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My Journal

In a bid to actually focus and finish the Dedicant Path, I’m keeping this online journal to consolidate all my thoughts and writings on my path and to document my growth as a Druid and a Pagan.

This high day is an actual astronomical event; in the Northern Hemisphere, it takes place this coming Friday, Sep 23, at 9:04 AM; I need to check to see the local time. There are many names for this event; the September Equinox, The Autumnal Equinox,......

For Samhraidhreadh, I decided to look at some rituals already used by solitaries here at ADF, and have a go at one. I chose a ritual for Fall Equinox published on the ADF website, written by Aigeann (http://www.adf.org/rituals/general/sol-fall-equinox.html). My modified ritual is here; I have......

When I first decided to look into ADF, I did a divination spread,  amongst other research, and I had very interesting results. During this  spread, I did receive a visitation from Mr. Mac Lir, and the resulting  conversation was very important. It is, after all,......

I  found reference to the Summer Solstice as being referred to as ‘An Fheill-Eoinm’, on a website called ‘Celtic World’. However, I do know that one of the authors of the site is a SF writer; but I don’t know what her scholarship is. The......

I’m really enjoying my time out there. As the time goes on, I’m taking note of what’s going on. I’m loving the sunlight on the leaves, how everything dances in the wind, the smell of the air… and taking the time to do nothing, or......

Well, this started out as a homework assignment for an Oracle study I’m doing, given by a good friend of mine who’s a fellow ADF Druid, but who primarily is Wiccan / Shamanistic. I had to create some incense with at least one, but no......

As part of my journeys, I have sought out mentorship and instruction in filling in some of the gaps of my knowledge and abilities. As I’ve stated before, I’ve taken multiple basic workshops and some advanced workshops with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, the Michael......

Even though I spent time this past week trying to work through it, and did obtain some interesting results, I feel I have a lot of work to do on this. Also, I was disappointed I couldn’t seem to ‘get hold’ of the mp3 on......

My main dictionary for Gaelic translation, and a wee bit of pronunciation too, is affectionately referred to as ‘The Green Dictionary’ by my various instructors and study groups over the years. This dictionary encompasses the original A Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary by Neil MacAlpine, 1831, plus......

My secondary dictionary is strictly a pronunciation dictionary, although it does have some definitions; it goes into some depth as to where the sound is produced in the mouth or throat, and has many examples and detailed symbology. This was originally published in 1932, and......

This altar not only incorporates my family lines on both my Mum’s and Dad’s sides, but also our ties to Scotland and the home country, and my non-human lineage as well. My family is from Scotland on both sides of the tree, but my Mum......

UH! The 21st of this month! And I have to check the ephemeris, because it is an astronomical event, not just a social one. Again, losing track of everything! Being sick and breathing poorly is really bringing me down. Lately, all’s I’ve been able to......

I realize, over time, that Badger is an animal that I heavily relate to. It’s a member of the weasel family. They range in length from two to three feet and are about twelve inches high. Family members often mark each other with scent for......

Just for reference, I’m using my Hearth culture’s spelling and pronunciation for ‘Beltane’ or May Day. The literal translation for this word is ‘May Day’ in my Green dictionary. I’ve also seen it spelled ‘Bealtuinn’, although I can’t substantiate that; it’s not in my dictionary.......

For this cross-quarter day, I feel called to do a series of journeys, that usually fall under the maligned term ‘celtic shamanism’. I’m not going to debate whether other folks think it’s proper or not. I believe it has value to explore, and I will......

This outline is to ensure that I include the rudimentary beginning of an ADF-style ritual. As it’s a big departure from what I am used to, I’m starting in outline form to make sure I hit the must-haves I can muster, and I will flesh......

TOOLS: – My scrying bowl for the Well. – A willing Tree at the Park for the Tree. – A candle in holder for Fire. (Right now, there is a burn-ban for our county; open fires are forbidden. As long as I use a candle......

Ellis, Peter Berresford.  The Druids. Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994. (ISBN: 0094724504) Related posts: Choosing a book from the list Well, as it turns out, I have some books that... The Druid Notes – Intro Chapter Post 2 One of the things I’ve......

