Calan Mai (Beltane) Ritual: Honoring Taliesin

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Date: April 28, 2019 3:30 pm

Join Three Cranes Grove as we celebrate the Calan Mai (ie. Beltane) at the Hickory Grove shelter in Blendon Woods Metropark! This ritual is public, and open to all.

This ritual will honor Taliesin, the mythic bard of Welsh lore who gained inspiration by fortune, then underwent a series of transformations as he grew from the lowly Gwion Bach to the storied poet Taliesin.

First time?

Check our information for first-time attendees!

Some bullet points, though:

  • Everyone is welcome, so long as they come with respect. No matter your ancestry, gender identity, orientation, or ethnicity, you are welcome at our fire. We welcome families and children, and consider kids a blessing and a joy, rather than a problem to be solved.
  • Our rituals honor the Three Kindreds (the Ancestors, the Spirits of Nature, and the Shining Goddesses and Gods), as well as the Being(s) of the Occasion, our honored guests — Taliesin, in this case. In addition to prayer and song, we generally give two rounds of offerings, one to the Kindreds generally and a second to our Being(s) of the Occasion. Feel free to bring whatever offerings you might wish to make; if you’re not sure, grain is generally a good choice. (We will also have some offering items available for your use.)
  • Community support is central to our theology: we are all connected in ways both visible and invisible, and caring for the needy is a vital part of our virtue of hospitality. As such, we generally collect donations to feed the hungry in our communities at our rituals. Please see the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s information for donors for ideas, both of non-perishable foods and of cash; for every $1 donated, MOF can provide $10 worth of food and groceries.
  • We will have a potluck after the rite, so please bring a dish to share. Not sure what to bring? Anything will be welcome, but hearty main dishes are always especially welcome. Many people have dietary restrictions, so if you’d like to be especially hospitable, it’s great to have a label, especially if a dish may be appealing to a particular population (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.).

Schedule

Social hour: 2:30 PM
Song circle: 3PM
Pre-ritual briefing: 3:15PM
Ritual begins: 3:30 PM
Potluck to follow

Location

Blendon Woods Metro Park is just outside 270 to the northeast of central Columbus. The Hickory Grove Lodge is located toward the end of the park road. Use the park’s address for GPS navigation — 4265 E Dublin-Granville Rd. — then take a left at the fork after entering the park, following signs for the group reservable areas. See the park map for more detail.

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