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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

1000 Books, 1000 Hours

Here at the Wren's Nest, we're prioritizing three things this month: truth, nature, knowledge 😉 Our Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge starts today, so of course Beans has joined, and if he continues reading at his current pace, he'll finish by September. Beans consumes 5-7 books a day, not including the ones he reads... Continue Reading →

Vocation

It has been a challenge for me this year to stay true to my vocation -- indeed, at some times I hardly could hear it at all. Life with a toddler is chaotic, loving, and busy. ("Watch, Mommy, watch!" he says to me from under the lilac tree, emptying a load of dirt from his... Continue Reading →

A Lunisolar Calendar

At our hearth, we use a lunisolar calendar to observe tides, holy days, and the intersection of sun and moon. These calendars begin at the Winter Solstice and proceed around the Wheel to Samhain, where we enter a dark period to await the coming new year. The lunar calendar is calculated by the first full... Continue Reading →

The Hearth Goddess as Gatekeeper

When the Hearth Keepers Way was being created, one of our questions was whether or not a Gatekeeper was necessary for the Hearth Order of Ritual. There are quite a number of people who, when working at their own hearths, do not feel that asking the assistance of this (type of) spirit is a necessity.... Continue Reading →

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