Welcome to GreenSpirit Reading 2017
UN international Year for Sustainable Tourism
Dwell on the beauty of Life.
Watch the stars,
And see yourself running with them. Marcus Aurelius
GreenSpirit Reading formed around 2000 and swelled in number and connectivity over a decade. A committed core then evolved our group through a deepening phase. We celebrate the eight-fold festivals of our Celtic ancestors and developed a ritual sourcebook for GreenSpirit local groups available to members online and via our group as a booklet.
We share food, poetry, story, music, chanting, meditation and ritual to reconnect with the cycles and seasons of the Earth. Walks, talks, or screenings are also offered at public venues at least twice each year. As we currently meet mostly in our homes on Sunday evenings numbers are limited by the size of our living rooms. We respectfully request that newcomers make first contact via one of our more open meetings. We look forward to meeting you.
Contact Debbie: tel 0118 9352169 readingGreenSpirit@outlook.com
CELEBRATING THE EARTH 2017
Philip Carr-Gomm, “Druid Mysteries”
The Eightfold Wheel (0f the year)..is based upon the deep and mysterious connection between the source of our individual lives and the source of the life of the planet, and it recognises eight particular times during the yearly cycle which are significant and which are marked by special observances… Together..the..festivals represent our complete interconnectedness with the earth, the moon and the sun, and the animal and plant realms. As we contemplate the festivals…we shall see how interwoven is the life of our psyche and of our body, of the planet and of the sun and moon – for each festival marks a potent conjunction of time and place in a way that is quite remarkable.
Imbolc ~ Awakening 29 January
Earth stirs as the power of the sun returns to the northern hemisphere. Candles are lit to celebrate inspiration and truth. This is a festival of beginnings as tiny buds and shoots of life emerge. We herald the coming of spring.
Braziers Park Snowdrop Walk ~ Sunday 12 February 10am -4pm
We will catch the x40 bus (Thames Travel Reading to Oxford) at 10.10 am. We will walk around the area for about 2 hours, have lunch (bring own food) and stop at Braziers Park for tea and cake.
Ostara ~ Spring Equinox 19 March
Day and night equalise all over the planet as this festival balances light with darkness. Spring brings high tides and rainbows. Blossom and catkins festoon the trees and fledglings are hatching out.
Beltain ~ Greening 30th April
Beltane is for magic, mystery and growing things. This is a celebration of zest for life when nature is rampant in a rush of blossom and greenery. May we blossom and grow fruitful!
We will celebrate May Day with circle dances from Europe with local circle dance teacher Anne Parry at RISC from 5-7.30pm. All dances will be taught and beginners are most welcome. Tea and coffee will be provided. Suggested £3 donation .
Litha ~ Summer Solstice 18 June
Ancient stone circles aligned to the solstice sunrise on this festival celebrate the turning of the cosmic wheel. Nature flourishes in all her floral finery. May we shine brilliantly like the summer sun!
Healing Herbs Walk with herbalist Anna Cannon on Sunday 18 June
This walk will take place in Avebury. The meeting point is the Red Lion Pub at 2pm. Please bring a picnic.
Lammas ~ Harvest 6 August
This is a festival of plenty as we celebrate the season of harvest and the coming of autumn. First fruits are ripe and first nuts are falling. May the blessings of Lammas come to fruition for us all!
Mabon ~ Autumn Equinox 24 September
With the harvest gathered in this festival brings a chance for rest. As the sun enters Libra day and night are once more in balance all over the planet. We give thanks for the year’s abundance.
Reading International Festival 16th October, 7-9pm
We are inviting Paul Maiteny, environmental educator of over 40 years experience, to give an interactive talk :
Formula for a more liveable planet: first, being part of it has to really mean a lot to you! Guidance from our ancestral traditions on how to live ecologically
Venue: Reading International Solidarity Centre, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS
Samhain ~ Stillness 29 October
Leaves are falling, birds are migrating, animals are going into hibernation, frosts are coming. This is the festival at the threshold of winter affirming rebirth amidst death, decay and darkness.
Yule ~ Winter Solstice 17 December
The Earth has withdrawn deep within herself for the festival of the longest night. Megalithic monuments capture the rebirth of the midwinter sun. The wheel of the solar year begins and ends.
From Grace Blindell’s The Via Trasformativa
As the new story penetrates our consciousness we see ourselves no longer as consumers but as partakers… A partaker shares, aware of mutual interdependence, a partaker takes only what is fair and just…The awareness of our total dependence upon our planet and our interconnectedness will transform us from detached observers to participants. A participant, as with a partaker, comes from within not without, as a member of the earth community. Active, responsible, compassionate and involved.