Lughnasadh 2018

ADF Northwest Newsletter

From the Regional Druid

Happy Lughnasadh!

Last month, we had our Eight Winds Festival. This year was one of the best that I’ve ever been to – and that wasn’t just because we had cabins! Riley, Sean, and the team put together a fantastic event with speakers from within ADF and without. For the first time, we had the current Archdruid, the Archdruid Emeritus, and the Vice Archdruid at the same event.

One of my favorite moments at the event was watching herbalist Sarah Bernard pull out a camp knife and prep a mixture to help one of the kids who had fallen and scraped himself. It reminded me of how we can bring our spirituality and our practice into our everyday lives. We can look at any situation we face and consider how we can incorporate our virtues, our values, and our spirituality into our response.

In today’s somewhat crazy world, I invite you to consider our values – especially Hospitality – as you respond to some of the stressful insanity around you.

Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,

Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid


From the Deputy Regional Druid

Lughnasadh Blessings, may your harvest exceed your need.

At this time of year, we have historically been able to glimpse the fullness of the yield of our work. Cover crops were turned. The soil was worked and tilled. The seeds were planted, and the rows were hoed. Our aspirations were irrigated, thinned, weeded, and all the diligence we could muster was invested in the success of our endeavors. Now, at the first harvest, the quality of our produce is revealed and shared with our community.

That’s what it felt like to come home after Eight Winds. This was my first time being so heavily involved in the organization of a festival. And, truthfully, our annual regional festival is Sierra Madrone Grove’s signature event. I really felt that it needed to live up to the years that I’ve been an attendee, and the years it has been organized by those that went before me. I have seen the pictures. I know it was excellent before I ever went.

So, we stepped up, secured great presenters and an awesome location. I ferreted away my favorite whiskeys for months. We did the things that needed doing, cultivated relationships, and learned new tools. We made schedules and agreements, strengthened bonds, and found everyone was ready to pitch in when things needed to happen. What a great experience.

When we came together for Sierra Madrone’s board meeting to debrief, we went over the lessons learned, examined opportunities for next time, and reveled in the success of another fantastic year at Eight Winds. The continued growth of our friendships and interdependence combine with the solid foundation of ADF that we build on, and are not just analogous to the experience of our ancestors. They are the work and the fruit that we harvest and share with joy.

Michael Riley
Senior Druid at Sierra Madrone Grove, ADF
Northwest Deputy Regional Druid


A Full Moon Prayer for Healing

Shared by Jon Drum and created in conjunction with the Healer’s SIG.

A small group of individuals has been working together to put forth a methodology for a general working for ADF members and any person who needs and consents to our practice. We have come up with a healing prayer to work every Full Moon.

I would recommend facing your altar or facing the Full Moon and envision those who are to receive our blessings and the blessings of the Moon, the Earth Mother, and whichever deities and spirits you call forth, bathed in the light of the Moon.

Feel them surrounded by the light and the prayers of all those working together for this end.
As you do so, say:

May the light of the Full Moon shine down upon us in blessing and in healing:
For those in need who consent,
For support of those in dire need who cannot yet reach out,
For ourselves;

Heal us of our infirmities,
Heal us of our maladies,
Heal us of our affliction.

Bring us all into the light of better health and better living.

For this, we honor and thank the Full Moon and the healing goddesses and gods of our hearths.

So be it!

Dedicants Corner: Summer Solstice

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

ADF Clergy perform a joint Lughnasadh Ritual on YouTube
Chris Godwin shares a Solitary Lughnasadh Ritual for you to try
Over on the Humanistic Pagan blog, they talk about different ways to celebrate our Summer Cross-Quarter High Day
Setting Up Your Lammas (Lughnasadh) Altar on Thought.co
Litha Craft Projects on Thought.co


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

Are you interested in starting a magical practice? Or are you interested in the Magician’s Guild? Check out this article from Llewellyn on how to get started with a magical practice.
Dahm the Bard talks about his efforts to re-create an ancient Celtic practice of trancework.
Trying to get better at Trance? Check out the Druid Musings blog and their posts on their trance experience.
Working With Technology (& The Gods to Call for Help With It) by Melissa Smith
On Pagan Blogger, Jesamyn Angelica wrote a series of posts on how to bring more discipline to our lives


Upcoming Rituals & Events

Clan of the Triplehorses will be host a casual open-to-the-public  Freyfest sumbel at the http://theschoolhaus.com/ in Jacksonville, Oregon on Saturday, August 11. Please feel free to contact us for more details: triplehorses@gmail.com

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

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


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)
Other images by Michael Riley