of 3 Hot Cross Buns each with each Package representing each Spoke on the Sacred Wheel of Life. I put in 3 Hot Cross Buns in each Package to represent how the Number 3 is Sacred to both Celtic Paganism and Buddhism.

I then had a separate Parcel of 6 Hot Cross Buns just for the Venerable Priests and that had a Small Jar of Strawberry Jam that I won at a Legion Raffle many months ago.

So when I got to the Temple, I started handing out the Packages of 3 Hot Cross Buns to each Parishioner as they arrived. They were Very Delighted at the Nice Spring Equinox Gift they received as they arrived. I was Very Happy to be able to see the Nice Smiles on their Faces as they received their Hot Cross Bun Gifts.

Then the Venerable Priest Chandima arrive to preside over the Meditation and he was also Very Happy to Receive his Spring Equinox Gift.

The Meditation went off very well and we did Sitting, Walking and then Sitting Meditations.

Then after the Meditation was over, everyone left. But a couple of Parishioners came up and profusely Thanked Me again for giving the nice Gifts of Hot Cross Buns for Spring Equinox.

I then went and had Dinner at Fresgos Restaurant to cap off a Nice Peaceful Night and went home.

Doing Meditation at a Buddhist Temple was a Good Way to Celebrate Spring Equinox.

 

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Re: Thank You

it's great to hear of others celebrating with Buddhist temples-though a solitary by region and both halves of my path, sometimes I feel very alone as a Buddhist Druid- ironically especially on the days that both cultures celebrate!

the last year I've been trying to more actively celebrate the Druid holidays ( bringing a bit more piety into my life then I haveI'actively expressed in my life for several years.

I am only just starting to recognize all the Buddhist Holy days. 

 

a belated happy spring/autumn to all! 

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Re: Thank You

Awens to All:

 

Tomorrow is Spring Equinox and I have several Activities for Celebrating it.

 

Tomorrow after work, I am going to do some Aquatic Meditations at the North Surrey Rec Center and then stop by the Legion for a couple of Pints and then go Home to have a Two Liter Bottle of my Spiced Peach Cider whilst Burning some Lavender Incense on my Personal Altar.

 

Then on Saturday Morning, I am going to the Buddhist Vihara Temple to do one of their Ata Sil Full Moon Day Long Meditative Retreats.

 

Then on Sunday, I think I will include attending the Sunday Gathering Service at the Cloverdale Lighthouse Spiritualist Church.  After finishing attending the Spiritualist Church, I think I will go off to the Joe Dec Water Spring and pick up some Sacred Holy Spring Water.

 


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Re: Thank You

"it's great to hear of others celebrating with Buddhist temples-though a solitary by region"

 

That is one of the nice things about the Vihara Buddhist Temple is that they do not mind me coming to their Temple to Celebrate the Sacred Sabbaths of Celtic Druidism.  They allow Freedom of Will and allow others such as Celtic Druids and Pagans to come to their Temples to pay Homage to whatever form of Universal Deity they want, so long as No Harm is done.

 

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Re: SPRING!!!

sounds like you're having a busy spring equinox!



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Re: SPRING!!!
Awens to All:
 
It is time to decide what to do to Celebrate Spring Equinox and I usually like going Camping for a Sabbath like this.  But this year is going to be too Rainy and Cold for Camping next Weekend, so I found something else to do.
 
 
In doing some research into Zen Buddhism for a Friend who has some Anger Management Problems, I discovered a Vancouver Temple of Zen Buddhism in Vancouver:
 
 
 
 
After consulting my Favorite Buddhistic Sensei-San who knew of them and did not have anything bad to say about them, I decided to spend my Spring Equinox by going to their Temple next Saturday to check them out and have Meditation with them.
 
 
Sunday morning, I will probably head out to Chehalis Campsite to have a Spring Equinox Fire.
 
 
 
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Re: SPRING!!!

Awens to All:

Due to my Cancelling my Plan to check out the Zen Buddhist Temple that I found, I went to do an Overnight of Camping instead. This will be my First Campout since I fell off a Wall and Broke my Wrist last September.


Friday after Work, I stopped by my Legion Club and put some Plant Fertilizer on all the Plants of their Garden Patio and then after having a few Pints, went home to get ready to go out Camping.


I got out my Sheltering Bag and put a few things into my Cooler and early Saturday Morning, took off for the my Favorite Campsite.

 

I stopped for Gas and Fire Wood and then took off for my spot which is the Service Road that goes to Hemlock Valley Ski Resort.


Here is my Campsite that I set up:

 

Then after that, I spent the rest of the day Sawing and Cutting more Fire Wood for my Evening Campfire. Here is my Wood Pile after I was finished Cutting the Wood:


When Evening fell, I started my Fire:


And for the Sacrifice of the Evening, I threw in an Old Iron Shovel that I used to use for my Weeding Work while Landscaping. It was an Old Shovel I found one day and I have now got a better Weeding Shovel, so I decided to Burn Up the Old Shovel as a Sacrifice to Nature:


And here is a quick 34 Second Video of my Campfire: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-aJT4tbZXg

 

 

After enjoying my Fire, I went to Sleep in the Car and got up and had to knock a lot of Icy Frost off of my Tarp before being able to pack it away. Once that was done, I wend to Dewdney Slough and stopped in at the Town Cafe and have a Great Breakfast.


Upon leaving there, I went back to Surrey and enjoyed a nice Spring Equinox Swim in the North Surrey Recreation Center and then went to my Legion with a Water Bottle and Watered all the Plants on the Patio Garden.


My Spring Equinox Celebrations are now concluded and tomorrow, I get back to Work.

 


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