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Wednesday, September 17th, 2003
11:05 pm
[digitalsidhe]
Autumn Equinox Ritual Notes

Autumn Equinox Notes

People to Invite:

Tracy & David
Donald & Kat
Fenwick
Maura
Dan & Shauna
Murias & Christy-Anne

Required for Ritual:

  • pomegranate (A&B)
  • each person BYOP, or RSVP by Friday
  • bottle red wine (K&A)
  • apple juice (Kai)
  • ladle (K&A)
  • cups (Ashton)
  • stag cauldron (K&A)
  • smaller inset bowl (K&A)
  • handi-wipes (A&B)
  • ritual knife (everybody)
  • avoid foofy sleeves
  • bottles for fuel (K&A)
  • snacks (Aldyth)
  • bread (Ashton)
  • index cards (Aldyth)
  • Sharpies (K&A)
  • sage (K&A)
  • toilet paper (K&A)
  • fuel (K&A, Ashton)
  • drum (TBA)
  • road flares (A&B)
  • printer paper & tape (K&A)

Stuff for People to Do:

Kai:

write fire/energy speech
get fuel stuff together
get apple juice
post this thing
send out email invites

Anne:

find drum

Aldyth:

write speech about "why autumn?"
be prepared to do physical/practical level explanation
get pomegranates, snacks, handi-wipes and road flares

Brad:

write closing speech
get pomegranates, snacks, handi-wipes and road flares

Ashton:

write speech about pomegranate-stabbing
get bread

Order of Ritual

arrive at 5:00 - 5:30; rite starts at 6:00

  1. Aldyth explains physical level
  2. Kai explains fire/energy
  3. cast circle with Anne's snake dance and Kai's fire
  4. Aldyth explains Autumn
  5. Ashton explains pomegranate-stabbing
  6. everyone stabs their pomegranate, drips juice into cauldron
  7. Brad ladles out a libation for the Gods, then a portion for each person
  8. drink, then do whatever we desire with the rest of the juice
  9. Brad closes circle with something about "Autumn is upon us".

eat snacks and bread afterwards

Tuesday, September 16th, 2003
11:33 am
[digitalsidhe]
Meeting on Wednesday
Hey, folks: Since the online discussion is going somewhat slowly (partly courtesy of your truly not being especially involved there... oops), why don't we get together over here at Silmemar again this Wednesday night? Anytime after 7:30 is okay for me, though I get the impression most of you can't really make it before 8:00 anyway.

Current Mood: optimistic
Saturday, September 13th, 2003
10:06 am
[metallic_wings]
My take, Equinox Ritual
For me, the darkness presented in Autumn represents the presence of infinite potentiality, a time where everything internal is brought to the surface and choices are made as to means of channeling /creating something from that wellspring - a time outside of time when change is most likely to occur if it is allowed. Autumn has always been a time of uncertainty after the perils of Summer, where furtherances come into being through the following of intuition. The purpose of intuition usually does not come into clarity until Winter rolls along, but the process of intuiting, feeling, experiencing, and acting is essential to fruition. It is a time of planning/formation, and a time of openness to necessary or unprecedented changes.

I see the ritual as a means of opening the channels of perception and unleashing creative potential, as well as one of eradicating blockages - a way of allowing oneself to see what needs to be seen, whether or not it is something that one desires to see. Realignment.

The pomegranate contains many seeds, all encompassed within a skin. By breaking the skin and releasing juice, the divisions between seeds are destroyed. There is an intermingling. This intermingling can be seen as representative of eradicating divisions between human beings, connecting pieces of a disjointed picture, or anything else along the lines of creating unity or understanding. Closely resembling blood, the juice can be lifeforce, and conversely, the pain of letting go - transformation and release.

One way of looking at it, anyhow...

glamtasm posted:

I think we have the beginnings of some fertile and workable plans for the Equinox. As I understand it thus far we have:
Pomegranates to "sacrifice" or open
(we will need a ceremonial blade)
The chalice we will drain it into.

Do we want to free form the ceremony so that each person says what it means individually? I think this would be good, then at the end, after each person has done their own energy drawing, the chalice is passed to share that amongst the group.

Perhaps given that most of us (digitalsidhe possibly excepted) feel the Autumn as more of a time of personal rebirth rather than "death" we might want to work that sense of darker passge into something brighter into the Work. With my current Anubis thing, the immediate thought is something to the effect of guidance through the darkness of Amenta, where there is only oneself to rely on, to the joining of our individual brightness with others. It might be straying afield from the original energy drawing concept, but I also believe that concern over losing feelings of connectedness was also an issue for us. Thus we gain individual energy from our connection with each other.


Current Mood: rushed
Monday, July 14th, 2003
5:39 pm
[feyandstrange]
yes, there is a meeting tonight. your humble hosts may be a bit frazzled, but we're hosts still.
3:50 pm
[dragon_spirit]
So...
Is there a meeting tonight? I had this blocked off on my calendar as a guild night, but that may no longer be correct. I'd really love to actually show up to one of these things...
Thursday, July 10th, 2003
5:35 pm
[feyandstrange]
one more time: poll
reposted because the poll code is giving me grief. Bah. Assume the usual meeting place, and assume weekday evening times of 7-10pm approximately.

