Summer Solstice 2018

ADF Northwest Newsletter

From the Regional Druid

Happy Summer Solstice!

This Solstice seems to be about memory and tradition.  The runes for our Omen included Othala. Initially, the rune represented ancestral holdings or inherited land. In our current culture, many of us don’t live on land that has been inherited. In some cases, we don’t even live in the country or state where our family lives.

I don’t live in the country of my birth, nor do I live in the same state as my parents or siblings. Othala, to me, is about the inheritance of traditions and the memories of those who came before. It is about that continuity from parent to child as we move down the generations. While we may not live on the land of our ancestors anymore (or maybe you do), our lives seem to cycle back to earlier days in different ways.  For me, it’s the traditions from my childhood, passed down to me from my parents, and to my parents from their parents.

Summer Solstice is around the start of Summer holidays for the kids in school, and lighter traffic for the rest of us! What traditions do you have around this time of year?  Do you all gather for barbeques? or shared meals? or roasting pigs in the backyard over an open fire?

Our traditions are informed by the past and adapted to the future.  We may no longer roast pigs as we don’t have the backyard to do so, but the tradition of roasting food on the barbeque is still there. How do you continue and adapt your traditions?

Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,

Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid


From the Deputy Regional Druid

Greetings from the PNW!

My family is on our annual observance of the Summer Solstice. Our tradition is to spend the solstice camping on the Oregon coast. We take our time and friends from around Oregon come to our campsite and visit us. This is our sixth trip and it is now the thing our kids most look forward to throughout the year. We go tide pooling, hike some estuaries, collect agates, and do some crabbing.

For me, one of the most important things about our trip is that it physically connects me to the light. I have a very strong tendency to stay up too late. It’s an issue that is pretty cyclic. I stay up, so when I get up I’m drinking coffee to keep up with the kids (I Homeschool our young ones), and struggling to get my daily tasks done. As soon as everyone is in bed, though, I perk up and try to finish my daily work. Then I wind down with a little anime and Facebook. All the while, the household lights, and screens are keeping me from experiencing the natural shut down we get from the darkness. So, a drop of the pure, and some melatonin, and I’m off to sleep too late, again. Sliante!

In the middle of Oregon, however, last light at the campsite is, like, an hour later than in central California. I can’t abide a bright lantern, so, even though I’m still doing dishes after everyone goes to bed, my natural response to the dark kicks in and I’m asleep at a reasonable hour. Our trip is almost 2 weeks long, so I have time to get into that rhythm. Instead of 12 or 1 AM, I’m asleep at 11 for a few days in a row. It will get me through these longest days of the year, until Eight Winds, when I’ll stay up too late with some of the best Druids I know.

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


A prayer for stability

We call to our Ancestors to hold strong the way beneath us,
And they hold us up from the worlds below.
We call to those who knew us in this life,
But are now In the next,
Please support us.

We call to the spirits of nature,
To form a protective ring around us;
A circle of intent and caring,
With your branches to protect us
And your roots to ground us,
Please support us.

We call to the Shining Ones
To shine their brightness us so that no
Shadows will form.
All with be blessed by the warmth and light from Gods.
Watch over us today;
Please support us.

by Jon Drum


Dedicants Corner: Summer Solstice

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

Morgan Daimler talks about Irish-American Witchcraft: Midsummer, the Fair Folk, and Some Advice
Daily Mail (UK) coverage of the Druids at Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice
History of Litha/Summer Solstice from Thought.Co

Thinking about your Nature Spirit essay? Consider how you consume food and what you do with edible parts of food that often isn’t eaten.

Check out the latest Clergy Council High Day Ritual for Summer Solstice


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

Archdruid Jon Pagano and Podcaster Lonnie Scott talk about Modern Paganism
Listen to Professor Ronald Hutton talk about Traditional Fairy Beliefs (video)
Heron Michelle talks about The Paradox of Personal Sovereignty in Modern Witchcraft


Upcoming Rituals

You can see what’s coming up on our Northwest Events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ADFNorthwestEvents/.
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 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

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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


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Have questions for our Regional Druid?  Contact Victoria at adf-northwest-rd@adf.org.
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Image Credits:
Header Image by Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Other images by Michael Riley