eiblyn: (triskelion)
First off, let me say that for my first Pagan festival/gathering, this was wonderful. The food was great, the people were better and I only froze my ass off half the nights in the tent. Really, I should have packed another blanket (I had intended to, it just got lost in the shuffle).

Having a child-free event meant that I got to go to almost every workshop. I missed the last workshop scheduled because I forgot it was happening. Which kind of bummed me out because I really had wanted to go. But all the other workshops I made it to were very nice.

Even with all the enjoyment and the casual feel of the event I still had some pretty significant religious experiences while there. I did some guided meditation exercises that really stretched those mental muscles that I haven't used as much as I would have liked since [livejournal.com profile] elf_baby has been born.

I went to a Shamanic Trance workshop and we traveled to the Underworld twice. Romping around down there, I met up with a new Spirit Totem. Apparently I'm going to be the bug lady because now I not only have Spider watching and helping, now I have Ant too. I'm feeling very blessed though that they both chose to help me and guide me. I also saw a whole plethora of animals while I was down there.

It seems that most of the animals I saw while down there are based in Alaska. Which is sort of amusing to me as a concept. I see the Underworld as Alaska...hmmm. Anyway, I'm thinking I'm going to talk to Lance about my going up to Alaska to visit my mother this summer. Maybe some other things will fall into place there.

I did a tarot reading for someone while there. That worked out well. After all of the meditating and time spent in sacred space, it really seemed to just flow out of me in a stream. I was happy to be finding that place in myself where answers are again.

Other things I realized were not quite as flattering. I do not have as personally connected relationship as I should. I have been busy, but I also have not been prioritizing as I think I ought to. Of course my daughter is and should continue to be my first priority. But I haven't been using my free time well. I am not pious anymore. I want to change that.

I also bought the printed copy of the Dedicants Program for the ADF and a print copy of the Wheel of the Year guide that accompanies it and breaks down each step to do by weeks. I had it highly recommended to me.

More later on some of the experiences and insights I garnered.
eiblyn: (triskelion)
At the end of this week there is a gathering of ADF druids in Virginia. It happens to be an hour away from where I need to pick up [livejournal.com profile] elf_baby from her visit with [livejournal.com profile] elvnsword. I have a tent already and just have a few other things to pick up to make my adventure. I am very excited having never been to a Pagan event like this before. And it's nice to be able to plan stuff like this when [livejournal.com profile] elf_baby is away and being taken care of so I don't have to worry about her. I leave tomorrow morning to head out that way. Tonight I have to buy sunblock, water and a few other things and then finish emptying out my car so I get better gas mileage heading out there. I am *so* excited. WOOT!

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