A long time dream made manifest.
The group that I have created here in Western Massachusetts has finally started to gain some traction. We have a core group of about eight people who regularly participate in our events in some way, as well as a few people who are very interested and keep in touch, but who have not yet been able to make it to an event for various reasons. As it turns out, a lot of our members are centered around a town about an hour south of me, so now that we are able to meet in person, I'm alternating our locations between my home area and those towns, and I think it's working out pretty well. The really exciting part, though, is that we have a number of people who now gather at each other's homes! (We just require that we meet people in person and have a chance to get to know them before they join us.) So far, we've only met here at the farm, but others have expressed that they are open to hosting events.
This spot in the woods has been a long-time dream of mine, and I'm just thrilled to have been able to manifest it! The altar was completed this past Saturday, with the help of some of my friends from the group! It took five of us around six hours. The stones and wood all came from our land. The lumber is pine that we milled here at home, and the stones were pulled from old stone walls around the property. It looks cockeyed in the picture, but it's just about perfectly level. it looks the way it does, because it's built on a hill. (It looks even weirder in person!) Once the temperatures drop to less awful levels later this week, I'll go and oil the table top. I also have a candle holder I'm currently working on.
He had to re-teach me (and in some cases teach me) how to use some of our power tools, and of course, I needed his muscle for some tasks, but I designed the tabletop, the candle holder, and a tray that we made to go with it, as well. I have been very hands on through the whole process.
This altar is for the community I'm trying to create. Each of our members is free to come and use it as they need to. My only requirement is that one or both of us be home when they do. (Can't be too careful, from a safety perspective!) We are blessing it at Litha.
It took a while to get to this point, and as always is the case, things can change, but so far, everyone is happy and having a good time. I don't know where this journey will lead, but we are taking it together, and hopefully, we'll have lots of fun along the way!
In addition to the outings, we are planning classes and series, some of them in collaboration with my group back in West Virginia. Our first such class will be on July 11, online. It's a class I've been looking forward to for a very long time. The friend who is teaching it has a very interesting approach to the subject matter, and I'm so excited!
Other than that, there are a few members of my group here who want to teach (myself included.) I have a little studying to do before I can put mine together, so that won't be terribly soon, but we also have someone who wants to teach an herbalism class, someone who wants to teach Tarot, and someone who is willing to teach a Reiki 101--very introductory--class. He teaches people and can elevate them, so this will give people a chance to see if they are interested. We also have a couple of possible field trips in the works. Should be a good year!
On the personal front, I'm making my second attempt at going through the program with Temple of Witchcraft. I had a lot of things that interfered with my process the last time, and I'm grateful they have allowed me to make another attempt. It's going much more smoothly this time. My goal is to complete seminary with them, but we will see how that goes. It's a fairly long process. I really like their system and the people involved. I find the system to be very elegant, and it feels right for me.
I am also still mulling writing a magical memoir, and I think I have enough poetry to compile a prayer book. At this time, I'm compiling my notes and looking for the thread of my story. My writing process is incredibly slow, unfortunately, and my focus shifts between the writing and other creative pursuits. I also have a shit ton of material to comb through. Regardless of whether I ultimately publish my material, it will be a fun project!
I hope that you all had a wonderful Beltane and are enjoying your Spring! I will be back with more updates very soon!