From the Regional Druid
Happy Winter Solstice to you all!
Another year is almost over, and we’re in the middle of the winter holidays and getting ready for the New Year. There’s so much going on, and sometimes we have to deal with individuals that we’d rather not interact with. As we go through these times, remember to breathe. Taking a moment to focus on your breath can do amazing things to help make a rough, or stressful, situation just a little better. It doesn’t fix the issues, but it can help us to deal with them. So take a breath, take a moment, and remember that you are worth it.
I recently had a lot of opportunities to take a breath and to take a moment. I spent 3 days with my husband in the hospital – he was the one in the bed. The image in the header is from the Healing Garden at the hospital, and it’s a good reminder for us to remember that there can always be hope for a better situation.
This is also a great time for giving back to your community. I invite you to look around and see where you can help locally. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spare, perhaps you have time. There’s a lot of different charities that need help this time of year. Around here, for instance, the Second Harvest food bank has days where you can volunteer to come in and help sort food. You can also support the organizations that you are a part of. You don’t even have to spend any extra money for it! Many non-profit organizations – including ADF – participate in Amazon’s AmazonSmile program. You sign up for the program, and the organization that you select will get a small percentage of everything you spend on Amazon at no cost to you. You would be most welcome to join me in supporting ADF through this program.
Blessings of the Kindreds to you and yours,
Victoria S (Leona Oigheag)
Northwest Regional Druid
Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost
~ Erol Ozan
Dedicants Corner: Winter Solstice/Yule
Working on your Dedicant Program? Or just interested in the High Day
Here are some useful links for you.
Commentary and research on a Norse Yule from Freyia Völundarhúsins
A short article on the Winter Solstice from the BBC
OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids) have an article about Alban Arthan, the Winter Solstice.
The Druid’s Garden has an article about all of the different High Days.
General Resources from
Around the Web
Some new, and not so new, resources that any Druid might find useful!
Rev. Ian Corrigan is working on a new Hearth Culture focus for new and veteran ADF members (Facebook links)
The Solitary SIG has recently started a new wiki page with some great resources (and a Solitary Yule ritual)
The Pagan Perspectives YouTube channel shared a great video about a Hellenic witch and what they do for daily rituals.
Recently discovered and shared on Facebook: AbeBooks can be a source for purchasing study program books
The Celtic Tomes podcast has series where they read various pagan and celtic books. Most recently they are reading “British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions”
Sites for Pagan News and Blogs
Useful links & reminders
A 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)