Today, our Grove has passed a wondrous milestone: six full years of offering service to the folk through regular public ritual, community action, and outreach as a solid Pagan presence here in Columbus.
And, as has become usual for our Grove, the week was full of many different events.
We began by adding to our Grove Poem, Clutiā Trion Garanonon (“The Fame of Three Cranes”). Each year, we add a new stanza to the poem, detailing what we have done in the past year. This year’s addition involved a number of things, but (as always) there are things that could not be included. Here is the most recent addition to our poem:
Each moon we meet ‘neath robur’s crown
And celebrate what members bring
Through work and deed our voices sound
We stand as one, our gardens sing
To read the full poem, check out Clutiā Trion Garanonon on our site!.
On Saturday, Three Cranes co-hosted Pagan Pride Day, and led the main ritual that day as well. The turnout was excellent, and many people seemed very appreciative that we had come out to do a ritual again this year.
As we began doing last year, though, we also decided to have our own, Grove-centered ritual on Sunday, back at our original shelter where we did our first ritual as a Grove. This year, there was a bit of a snag, though, as the shelter is non-reservable: we ended up moving one shelter over, but retrieving ashes from the fireplace in the original shelter in order to retain continuity.
The rite was good, and I felt renewed that evening. Old faces and new joined us as we sang our praises to the Kindreds and thanked them for six good years.
May we see many more years, inspired by fire and drenched by the nurturing waters!
-Rev. Michael J Dangler