Whois: Serenity of Blue Star

Serenity Grove is a religious and spiritual fellowship that offers spiritual worship, guidance, experience, and education through and in the practice of Blue Star, a denomination of British Traditional Wicca. We are a family friendly Grove, we invite members and guests to bring their children and loved ones to be a part of the community. We provide children the opportunity to join us as well as ample opportunity to “do their own thing,” as we believe faith and spirituality should be chosen of free will, not force or indoctrination.

Lord Taliesin and Lady Rhiannon, 3rd Degree Initiates of the Blue Star Tradition, are the acting heads of Serenity Coven and Grove. Priest Cho Ku Rei, and Priestesses Ursula and Almitra, are 1st Degree Initiates, while Lady Morning Star is a 3rd Degree Initiate, and Elder (Emeritus) in the Blue Star Tradition. Together they comprise the governing body of Serenity Grove; Serenity Coven.

Serenity embraces an “It Takes a Village” approach to guiding and training those new to the path. This allows students the most access to information and experience. Students and Fellows of Serenity are encouraged to build bonds with each other and learn from all the Clergy when they first begin. Serenity Coven collaborates with other Blue Star Initiates to provide Serenity Grove with even more opportunities for enrichment, enlightenment and exposure to the rest of the Blue Star Family.

Serenity is actively working towards becoming an established Church, with 501(c)(3) status so that we may expand our outreach and support of the Pagan and Wiccan community of Northern New England. It is our hope that by facilitating public rituals, charitable donations, and volunteerism both in our cities and greater pagan community, our purpose and commitment will be self-evident to the State.

Between the Vows

As the wheel keeps spinning we find ourselves nearing the holy celebrations of Lammas (loaf-mas) and Lughnasadh, we also find ourselves at the middle of our hinge vows.

On the 1st of August, it will be six months since you stood before the Coven Sword and made an oath, a promise to yourself, to the Gods, and before your community.  On that same date, it will be 3 months until your commitments end.

It is time to reflect on what has passed and consider how you will move forward.

If you have not begun, what things have been holding you back?  Can you find a solution to the obstacles?

For those who have started, how has the process been going?  Has it been easy, or hard? Has it helped your Craft or your life?  What inspires you and keeps you plugging at it?

With three months to go do you think your vow was reasonable, and well considered, or do you think you bit off too much? What sort of changes would you have made, or will you make in the future to ensure your success?

Stormcrow’s Initiation

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Imbolc: People Get Ready

Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced i-molk or i-molg )  is one of four major Celtic festivals celebrated on the cross-quarter days.  Though the ground is still covered with winter, and the reluctant earth holds out to share her fruits for at least another six weeks, the ewe’s with their big bellies are producing milk, readying  to give birth are a solid reminder that winter’s reign is ending. The re-appearance of milk was a cause for rejoicing and was celebrated by the Celts with a milk feast.

Although most Pagans today are urban dwellers, not really accustomed to the agricultural cycle, leastways that of the ancient Celts, vestiges of the old way remain engrained in our popular culture, both secular and non.

Long before Punxsutawney Phil,  the most renowned Groundhog,  the ancient Celts had a particular familiar belief to that which accompanies the Groundhog Day Tradition. It certainly can’t be just coincidence that Groundhog Day occurs of February 2nd, the most widely used date for Imbolc celebrations.

According to the Carmina Gadelica  the Celts took their cues from the instinct of natures beasts – believing that if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens then spring was firmly on it’s way, but as long as they remained tucked away – the cold grasp of winter was still upon us.

The end of hibernation for animals, gives birth to perhaps the most widely embraced remnant of the old ways, is the tradition of Spring Cleaning.

Though not yet spring, spring was coming, and that meant discovering and taking preparations for the season to come, now.  Imbolc marks the beginning of those preparations.  Time to see what needed mending and maintenance, in an age before industry – everything that required tools, required those tools be care for. In many ways, Imbolc was when people could take measure how well they had sowed the year before by the Imbolc workload.

As primarily urbanite Pagans, we are not likely to all find ourselves going to a farm to practice sheep sheering, or to a smithy to get our forge on – although those are excellent field trips.  Instead you’ll probably see us cleaning our altar tools, restocking our supply shelves, making new candles.  We primarily use Imbolc as a time to tune back in to work that comes before the changes: recognizing that our growth requires a little bit of hindsight and foresight, a good set of tools, and commitment to a plan of action to make the year fruitful.

There’s Water in the Well – if you reach on down
Water in the well
Reach down, reach down
There’s water in the well if you reach on down,
Plenty of Water in the Well.

Water in the Well

With our Imbolc festivities gearing up, we’re all busy prepping for the holiday about prepping.  This year we will be doing a plethora of activities, a touchstone ritual (a Blue Star exclusive rite), as well as Broom Making, and fire scrying.  For the kids there will be pipe cleaner Brighid’s Crosses and butter churning.   I will be posting a little bit more about these things later on, and more songs that we will be using in our ritual. Feel free to include them in your own practice.

Follow Along

Facebook and twitter will now receive updates when new posts are made to the Serenity Website.  This should make it easier for you to follow along/catch the updates whether at work or home.

You can also join the Serenity of Blue Star Facebook -page- which will be where new events are posted.  If you are a member, student, or teacher of someone in Serenity Coven or Grove, you will be asked to join our private groups page for general discussion pertaining to our group and closed events.