A Summer Solstice Reflection

Tiny fire at the moment of the Solstice (5:13 AM ET). The clouds are little puffs of cotton, gently teased by the breeze into long strands, stretching and fading in the brightening sky. I am alive this morning, simply, with my plant and animal siblings on this small piece of land that is mine and... Continue Reading →

An HKW Vernal Equinox Rite

This is a ritual honouring the Earth Mother and the Dawn, designed to be performed by one person, preferably in the morning, preferably facing East. Do not let these suggestions limit you from performing this rite; we do our best. If performed within a week on either side of the Vernal Equinox, this ritual includes... 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 →

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 →

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 →

The Hearth Keepers’ Rite

The New Moon rite is at the core of the Hearth Keepers shared practice. While keeping your hearth is largely a personal endeavour, the New Moon rite is what connects all of the folk who have aligned their practice in some way with the shared hearthfire of ADF and its Hearth Keepers. This does not... Continue Reading →

At the Shoreline

Now that our son is older and is becoming increasingly interested in our practices, we are reintroducing the practices that we once kept with regularity. For us, it's important to have a physical practice, on the land, in places that have become special to us. So we gathered some offerings and set off to the... Continue Reading →

Review: Domestic Monastery

Domestic MonasteryRonald RolheiserParaclete Press, 2019Goodreads | Hoopla It's not a secret that I love books about monastics. I read every nun memoir I can find, and have read more than a few "Christian living" titles, looking for that elusive something. Well, this might be it. At only 80 pages, this little gem of a book... Continue Reading →

Why the Hearth Keepers Way?

When I had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Hearth Keepers Way, I was happy to do so. I have long wanted a shared practice with others, even at a distance, where we could join together towards the same ends. The Hearth Keepers Way serves as an introduction to worship, providing an... Continue Reading →

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