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.

SMO Distance Learning Programme

I am SOOO excited - I just went and visited SMO (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig), the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye, and they now have distance learning programmes! (They have for a number of years) Hot diggety! Although they offer short courses, I really want to study more...

Surely the Gods must be amused

I did it; I finished my soil painting as part of my First Oath. It's not a phenomenal piece of art, let me tell you, but it was FUN. After I got started, I couldn't stop. This is the first one I've ever done, and it certainly doesn't compare with the beauty and...

Chap 3 – Druids through foreign eyes

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 learn some...

The Standard Liturgy

This outline is by Ian Corrigan, available on the ADF site under rituals / explanations, and breaks the core down to a simple list. Procession Opening Prayers Grove Attunement Fire, Well, and Tree Purpose and Precedent Purification Opening the Gates Kindred Offerings...

Fonn ‘A Dhiathan, Beannaigh an Chéim’

This fonn is for pilgrimage, making it the perfect choice for the processional from the Truck to the ritual site for Bealltainn; I love this one, even though I have trouble sustaining the higher notes and the range the chant calls for. This fonn is the signature fonn...

Ùrnaigh

This ùrnaigh's intent is 'sacred speech', and I will state this in the beginning before the processional from the Truck to the ritual site for my first High Day, Bealltainn. I use this prayer before every ritual or working. Fonn: Canam an achan o mo bheal Canam an...

An Faclair Dhà

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...

An Faclair Aon

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...

Bealltainn Tools List

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 in a holder or charcoal and incense, I should be okay.)...

Bealltainn Ritual Outline

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 out the individual components in...

Bealltainn

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...

Reflections on Bealltainn, Part 1

My homework for week 3 needed to be addressed, so I decided to write down my thoughts here, now. Since my Hearth culture is Gaelic, more specifically Scottish Gaelic, I needed to look at some customs, both ancient and modern. General: This is traditionally the...

General Thoughts on the Eight High Days

As the WotY points out, ADF is a neo-pagan organisation and is not ancient or re-constructionist; I agree with this. The modern pagan community has eight High Days, and in this modern world, where we mostly are urban (or suburban) and desperately need to reconnect to...

Notes on the Upcoming High Day

Everything, right now, is a confusing jumble for me, so I need to start somewhere, and work through things in my head before actually DOING something. I will start SIMPLY. My first High Day is Bealltainn, and although the official calendar day, May 1st, falls on a...

Thoughts on cultural identity

Here's a definition of  how cultural identity is viewed in psychological terms: "Your cultural identity is your family history, your relationships, and how you interconnect with others. It is the combination of the genetic framework that you were given and the...

Chapter 2, Origins of the Druids Notes

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 particular...

Sallying forth with a Home Shrine

As I was going over the ADF website's section for the Dedicant Path, I ran across some helpful information on building your home shrine. I had already begun to contemplate this, for I have a working altar already at home, including small satellite shrines I've always...

Chap 1 The Celtic World Notes

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 side...

First Oath, Fonn

I have completed the thought process and writing of the Oath upon the Waxing Moon. I have completed the gathering of the soil under both the brightest, sunniest day and under moonlit night, and I am mixing the soil and getting the soil painting done, all during the...

Just what the heck IS that wisdom stuff, anyway?

So exactly what IS wisdom to me, anyway? After all, I'm writing an entire Oracle deck called, in part, WOLF WISDOM; but did I really think that through and know what I meant by that? It seems to me that wisdom feels like something you do, a course of action taken,...

Purpose of the First Oath

From the article on the ADF members web, the stated purpose of the first Oath is, "With this simple Oath you choose to admit publicly that you are a Pagan, and you pledge that your Paganism will be more than a feeling that you keep in your heart. You pledge yourself...

First Oath Adaptation

I've decided that I'm doing my Celtic knotwork wolf track that I designed, and that I'm doing it in 'sand' so that I can save some of the sand for future working, and give back some of the sand to land, sea and sky in blessing and to release and solidify my Oath. I've...