Imbolc 2018

ADF Northwest Newsletter

From the Regional Druid

Happy 2018!

This year has started out with one heck of a bang! Unfortunately, that means that it’s been an insane January and early February for me – which is why this newsletter is a bit late.  Here in California, Imbolc has nothing to do with flowers poking up from snow. In the urban area where I live, it’s not about the lambs either.  Imbolc is, for me, about beginnings. It’s the first High Day of the secular New Year.

As we go through the Wheel of the Year, as we have an opportunity to determine what each High Day means to us. I challenge you to think about what the High Days mean to you. How do you view Imbolc? Does it strike a chord with you? Is there a change in the weather that makes sense for you? Or a change in Nature? or is the time marked by something else? If you’re doing the Dedicant’s program, these thoughts can help you with your essays too.

Late last year, we had the first online text chat, and this year we’re continuing them. The next chat is on Feb 22 at 7:00pm in the ADF NW Discord – https://discord.gg/7hymny3 – in the Lounge text channel. All are welcome.

2017 was a difficult year for many, so here’s to a better new year!

Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,

Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid


Archdruid Jon Drum is the editor on a new collection of devotionals to the Earth Mother. I’m thrilled to be included with some of Pagan’s most prominent names in this devotional.

The book is available in eBook and physical format.
It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that service.


Dedicants Corner: Imbolc

Working on your Dedicant Program? Or just interested in the High Day
Here are some useful links for you.

All about Imbolc from Thought.com

Happy Imbolc from The Wild Hunt

Metro News did an article on Imbolc, Candlemas and Brigid’s Day 2018: what is the festival all about?

Six Ways to Celebrate Imbolc as provided by The Green Parent


General Resources from

Around the Web

Some new, and not so new, resources that any Druid might find useful!

Looking for a new ritual to try? Remember to check out the Liturgists Yearbook and the ADF Rituals page

Damh the Bard has released a new album that tells the take of the Mabinogi. You can get the album from his website.

Check out this online Pagan Calendar to help you find information on the moon cycles and seasons.

John Beckett posted an article about what to do When You Can’t Experience the Gods for Yourself


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

 Sites for Pagan News and Blogs

Looking for some pagan-friendly reading? Check out these sites!
 Natural Pagans – aggregates posts from several naturalist Pagan blogs across the internet.
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!

 Useful links & reminders

Support ADF

A 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 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.
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)