Summer Solstice 2017

ADF Northwest Newsletter

From the Regional Druid

Greetings to the druids of the Northwest! Happy Summer to you all! I hope that everyone is finding a way to stay relatively cool in this season – or perhaps you’re in one of the areas that hasn’t gotten hot yet and are enjoying the weather.

Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the men out there who have had children, or who have helped to raise children! The Wild Hunt wrote an interesting article on Fathers and interviewed our own Rev. Sean Harbaugh for it.

Whatever the weather where you are, Summer is a time for getting together with folks, and it always makes me think of Hospitality. Hospitality is one of our virtues, and it’s one of the most important for me. It’s the only virtue that you cannot express alone. By its very nature, Hospitality requires at least one other person.

When I was growing up, I always interpreted Hospitality to mean that I would invite people over to my house and offer them food, drink, and company. Now, however, I believe that it’s so much more than that. My current understanding, or interpretation, of Hospitality is about relationship. It’s about the relationships that we have with other people in our community, in our apartment buildings, and on the bus or train as we ride to work. It’s about how we treat each other every day.

In the vein of “Why not Excellence?” I’d like to quote Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure:
“Be excellent to each other.”

Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,

Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid

Dedicants Corner: Summer Solstice

Working on your Dedicant Program? Here’s some useful links for you.

 From ThoughtCo (formerly About the Summer Solstice

Rev Davin  posted a video of his Summer Solstice ritual on Facebook.
You do need to log into Facebook to view this video.

Diana Rajchel posted an interesting article on with some links to the Pagan Values group on Facebook

Local Festivals this Season

ADF Festivals
Eight Winds is July 13-16, 2017
Beyond the Gates is August 24-27th 2017
Non-ADF Festivals
Many Gods West is a general Polythiest conference – August 4-6, 2017
California Witchcamp is more generally pagan – June 25 – July 2, 2017

I Give Water ..

I gave water to the Nature Spirits,
An offering from the heart.

The rains came and washed over everything and I gave thanks in return.

by Rev. Jean Pagano

A great resource to use is
Check out this article on Roman Rituals.
Be warned though, anyone can post to this site, so critical reading is key. There’s a lot of peer-reviewed articles up there though, so it’s worth checking out!


Remembering the Sun at the June Solstice by Earrach Of Pittsburgh

The Folklore Podcast hosted by Mark Norman did a show on myths about the Sun: Folklore of the Eclipse

Rev. Ian Corrigan hosts a YouTube series on the Celts and Druids

Mike Kaan posted a Norse Solitary Core Order Ritual that’s a great start for your Norse Hearth rituals!

 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!

Around the Region

 More Events are Coming!

The two big Northwest events have their dates all setup – save the dates to attend one or both!

11th Annual Eight Winds Festival
July 13-16, 2017
Trout Lake Abbey

Beyond the Gates
August 24-27th 2017
Trout Lake Abbey

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

 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 Jonathan & 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. The Deadline is March 31 for Submissions.
Find out more on her blog at:

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Have questions for our Regional Druid?  Contact Victoria at
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Want to help out at Pantheacon or Eight Winds?  Email us at
Image Credits:
Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)