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.

Meditation Week 7 Recap

Again, I had a hard time maintaining this. I'm hitting that slump where the enthusiasm is gone, and only self-discipline and habit are forcing me to hold the course. The good news is, I recognise what is happening. This awareness represents growth for me, and instead...

Meditation Week 6 Recap

I really didn't think I was going to have a problem maintaining this... but I did. It also points out how badly I need physical exercise right now, and how easy it is for me to overdo it. I really struggled; in fact, I'm having to visit the chiropractor this week,...

Notes on Lunasduinn

Some other names for this High Day are Aedrinia (Gaulish), Laa Luanistyn or Laa Luanys (Manx), Lughnasadh or Lúnasa (Modern Irish), Lúnasdain, Lúnasdal or Lunasduinn (Scottish Gaelic), Calan Awst (Welsh). Also Lammas and Michaelmas (Christian, in Scotland on September...

Lunasduinn ritual notes

Since I'm practicing as a solitary right now, I've looked into this wonderful little resource on the ADF website, so generously provided by Anthony R. Thompson; it's...

Lunasduinn

It's official; I've chosen a nice ritual pre-written, one referenced in the WotY, for my ritual today that takes place at sunset. I had many lovely ones to choose from, and it was a hard choice. As an aside, I did note that it's the waxing moon (just barely), and that...

Researching and working on my 3rd High Day

Getting ready for Lunasduinn - Lughnasadh. I'm seriously thinking of taking a pre-written ritual, and working through it, from beginning to end. There is NO reason why I can't work a full ADF-style ritual, and the cross-quarters are very important to the Gaelic and...

Parts of the shrine that I really like!

Well, I'm certainly not done with it, but there are parts of it that really, really work for me, and I'm deeply happy with them. My fire area, for one thing. I've decided the orange candles for the light half of the year do really well, and if you squint, it looks...

A ritual for rain

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 more than three of the plants of...

Fifth Week Meditations Begin – Chant

For this week, I want to explore something I've been toying with anyway, an apparently Buddhist-practice called Metta, I think; I will do some research and post right here this week. It's a form of chanting / mantra meditation, and the focus is compassion. I have a...

Fourth Week wrap-up

Yes, holding perfectly still for 10-15 minutes at a time is woefully easy for me. It's one of those skillsets that I'm grateful to have now, but sad that I developed it the way I did. It falls under 'lemonade from lemons'. I don't have much to say about the week past,...

Recap of the Journeying week

I had some very interesting experiences, one of which was a surprise encounter with what others would tend to think of as an 'imaginary' character from a TV series. I've had these sorts of experiences before, and I don't discount them. TV and movie characters tend to...

An aside on the Two Powers…

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 the website.... I even searched through and...

Second High Day Recap Homework

The structure of the ritual was Wiccan. Sacred Mist rituals, which I have been attending for many years now, follow a particular structure that works well; everyone knows it, follows along, and helps those that don't know. The way energy is raised and directed, and...

Second Week Recap

I did really poorly, as in, I did not do this meditation consistently. I think it is utterly lovely and moving, but, complexity makes me give up and avoid. There is a reason... my life is already too busy, too complex  and I have too many irons in the fire. This leads...

Second High Day Ritual

Brief Information: High Day Celebrated: Grian-stad Sàmhradh (Summer Solstice) Location: Sacred Mists Circle This is an online chatroom where Esbats, Sabbats and other announced rituals are held by The Sacred Mists Coven. (Wiccan Coven) Date Celebrated: 21 June, 2011...

The astronomical event, Summer Solstice

Astronomically, the Earth is always in a 23 -degree tilt on its axis, continuously spinning to create the night and the day. The North Pole always points toward the North Star. Of course, in addition to this movement, the Earth is also in orbit around the sun.  At the...

First Week Recap

The first week of my meditation, grounding and centering at the computer each day before work, is now complete. This is really sad, but I had to struggle to REMEMBER to do this. I know habits aren't built in a day, but, I found myself forgetting and saying 'oh wait!'...