Ritual to Celebrate the Spring Equinox
Huddersfield on Sunday 24 March 2019 @ 2:00pm
Children & Dogs welcome at both the Stone Circle and the Pub
LPC is hosting a short ritual in Huddersfield to honour the season and there will be a craft activity for the kiddywinks. And everyone will be gifted a chocolate egg. These activities are free to attend.
I’m negotiating with a nearby pub to provide some nosh but, although we’ll subsidise some of the cost from funds, we’ll need to make a small charge to cover the balance (I’m thinking between £3 & £5 each). I can’t say exactly what food will be served or how much it will cost until I know how many we’re catering for. We’ll also try to link people up with a lift but, again, we can’t do that until we know who’s who and what’s what.
I know some of you have already indicated your attendance but to keep things neat please will you comment below to let me know how many of you are coming (how many adults, how many children). I also need to know whether you need a lift or can give a lift and whether or not you want to be included in the pub grub? If I can’t get people to fully commit to paying up front for food, I’ll let it drop and folk can just order their own (or not) when we get there.
NB: I’m not being secretive about the exact whereabouts of the circle but the location and directions need to go on a separate post.
Thank you to everyone who came along to support us again yesterday.
What a fabulous turn out for such a cold, February evening. So many people helped behind the scenes that it might be a mistake to try name anyone (cos I don’t want to leave anyone out) … but here goes:
First of all, thanks to Jeff Gants (our Keeper of the Stones) for tidying up the circle and for supplying the rosemary. Thanks to Andy Norman for manning the gate. Thanks to all those who helped with decorations – especially Tina Lark Dyson and Helene Foxglove who made the magnificent Bride’s Cross and did SO much more. Thanks to Philip Jackson for supplying us with an arch to walk under and a lovely warm fire. Thanks to Nicola Deplacido and her family for painstakingly getting rid of the manky handles on our candle jars and supplying us with new. Thanks to Peter Quinan for doing such a great job of leading the ritual with me and to all those who joined in. Thanks to John Baker for taking photos.
But most of all … HUGE thanks to EVERYONE who made it such a lovely, friendly atmosphere. I hope all the wishes you made come true.
POSTPONED! Please read – now on Sunday at 5pm
Sorry folks but we’re postponing the Imbolc ritual. We’ve never done so before but it’s silly to turn up in the dark AND rain. We’re planning to do it on Sunday 10th at 5pm instead but I’ll confirm nearer the end of the week when we see what weather we’re likely to get then. So wrap up warm and enjoy an unexpected cosy night in 😉
Edited to add: For those who don’t know, there’s a barrier across the bridge leading to the car park at Thwaite Mill. We will raise it tomorrow evening so you can cross the bridge but whoever is manning the barrier will want to take part in the ritual – so, if you want to park, please arrive BEFORE 7:10pm. Whatever you do, DON’T park in the lane if the barrier’s locked cos you might be clamped. And remember… be there or be square!
Don’t forget it’s our Imbolc ritual on Tuesday (5 Feb). And don’t forget to bring a coin to make a wish (value doesn’t matter) and bring a torch if you can because we are well away from any streetlights. And don’t forget to wrap up warm and wear something sturdy on your feet cos it’s weathering out there. Don’t know what the weather forecast is but the ritual will go ahead whatever so I’m looking forward to seeing you there.
We meet at 7.15pm at Stourton Stone Circle, Thwaite Mill, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, LS10 1RP.
For more information contact Debs on 07947 012235
We were blessed with an unseasonably warm and sunny day for our day out and I for one wished I’d not put on so many warm clothes! After meeting in the car park at Alderley Edge our Events Co-Ordinator Nano Skald led us off into the beautiful woodland, which looked lovely dressed in the early colours of spring. Leaves were beginning to unfurl in the sunshine and fresh young shoots were starting to emerge from the dark, rich earth. We paused by the old mine workings and learnt a little about the work that went on here in centuries past. Our next stop was at the Armada Beacon where a memorial stone commemorates the site of a beacon here which warned of the Spanish invasion in 1588. We also learned that this was probably also an ancient burial mound and in fact there were thought to be many such mounds in the area. We then continued on to Stormy Point where there was a fabulous view across the surrounding countryside of the Cheshire Plane. We paused here a while as Sally Nemesis told us the Tale of the Sleeping Knights, a magical story which relates some of the mythology associated with Alderley Edge. We continued through the woods, several times stopping to admire the wonderful trees on our path many of which we felt were deserving of a hug! Arriving at the Druids Circle Nano told us of the history of this stone circle and how it had been used by a local coven up until the early 70s but that adverse and unwanted publicity about their activities had caused them to move elsewhere to celebrate their outdoor rites. Debs then led us in a short ritual at the stones to celebrate the Equinox and the return of Spring, which culminated in us all getting a chocolate egg! As we continued on our way we soon realised how easy it is to get lost at Alderley Edge, this is a frequently reported problem hereabouts which some think is due to the earth energy lines that criss cross below our feet. However, with a bit of help from GPS we were soon back on track again and making our way to a series of natural springs – the Healing Well, the Wishing Well and the Wizard’s Well. Many of us made a wish or took the waters at the springs and they are certainly places of great power. I’m sure we all felt the nature spirits were gathered all around us.
Returning through the woods we stopped for a picnic in the sunshine before the second part of our trip – a visit to the Marton Oak. Situated in a private garden in the pretty little village of Marton we were all lost for words when we gained our first sight of this majestic tree. The mighty Marton Oak is 1,200 years old and whilst the trunk has been split by rot in the bole of the tree as it travelled downwards it still has one root system even though it now looks as if there are three separate parts to the trunk. We spent some time exploring the tree and heard from Nano about some of its history, learning that in times past the tree’s acorns, leaves and bark were used in healing remedies and that this may be why it had escaped being felled long ago. We all took the opportunity to collect fallen leaves, the remains of acorns and small bits of bark that we found on the ground around the tree – just in case we might need some of those healing properties ourselves!
As our Ostara day out drew to a close we all bade a fond farewell to the Marton Oak and to each other as we departed homewards after another wonderful Leodis Pagan Circle trip. Thank you to Debs, Nano and Sally for their hard work organising all the different aspects of the day in order to make it so enjoyable, informative and magical.
By Anna Rayner
See the photos from this trip: Ostara Trip to Alderley Edge and The Marton Oak.