I’m currently working my way through the Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) Dedicant Path. So writing about how I came to Druidry, and what it means to me, is a good topic for one of my first posts.
I believe nature to be sacred. My reverence for nature led me to choose an earth-based path. It has helped my understanding a bit of how people are connected to their ancestral lands, sacred places and the spirits that live there. I would like to one day visit some of the sacred sites in Britain and Ireland. I believe that we, as humans, need to do what we can to protect and preserve nature. There are small things each of us can do. Although they can seem insignificant, they all add up. Recycle, use less water, less electricity, leave the car at home and walk or cycle if you’re not going far. Get involved in activism, support an organisation that is making a difference. I support Greenpeace. I can’t give them a lot, but it adds up.
Honouring the Deities.
Shining Gods and Goddesses, wisest and mightiest. I feel the greatest connection with Brighid and The Morrigan. During a full ADF rite offerings are made to the Shining Ones (Deities) as a whole. I work with the Gaelic (Irish) pantheon, so they are the ones I call. There are also offerings made to the Beings of the Occasion. For example: at Lughnasadh I made offerings to Lugh and His foster mother Tailtiu. I even wrote a poem for Them.
Honouring the Ancestors.
Mighty Dead, Ancestors of blood and spirit. I have issues with honouring my blood ancestors. Ancestors of spirit I relate to a lot better. Friends who have passed to the other side, who were like family to me. Those gone before who I share a calling with.
Spirits of Nature.
Noble Ones, with whom we share the worlds. I have yet to find a nice quiet place to work on my nature attunement, so I don’t have much to say about this yet. I offer to them in ritual, as to the other two Kindreds.
Regaining a sense of wonder.
I think we, as adults, can lose a lot of our sense of wonder. There is a lot about our world that is truly amazing. That this planet, out of all the ones we have discovered, can be home to such a complexity of life. That we can create so many amazing things, both through science and art. The weird and wonderful creatures, plants and places in nature. It’s all there, if we look.