Northern Rivers’ Vedic Summer Celebration

On June 28th, Northern Rivers Protogrove celebrated a late Summer Solstice. Once more, Tara Loughborough took the reins and organized a fantastic day! This also marked the very first time we have ever done a Vedic rite. Tara’s hearth culture is, for the most part, Vedic, and she’s been excitedly planning this event for awhile. It was something new for our normally Irish-centered group. We learned a lot. Here are some of the highlights!

As a workshop, Tara taught us about malas.  We then each made one to charge and bless in our Vedic rite.  Photo by Weretoad, 2014.

As a workshop, Tara taught us about malas. We then each made one to charge and bless during our Vedic rite. Photo by Weretoad, 2014.

Our ritual space, featuring the three hallows, our omen, offering bowls, singing bowls, and various objects people wanted to include in our ritual space.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2014.

Our ritual space, featuring the three hallows, our omen, offering bowls, singing bowls, and various objects people wanted to include in the space. Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2014.

This year, Tara has been painting stones to represent each of the High Days.  They've been charged during ritual and given to each of the guests.  Come the Autumn Equinox, those who attended all eight High Days will have stones representing the entire Wheel of the Year.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2014.

This year, Tara has been painting stones to represent each of the High Days. They’ve been charged during ritual and given to each of the guests. Come the Autumn Equinox, those who attended all eight High Days will have stones representing the entire Wheel of the Year. Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2014.

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Since most of the group is unfamiliar with the Vedic pantheon, Tara did something interesting so that everyone could participate in the invocations of the deities of the rite. We each took an index card with part of the invocation, then we went in a circle and read our part of the prayer. I’ve never seen that done in any ritual before, but it was really inclusive and educational at the same time.  The fire had died down at that point, so we put our cards along the edge of the firepit and burned them, and the other offerings, later. Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2014.

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This was the first ritual we did where guests were encouraged to bring yoga mats to sit on during meditation and chanting. It was a good idea, really. Bee loved sitting with her mama and daddy. It also meant she had more pebbles to play with.

After ritual, we went inside for a “sweet and spicy” feast! There was chana masala, homemade veggie pizza, veggies and dip, chai cookies, and chai ice cream. We put the later together to make ice cream sandwiches which were absolutely divine!

It was a lovely afternoon and early evening spent with such fabulous, talented people. Tara did another fantastic job! Northern Rivers is growing in wisdom and experience.

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