From the Regional Druid
Happy Start of Summer!
My apologies for the tardiness of this Newsletter. Unfortunately, life (mostly work) has been a bit crazy.
It’s May, and that usually means that it’s starting to warm up. Here in the Bay Area, the weather is unusual, and we seem to be alternating between warmer and colder weeks. Some weeks our highs are still in the low 60’s and the rain is still threatening. Our weather is changing as we, as humans, cause changes to our lands.
One of the questions in the Dedicants program asks about how the Dedicant understands their relationship with Nature and the impacts of our behavior on our ecosystems. Each druid will have different answers for this as we all have different experiences and abilities. I choose to purchase vegetables from my local farmer’s market, use reusable shopping bags, and we don’t have any paper towels in our home – I weave, knit, and crochet dishcloths. But that’s what I do. Other people make sure to re-use plastic bags or avoid drinking water from plastic bottles. Some people take time to clean up the world around them or make an extra effort to recycle their trash. There are many things that we can do to help the planet and the local ecosystems that will also save us money – reuse or avoid disposable bottles, reuse the bags from the store, turn off the lights and computers when you’re not using them, or tweak your heater or air conditioning so that it’s not working so hard. You don’t have to shop the organic section, or only have wild-caught fish, or purchase some expensive bottles for water to be able to help the Earth.
If you haven’t done the Dedicants program, I invite you to take some time to consider your relationship with the world around you. The little things all add up, and maybe the weather will stabilize before it gets too bad.
I am also happy to announce that we have a new Deputy Regional Druid for the Northwest region – Michael Riley! I’ll let him introduce himself below.
Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,
Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid
From the Deputy Regional Druid
My name is Michael Riley and I’m currently Senior Druid at Sierra Madrone Grove, ADF, in Sacramento. I have been an ADF member since 2014. For my day job, I am homeschooling two of my three kids, one in second grade and the other in fourth, and running our household. My oldest is transferring to CSUC, soon. I studied residential construction in college, and most of my work experience is in service, technical support, and supervision. My special skills include process improvement and staying up too late.
I look forward to serving you, our region, and ADF, as a Deputy Regional Druid.
Deputy Northwest Regional Druid
Dedicants Corner: Beltane
Working on your Dedicant Program? Or just interested in the High Day
Here are some useful links for you.
Patheos has a number of interesting articles on Beltane:
Cascadia Grove has a blog on A Druidic Beltane on Witches & Pagans
Jhenah Telyndru posted a Solitary Beltane Ritual for Divine Inspiration. Her ritual structure is pretty easy to adapt to ADF COoR
The Beltane Fire Society has a page that talks about their interpretation of Beltane.
General Resources from Around the Web
Some new, and not so new, resources that any Druid might find useful!
Over on Angora, Angelo Nasios put up a few blogs about living a Hellenic Lifestyle: Beginners Guide to Household Worship and Personal Gnosis and Tradition
John Beckett has this interesting blog post about building your Liturgical Calendar
ADF Priest, Rev. Melissa Hill, writes about her retelling of the story of Idunn and the Golden Apples
Chris Godwin talks about Why It’s Important to Enchant Instead of Over Romanticize Your Paganism
Sites for Pagan News and Blogs
Useful links & reminders
A reminder that ADF is supported by your donations!
ADF Forum Archives
Are you looking for archives for our mailing list posts? or do you prefer to use forums rather than mailing lists?
The Mother Grove blog includes agendas and minutes from the Mother Grove meetings. These notes also go out in email to ADF-Discuss
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
Weird Web Radio
Gifts of the Wyrd
Part the Mist
White Mountain Druid Sanctuary
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Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)