Poll #155468 meeting times!

What's the *best* meeting time for you?

Monday night
0(0.0%)
Tuesday night
0(0.0%)
Wednesday night
1(33.3%)
Thursday night
0(0.0%)
Friday night
0(0.0%)
Saturday night
0(0.0%)
Sunday night (other venue necessary)
0(0.0%)
Saturday afternoon
0(0.0%)
Sunday afternoon
0(0.0%)
It varies or will change soon
1(33.3%)
Any weeknight
1(33.3%)

What meeting times could you attend at least every other week?

Monday night
0(0.0%)
Tuesday night
0(0.0%)
Wednesday night
0(0.0%)
Thursday night
1(33.3%)
Friday night
0(0.0%)
Saturday night
0(0.0%)
Sunday night (other venue necessary)
0(0.0%)
Saturday afternoon
0(0.0%)
Sunday afternoon
0(0.0%)
Varies too much to say
1(33.3%)

What times are absolutely out for you?

Monday night
1(33.3%)
Tuesday night
0(0.0%)
Wednesday night
0(0.0%)
Thursday night
0(0.0%)
Friday night
0(0.0%)
Saturday night
0(0.0%)
Sunday night
1(33.3%)
Saturday afternoon
0(0.0%)
Sunday afternoon
0(0.0%)
it varies
1(33.3%)
5:29 pm
[feyandstrange]
meeting time/date survey
Assume all of these meetings would be held at the usual Silmemar (although we can't host Sunday nights, when we're out at fire practices), and that evening times are appx. 7-10 pm on weeknights (weekend times unset). Please respond, folks, so we can try to set a meeting that everybody can attend and enjoy.


What's the *best* meeting time for you?
Monday night
Tuesday night
Wednesday night
Thursday night
Friday night
Saturday night
Sunday night (other venue necessary)
Saturday afternoon
Sunday afternoon
It varies or will change soon
Any weeknight


What meeting times could you attend at least every other week?
Monday night
Tuesday night
Wednesday night
Thursday night
Friday night
Saturday night
Sunday night (other venue necessary)
Saturday afternoon
Sunday afternoon
Varies too much to say


What times are absolutely out for you?
Monday night
Tuesday night
Wednesday night
Thursday night
Friday night
Saturday night
Sunday night
Saturday afternoon
Sunday afternoon
it varies

Wednesday, July 9th, 2003
5:23 pm
[digitalsidhe]
Meeting Tomorrow?
So, are people up for a meeting tomorrow? I'm okay to host it, if people want to show.

Everyone bring a divinatory system? I'll post some stuff here about my recent ruminations about divination; it'll make great conversation fodder. (Or else it will make everyone go "Huh?" and shut up.)

Current Mood: mystical
Thursday, July 3rd, 2003
3:13 pm
[digitalsidhe]
Cancellation for Tonight
I hope nobody minds if we just cancel Implausibility Guild for tonight. Between the uncertainty over whether it would happen, and mail problems that are chomping my entire day, we're just not ready to host it tonight.

We could do it on Monday, or on Thursday next week. Which would people prefer?

Also, can we get a firm schedule worked out in general? This may work better on the LJ community (sign up if you ain't done so!).

Current Mood: crazy
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003
2:54 pm
[digitalsidhe]
Divination Methods
So, for the next meeting (which may or may not be on Thursday the 3rd), people had been talking about everyone bringing their favorite divination method to show to people. Just out of curiosity, I'd like to see who here knows what sorts of divination methods?

Me, I started off with Tarot. Did loads of Tarot from ages 16 to about 24. But as I worked with them more and more, I started having greater and greater difficulties with some of the concepts embedded in them. Many of these concepts are medieval, Christian, or otherwise anathema to me; some are simply ontological disagreements. But either way, Tarot no longer works for me.

I generally say that I'm currently "in between divinatory systems", much like someone might be "between marriages". I have violent disagreements with Western astrology (and it with me). I think numerology is just plain silly -- it's too mechanistic to adapt to he fluidity of the actual world. I never quite got into runes or Ogham, though I really should give Ogham another try, I suppose. My attempts at scrying have gotten me precisely nothing.

What sorts of stuff are other people using?
Tuesday, July 1st, 2003
11:26 am
[brianberge]
Self-Intro'
I'd like to introduce myself to the community. (I'm intro'ing myself on many, so please excuse the redundancy if you're on any of the other groups I am.) I'm a 29-year-old Scorpio in Southern California, real into art, guitar, music, the O.T.O., poetry, Thelema and Qabalah. I'm especially interested in the Abramelin Operation, and would love to hear from anyone that's completed it, or otherwise attained K. & C. of the H.G.A. And to anyone with a Palm handheld that's studying Qabalah, I can offer some Palm software I developed to help you out. Take care!
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