Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF)

Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) is a Neopagan fellowship dedicated to creating a public tradition of Druidry. I am currently on the Dedicant Path, which means I am brand new to this tradition of Neopaganism. As I work through my program, I will be sharing essays, experiences, reflections, and meditations. This page will serve as an index.

For more information on Ár nDraíocht Féin, stop by the website.

The Dedicant Program

  • Virtues.
    The Dedicant is required to write a short essay on each of the nine virtues:

    1. Wisdom
    2. Piety
    3. Vision
    4. Courage
    5. Integrity
    6. Perseverance
    7. Hospitality
    8. Moderation
    9. Fertility

     

  • High Days.
    The Dedicant is required to write an essay on each of the ADF High Days. These eight High Days, also called The Wheel of the Year by many pagans, and have different names depending on the pantheon, or hearth culture, one follows.

    1. Samhain
    2. Winter Solstice (Yule)
    3. Imbolc
    4. Spring Equinox (Ostara)
    5. Beltane
    6. Summer Solstice (Midsummer/Litha)
    7. Lughnasadh
    8. Autumn Equinox (Mabon)

     

  • Book Reviews.
    The Dedicant is required to write a minimum of three book reviews.

    1. Indo-European studies title:
      • A History of Pagan Europe by Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick.
    1. Preferred ethnic study title:
      • The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales by Patrick K. Ford.
      • A Brief History of the Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis.
    2. Modern Paganism title:
    3. Nature Awareness:
      • Landscapes and Memory by Simon Schama.

     

  • The Home Shrine.
    The Dedicant is required to write a brief description and include photos of their home shrine, noting any plans for improvement/changes.
  • The Two Powers.
    The Dedicant is required to write an essay on their understanding/use of “The Two Powers” mediation, commonly refered to as “Grounding & Centering” in neopagan circles.
  • Mental Discipline.
    The Dedicant is required to discuss their experiences building mental discipline through the use of meditation and trance over a (minimum) five month period of time.
  • Nature Awareness.
    The Dedicant is required to write an essay detailing their understanding and involvement with local nature/environmental influences; mainly asked to display an understanding of their relationship to the planet and insights as to how he/she can improve the environment.
  • High Day Attendance.
    The Dedicant is required to write a brief essay detailing their involvement in the High Day celebrations (attended/performed.)

    1. Samhain
    2. Winter Solstice (Yule)
    3. Imbolc
    4. Spring Equinox (Ostara)
    5. Beltane
    6. Summer Solstice (Midsummer/Litha)
    7. Lughnasadh
    8. Autumn Equinox (Mabon)

     

  • The Three Kindreds.
    The dedicant is required to write an essay detailing their understanding of each of the Three Kindreds.

    1. The Spirits of Nature
    2.  The Ancestors
    3. The Gods

     

  • Cultural Practice.
    An essay detailing the Dedicant’s efforts to develop a spiritual practice drawn from cultural influences.
  • The Dedicant’s Oath Rite.
    The Dedicant’s Oath Rite and a self-evaluation of the Dedicant’s performance of the rite.
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