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 →

Viriditas, Again

I am sitting in a field of dandelions, a field of resilience, and I am cautiously hopeful. I have my planner on my lap, and I realize that I have completed all but three things on my 2020 homesteading projects list. How was this possible? How was it possible when I had been so ill... Continue Reading →

My Hearth Kitchen

Early in the pandemic, I joined the countless others who started baking sourdough and exploring other traditional hearth skills. With little else to do and nowhere to go, I began expanding my focus on the kitchen and the hearth. I'm an amateur at practically everything I do, and that's okay. I'm enjoying the process of... Continue Reading →

Review: Deep Ancestors

Once a year, always in the spring, I read Ceisiwr Serith's Deep Ancestors: Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. It is the Dawn that calls to me, and the primordial sacrifice, both intricately linked to the coming of the spring and new life in the world. What is it about these practices, these deities, that... Continue Reading →

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