Hello, Moot members.
April's Moot was a welcome return to the fantastic couple who ran it for some time before we had the honour of taking over - Oak and Freda - as Oak gave us a fascinating talk and guided meditation focusing on the Major Arcana cards of the Tarot, and a taste of folk songs from his album during our Bardic session.
I for one found a number of similarities and a number of differences in the way I approach the Tarot to the way Oak does, and we both learned a lot despite having been Tarot readers for a number of years. We look forward to having Oak and Freda again soon.
This coming Sunday, April 22nd, at the Library of Avalon, Sandra will be running a one-day workshop "Sex and the Spirit", from 11am to 5pm, exploring the ideas of sacred sexuality, masculine and feminine energy, and our work with the archetypes that embody these ideas and ideals.
The following day, April 23rd (St. George's Day, and Shakespeare's birthday), will the ringing of the tree for the May Day celebrations. The tree that has been chosen to be the May Pole for our town's celebration on May 1st will be treated on this day to ensure its roots will remain strong and shoots will grow again in the coming year. This will be done with an element of ceremony, of course, by the ceremonial team involved in planning this year's event. Be in the woods near the bottom of Wearyall Hill for 6pm; it's difficult to describe exactly where, as it's in the woods, but you'll be able to find us if you listen out! The ceremony itself will begin on May 1st, gathering in the Market Cross from 11am and heading up with the May King and Queen leading the May Pole up to Bushey Coombe.
Next month's Moot, on Wednesday, May 2nd, will also be a celebration of Beltane. Please bring along a song, story, poem or performance to share, as we will be having a longer Bardic session this time around.
And in June, we'll be welcoming artist Mike Terret for a talk entitled "Celtic Art: Mirroring the Powers of Nature". If you want to know more, you can find Mike at his regular Celtic art workshops in the Library of Avalon, every Thursday at 6pm.
Bright blessings, and we'll look forward to seeing you all soon!
Stephen and Sandra