A bit about Druidry

This section will encompass all the postings of the blog that center around learning about Druidry from an ADF prospective and through my journey learning the Druid path.

Here is a great video documentary about ADF.



Here is another video about ADF with Rev. Skip Ellison, former Arch Druid.



Here is a great video Former ADF Archdruid Ian Corrigan provides a fun and insightful introduction to ADF and where we are in developing our own magical systems.



The following is a link to the post I made about the BBC series British Paganism. They are well worth watching is it gives one a basic idea of the cultures, beliefs, and evidence found about ancient British traditions.
One of the things about ADF I have been so drawn to is that we are a public religion. We are orthopraxic, meaning we have a set way we perform our rituals as a religion. These rules for ritual are for public rights. ADF Druidry does not require specific private practices. The following is an article dedicated to the subject to help clear it up a bit more.

A look at Druid virtues: (These virtues are the basic starting point in ADF. Members are more than welcome to add more virtues to these as they see fit in their own lives.)

Essays about general concepts within ADF Druidry as I see them:

About the modern and a touch of the old High Days for Druids:

    Here are a few articles on my ADF Hellenic Druidry:

    The following is my Vocational Essay which is required when applying to the ADF Clergy Training Program (CTP). I wanted to share it with you as it sheds a bit more light on who I am and my personal Druidry.


    One view of ADF Cosmology: (The essays were submissions to the Cosmology 1 portion of the ADF Clergy Training Program and there for simply my understanding and views of ADF Cosmology.)

    This next section is dedicated to a deeper look at ADF Liturgy from this Druid's point of view:

    ADF Liturgy Part 1 ADF Liturgy Part 9
    ADF Liturgy Part 2 ADF Liturgy Part 10
    ADF Liturgy Part 3 ADF Liturgy Part 11
    ADF Liturgy Part 4 ADF Liturgy Part 12
    ADF Liturgy Part 5 ADF Liturgy Part 13
    ADF Liturgy Part 6 ADF Liturgy Part 14
    ADF Liturgy Part 7 ADF Liturgy Part 15
    ADF Liturgy Part 8 ADF Liturgy Part 16

    This section are my essays that center on the Liturgical Writing 1 Section of the ADF Clergy Training Program. It helps to further deepen our understanding of ritual writing and its mechanics.


    Here is a bit about divination within the Indo-European cultures, in many cases I refer to Hellenic culture, but over all methods where very similar:
    I came across this video with Rev. Michael Dangler presented at a festival on Deepening Your Divination Practice. Take a look at it and see what you think. I know this will be something I will use to deepen my understanding of Divination:



            

              The following sections is dedicated to the Indo-European Mythology studies. In this section there is a focus on comparing two or more cultures to get an idea of where they are similar and where they are not. This section will comprise both the IE Mythology 1 and 2 as I work through the courses. I believe sharing my insights and thoughts on this will help other in finding their own understanding.

              I believe that with many of Indo-European cultures there remains enough knowledge about their beliefs and religions along with archaeological studies that we can safely make very educated conjectures about their myths. But in do this we must take into account the time periods which these myths originated and the state of each culture. From what I learned in this section of study there are many things aspects of Norse and Hellenic mythologies which are extremely similar. Things such as divisions of the realms and worlds of the gods, humans, nature spirits and the dead fall into this similar which almost lead you to think they are variations of the same base mythos. There are similar fates which await the dead in both cultures. Even within the divine wars, it is easy to see many similarities in both cultures. When you look deeper into other IE culture mythologies you begin to see a great many share vast similarities. It makes me wonder how far into the past that the Norse and the Hellenic people diverged from one another. Just how far into the past did the first cultures begin to change and diverge from the parent Indo-European culture?

              I do not however believe that the differences are so vast that the themes become less important. I believe it is these underlying themes that help to tie all the IE cultures together.  This does not mean I do not believe that the cultural variations are unimportant. It is the cultural variations that bring such richness and diversity to the history of Indo-European studies.

    In Indo-European Studies 1, we take a closer look at the definition of an IE culture, their similarities and differences, while looking to see if they can still be considered an IE culture even today.
    Ethics and behaving ethically is something people in our nation seem to have a difficult time with. But in ADF Clergy Training Program we take a look at why Ethics are important, how we develop our Ethics, and how as Druid Clergy we can practice the Ethics which we promote. The following essays are from my Ethics 1 section of the CTP:

    Another important aspect of Clergy Training is that of Crisis Response. The following are my essays on the subject. Some of these are extremely personal in nature. But to understand why I view things in life the way I do it is important to share these with you as I have all the other essays in this program of study that I have written.

    This next section centers on Magic 1 for Priests. I learned a great deal throughout this course and feel it is very well worth sharing with others as it might be of benefit to those looking for a bit of a deeper understanding.

    Survey:
    Practicum:
    This next section, General Bardic Studies for Liturgists 1, focuses on poetry, our understanding of its structure, and employing it in ritual.
    History of Neopaganism and Druidry is found in several of the ADF study programs. It is important to understand the factual history of our modern Paganism so that we can know where we came from and find the path to where we are going. The following are my essays for this section:

    This section, Axioms of Metaphysics, is a bit more about some of the basics of Metaphysics than it is Druidry, however it can be used by any magical or religious practices.
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