Looking Ahead to 2017

2016 has been a strange one for many of us.  It feels disingenuous to type that, though, when I’ve lead a very comfortable life all year.  Considering the atrocities faced by people in Syria, for example…  Yet 2017, as most years, will also throw some difficulties at us, challenges that can feel insurmountable.  Sometimes theyContinue reading “Looking Ahead to 2017”

Musing on Change and Detachment

Each week, I draw a card from my Druid Animal Oracle deck as an omen for the week.  I pray for guidance as I go forward.  During this week’s ritual, I pulled the owl card. I’m not used to seeing this omen, so the meaning didn’t come to me right away.  At first I thoughtContinue reading “Musing on Change and Detachment”

Study Bug

 In regards to practice, my spirituality is fairly strong.  While I’m not currently engaging in anything new, I’ve worked to perform daily and nightly devotionals, as well as weekly rituals that follow ADF’s liturgy.  While I occasionally falter (especially when I am not feeling well), I have definitely worked to maintain my hearth practice andContinue reading “Study Bug”

Taking Time to Restore

If  you celebrate anything in December, it’s usually a busy time.  Regardless of the positives experienced, I think it’s safe to assume that most people are worn out after it’s all said and done.  I certainly felt depleted!  Today, I restored myself physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Northern NY is finally getting snow!  The roads have beenContinue reading “Taking Time to Restore”

Reflecting on my Spiritual Practice and Growth this Past Year

As I write this, the year’s first real snowfall is blanketing the land. It’s a time of rest and introspection. Spiritually, it’s a new year. As with our secular New Year, it’s custom to reflect on various aspects of our lives, how we’ve changed, and where we’re going. Recently, I’ve found myself thinking a lotContinue reading “Reflecting on my Spiritual Practice and Growth this Past Year”

How Ancient Greek Literature and Yoga Helped Me With Ogham

Although my divination method of choice remains “The Druid Animal Oracle,” I’ve been working to improve my understanding of ogham.  Each day, after I perform my morning or afternoon devotional, I ask for an omen for the day and draw an ogham symbol from a muslin bag.  I’m getting better at interpreting certain symbols and seeingContinue reading “How Ancient Greek Literature and Yoga Helped Me With Ogham”

Cleansing and Consecrating Ogham

Slowly, slowly, I study and learn the ogham lore. It seems important, even necessary, for someone on the Druidic path to understand it. My go-to method of divination has been the Druid Animal Oracle. I love the rich symbolism and lore associated with the Nature Spirits. I don’t intend to stop working with that deck,Continue reading “Cleansing and Consecrating Ogham”

Collecting the Ogham

Slowly, slowly, my understanding of the ogham grows. As that flourishes, so does my collection of ogham wood.  Since the summer, I’ve started to locate trees named in the ogham system, seek their fallen branches, made offerings to the trees, and learned more about them.  Birch (beith) and ash (nion) came down during summer storms.Continue reading “Collecting the Ogham”

A Quiet Summer Solstice

I watched the sun rise from my bedroom window Solstice morning, babe at breast. No drumming or whooping, just contentment and silent prayers of thanks for the sun. And what a gorgeous, sunny day it was! We had a busy time planned with family so I decided to observe the holiday simply.  Next weekend comes theContinue reading “A Quiet Summer Solstice”