Calanais is a series of stones shaped as a celtic cross, at the head of Loch Roag. The centre dates back to ~2900BC. The site was built in stages, but was complete by ~1200BC, when it was abandoned, covered in a peat bog due to......

Teddy and I went up to a field overlooking the Preserve. It was sunset, and finally cooling off a bit (it was only in the low 90s). I found a stone with some grasses and wildflowers still growing around it – mostly Mexican Hats and......

Remember that joke about the door-stop and the greatest sleep-aide since Sominex? Well, this chapter, for me, is as dry as it comes. So-and-so culture spread out every which way but loose and this culture conquered that culture and whoops! they were on the wrong......

This chapter was rather interesting to me, and I enjoyed it. (The first for the book – it just feels less  dry). It speaks of the classical writers, the two schools of writing, and what conclusions and biases come from their works. I’m beginning to......

I had a lot of problems with this chapter. Mainly, I couldn’t remember a word of it. My mind was like a sieve when it came to this chapter. The chapter starts off with the Song of Amairgen, and speaks of poetical incantations and the......

This chapter starts out with the tired old debate about the meaning of the word ‘Druid’. I know this is actually important, for words have great power, and the meaning behind them drives our very experience of reality, but, in truth, I’m tired of this......

The next High Day, Number 2 for me, is the Summer Solstice, which, according to the Farmer’s Almanac this year, falls on June 21, at 1:16 P.M. EDT. That happens to be a Tuesday, and I still need to adjust for my time zone. I......

Well, as it turns out, I have some books that are actually on the official reading list for the DP. Now, since I already have a book that fits the requirement, and I already know my Hearth culture, I’ve chosen ‘The Druids’ by Peter Beresford......

This actually will begin Feb 13 of 2012. The reg closes Jan 13. This week will actually be online preparatory tasks and online telephone tutorials; I am beginning this thread now for commitment’s sake. No related posts....

This ritual is copyright Steve Seer and the Shamanism101 folks. I had to practice this ritual as part of my week one initiation, and I’m recording the various experiences I’m having with it. My notes / thoughts appear intermingled with the steps of the ritual.......

I eagerly did this today, with no reservations. The sage fired up quickly, I was able to more organically follow the ritual order, and I was excited as I realized I was really releasing a bunch of black yuck, especially from my hands, my mind......

May 10th, Mother’s Day: I decided I was going to do the ritual right after breakfast, but before doing the ritual, I would go through the instructions and do a dry run, so that I could focus on movement and intent, more than ‘getting it......

After doing this meditation requirement for the DP, one of the things I’ve come to realise about myself is that when I meditate, the most calming type and the one that brings the most peace and focus, is moving meditation. I sit too still at......

This unit’s required reading was chapter 2, and although I love Tom Cowan, he couches something in the same terms as other folks that really gets under my skin. He says, ‘…a brief period when humans and animals share the same language.’ This is WHY......

I finally went and actually took a closer look at my DNA test results that I had done a ways back. According to the test, I’m: 43% of British descent; 10% Irish; 33% Western European, mostly German; and 14% various and sundry other stuff The......

I think I want to tease out this lesson for SH101 for myself by thinking through the difference between morals and ethics, and the ramifications of what that means for embodied humans vs. the Otherworld. It’s kind of like human law vs. spiritual law –......

This is directly from the website: Written discussions of the Dedicant’s understanding of each of the following nine virtues: wisdom, piety, vision, courage, integrity, perseverance, hospitality, moderation and fertility. The Dedicant may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to these nine. (125......

From the website: Short essays on each of the eight ADF High Days including a discussion of the meaning of each feast. (125 words min. each) Additional notes: No related posts....

From the website: A brief description, with photos if possible, of the Dedicant’s home shrine and plans for future improvements. (150 words min.) Notes: No related posts....

From the website: Short book reviews on at least: 1 Indo-European studies title, 1 preferred ethnic study title and 1 modern Paganism title. These titles can be selected from the recommended reading list in the Dedicant Program manual or the ADF web site, or chosen......