Autumn equinox, growth and development

After many happy years at Pollok Park, Tuatha de Bridget has made the decision to move to a new venue.  This is partly due to the changeable weather conditions (we've been rained off a couple of times in the last year and it takes a lot of rain to do that!) and partly due to the changing needs of members of the group.  We are blessed with a number of members with health conditions which on a bad day affect their mobility badly and even on a good day mean being out in the damp can result in long term detrimental effects to their health.

Our Autumn equinox ritual on Sunday 21st September was therefore the first to be held in our new venue, The Old Barn.  The Old Barn is on the outskirts of Pollok Park and you have to walk through the stables to get to it and it's a lovely flexible venue.  It has an outdoor area, covered and sheltered are and a fully indoor aspect.

Outdoors at The Old Barn

We were blessed with beautiful sunshine for our autumn equinox ritual which had a strong focus on peace as it was also the United Nations World Peace Day.  All present found it to be a lovely venue and a wonderful atmosphere. We look forward to many other rituals there and who knows, maybe workshops in the future too.

 Sheltered area at the Old Barn

Indoors at the Old Barn

After the ritual there was a meeting and food brought by those gathered shared in the indoor area of the Old Barn.  The meeting was to discuss putting the group onto a slightly more formal footing as with increased costs we would now need to open a bank account for the group.  The meeting went well and developments for our future are now well underway.

Our next meeting will be to celebrate the time of Samhain and will take place on Sunday 2 November at The Old Barn starting at 1 pm.  Hope to see you there.

Lughnasadh update

For several of the members of Tuatha de Bridget travel on 3rd August will be difficult due to the last day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  With this  in mind the decision has been made to move the ritual date to Sunday 10th August instead. Same time and place, 1pm Pollok Park.

From Summer Solstice to Lughnasadh

Many members of Tuatha de Bridget joined the Druids of Caledon ritual on Sunday 22 June at Rouken Glen park.  We were blessed with lovely weather, warm and sunny.

Already the days grow shorter.  Schools in the Glasgow area of Scotland have already broken up for the summer, others are just about to.  English and Welsh schools usually break up towards the end of July. It is that time when gardens are lush and colourful, trees are in full leaf, wildlife dances abundantly around us if we but take the time to notice it.  Slowly but surely crops begin to ripen in field, garden and allotment, even in windowsill planters.

The beginning of August is marked in many northern hemisphere Pagan communities as Lughnasadh, celebrating the grain harvest.  Tuatha de Bridget will be gathering once more on Sunday 3rd August at 1pm in Pollok Park ad we hope to see you there.

Please contact us for further details.

Moving on towards the summer solstice

The Beltane ritual seems like a long time ago now.  For the second year my mum, Siusaidh, was not well enough to attend Beltane.  Unlike the previous year though it was a rotten cold that prevented her from being there and not a hospital stay.  No mum also meant no dad (Piet) present either so I ended up coordinating an unscripted ritual with those who were able to be there.  All of us present talked about what we would like to include in the ritual, it was very much a group effort and I think  it went very well with some lovely healing energy raised for those we knew of in need.

The next week was the Druids of Caledon open Beltane ritual in Rouken Glen Park and my parents were well enough to be there.  I had the pleasure of being at that one too.

For me though it doesn't quiet feel like Beltane until the hawthorn blossoms nearby so my third Beltane celebration took place a couple of weeks later and was a quiet acknowledgement of the changing of seasons.

Now we move towards the Summer Solstice and the days get longer and warmer although not often drier!  Tuatha de Bridget will not be organising a Summer Solstice ritual this year.  Instead we will be once again encouraging members to join the lovely members of the Druids of Caledon for their ritual on Sunday 22nd June at Rouken Glen park.

Please contact us if you need further details of where to go and what time.

Towards Beltane

The Spring Equinox and baby naming ceremony went very well and a wonderful time was had by all present there.

Now the days gradually begin to lengthen although with the grey weather you'd be forgiven for not noticing much of a change in light levels yet.  Looking outside though the changes are much more obvious. The hawthorn trees are covered with fresh new young leaves, daffodils are still looking their best and being joined by tulips  and hyacinths in my garden. Birds can be seen with nesting materials and in the park close to me herons have been seen displaying.

The seasons continue to flow and now we move gently onwards towards Beltane.  This year we will be celebrating Beltane on Sunday 27 April. As usual we hope to be at Pollok Park but do keep in touch as if the weather is bad we may have to move to an indoor location.

Amid the storms the light returns

Most of Scotland gets a lot of rain but this time we aren't getting quite as much as other parts of the British Isles. Many areas have been hit by storms combined with high tides leading to record levels of floods again. Water is such a precious thing, we can't live without it but too much of it can be devastating too. My heart goes out to those that are suffering at these times.

As our Imbolc ritual approached we watched our local weather more closely. In the end we decided to risk the park but on the day thought we might be out of luck for a dry patch. We were blessed though with blue skies, sunshine and bird song. It was a beautiful spring afternoon and all of us rejoiced in being outside is such beauty.

Our next ritual is for the Spring Equinox and it will also include a naming and welcoming ceremony for the daughter of one of the families that have been coming to our rituals for several years.

Please join us on 23 March at 1pm. Weather permitting we will be at Pollok park but if the weather is very bad we will be at our alternative venue at Crowhill Road. Keep in touch with us on our Facebook page

As the light returns

Slowly the days in Glasgow are getting a bit longer. We've had a very wet winter so far with lots of dark cloud cover. Days where you could see the sun or a patch of blue sky have been rare but slowly, so slowly the light is returning.

And as the days begin to get longer although it is still often cold, wet and windy our thoughts turn to the changes in the land and the Goddess whose names include "Seeks beyond". Imbolc is both a time for searching out the first signs of spring and a day devoted to the Goddess Brighid, known by many names and titles.

She is the named deity of this group, special to many of us in different ways.  She is Lady of hearth and home to some, midwife and healer to others and source of the flames of inspiration to many. To some She is Goddess of Spring, to others Lady of the Dawn. She enfolds all of these and more still. She is Brigantia, Bridey and Brighid.  And Imbolc is the festival most devoted to Her in her many guises.

We will be gathering on Sunday 2 February in Pollok Park at 1pm for our Imbolc celebration. Hope to see old friends and new there.

Please note that if the weather is unsuitable for gathering outdoors there is an alternative venue that we use in the social area of the Bishopbriggs Media Centre.  Please contact us to ensure you attend the correct venue.