From the Regional Druid
Blessed Imbolc to you all,
The weather is continuing to be very wet where I am in California, which is wonderful! It’s been quite chilly even in our the southerly areas of the region, with our norther regions getting more than their fair share of snow! While we are approaching Imbolc, winter is still very much here!
For me, Imbolc is the space when winter is starting to lessen it’s grip – the weather is hitting the coldest point and it’s going to start warming up. For members in our more Northern areas, it might take a bit longer for winter to start turning into spring. This is, for me, one of the challenges of Imbolc – what do I celebrate? Here in California we have no snow cover for plants to start peaking through. As an urban pagan, there’s no sheep or livestock to have babies to remind me that spring is coming.
Imbolc is also a reminder of Pantheacon! If you’re in the Bay Area, or want to spend a lovely weekend with a few thousand pagans, heathens, druids and allies, please come on over! ADF hosts a hospitality suite every year and we’d love you to come and visit. The suite is funded by donations, so if you can donate or bring an item for the auction we would appreciate it.
Stay safe, and if I can help, please do reach out!
Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,
Victoria Selnes (Leona Oigheag)
Working on your Dedicant Program? Here’s some useful links for you.
General Pagan resources about Imbolc
Huffington Post: Imbolc 2016: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know
About.com: All About Imbolc
Patheos has a lot of articles on Imbolc from different perspectives
Looking for a audio or ebook version of “Our Own Druidry”? Check out these links:
Have children who are interested in the Dedicant Program?
If you’d like a little guidance going through the Dedicant Program, you can get a free copy of Michael Dangler’s “Through the Wheel of the Year” on the ADF site, after you’ve logged in, on the Publications page.
Rev. Davin MacLugh did a Facebook Live chat about Imbolc where he talks about the High Day and how he practices.
Rev. Davin MacLugh as also shared his Solitary Imbolc Ritual on his blog.
ADF Member Blogs
This month I’d like to highlight two blogs by ADF members outside of our region.
Rev. Ian Corrigan has his blog at http://intothemound.blogspot.com/ where he discusses magic and spiritual topics from his perspective.
Archdruid, Jean “Drum” Pagano hosts his personal blog at https://adruidsprogress.wordpress.com/. His latest post is about the ritual he attended in Brazil!
Around the Region
Events and Rituals that are happening around the region.
Our members at Lovelock Correctional Center recently donated four great crochet blankets to the ADF Artisan’s drive for Project Linus! Great work guys!
You can find out how to contact any of the Grove Organizers or Senior Druids
Most Yule rituals have already happened, but 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.
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Header Image of Trout Lake Abbey by Rev. Kirk Thomas
Blankets by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)