Living Sacrifices

Clearly, the gods find grains to be an acceptable substitute, so that is what we will use. For the rest of this book, when I say that an animal is to be sacrificed it can be assumed that what is meant is bread that has been ritually identified with that animal. Those artistically and culinarily... Continue Reading →

We Do Our Best

These are the words the Dead whispered to me as I sat by their fire and offering pit on the last day of the Samhain season. "Ancestors!" my son sings, spinning in circles, "please come to us on an airplane; you are dead but we love you! Come back to us now, and I will... Continue Reading →

New Moon Magic

Always we begin again. Cycles within and following cycles, we are lucky that when we align ourselves with the cosmos, we always begin again. We come around to a place where we have been, and look upon it with new eyes, illuminated eyes, that we may approach this place with grace and wisdom. So I... Continue Reading →

An ADF Lunar Worship Cycle

There are several lunar observances in Ár nDraíocht Féin which have grown organically through different subgroups in the last few years. As an orthopraxic organization embracing many hearth cultures, and straddling the oft-confusing line between administrative organization and church, to my knowledge there has been no attempt to view these practices holistically. Here is mine,... Continue Reading →

Blue Moon Month

In our hearth calendar, this lunar month is a Blue Moon. A Blue Moon is the third full moon in a season with four full moons, and they happen approximately every 2.5 years. We have chosen to use this calendar as it is reckoned by astronomical observances, and is easily adaptable to our hearth worship.... Continue Reading →

This is the season of harvest:Of first fruits and grains, of the bounty of the fields through earth’s sorrow.This is the season of contests:Of warriors and friends, of strength of bodies and quickness of minds.This is the season of gatherings:Of fairs and of tribes, of colourful arts and displays of talent.This is the season of... Continue Reading →

A Reflection in Three Books

I awoke the other morning with the phrase "The perfect is the enemy of the good" arising in my mind. It is a phrase that I have long tried to remember, but over and over again, the quest for perfection centres itself in my mind. Perfection is a lofty goal, and I approach it poorly.... Continue Reading →

May Reading Review

Being ill, giving up social media, and my workplace being closed to the public has had one big benefit: more time to read. In January, I outlined my goals and a short curated list, but as avid readers may know, to follow the whims of one's TBR list means you end up in an entirely... Continue Reading →

Right Living

A dear friend asked me, "How should we strive to live?" He wanted to know what makes a good life in accordance with my faith, what influences me in my decision-making, what are my virtues, values, and visions that direct my every day. It's impossible, of course, to speak for all pagans, or even all... Continue Reading →

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