December is such a busy month. Despite my best efforts every year, my Druidic studies and routines become disrupted because of family celebrations. Thankfully, my little tribe celebrated the Winter Solstice, but my usual morning routine of prayers, grounding, and shielding kind of went on the back burner… Which is a shame because, Gods know, I need that shielding during such stressful times! Furthermore, I started to feel disconnected from protogrove friends. Everyone gets so busy in December, and not everyone had been able to attend our last ritual. Even though I’m celebrating the season with people I love, I’m not often with individuals who understand me spiritually like my grovies.
All of this was weighing on my mind when I decided that I would get back on track today. That meant a trip to the forest! Oh, how I had missed it. As soon as I crossed the threshold of bare thorn bushes and burdock, I felt all of my cares just float away, carried by the wind through the hemlocks. The woods bring a certain clarity which is necessary during such busy times.
I made offerings of seed, grain, fruit, wine, and song. I opened myself up to the energies of the forest. I let the fires of the upperworld shine upon me, the waters of the underworld flow within me, and the strength of the oak grow beside me and support me. I reflected on the protogrove omens from Samhain and the Winter Solstice. There was a definite sense that people needed some time to rest and attend to their own matters. We can’t always focus on protogrove matters, after all. The group wouldn’t function if we didn’t also have time to ourselves, to tend to our own hearths and homes. Rather than let that bother me, I needed to accept it as I do the quiet of the garden and the forest during the winter. All things naturally wax and wane.
Today’s devotional omen really gave me some hope, though. I drew the dog, cu. To me, this signaled loyalty and friendship. I’m going to focus on that this week, and even cultivated it this evening when I briefly saw a couple of grovies to show support for them during a difficult time. After all, Druidism isn’t all about ritual – it’s also about living a virtuous life. Part of that is supporting friends in good and rough patches.