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A Druidic Ritual Primer

A Druid ritual may appear complex and confusing to an outsider. This primer will cover some of the basics so that you will be able to get the most out of rituals that you attend.

A Preview of the Dedicant Path

[Note: This article first appeared in ADF's quarterly journal, Oak Leaves. The ADF Dedicant Path is included with ADF Membership.

A Recommended Reading List for Dedicants

Here is a short list of books that have been approved for the Dedicants Program.

A Vision for Ar nDraiocht Fein

Originally published in News From the Mother Grove, November 1995

In the midst of our concern with corporate structure, bank accounts and member services, I offer a vision of the spiritual, and of the Spirits.

ADF and OBOD

This article was written in September of 2004, and much has changed since then.

ADF Annual Awards

Excellence in Service Award

The Excellence in Service Award recognizes the exceptional public service work of an ADF Grove, Protogrove, Guild, SIG, or other Subgroup. Here are the winners, by year:

ADF Basics

The following are some articles describing the basics of ADF, including our fundamental beliefs, goals, visions, etc. If you have any questions that these pages don't answer, feel free to Contact Us with your questions!

ADF Druidism and Wicca

The Wiccan ("Neo-Pagan Witchcraft") movement includes the vast majority of the 100,000 to 250,000 people involved in Neo-Paganism in North America. About three-quarters of Our Fellowship are or have been followers of Wicca, and ADF is inclusive of their beliefs as well.

ADF Training Overview

In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a single "ADF Study Program", but since 2003 ADF has a number of different training programs, starting with the work of the Dedicant Path and branching out from there.

Ancestors of the Celts

The following is a brief timeline of the history of the "Celts", drawing on information from Brittania and other online resources.

Becoming Clergy in ADF

When Isaac Bonewits founded ADF, he wrote in his Vision statement that:

Books by ADF Members

This page lists books published by ADF members. These books are not officially endorsed by ADF, but are nonetheless reflective of how some of our members approach and integrate Our Druidry into their lives. Listed by author.

Brigid: Flame of Two Eternities

(Originally published in Druid's Progress 12)

Brigit Behind the Veil

Tracing the roots of the goddess and saint.

Brigit Lights Her Own

(Originally published in Druid's Progress 12)

Of the first fire, she sings -
of the first fire of Spring, she sings,
Her voice ringing clear in the cold winter air,
as she rises and gathers her things.

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Call to Manannan

Let us call to Manannan to guide us, lest we be lost in the mists of change:

(Conch shell is blown, if available.)

Changes in the Druid Liturgy

The Druid Liturgy
A.D.F Standard Outline
Summer 1991 C.E.

Creating the Desire for Worship

Last night, I was reading Mark Twain's fascinating book, Following the Equator, and came across the following description:

Crime: Sacred or Profane?

(Originally published in Druid's Progress 11)

Dagda

(Originally published in Druid's Progress 11)

Dedicant Path FAQs

The following are some frequently asked questions about ADF's Dedicant Path (DP). If you have a question that is not listed here, please feel free to contact the ADF Office.

Dedicant Path Journals

The following is a list of online Dedicant Journals people have chosen to make available to the public. A Dedicant Journal is part of the ADF Dedicant Path, a year-long introduction to ADF Druidry.

Donn Invocation

In the season of darkening, the Lord of the House of Death receives the Spirits in his Hall. He is Donn the Dark One, called Cernunnos the Horned One. He is the First Ancestor, the Torc Bearer, The Guardian of the Cauldron of Plenty.

Fiction As Reality

(Originally published in Druid's Progress 12)

Hymn to the Morrigan

© Isaac Bonewits
Originally published in Druid's Progress #3

Words by Isaac Bonewits, music traditional (Lagan Lad/Quiet Joys)

-- for Sally --

Inside the Dedicant Path (1)

When I came to ADF, I came at the behest of a group of eclectic pagan friends who would roll their eyes at my constant theological and cosmological questions, and who ultimately suggested that I would be happier with "those Druids" because Druids think about such things.

Inside the Dedicant Path (2)

I came to ADF after about five years of searching for a place where I could learn about spirituality and how my ancestors lived and worshipped.

Introduction to Neopaganism

As an organization, ADF continues to expand at an amazing rate.

Language Resources

This page lists some resources we have found useful for learning ancient and modern Indo-European languages.

Leaders of ADF International

Our backgrounds and visions.

More Details on Our Training Systems

Due to a restructuring of ADF's Study Programs that took place in early 2003, ADF now has several components of its training programs, consisting of the following four categories of study:

Morrigan Invocation

As the Earth falls into sleep the Queen of Spirits is choosing those who will go to the Cauldron of Rebirth. She is Morrigan, the Great Queen of Phantoms, the Chooser of the Slain. She is the Battle Raven, the Red Woman, Mistress of the Cauldron.

Mythology Books

The following books are decent and fairly readable retellings of classic mythological tales. The list includes books for adults and children.

New Complexities in Indo-European Caste Systems and Cosmologies

Originally published in Druid's Progress #8

Other Approved Recommended Reading Sources

While the books listed on the Primary Recommended Reading List are preferred, there are occasions where Dedicant's can and have requested to review alternative books.

Other Recommended Reading

Below is a list of books which compliments our standard suggested reading list.

Out of Print Book Sources

The following are some sources for out-of-print books our members have found useful:

Out of Print Books

The following is a list of recommended books which are unfortunately out of print. They are listed here so that you can pursue these excellent works if you have the time and money to do so.

Pagans in Recovery

(Editor's note: This article was written in 1990, so many of the resources it recommends may be out-of-date. Be sure to verify that any newsletters or organizations still exist before sending any funds!)

Podcasts and Videos by ADF Members

Join our communities and share *ghosti with your fellow Druids!

In addition to our official channels, there are a wide range of amazing content created by various A

Primary Source Material

The following books are primary source translations for the Indo-European cultures ADF draws its inspiration from, including Celtic, Hellenic, Norse, Roman, Slavic, an

Rethinking Imbolc

Imbolc marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox, and is held as the beginning of spring itself. Certainly the days are growing perceptively longer so that the power of night is moving, however slowly, towards its eventual defeat during summer.

Some Notes on Initiation

© Isaac Bonewits
Originally published in Druid's Progress #2

Standard Liturgical Outline

This ritual outline is an historical outline from Our Drudiry prior to 2006. Our current outline can be found in our Order of Ritual.

(Items in italics represent optional steps)

Training Programs

A commitment to excellence for our members and our clergy.

Training Resources

Below are some resources we have found useful in progressing through ADF's training programs or just learning more about Our Druidry.

Uncertainty and the Dedicant's Journey

Some of you who are reading this clicked on it knowing full well who your Patrons are and what Hearth Culture appeals to you. If you are one of these people, this note will likely hold less use for you.

Warriors and Their Weapons

An argument for continuing to permit to carry weapons at festivals.

What Do Neopagan Druids Believe?

Many of the members of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) make the following assumptions regarding belief; however, it's important to remember that not everyone would use the term "belief" in reference to these concepts, and that every concept mentioned has a wide variety of accepted int

What is ADF?

The full name of our organization is Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Inc.


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