Thursday, December 2, 2010

What Druidry Means to Me

Druidry to me means finding peace, joy and stability in my every day life through the continual cultivation of a right relationship with the Earth and everything that lives upon it.

It's that simple. :-)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Samhain To-Do List

1. Meditate on my life, and what I'd like to begin/end/change in the coming year.

2. Create a fun and tasty all-locally-grown feast for my family - include some silly items like Rosemary Garlic Blue Mashed Potatoes from locally-grown All-Blue potatoes.

3. Spend some extra quality time with the furry children and the green leafy children.

4. Order will-making software so I can get my personal paperwork updated.

5. Plant garlic and perennial onions in the garden for next year.

6. Make some of my famous ketchup!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Alban Heruin (Summer Solstice)

A ritual to be performed at noon on the longest day of the year.

Have an altar ready, indoors or out as weather or situation dictates, with representation of the elements, a druid sword, a special clear chalice with appropriate drink (or water), and a simple feast of whatever fruits of early summer were ready for harvest from the garden that morning.

[Perform solitary grove opening then move into seasonal blessing below.]

[Stand facing the noonday sun in the south and say the following aloud with feeling...]

The earth turns, and with its turning, the sun "rises" and that which we call time is called into being
The earth circles the sun, and with its circling, that which we call the seasons become
And with these times and with these seasons the Sun gives order to our existence
And with this order we measure out our lives upon this earth

On this, the longest day of the year, we give thanks for the blessings summer brings
We give thanks for the light, for without it, the plants could not grow
We give thanks for the warmth, for without it, the earth would be barren
We give thanks for summer for within its warm and fertile embrace the plants of summer grow to bring forth the fruits of the harvest!

Lift the chalice from the altar

The maiden of spring becomes once again the green queen of summer! Behold the richness of the growing season, the fertility of the living earth, and the first fruits of the year. We give thanks for the return of summer and the rich promise of a new harvest to come!

[Salute the noonday sun with chalice]

Father Sun, bless and warm us!

[With chalice, salute the earth]

Mother Earth, bless and feed us!

[Pour a small libation from chalice to each tree in the grove in turn, and by either pouring into dishes or dipping fingers into the chalice, let the critters have a taste as well]

All of life, live! Grow! Rejoice!

In Gaia, all life is one!

[Bow head and drink also from the chalice, signifying oneness with all the other life present]

[close grove]