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.

First week of meditation has begun

As I have in the previous post to this category, I am, for this week, doing a grounding and centering at my computer before work daily. Yesterday marked the first day of the practice, and it's working, so far... it's helping me focus and set a boundary between work...

Sirim Soillse

Cuir urram air a' Là Leth an t-samhraidh... (Honoring Midsummer's Day) Their a bannag, ho ro bannag Their a bannag, air a beo (Hey the gift, ho the gift, Hey the gift upon the living or, hey the gift of life) This fonn, from the Céile Dé,  is a spontaneous celebration...

Sin e! – I know what I’m going to do!!

I just had a big newsflash - I do get these brilliant little ideas now and again, and the last post I made solidified it. That note about getting restless and bored when doing the same thing over and over with no variety works terribly against my natural personality....

Chap 4 – Druids through Celtic Eyes

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 Irish sagas. I'm a horrible Druid....

What to do for Summer Solstice?

The next High Day, my second, is rapidly approaching here, and I have a couple of choices. I am, at this point, either going to write my own private ritual for use here at the house, and focus on my own 'normal' type of ritual, or, I'm going to just attend my Wiccan...

Unbearable heat is on its way

Well, this week for my nature awareness, I spent some time roasting in the shade underneath the mustang grape, watching the grapes swell and the leaves shrivel. It's triple-digit hot; we broke 100 degrees 3 months earlier than normal, and our rainfall is down. It's...

Working on my home shrine (altar)

For some reason, I don't like the word, 'shrine'. I don't know why; I guess I need to think about my subconscious associations with the word. I think it gives me the wrong mental picture. For me, I see a gilt Christian Cross with an effigy of Mary dressed as a nun in...

Heard from SMO today!

I'm now on their mailing list for the upcoming Fall. Yay! They haven't built the roster yet, nor solidified the dates, but, it should be late July-ish (how opportune!) when registration is open.

Time in nature / my sketchbook

As part of my nature awareness, I've chosen to keep a sketchbook again and keep my eye out for things to be drawing... Right now, it's late May and Texas is known for its wildflowers. Flowers like Mexican Hat are blooming all over the place right now, including some...

The ADF Nine – what are mine?

According to Our Own Druidry, the Nine Virtues that are a wonderful guideline for a Druid's way of life are: Wisdom, Piety, Vision, Courage, Integrity, Perseverance, Hospitality, Moderation, Fertility. Since virtues tend to be an internal force for ethical behavior,...

Glad to be a part of the Gael-kin

First of all, I was thrilled to become a member of the Gael-Kin; I officially became one April 4th of this year. I haven't posted much, but I was pleased to see the activity and scholarship, and interest in all of the Gaelic, not just Irish, or Welsh - or my own...

My hour a week begins today

I've officially started my nature awareness work, kind of with a whimper instead of a bang, I guess. I have decided on a special little nook in my backyard for this purpose, and I'm going out there each week, to observe the changes over time to this little area, and...

Virtues… and what they mean

This category is my reference material, work, comments and thoughts on the Virtues; so what did I do first? Why, I buggered off to check the Wiki, of course! Put simply, 'virtue', according to the Wikipedia, is 'moral excellence'. It goes on to say, "A virtue is a...

First High Day Recap Homework

This wide lane was the processional route for the pilgrimage to the ritual site from the car park. Brief Information: High Day Celebrated: Bealltainn (Beltane) Location: Chalk Ridge Falls Park, Belton, TX Date Celebrated: 2 May, 2011 Time Celebrated: 2PM, CST Who led...