We have developed nine statements which encompass our values and world view. They are as follows:
We call our religious organization "The Henge." The semi-autonomous local groups within the tradition are called "
The Council of Elders, which may number up to nine individuals are elected by the members of the Ring of the Oak. The Council of Elders is responsible for all matters deemed to be of a spiritual or theological nature. The Council is responsible for enforcing the by-laws, beliefs, and ethics of the Henge, and will make appropriate judgments regarding individuals or
The Board of Trustees consists of seven members. These are four elected secular officers: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, plus three trustee seats. All but the treasurer are elected from the Membership. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the operational decisions of the Henge. The rights, responsibilities and terms of office for the secular officers are explained in the Henge by-laws. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the distribution of resources and handling communications in a timely fashion.
The Membership consists of people in good standing who have paid their annual dues. The Membership elects the Board of Trustees and approves changes or additions to the by-laws.
We keep in tune with the movement of the Earth and the heartbeat of our ancestors by celebrating the eight seasonal feasts of the Celtic year. We observe the four solar festivals - the two solstices and equinoxes. We observe as well the four cross quarters; those of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine, and Lughnasadh. These are the so-called “Earth festivals.” Although we typically call these feasts by Keltrian names, they relate to the following Neopagan festivals:
On each of these eight festivals we honor a specific God and Goddess from our pantheon, maintaining a balance between male and female energy These deities represent the feast, the time of year, and the cycle of our lives.
We also conduct two lunar festivals each month. The Mistletoe Rite commemorates the gathering of mistletoe. It is conducted on the sixth night of the moon. This ritual is devoted to the aspects of health and communion. Our other lunar observance, the Vervain Rite, is typically held near or about the third quarter. It commemorates the gathering of the vervain, which was harvested when neither sun nor moon were in the sky. The Vervain Rite employs spells and magic working, and is open only to initiates of the tradition.
In addition to the cyclical feasts, most groves observe two yearly commemorative feasts, which honor specific events. The first of these is the "Feast of Age," a reenactment of the feast given for the Gods by Manannán Mac Lir and Goibhniu. The pigs and ale consumed at this feast gave the Gods their immortality and invincibility. We partake in this feast to celebrate our spiritual immortality and the invincibility of our faith.
The second yearly feast we observe is the "Feast of Remembrance," dedicated to the Druids who were slain and the sacred
The Henge of Keltria has ordained Clergy. Ordination is a process of demonstration of skills and validation of certain knowledge. Ordinations are overseen by the Council of Elders.
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