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
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 About.com)
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
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 ADF.org
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 kitchen.com blog
There is a new blog from Rev. Jean Pagano & Chris Godwin: From A Common Well
Sites for Pagan News and Blogs
Useful links & reminders
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
Seeking the Sacred Divine Anthology
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Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)