Slowly getting into a routine

The ADF clergy path requires certain things of it’s members who have had the call. 

One of these things that is required is that the dedicant do weekly retreat days where there is a morning prayer, a nightly prayer, meal prayers and a full hearth ritual. I am slowly getting into practice to try to do some of these things daily. 

My hope is to get into the practice to do a morning and nightly prayer as well as the meal prayers daily (that way I can’t forget to do them weekly) as well as a hearth ritual on tuesdays and thursdays. 

I’m currently finding things difficult because my altar and room are a MESS!!! We re-arranged my room and things that went with the altar just kinda got shoved there vs finding another place for them. So my altar has been non-functional for a little bit. My chair that I use at it has been piled high with things so I cannot sit at it and, well, this situation is just not working for me. As my pain levels lighten up I want to be able to get into these routines and actually have my spirituality in my life vs just being a doing pagan. Even then I haven’t been doing much lately because of the pain. 

I want to take flowers to the cemetery again. I want to take a walk through the chickadee trail and heber down now that I can actually walk for about 20 min or so without wanting to die. 

All these things I will do, Soon!!!

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Why Druidry?

This is the first in a series of 30 prompts called “30 days of Druidry” please see the other posts under this tag for more.

Three years ago I wrote for this very prompt:

how do you explain the feel of the wind against your face, or the smell of a lover’s embrace? How do you describe a feeling, or emotion? This question is similar to both of those things.

Druidry is a connecting force, between me and those who I hold dearest. It is the study I have undertaken in order to prove myself to the deities of the past, and the spirits of the now. It is a feeling of conectedness to the world around me that started out as a feeling of “this feels right, and this makes sense”.

At that time I didn’t think I would have the study or experience behind me that I do now.

For the times now, druidry is life. Even when the devotions are quiet, and the spirits don’t speak much, druidry is still life. It is still a connecting force, but it is that force between me and the kindred. Where even if I do not do formal ritual the little things I do in my daily life still show them I care. Show them that I still worship them but in a much different way.

Even with the pain I am much more a “show your devotion, not do your devotion” kind of pagan. I would rather go and give offerings at the cemetery than give them at my own altar. I would rather go with a grabby thing and pick up trash or feed the birds than give the nature spirits some flowery words and an offering into a bowl. The gods I talk to, even if it’s not in ritual I tend to speak to them to ensure to them I haven’t forgotten them. My memories of the times we’ve had in the otherworld and the strengths they give me now are not forgotten.

I find that the show your devotion, not do your devotion kind of paganism works well with druidry because of this. This is one of the reasons why druidry. The other, IT MAKES SENSE!

Druidry is polytheistic, as am I. Each deity is a much different personality than another. Sometimes over time people have made correlations between certain pantheons where one deity is similar or the same as others however to me that is UPG and my UPG is that they are all different.

Druidry worships all three kindred, as I do, as I have always wanted to do. A lot of wiccan circles do not fit right with who I am. They do not recognize those spirits in the world around us. The spirits of the forest and of the sea. The spirits of those family members who still come to take care of us. This to me is not right. Once again, my own thoughts here, but you need to worship all of the types of beings on the Earth not just the deities. The others deserve our love and worship too.

Druidry is an Earth based religion and worships the Earth Mother. This Earth Mother concept is rooted down into my being. It is rooted in my upbringing with my recycling and love of nature. It is a proper thing to be a hippie while being a pagan, even if you are decades late in your hippiness!

So that is why druidry, it fits me like a glove. One that I never want to take off.

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30 days of Druidry

Again I’m going to try to do this, lets see how I do with getting up this early and having peaceful time to work on it. Maybe writing will be my worship.

