A Völva’s Viewpoint on Hail and Horn Gathering 2013

A Völva’s Viewpoint on Hail and Horn Gathering 2013 14/01/24 at 1.25am / by Auz / 0 Comment This blog occasionally cross-posts the accounts of other bloggers who have contributed or experienced Raven’s Knoll. The following post is written by Juniper Jeni about her experience leading the esoteric ritual at last year’s Hail and Horn Gathering as a völva. Juniper is an Ottawa witch with a wonderful blog called Walking the Hedge and is an Read more…

Challenge of the Stag King

Challenge of the Stag King Austin Lawrence, August 2013 A tradition at the Kaleidoscope Gathering is the Stag King ritual.  In this annual men’s mystery ritual the ritual participants undertake a number of grueling trials that test physical, mental and spiritual attributes of the contestants.  At the end of each ritual the ghosts of former Stag Kings select the next year’s King on behalf of the Kaleidoscope community.  The Young Stag then ceremonial ‘kills’ the Old Stag, Read more…

The Intrepid Adventures of a Kiwi Pagan

The Intrepid Adventures of a Kiwi Pagan who was at Kaleidoscope Gathering 2011 Austin Lawrence, February 2013 Polly is a wonderful Pagan that took our local community by storm with her keen intellect, irascible humour, and spiritual insights.  She writes a great blog called “Another Witches Blogg.”  Everyone who met her wants her to come back again to visit!  In her words, here is her story of her adventures in Canada in 2011. In late Read more…

LebowskiCampFest

LebowskiCampFest Austin Lawrence, February 2014 Presented by Jackie Treehorn, the Achievers, the Lost Dominion Screening Collective, and Rev. Auz of the Church of the Latter Day Dude Brothers and sisters! We have heard the Word, and it is “Abide.” The Raven’s Knoll congregation of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude are holding a tent revival to learn from, and apply, the teachings of the Dude. This fest is a camp out where we commune with the wisdom of the movie the Big Lebowski on Read more…

Kaleidoscope Gathering 2013: Heroes

Kaleidoscope Gathering 2013: Heroes Austin Lawrence, February 2013 The theme for this year’s Kaleidoscope Gathering is “Heroes.” Heroines and Heros stride forth from the stories, legends and myths of our peoples. Their bold character expresses the virtues to strive for in our lives’ journeys, their hubris and tragedy teaches us and deepens our understanding of the human condition. The words of their stories inflames our spiritualties. Each of us is on our own heroe’s journey Read more…

Monocerosdrome

Monocerosdrome Austin Lawrence, July 2013 At the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2013 the theme is “Heroes.” In our modern times the mass media makes people who are successful at professional sports into “sports heroes” and “legends.” But, what have they really done? Has their strength or agility saved lives, like warriors of old? Has their achieved fame given momentum to honorable causes or are their lives examples of virtues to live by? In Pagan Ancient Greece and Rome, sport Read more…

Men’s Cairn

Men’s Cairn Austin Lawrence, February 2014 This Quork post is brought to you by Ethan Kincaid, a longtime Fester and Canadian author. An unobtrusive path leads northward from the archery field of Raven’s Knoll. This suits the purpose of the sacred site beyond. Quiet, and out of the way, sits the Men’s Cairn; the ever-growing pile of stones lies surrounded by tall grass and, to the south, birch and poplar trees. The adornments on it are Read more…

A Personal Story by Drew

A Personal Story by Drew Austin Lawrence, March 2014 The Raven’s Knoll Quork welcomes people’ s personal stories regarding gatherings they have attended or what Raven’s Knoll means to them. This guest post is by Drew Thomson. Seven years ago I needed to walk away from one of the best opportunities for happiness that has lucked to come across my path, which to this day has not been equaled or bettered. The experience opened my Read more…

Hail and Horn Gathering 2013

Hail and Horn Gathering 2013 Austin Lawrence, February 2013 The Hail and Horn Gathering is a festival that serves as a meeting place for the growing number of Heathens in Ontario and Quebec as well as throughout Canada. It takes place the Canada Day long weekend, from June 28 to July 1, 2013. In 2012, Raven’s Knoll established a one-of-a-kind place of worship, the Vé, built as sacred ground to house the god-poles raised by the folk year after year. Read more…

Birth of the Witches’ Sabbat at Raven’s Knoll

Birth of the Witches’ Sabbat at Raven’s Knoll posted by Austin Lawrence, April 2013 This is a guest post written by Juniper Jeni describing what you can expect at the of The Witches’ Sabbat gathering to take place for the first time at Raven’s Knoll this summer.  Juniper is an Ottawa witch with a wonderful blog called Walking the Hedge. fes·ti·val /ˈfestəvəl/ Noun: 1. A day or period of celebration, typically a religious commemoration. 2. An annual celebration or anniversary. Grey and I are Read more…