Scott Mohnkern~ Come join us to celebrate the morning, and the gods, for a daily Blot. A blot is a Northern European ritual that is offered to a (usually) Northern European god or goddess in celebration of their blessings and their kinship. Come join us as we offer a horn of mead (or ale, or whatever is appropriate) each morning to celebrate the kinship of the god or goddess of the day. Bring your loudest toasting voice. Folks under 21 may attend, but not imbibe; if you're not imbibing, there are options available, including kissing the horn or libating. As usual, we'll Blot Thor on Tuesday evening (at the beginning of the opening sumbel). (Ages 21+)
Scott Mohnkern~ A Sumbel is a Norse Tradition of rounds of toasts to the gods, our ancestors, and ourselves. It's a ritual where we not only become closer to our gods, but we also become closer to each other. On Tuesday, Come join your fellow attendees, and get to know some of the folks you'll be spending the rest of the week with. On Saturday, come celebrate your time at this FSG.
(People under 21 are welcome, but may not partake if the mead. Mead donations are gratefully appreciated. (Ages 21+)
Global Spirits Trance Possession Rite:Spirit of Possibilities
Firesong and the Universal Temple of Spirits~ In this open circle, The Universal Temple of Spirits presents a service for the Spirits, honoring them in their specific aspects, avatars, and incarnations through drumming, dance, song, and art. The service will begin with a sung litany prayer to set the space. All are welcome to join in with this. And then the drums start. The singing and dancing continues throughout, and we call our Spirits into ourselves to share our celebration.
This is an open circle; you may join late or leave early (although you'll probably miss some good stuff if you do). This is a Pantheistic working, so we will honor Spirits from around the globe and sing in their native languages when possible. please note that this is not and open drum circle; it is a possession-based working. the more active your participation, the more exciting the service, so please bring:
- A specific aspect, avatar, or incarnation of a Spirit you wish to honor;
- A song for them, if you have one;
- A design for them, as we will all be drawing for our individual Spirits;
- Altar objects, if you have them.
You may wish to dress in the colors of the Spirit you'll be honoring. Donations of food, drink, or money for supplies are appreciated, but not mandatory.
The Universal Temple of Spirits is a celebratory group participating in the Global Spirits traditions. The celebrations welcome all Spirits from around the globe in harmony. Rituals are theme-based, rather then pantheon-based, and incorporate what we have in common as humans: shared food, dance, song, drumming, art, and possession trance. Global Spirits is a harm-none tradition. Noone is required to partake of alcohol ( and folks under 21 may not). (Ages 16+)
Grief & Loss Circle of Support
Claire / Luminous~ We all have loss in our lives of many kinds, and FSG is no exception. We lost several of our Family of Choice in a short span of time, as has happened (again) this past year. This gathering will focus on the passing beyond the veil of anyone who has been dear to you, including animal companions. It does not matter if the loss is fresh or from decades past. We will be building an altar to honor the The Mighty Dead, and send them our love. This can be members of the FSG community (Scott, Jamie, Cuzin Elmer), Elders who shaped your Path and you admired (Margo Adler, Joseph Campbell, Tolkien perhaps), any family, friends, teachers or non-human creatures who have crossed over. Bring pictures or any mementos you see fit. This is both a remembrance and a chance for healing advice. We will make a Circle and send the deceased our intentions. We will have call-outs to those we think of spontaneously. If anyone is having challenges or triggers regarding a loss, we will have time for those, as well. Both Pagan and Mundane support wil be discussed.
As a Certified Professional Coach and Grief Expert, I can address any challenges you may have had or be having in moving forward, dealing with difficult friends/family or conflicting emotions that may arise. My book on the first week of Grief & Loss will also be available. Loss changes you, and Free Spirit is an excellent occasion to get new tools to help you adjust to those changes. This class maybe intense for kids-use your discretion. (Ages 16+)
Guided Meditation Ritual: The Elemental Lovers
Wintersong Tashlin~ The description for this is in the Sacred Sex program book. (Sacred Sex; Ages 18+)
Kat and Skywise~ Sixteen years ago we were handfasted/Married at FSG. We are renewing those vows this year. Everyone is welcome to join us in this celebration.
Journey to Avalon: A Sacred Chant Circle with Kellianna
Kellianna~ Using seasonal, elemental and Avalonian chants, Kellianna will lead participants in a journey to the ancient Isile of Avalon to meet the Welsh Fairie King, Gwynn Ap Nudd, and visit his palace, Anwnn, located inside the Glastonbury Tor. The mists of Avalon will part and invite you to a place between places, where the fairies dine and dance in a crystal palace, where the white and red springs run wild and where your voice will echo through time. (Ages 16+)
Erika Wren~ A blot in honor of Loki. Love him or hate him, Loki is here and he isn't going away any time soon. (Ages 16+)
Memorial for Jamie
Jessie and Ninja~ Jamie/Ali trancended this physical form last November. This memorial is open to anyone that wants to say goodbye. Like her father before her, she will be sent off on a flaming ship.
Moonlight Labyrinth Walk
Mandrake~ Walk the labyrinthunder the open shy during this ritual. Space will be held for people to come and go.
Paying the Rents: A Ritual for Manannan mac Lir
Hugh and Sundance~ Join us as we honor Manannan mac Lir, the great Celtic Sea God. Guide of Souls, and Gatekeeper to the Otherworld. Manannan has a strong ties to the Isle of Man, and at Midsummer , the Manx people offer dundles of reeds, meadow grasses, and yellow flowers to him in a ritual "paying of the rents," accompanied with prayers for his aid and protection in fishing. We will gather at the lake and draw his symbol in the sand. We'llsing for Manannan and make offerings of reeds, grasses and flowers. We will ask for his protection and thank him for his gifts. If you wish, you may bring your own biodegradeable offerings. (Ages 16+; Max attendance: 20)
Remembering Sheriff Scott
Mandrake~ Sheriff Scott passed from this life in November. This will be a memorial service held in his honor for those who would like to tell stories, honor his memory, and support those who feel his loss. There will be at least one round for toasts and stories.
Rune Valdr: Healing with the Runes
Scott Mohnhern~ Rune Valdr is an energy manipulation system, similar to Reiki but based upon the runes. It can be used not only for healing purposes, but also to create temporary or persistent energetic connections. Come and learn this system, developed by Rodney Cox, and how you can use it in your life. Having an understanding of the runes and runic symbols prior to attending class is helpful. The (optional) materials fee of $10 gets you they symbols book. (Ages 18+)
Women's Summer Solstice Ritual
Firesong and LafingFrog~ We'll celebrate Goddesses who have aspects associated with summer (think sun, storm, growing things, and festival community!) with song, dance, and other activities. If you have a goddess you would like to honor, please bring her along. Also bring drums or rattles; something to sit on; and water. (Ages 16+)