In the last week, I’ve seen almost 50 wooly bear caterpillars. These caterpillars are also known as “wooly caterpillar”, “bear caterpillar” and “wooly worms” (latin: phyrrhartica isabella). These fuzzy, brown and black caterpillars come out just as the weather grows cold. I often find hidding in woodpiles or garden mulch getting ready to hibernate till […]
In a typical year, at Lughnasadh, my grove would be gathering for our favorite celebration of the year. This is typically a weekend of rituals, feasting, fire, and merriment, all hosted here at our homestead in Western PA. With the pandemic raging around us, this kind of gathering cannot happen at present. As much as […]
A stumbling block that is often encountered for Druid parents is the lack of “programs” for teaching their kids Druidism. A number of Wiccan children’s books/activity books have become available in the last couple of decades, but only a limited amount of that material will really “cross-over” to ADF Druidism.
So I’ve come up with this guide, which is mainly made up of links to previous blog articles I’ve written on the various subjects of Indo-European Druidism for children, and links to some other websites, books, etc. You could arrange these suggestions into a schedule, a curriculum, or make flexible plans and follow your child’s lead. Many of the suggested books can be found at a library, or scored for cheap, used. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to do this. It is, however, an excellent use of your time and effort.
Most kids love…
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This ritual is designed for an older child who wants to do her/his own ADF rituals for the High Days or other occasions, either at his/her own shrine or back yard. Charter Oak Grove has a wonderful collection of children’s rituals that you may want to check out if you are leading a group of younger children in ritual. This, however, is for the child who has moved beyond needing the ritual to be filled with nursery rhymes and treats.
I’ve left out a few things that usually go into an ADF ritual, but I assure you it is still “ADF legit”, according to the “musts” of ADF Core Order of Ritual. I have left out the outsider appropriation, as I do in all my own ADF-style rituals, because it is one aspect of ADF that I just don’t believe in. I don’t want to set up a ghosti relationship…
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Because ADF encompasses all Indo-European cultures, I wanted to come up with something that any ADF family could use. These prayers are, for the most part, not culture specific. Many of them can be easily adapted to your specific hearth culture by inserting deity names in place of more general terms. Some Druids like to end prayers by saying “awen“. Others say “Biodh sé amhlaidh” (pronounced “bee shay ow-lee”) which means “so be it” in Gaelic, or the Old Norse equivalent “So sei es” (pronounced “zo zay ess”). You don’t really have to use an ending word/phrase, though. Some of these prayers are song prayers with links to the song or melody. Customize how you like and make a homemade book of prayers for your little one, adding clip-art or your own artwork.
Hail the Day
Hail the day, the sun, the sky!
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One of the things that can go a long way in the spiritual development of children is to help them set up an altar of their own in their room. The altar set-up in Ár nDraíocht Féin is a bit different from most other forms of modern Paganism. We don’t follow an “elements” system, but rather, we venerate the Triple Hallows of Well, Tree, and Fire. ADF is a very family-friendly, child-friendly, budget-friendly tradition. No expensive tools are necessary, nor even desirable. In fact, an ADF altar could be just three bowls and a stick! However, most people (including kids!) want to be more creative than that, and it doesn’t really cost much more to do so, perhaps a little more time and craftiness. Most of these ideas have the option of crafting something, so as to really personalize this sacred space. Any of the ideas listed below could…
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Recently I’ve talked to a lot of Pagans who have said some of their kids converted to Christianity after they were grown. I talked to one person who was raised Pagan, remained a Pagan as an adult, but whose siblings converted to Christianity. I’ve been wondering why this is. The most logical explanation is that there is a lot of pressure from society to be mainstream in one’s beliefs. Also, it can be difficult in many parts of the country to find a good-sized Pagan community for friendship and support. One thing I’ve noticed through years of organizing and helping with public Pagan groups is that its very hard to get people to regularly attend and participate unless it’s a High Day (Pagan holiday or Sabbat). Many Pagan groups hold regular meetings to plan, study, discuss various topics and socialize. It gives group members a chance to get to know…
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Today, far from Druidry seeming like some arcane fringe activity, our preoccupations are now centre-stage: they address the most urgent and important issue of our time: how we galvanize all of our potential – practical, creative, intellectual, and spiritual – to protect and restore the Earth. 85 more words
Herbal greetings, my fellow plant lovers, Are you as delighted as I am to see Herbalism blossoming so beautifully and abundantly throughout the country? Populations of people who have a long but often forgotten history of herbal use are rediscovering and reclaiming their ancient traditions. There is at least one herb school, herb class or herb […]