13 Jan 2017 – Nine Waves Meeting

Come and join us Friday night at 7:30 pm for a Grove Meeting. We will be meeting in room 112 of the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church.
We’ll be discussing:
Craft Night! – we’ll be making portable altar tins and COOR prayer beads to sell as part of our Grove fundraiser at the Imbolc retreat
The following people have said they will bring items for making these crafts:
  • Ryan (altar tins, wood burning tool, printed cards for tins) 
  • Kelly (wood burning tool)
  • Draca (beading cord/silk)
  • Lauren (most of the supplies, all of which have been delivered, yay!)
Gwen is also going to be bringing her altar/tarot cloths and a sample of the stoles she will be making for us for ritual wear.
Jacob will be bringing his guitar, so we can practice songs a bit – it’s likely that we will be the only ones who know our songs at the Imbolc retreat, so those of us who are going need to be able to sing loud and proud to carry the crowd!
If you have not been to one of our meetings yet, this week would be a *fantastic* first week to join us. We’ll have time to introduce ADF and what we do, and there will be time to socialize and get to know everyone a bit.
See everyone on Friday!

6 Jan 2017 – Nine Waves Meeting

Come and join us Friday night at 7:30 pm for a Grove Meeting. We will be meeting in room 112 of the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church.

QUARTERLY DUES ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY, in the amount of $30. These dues help us pay for the rent on the building/room we use, our PO box (required by ADF), ritual supplies, etc.

We’ll be discussing:

  • New Years Traditions – Ringing chime to “ring” in the new year together
  • Grove Business:
    • Imbolc Retreat; Planning, who is going, carpool, etc.
    • Crafts and Fundraising
    • Imbolc Ritual: Confirming details for Feb 3 ritual
    • Upcoming Meetings and Schedule
  • Social time – if time, let’s get to know each other a little, and share about our holidays and our hopes for the upcoming new year.

For our Crafts and Fundraising at the Imbolc Retreat, I know for sure that we had planned on selling mini-altar tins and ADF core order prayer beads. As such, I have the following supplies ordered (and they are all scheduled to be delivered by Jan 10, so we should be okay, but you never know…)

Altar Tins:

  • Tea Lights
  • Small boxes of matches
  • Small glass vials for water
  • 1.5″ wooden circles (that we can burn a “tree of life” symbol on)

Ryan is providing the Altoids tins for these – I do not know how many we currently have. I purchased enough supplies to make 20 altar tins – if we need more I should be able to procure more of everything on the list.

ADF COOR Prayer Beads

  • Bell
  • Purification (blue agate bead)
  • Earth Mother (“earth” looking ceramic bead)
  • Outdwellers (black sandalwood bead)
  • 3 Hallows (Tree connector bead)
  • Gatekeeper (key charm)
  • Ancestors (skull bead)
  • Nature spirits (leaf bead)
  • Deities (amber star bead)
  • Omen (small quartz point for scrying)
  • Return blessings (goblet charm)

Of this list, the only thing I am not sure will be here by the 13th for craft night is the quartz points, which are currently due to be restocked this week, and some of the charms (which I ordered on Etsy, so no guarantee of when they will be shipped/delivered). If they are not available, we may need to come up with a different “omen” bead for our sets, or just push back our craft night until the 20th.

I was able to purchase enough of all of the beads to make 20 prayer bead sets – some things (like the tree of life spacers) I could *only* get 20, so if we need or want more, we will have to find an alternate source or a different bead.

I am working on a prayer sheet to go with both sets. Since I do not currently have a working printer, we will need to discuss who/how we will be getting things printed to go with our devotional items.

See everyone on Friday!


9 December 2016 – Nine Waves Meeting

Come and join us Friday night at 7:30 pm for a Grove Meeting.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Yule Ritual Rehearsal – With offerings to Tyr, Heimdall, and Frey for blessings on our oaths as officers

As usual, if you’d like a speaking part in the ritual, you will need to attend this week’s meeting in order to rehearse with us. If there is time, we will run through the ritual songs as well (presuming Jacob can attend with his guitar).

Please remember that if you are an officer (which is to say; myself, Ryan, Amanda, and Jacob) you will need to have the text of your oath for your office to swear as part of the working for our ritual. Please have this ready for THIS WEEK, so that we have time to work on them. I would like everyone to have a chance to read through them and offer tweaks.

Look for an additional email from me (probably on Thursday night or Friday morning) with the updated ritual script for Yule.

See everyone on Friday!

2 December 2016 – Nine Waves Meeting

Come and join us Friday night at 7:30 pm for a Grove Meeting. We will be in room 103/104 this week, due to a (noisy) event in the Fellowship Hall.

Our first order of business will be our business meeting for December. Our topics for discussion will include:

  • Yule Ritual – Dec 16
  • Fundraising
  • Group/Member Initiatory process
  • Imbolc Retreat – long range planning
  • Grove Service Projects – support of various First Nations groups, monetary donations, planning for spring tree-planting and clean-up efforts

Our second order of business will be a social gathering! With any time we have left, we will be playing some quick pick-up games, or just enjoying each other’s company and socializing.

Please come join us as we plan for the holidays and our future as a grove, and so that we can all get to know each other a little better.

Blessings, and see you Friday!

18 November 2016 – Nine Waves Meeting

Come and join us Friday night at 7:30 pm for a GROVE Meeting.

FIRST! I am super proud to announce that we are now officially Nine Waves Grove, a provisionally chartered Grove with ADF. Our Grove charter was approved on Monday November 14th, 2016 – a full moon day, and an auspicious one at that. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped us out over the last seven months as we completed the process of moving from a Protogrove to a Grove. You all are what make this grove work!

Since we have officially voted them in, your grove officers are as follows:

  • Senior Druid – Lauren
  • Grove Administrator – Lauren (acting)
  • Treasurer – Ryan
  • Secretary – Jacob
  • Members’ Advocate – Amanda

We’ll be discussing:

  • ADF Cosmology – How does ADF view the universe and its creation and ordering; what do we find sacred? Lauren will be leading this discussion, leaning heavily on the training she’s received in ADF’s clergy training program.
  • Norse Cosmology – Ryan will be leading a further discussion of the Norse hearth culture with an exploration of their cosmology, plus a look at how it builds on, is the same as, or is different from ADF’s structure
  • Yule Ritual – A quick discussion about our upcoming Yule ritual so that the people writing parts can begin to prepare them. December is fast approaching

As always, this is a good time to reinforce that ADF is a very loose organization when it comes to beliefs. While we do have a cosmology and a ritual structure, your personal beliefs are always your own. This discussion will let you know what “ADF” usually holds to, at least so far as it illuminates our ritual and ritual beliefs, but many druids have their own beliefs – and that’s fine!

If you will be working on your Dedicant Path, you will need to know some of this for your essays, but you are welcomed and encouraged to engage with the material and how your personal beliefs and experiences align (or don’t) with what we do.

See everyone on Friday!