Why Druidry? (This is the new version)
Foundations: Cosmology
Foundations: Nature and Earth
Foundations: The Three Realms
Foundations: The Elements
Foundations: Altar, Grove and Nemeton
Foundations: Day-to-Day Practice
Relationships: Gods/Deities and Spirit [sneak peek]
Relationships: The Ancestors
Relationships: Spirits of the Land
Relationships: Ritual and Worship
Relationships: The Fire Festivals
Relationships: The Solar Festivals
Relationships: Rites of Passage
Inspirations: Awen and Creativity
Inspirations: Prayer and Meditation
Inspirations: Storytelling and Myth
Inspirations: Music, Poetry and Aesthetics
Inspirations: Ethics, Virtues and Values
Inspirations: Divination and Magic
Inspirations: Mysticism and Philosophy
Everyday Life: Druidry and Family Life
Everyday Life: Druidry and Romance
Everyday Life: Druidry and Work/Career
Everyday Life: Conservation and Environmentalism
Everyday Life: Druidry and Community
Everyday Life: Peace and Social Justice
Everyday Life: A Life in the Day of a Druid
The Future of Druidry
Advice to the Seeker

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Rising in the Dark

I rise up each day,
the light not yet present.
The sun has not yet graced us with it’s presence.

The darkness permeates,
the world around.
And yet the animals still happily run around.

The bunnies hop,
Around the lawns
In the darkness barely seen by man.

The birds awake,
With the rising sun.
Chirping wildly as it breaks ground.

The sun comes up,
Slowly there’s light.
Daybreaks into a greatly wonderful sound.

I rise up each day,
within the dark.
To a new and most different world.

A quiet serenity,
a peaceful place.
A place before the sound wakes up.

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There has been much silence around me.

Not literal silence, my mother keeps the tv on constantly, and if I try to turn it off to read she starts talking to me but that is not what I mean.

My practices have taken a turn for the not happening. The pain has been too much lately to be able to think let alone let the spirits come to me. I cannot concentrate on the influences on my body from the spirits around me because I cannot focus on my body because of the pain.

My divination abilities are still there. I even started my own side business from Chelly’s Creations called Voices of the Trees to allow people to contact me for ogham readings.

Because of my connection to the dead I wish I was able to stay up later, or become nocturnal, but that won’t happen any time soon I don’t think. I am dead by the end of the day and can normally barely get to bed. I will figure out a routine for devotion again. I think I need to do it mid day *shudder*

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A distance from home.

I don’t always feel at home sitting in my livingroom. I feel like a stranger in my own town. There is one place I feel at home, but it is 4hours away and in the middle of a system of interstate highways. There is a place out there where I have pagans who accept me. Understand when I can’t do something or have to sit down. The congreagation loves me and calls me “the Canadian” although, my grove isn’t always so sure of the fact that I am. My personality screams American, although my accent may tell the truth. The true me can show through down there and not have anyone look sideways at me

I may have a Canadian passport, I may live in whitby, my home is in Erie PA and so is my heart. My community is down there. That is where I feel at home. I guess I will always feel like a wanderer or maybe traveller is the right word. As I have to travel to find my home and then leave it just like I came.

I always wonder if I moved there if home would move again.

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Silence, it’s been good

The silence has been good for me. Relaxing doing as I need to not working on anything. Just pure and utter spiritual silence.

I am glad the spirits have been giving me a break, however that break is ending. As we enter the dark half of the year they are starting to talk again and giving me guidance. Such as “Why the hell is my bookmark not on the shrine?!” Oh Isaac the hilariousness you bring to my life at times.

This week I will be taking a walk in a local cemetery to bring honour to the unknown dead. Those ones you can’t even read their gravestones. Who have been gone so long that no one knows who they are any longer and may not even have living relatives. Those ones that you can read I am normally drawn to the children for some reason. Probably because they have no descendants of their own to bring them honour.

My altar has been cleaned. It got very dusty this season, with the silence has come a silence on my side as well with only recognizing the high days. This shall be stopping as of Thursday. I will start doing daily devotionals again so that the spirits have a time to speak to me vs doing it all day long. Sometimes they never shut up. Oh well I’ll figure out a good working balance with those who like to be in my life.

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