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I have had experiences like that. There is a Cedar/Alder Grove by a Salmon Run out in the Natural Resource Department lands where I do most of my rituals and meditation. I appreciate what I learn from the cedars, the alders, Devil’s club (local version of Tinne)and the forest. Lowen Guldize
I appreciate all of these different takes on Autumn Equinox. Especially the ones from Britain. The area I live in and its local legends and celebrations (before colonization) belong to the remaining indigenous people and they have them copyright protected! Tough to be a BDO Druid on the west coast of the USA when trying to talk about authentic Genus Loci
I don’t think the OBOD is too off-base in looking at Alban Elfed as a holiday related to the balance of darkness and light. It is the Autumn Equinox. Where I live the sun will rise on equinox at 6:59 am and it will set at 7:08 pm, quite nearly a 12 hour day and a 12 hour night. But I’m not posting here to try and defend the OBOD. I respect freedom of religious expression. I expect you do too, most people with questions about human and spirit world relations do.
I find myself thinking of Pryderi and Llew (third branch of the Mabinogi, and the White book of Rhydderch—-Wales) as gods of Alban Elfed. Pryderi was a temperamental warrior and son of the goddess Rhiannon, he and his friend Manawydden (Son of a sea god) had lush farmland in the kingdom of Dyfed, according to the story, until one year when the crops failed and all the people besides themselves and their wives disappeared. Pryderi wanted to take it out on someone, warrior that he was, but thankfully his friend Manawydden was of a more moderate temperament (depth of emotion, energy of water, the sea). They worked together to solve the problem, so no one had to die over it. This reminds me of Pryderi being an embodiment of at least some level of darkness (Cold, energy of winter, death). Eventually they earned the help of Llew (God of Sunlight, the clear sky, rebirth), the dark inclinations of Pryderi were overcome and the light represented by Llew, the new sun god (spring, new beginnings) overcame the darker inclinations of Pryderi.
Manawydden was the bridge, or “the balance” between them. I expect to be thinking of these gods this Equinox. I don’t know what other BDO druids are inclined to do. In my last BDO Gorsedd we had a universal rite we used on every “sabbat” (for want of a better term), but it seemed to be lacking a seasonally specific section. I’m hoping to change that. No offense meant to Greywolf at all. Thank you to everyone posting.
(Priest, Caer Pugetia Gorsedd)
This might be on to something completely different, but is there a space on the BDO website that talks about Alban Elfed and what the autumn equinox means or is intended to celebrate according to modern BDO Druids? Especially if there is a story or legend that applies (maybe something from the first or third branches of Y Mabinogi or other sources). I’ve been asked to co-facilitate an invite only ritual this year on ZOOM.