Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Please join us as we celebrate Lughnassadhin honor of Lugh. We are making a day of it! Along with the the ritual we are having a potluck picnic, and inspired by country fairs there will be a bake-off with Lugh choosing the winner which will become the offering, games, prizes, and good times! As always, we will also be gathering food donations for the Chicago Food Repository, so feel free to bring a contribution (no glass containers, please). Please contact us with any questions, need for directions, etc. Also, you can now RSVP directly on the website which is greatly appreciated!

Date: July 31st 2011
Time: 12-5pm
Where: Illinois Beach State Park
What to Bring: Non perishable food items in non glass containers for the Food Bank, and if you wish, Praise Offerings for the Deity of the Occasion and/or something for the bake-off!

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And not to make anyone nervous but for the bake-off I did find a recipe for Irish whiskey filled Irish stout cupcakes with Baileys frosting...just sayin ;)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Virtual Nemeton! We have one!

So I was playing around with my virtual nshrines earlier this week and it occurred to me that maybe Wild Onion could use a virtual space to make offerings, prayers etc, so I went ahead and made a Virtual Nemeton. I made several new shrines so now we have one for the Earth Mother, Bardic Inspiration, the Gatekeeper, Well, Tree, and Fire, the Nature Spirits, Blessed Ancestors, and the Mighty Ones. The plan is to add Shrines for the Groves' various Patrons and other Spirits and Deities we work with. I am hoping it's at least fun if not useful. I am not sure how well they work on smartphones and tablets but I was thinking it would be neat to have a place to make a quick prayer or offering with you at all times! I also wanted it to be a community space, where we can all go and share with the Kindreds in the same place, even if we can't be in the same place. I am sort of big on community spaces for us right now (have I mentioned we have a new message board?) in case you couldn't tell. :)

In other news it looks like we are doing Lughlapalooza (don't ask) again this year for Lughnassadh. This means a bake off with Lugh as the judge, the winning item becomes the Offering! There will be prizes as well. It will be like a county fair with games, and food, and the ritual of course! We don't know exactly where yet, but most likely near the Lake and away from the man eating mosquitoes and soul crushing humidity (that's my vote anyway!) You can keep up with all the latest developments on the message board (did I mention we had one....? ) and don't forget to RSVP!
Anyway I hope everyone is doing well and having a good summer and I hope to see bunches of you for Lughnassadh! :)