Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is the longest day of the year, and Chokecherry Incipient Protogrove will be celebrating Midsummer at Overland Pond Park tomorrow - not much difference, as tomorrow will only be 3 seconds shorter here in Denver. Why do we call it Midsummer? Because in the old Celtic calendar it lies halfway between Beltane (May 1st), when many summer activities began, and Lughnasa (August 1st), the beginning of the harvest season. This is still reflected in the Welsh name for July, Goffennaf - "Summer's End". So a happy Midsummer to you all!

Friday, June 20, 2014


For those of you who can't make it to Mountain Ancestors' Saturday ritual, or would like to celebrate both days, a reminder that Chokecherry Incipient Protogrove will  be holding our first public ritual on Sunday June 22nd at Overland Pond Park, 955 West Florida Avenue in Denver. We'll gather at 11 am, and the ritual will begin at noon.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mother Platte

Our Indo-European ancestors frequently honored the spirits of their local rivers as gods or goddesses.  Following in their footsteps, we will honor our local stream, the South Platte River, during our Midsummer Ritual, which will be held Sunday June 22nd at Overland Pond Park on her east bank. Denver is located near the south end of the South Platte, which drains much of the northern Front Range, and flows over three hundred miles before joining the North Platte in Nebraska. Truly we should honor her as the mother of our land!