Samhain 2017

ADF Northwest Newsletter

From the Regional Druid

Greetings and welcome to the NW newsletter for Samhain.

“Spin, Spindle, spin,
to end is to begin,
spiral winds the wyrd yarn,
dying is a being born,
spindle, spindle, spin.”

These are the words of a song from Diana Paxton’s book “The Way of the Oracle.” These words help to lead the seer to the Otherworld. Samhain is a time when the Otherworld and this one are closely aligned. It’s a time to remember our Ancestors, but that can be challenging for some of us.

Some of us don’t know who our ancestors are. We may be adopted, or may not know our families beyond our parent, or parents.  But our Ancestors are not just those who we have known, They are all those who have come before. They are the people we know, and the people we don’t know who’s existence allowed us to be here. They are those whose blood we share, and there are those who contributed ideas, who stood for their ideals, who shaped our minds and our hearts.

Some of us have challenges honoring certain individuals in our family. As with spinning, we can choose what fibers we bring into our practice. We can choose to honor the good things that people did for us. We can choose to honor the helpful lessons that people gave us.  All the lessons are still part of who we are, but we can celebrate the ones we choose.

In this season of Samhain, let us look back at those who have added to our lives, to our wyrd, and spin in the fibers we honor.

Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,

Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid

We remember Hugh Hampton, former ADF Office Manager. May he be welcomed among the Ancestors.

Dedicants Corner: Samhain

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

Samhain Customs and Folklore from ThoughtCo (formerly

An Article on worshiping the Ancestors by John Beckett

8 Ways to celebrate Samhain by Jason Mankey

9 Actual Samhain Customs You Can Do by The Blue Faced Druid

Christopher Penczak on The Mighty Dead & The Eternal Sabbat by Mat Auryn

The Guardian posted an article about the Irish Wake and how that relates to the ancestors.

General Resources from

Around the Web

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

Interested in fresh ideas for your ritual? or what to know what the different steps mean or even are?  Check out the CooR Tutorial on

Interesting ideas for helping you to reduce waste in the kitchen: What I Discovered When I Tried to Cut All Waste Out of My Kitchen on the blog

There is a new blog from Rev. Jean Pagano & Chris Godwin: From A Common Well

Upcoming Rituals

You can see what’s coming up on our Northwest Events Facebook page at
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

 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. – 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 – Hosted by the Witches & Pagans site there are a lot of good bloggers here too!

 Useful links & reminders

Support ADF

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ADF Forum Archives

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ADF Blogs

Drum has been updating the Archdruid Blog at You can also check out his personal blog at
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

 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
by Ashtore Driver

Weird Web Radio
by Lonnie Scott

Gifts of the Wyrd
by Jan Tjeerd (yan-teerd) Hyatt

Part the Mist
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!

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:

See us on the web at
Have questions for our Regional Druid?  Contact Victoria at
Have a submission for the next newsletter?  Email us at
Want to help out at Pantheacon or Eight Winds?  Email us at
Image Credits:
Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)