June 25, 2022

Prayer to Macha We call to you today, Macha, Goddess of sovereignty As we stand upon this land, Let there be sovereignty of the land, Fertile, Proud, And free. Let choice be yours alone, Send your blessings, I pray.   We call to you today, Macha, Goddess of sovereignty, As we stand on our own, Let there be sovereignty of one’s own body, Empowered, Proud, And free. Let choice be ours alone, Send your blessings, I pray.   We call... Read more

May 16, 2022

The Shining Ones Speak I have recently read comments by people on how they feel separated or distant from the Gods, or, as we call them in ADF, the Shining Ones. Of all the Kindreds, they are the entities that differ from us the most. The Ancestors are those that we knew, or at least knew of. The Nature Spirits are those that inhabit this middle realm with us. The Shining Ones, well, they are very different from ourselves.  ... Read more

January 17, 2022

Getting to Know the Ancestors (I Never Knew) I never knew my maternal grandparents. My maternal grandfather passed away before I was born, and my maternal grandmother passed died on my second birthday. I know them from pictures on the wall and from stories I have heard. Now, I wish to know them better. What I do know My grandfather was a vegetarian, like I am, unusual for a person living at the turn of the 20th century. He worked... Read more

January 1, 2022

Finding Cernunnos Finding Cernunnos is one of those classic Celtic undertakings. The destination is uncertain and the journey is through a number of passageways which may lead to wonderous discoveries. Or to dead ends. This post is about that journey. Better yet, it is about that journey, so far. Gundestrup I cannot remember when I first saw an image of Cernunnos for the first time. I know that it was the image from the Gundestrup Cauldron, but the exact year... Read more

August 1, 2021

Building a Devotional Practice with the Shining Ones As Pagans, we can merely observe the eight High Days and then move on with our lives. As Devoted Pagans, we develop a daily practice that helps us to build better relationships with the entities, spirits, and allies in our lives. This is the sixth in a series of “Building a Devotional Practice with” presentations. The first three dealt with the Land, the Sea, and the Sky. In this offering, we conclude... Read more

June 28, 2021

Right in Liminal Space Earlier this week, I was thinking about liminal space. What is liminal space? It is that place that is “in-between” the world, so to speak. Let me give you a classic example. I live really close to Lake Erie. I like to go to the lake and look at the place where the water meets the horizon. That meeting place, that intersection point: that is liminal space. It is hard to tell, in this example, where... Read more

January 24, 2021

Let the Realms Surround Me In the days and times of uncertainty, one occasionally needs some grounding and centering. In the Indo-European worldview, we have the three realms that make up our world, those of land, sea, and sky. I recently wrote this prayer for a friend and I share it with you. It is meant to be said first thing in the morning, when one is unsettled, or just before one goes to sleep. I pray that it is... Read more

October 21, 2020

Devotions can be accomplished in front of an altar, a shrine, the rising sun, or many different places. I recently discovered that I could do my devotional work in 8/10s of a mile. Read more

July 18, 2020

Building a Devotional Practice with the Nature Spirits As Pagans, we can merely observe the eight High Days and then move on with our lives. As Devoted Pagans, we can develop a practice that we undertake daily that helps us to build better relationships with the entities, spirits, and allies in our lives. This is the fifth in a series of “Building a Devotional Practice with” presentations. The first three dealt with the Land, the Sea, and the Sky. In... Read more

June 19, 2020

Timing While the Summer Solstice occurs on June 21st, Midsummer occurs around June 24th. The summer solstice is when the sun is the highest point in the sky and when the Northern Hemisphere sees its shortest night. Like Midwinter, the sun appears to stand still for three days while it is stationed at the highest point in its analemma. The date midsummer was most celebrated was St. John’s Eve(June 23rd) and St. John’s Day(June 24th) (Kondratiev, 2003).  Greetings, Sun of... Read more


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