Snow Day

Last night my Hearth celebrated the Cold Moon with a feast. We gathered in the kitchen, cooked falafel together, and shared good conversation. It was nice to gather again as we missed our last rite due to covid, and it really reinforced to me the necessity and benefit of these rites. (NB: Many people would... Continue Reading →

The Blackbird at the Gate

The Blackbird came at the start of the year. He comes at the beginning of things, bearing the Rowan branch that lights the way. The Rowan branch, the flaming brand carried into the Land of the Ancestors, into the Other Realm, that I wear on my wrist and always have in my hand. Here was... Continue Reading →

Cold Moon

Cold Moon / Riuros2022 January 2 - January 30 With the bustle of Solstice Tide over, January and the Cold Moon bring much needed rest. Between Wren Day and New Years, normally these days out of time spent eating too much and reading were instead spent in illness with covid. Now, with the moon and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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