Summer Solstice 2013 – A Time of New Beginnings in Northern Rivers Protogrove!

Some personal reflections on Northern Rivers’ recent Summer Solstice ritual. Weretoad and I were so excited to surprise our grovies and show up with Baby Bee! Summer Solstice 2013 – A Time of New Beginnings in Northern Rivers Protogrove!.

Magical Ingredients – At What Cost?

Recently on Facebook, someone posted a story and the headline read that the black rhino was now extinct.  The story must have been hyperbolized, because my reading revealed that the black rhino is extinct in certain regions but not entirely (thank the Gods!).  They are critically endangered and some still exist in captivity or inContinue reading “Magical Ingredients – At What Cost?”

Pregnant Pagan: Mother Blessings and Showers

My baby shower was on Saturday, and what a lovely celebration it was!  As I’m easier to fatigue lately, I decided I only wanted one big shower rather than having to travel elsewhere for other smaller ones.  I’m glad I listened to my instincts about this well in advance.  After my grandfather’s funeral the weekendContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Mother Blessings and Showers”

The Gatekeeper

The ADF discussion group on FB was recentlly abuzz with a discussion on the gatekeeper concept within our liturgy.  It’s a hot topic for some – whether it should be required in ADF liturgy, whether or not it’s an Indo-European concept, etc, etc, etc…  I’ve been working on Liturgy 1, part of my Initiate trainingContinue reading “The Gatekeeper”

Enchant Your Druidism!

My friend and fellow ADFer, Victoria, had an excellent question for one of the ADF e-lists today.  Feeling secure in ADF’s scholarly approach, she was looking for a way to add enchantment and whimsy to her personal practice.  Somehow, the “magic” had fallen to the wayside through her reading and community building within ADF itself.Continue reading “Enchant Your Druidism!”

Meditation, Nature Walks, and Beloved Grovies

I’ve had a busy but wonderful weekend full of learning, beautiful weather, and old friends.  I feel exhausted, and my feet hurt, but it sure beats lazing around with Netflix all day! Yesterday I attended the first in a series of meditation workshops at the Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Center.  Local reiki practitioner and long-timeContinue reading “Meditation, Nature Walks, and Beloved Grovies”

Pregnant Pagan: The Sacrifice of Self

When we decided to try having a baby, my husband and I were well aware of the fact that doing so would mean putting some of ourselves aside (at least for a little while).  We must re-prioritize how we spend our excess money and time.  Traveling will be a little difficult for a few years.Continue reading “Pregnant Pagan: The Sacrifice of Self”

Pregnant Pagan: My Own Search for Pregnancy and Childbirth Lore in Ireland and Scotland

Before I get into pregnancy and childbirth lore from old Ireland and Scotland, please note that I don’t necessarily embrace or endorse these beliefs.  As a modern Druid, I seek to know how my ancestors – Pagan and Christian – lived before things became very industrialized and modern.  While some folk practices are seemingly out-of-touchContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: My Own Search for Pregnancy and Childbirth Lore in Ireland and Scotland”