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Core Order of Ritual - Ancestors

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 09/11/2016 - 12:00

As I started to do last week, this week, we will continue to look at the Core Order of Ritual.  Today, we'll start looking at calling the Kindred with calling on the Ancestors.  My basic call for the ancestors is this

Ancestors!

You who are part of our lineage, oure relatives and blood relations, we offer you welcome.

You whom are friends and allies, oue chosen family, we offer you welcome.

You who walked this very land, those who lived here before us, we offer you welcome.

Core Order of Ritual - Gatekeeper

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Mon, 09/05/2016 - 19:21

While I was at Summerland Festival a few weeks ago, myself and a few other priests were talking, and one thing that came up is that for many people, the various parts of the ritual need to be de-mystified.  We do have a good resource in ADF by Brandon Newberg in the Core Order of Ritual Tutorial (https://www.adf.org/members/training/dedicant-path/articles/coortutoria… for those that are members) but that's long and both a review of where things came from along with mostly his viewpoint.

Summerland Festival 2016

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:36

This past long weekend I attended the Summerland Festival that is put on by Sixth Night Grove, ADF and held in the Dayton OH area.  This year was a year of records attendance with a bit over 100 people attending... The only higher attendance was the year Isaac Bonewits died and his memorial was held.  The camp itself a 4H camp and has very reasonable accommodations, especially when compared camping at places like Brushwood or Wisteria.

Lughnassadh in the city

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 21:04

This past weekend, I made a trip down to the NYC area.  The main reason for going down was to visit my grandparents, as my grandfather was in ill health a few weeks ago... he's doing better, and isn't really in bad shape for being 96, but it was good to visit them.  I then spent the night with my friend Sharon down in Raritan, NJ.  This gave me the opportunity to meet a few of the Grove of the Other Gods, ADF druids.  Really great people, and great conversations over dinner.

More violence

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 07/17/2016 - 11:35

It has been another horrible week in the news, and it is upsetting to see how many innocent lives have been taken.  This week, we had a truck run into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille day in Nice, France killing 84, and injuring around 100.  There was no reason for this, and from what I have been hearing it was more of a depressed man with nothing to loose than any kind of coordinated terrorist attack.  It is sad that such things could happen.

Senseless Act of Violence

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 06/12/2016 - 12:16

Image found on facebook, credit unknown.This morning, I awoke to hear of the death of 50 and hospitalization of 53 people in Orlando Florida.  The mass shooting happened at a gay night club at closing, during gay pride month.  Whether or not the people that have been killed and injured are gay, or allies, it does not matter.  Their deaths and injuries are senseless, and a tragedy.

Meditating with trees

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:49

Many years ago, I was introduced to a meditation technique by Diana Please as part of one of her intensives.  I can't recall if it was her trance or her seidhr intensive, but that doesn't matter.  The technique has stuck with me and been adapted a few different ways ever since.  The technique is best described as doing meditation or trance through another object or being.