Join in our Winter Gathering, a small celebration of the season. We will reflect on our most recent festival ceremony and our progress since that time. Here is the agenda for our gathering:
- Greeting and centering
- Small ritual, honoring the wheel of the year
- Eisteddfod (tied to the season and/or discussion topic)
- Topic discussion (see below)
We will begin promptly at 12:00 PM, so to make sure all attendees arrive with ample time, feel free to come as early as 11:30 AM. Our discussion topics are as follows:
November 15: Strengths in Awen. We all have our own mix of personal strengths. Contemplate your strengths. Choose one or two that you regularly use, and consider if you are using them to further your life goals. Choose one or two more that you have been neglecting; how can you encourage their use and growth?
December 5: Purpose of Bardic Knowledge. Think on a topic in which you often find yourself in a teaching role. Do you keep up with your own learning on that topic? Do you dig for more knowledge, or are you content to use what you have already gained? Now consider why you find yourself teaching this topic. What is the purpose or the goal?
January 2: Meaning on the Path. As we walk our paths, we often hear a calling in some direction we hadn’t previously considered. Sometimes, we do not uncover more than a subtle reason why unless we dig. Select a direction that calls you (e.g., a practice, a tool, a group, a book, etc.) even though you’re not sure why. Meditate on this direction and see if you can uncover some of the subtle reasoning for its call.
January 16: Renewing Craft in Work. What object or tool might serve as an emblem for your work? Consider things small, rudimentary, and at the essence of the work, rather than a complex tool. How might you use this tool or object in a ritual, or in a place of honor at your altar, to help remind you of why you do what you do?