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 →

Hearth Religion

Why hearth religion? Why focus on personal relationships and familial practice above all else? The answer is simple: because we live it every day. After having a child, I realised that my focus needed to be on the hearth and not an external group; on building our practices around our fire so that I can... Continue Reading →

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