Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Februalia with Prairie Shadow Protogrove
As an ADF Grove, we perform rituals near each of the High Days (more commonly known as the Wheel of the Year). Since we are a pan-Indo-European group though, these rituals aren't always what you'd expect. This February, we celebrated a Roman rite called Februalia - a festival of purification. It was written by our resident expert on all things Roman and Greek, Senior Druid Amber Doty. We celebrated Februus, the patron of the festival, as our deity of occasion; and invited Janus and Hestia as well. The purification portion of the ritual particularly spoke to me - I had a frightening encounter earlier that week, and being able to wash that feeling away was absolutely a blessing. All in all, it was a fantastic ritual, and I couldn't be more appreciative of what Amber has done in building this grove!