Flowers by the Water

Beltane 2017

ADF Northwest Newsletter

From the Regional Druid

Blessed Beltane to you all,

Here in California, we’re having a wet spring. While it’s lovely that we’re getting the water, it does put a bit of a damper on outdoor activities.  I’m looking forward to a somewhat dryer summer so I can get outside to walk more often.

Beltane is an interesting High Day for me. While many people celebrate this day as a celebration of fertility, the Northern Germanic folks celebrate Witches’ Night or Walpurgisnacht. This day is an interesting balance of the celebration of the fire, a celebration of fertility, and a celebration of power. How you view it is rather up to you. I do recommend that you do a little digging and see what you think. Check out the resources below to get started.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the ADF Elections this year! If you haven’t seen the results yet, you can find them on the website at https://www.adf.org/members/org/elections/2017/results.html

Spring is a great time to be in our region. Stay safe, and if I can help, please do reach out!

Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,

Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid


Dedicants Corner: Beltane/Walpurgisnacht

Working on your Dedicant Program? Here’s some useful links for you.

 From ThoughtCo (formerly About.com): About BeltaneWalpurgisnacht

 Celebrating Walpurgisnacht in our Modern Day by Lonely Planet

John Beckett posted a Solitary Beltane Ritual on Patheos. Beckett’s ritual structure is more Wiccan-esque but it’s got some good ideas for the High Day, and only 4 of the 8 High Day rites have to be ADF Core Order of Ritual for your DP.

Prayer to the Ancient Wise

We call through the mist to the Ancient Wise,
To Poets, Magicians, and Priests.
We, too, keep the fire of the Ancient Ways,
We have honored you well at our feasts.

Wisdom and love we have gained in the work,
But greater from you we now seek.
The voice of the wise has been stilled for too long,
And with it we now hope to speak.

So lead us, and speak to us, open our eyes,
Guide us in mind, heart and hand.
Teach us, we pray you, the ways of the wise
For the Gods, for the Folk, for the Land.

written by the ADF Clergy

Resources

A short Irish Hearth Daily Devoltional by Chris Godwin

A Solitary Beltane Rite from Rev. Davin MacLugh

A generally-celtic Solitary Offering ritual from Ian Corrigan

In a recent Facebook Hearth side video stream, Rev. Davin MacLugh talks about the importance of Fire in our rituals.


Cernunnos Shrine Update

The snow is melting in Trout Lake WA and we can make our way to all of the Shrines!

View of Shrines to Lugh, the Dagda and the Morrigan from inside the Stone Circle

 

Our plan for this summer is the completion of the Cernunnos Shrine and perhaps, the starting of the next Shrine. We are planning on having the dedication ceremony for the Cernunnos Shrine over the Eight Winds Festival happening at Trout Lake Abbey on July 13-16th this summer.
In the meantime, we have six bricks that we would like to have inscribed by people. Two are 8×8 inch and can have 6 lines of 18 characters each. Four are 4×8 inch and can have 3 lines of 18 characters each. You can purchase these through our Patreon page, patreon.com/wmds.

Cernunnos Shrine. Light colored square bricks and flags show location of remaining inscribed bricks needed.

If you would like to make a one time payment, please contact Cascadia Grove directly, cascadiaadf@gmail.com. We need these to be ordered by May 15th in order to get them in place by July.

We would love to see some inscriptions with Grove names on them.

Thanks!
Debbie Olhoeft, Cascadia Grove

 


Sites for Pagan News and Blogs

Looking for some pagan-friendly reading? Check out these sites!
Paganbloggers.com – New pagan blogging site with some great contributors
Patheos Pagan – Hosted on an interfaith blogging site there’s a great collection of bloggers here
Wild Hunt – your pagan news site!
Witches and Pagans on Pagansquare.com – Hosted by the Witches & Pagans site there are a lot of good bloggers here too!


Around the Region

 More Events are Coming!

The two big Northwest events have their dates all setup – save the dates to attend one or both!

11th Annual Eight Winds Festival
July 13-16, 2017
Trout Lake Abbey

Beyond the Gates
August 24-27th 2017
Trout Lake Abbey

Upcoming Rituals

You can see what’s coming up on our Northwest Events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ADFNorthwestEvents/.
You do not need to be logged into Facebook to see the page.

 If you have something that you’d like us to add, please email us at adfnwevents@gmail.com

 Useful links & reminders

Support ADF

Reminder that ADF is supported by your donations!
As a non-for profit organization, all of your donations go back into our operations and to support our traveling Clergy and Regional Druids.
Find out how you can donate at: https://www.adf.org/donations/index.html

ADF Forum Archives

Are you looking for archives for our mailing list posts? or do you prefer to use forums rather than mailing lists?
You can find our ADF Forums and Mailing List archives at https://www.adf.org/webforum/

ADF Blogs

Drum has been updating the Archdruid Blog at https://www.adf.org/blogs/ad. You can also check out his personal blog at https://adruidsprogress.wordpress.com/
Check it out to get this latest words.

The Mother Grove blog includes agendas and minutes from the Mother Grove meetings. These notes also go out in email to ADF-Discuss
https://www.adf.org/members/blogs/mg

 Podcasts & Projects

ADF members are working hard to get information about their spirituality and their practices out there.

Check out these podcasts, and remember to rate them too!

Kindling the Hearthfire
http://kth.podbean.com/
by Ashtore Driver

Weird Web Radio
http://weirdwebradio.libsyn.com/
by Lonnie Scott

Gifts of the Wyrd
http://giftsofthewyrd.podbean.com/
by Jan Tjeerd (yan-teerd) Hyatt

Part the Mist
http://ptmpod.libsyn.com/
by Jonathan & Arin

White Mountain Druid Sanctuary
now has a Patreon page! Help to support this beautiful site with it’s many (and increasing) polytheist shrines!
https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4033683

Seeking the Sacred Divine Anthology
Victoria S. is requesting submissions for a new anthology about ways that we can connect with the Divine. The Deadline is March 31 for Submissions.
Find out more on her blog at:
http://liondragonfly.com/index.php/connecting-to-the-sacred-divine-anthology-submissions/


See us on the web at http://northwest.adf.org/
Have questions for our Regional Druid?  Contact Victoria at adf-northwest-rd@adf.org.
Have a submission for the next newsletter?  Email us at adfnwevents@gmail.com
Want to help out at Pantheacon or Eight Winds?  Email us at adfnwevents@gmail.com
Image Credits:
Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Trout Lake Abbey photos by Debbie Olhoeft