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q2 2017 Newsletter

GVK Newsletter q2 2017 The Summer Solstice fast approaches.   Seems hard to believe 2017 is almost halfway expired, does it not? GVK has been busy last quarter.   Here are the highlights. Rituals:  April: We conducted a rite to Hretha and Eostre.   We are an Anglo-Saxon kindred, after all, and these two little-known …

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q1 2017 Newsletter

Hail, Friends!  It’s time again for a quarterly wrap-up!   Past Happenings January: As we always do, we honored Woden for the creation of the world.  We ritually reenacted the sacrifice of Ymir by creating a bread simulacrum and dismembering him. February: The Charming of the Plow was observed on an unseasonably warm day. Ing …

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2016 q4 newsletter

Howdy, friends. In October, we had a “blot” in the truest sense of the word, which is to say a blood offering.  Our closest associates gathered at Winter Nights as an animal was sacrificed in honor of Ing and the Ancestors.  We are fortunate to gather at a farmhouse, where our presiding spiritual officer is …

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2016 q3 Newsletter

Quarterly Recap: In July we honored Tiw (Tyr). In August we honored Thunor (Thor). Some of us also attended the Summerstow festival. This September some of our members established a presence at Frederick Pagan Pride and conversed with some interested parties. This September we also had a private kindred retreat, our annual “meeting of the …

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2016 q2 Newsletter

Ah, summer.   Sunny skies and fecund fields. I had occasion the last rite to observe the gardens of my kinsman, Donald.  Imagine several rows of neatly constructed lumber beds arrayed rank-and-file in a field of mulch and topsoil.   Heads of cabbages and cauliflowers bursting forth from their resting places.  Brilliant marigolds blazoned in the midsummer …

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2016 q1 Newsletter

In January we honored Woden and his two brothers in our “Creation of the World” rite.  A breadman was created as a simulacrum of the giant Ymir.  The kindred and its guests ritually dismembered it in recreation of the primordial sacrifice that begat the world. In February we honored Ing-Frey at Charming of the Plow.  …

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q4 2015 Newsletter

GVK Newsletter q4 2015 As we open our last quarter of this year, we celebrated the joyous nuptials of Crystal Groves to Donald Smith.  It was a beautiful ceremony at Thor’s Hollow in early October, invoking Frige and Ing.  May the two newlyweds live long in connubial harmony! We returned briefly to Thor’s Hollow for …

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2015 q3 Newsletter

September isn’t over, but the kindred has wrapped up its business and considers the quarter closed. Oh, what a quarter it has been! Heretofore we had had our founding celebration/private retreat in July.  Call us wimps, if you wish, but the heat and insect activity of the July weather was detracting from our camping experience.  …

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Q2 2015 GVK Newsletter

Half the year is gone, and summer, albeit a cool and rainy one, is finally here after a long winter.     We keep busy. In April we celebrated Eostre.  In May we had a beautiful flower festival to Friga.  Just recently this month, we honored Baldr for Midsummer, despite Thunor doing his best to drench us …

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GVK q1 2015 newsletter

2015 opened up with our Creation of the World rite in January.  We honored Woden and his two brothers for the seminal act of sacrifice which ushered in the world upon which we tread. As is our tradition, we took an omen to give us some insight to how the rest of the year would …

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