Week 03: The First High Day

My first High Day essay revolves around Beltane. Since I work in a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European hearth, *Pria is generally the deity being celebrated at this time due to the abundance of flowering trees and budding garden spaces. I would normally align with that, but this time around the wheel I decided to take Beltane as a time to connect with and celebrate Dyeus Pter.

I chose to celebrate Dyeus Pter because of how I see and experience Beltane. For me, this time of year is the true return of the Sun. There’s no doubt that the great wheel of fire in the sky is moving towards its zenith, and we can really start to perceive its effects on the Earth Mother and ourselves. The trees are growing tall, plants are sprouting, the days are noticeably longer, and people are more active. I also see Beltane as a time when the rolling thunder wheel of *Perkwunos makes way for the wheel of the sun.

For me, Beltane and the days surrounding it is the time when winter is truly over. It gets me outside more, the weather gets nice enough for more outdoor ritual and meditation, and the green world comes to life. This is the time of year when I get to watch the plants transform solar energy into food for us, and the time when I can more easily connect to the circle of life.

The sun warms and brings light to those places that may have become stagnant, cold, and brittle. It shines through the world tree and delivers many enlightening messages from the Shining Ones. It activates, stimulates, and heals whatever we are willing to expose to the light.


References

Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Various. Our Own Druidry. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.
Ar nDraiocht Fein. Web. Accessed April 2016. https://www.adf.org/
Proto-Indo-European Religion – Festivals. Web. Accessed May 2016. http://piereligion.org/festivals.html
Wikipedia – Beltane. Web. Accessed May 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane

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Week 01: Personal Religion & Introduction

Why have you chosen to take the first steps on the Dedicant Path?

I have had an attachment to ADF for several years now. I originally joined in 2014 and started my Dedicant’s Path work, but school started back up and my DP progress got lost in the shuffle. I continued to work on my Druidry, but stopped documenting completely and explored a few adjunct spiritual practices along the way. Now that school is finished for me, I’ve decided to pick the DP back up and give it the attention I’ve wanted to. I am passionate about the DP because I believe the training is solid, the information is excellent, and the process itself is extremely valuable to my personal spiritual development.

Is this a step on your path, or will this become the Path itself?

I think the DP will be an integral part of a greater ADF journey for me. I hope to get as much from the DP as I can, then proceed on to other ADF trainings.

What do you expect to learn?

First and foremost I expect to learn more about myself. I have found that the DP offers many opportunities for self-reflection, and this reflection is inspired by all kinds of experiences and ideas. The more I know about myself, the more diligently and stably I can proceed on my spiritual journey.

What would you like to get out of this journey?

A deep and experiential connection to the Shining Ones, my Ancestors, and the spirits of Land, Sea, and Sky. A deeper connection to myself, who I am, and what I’m about.

Do you know where this path will take you?

I know that it will take me many wonderful places – and I am trying to remain as open and adaptable about where those places may be as I can.

Does it look hard or easy?

I know the DP is a challenge on many levels. Some of the work requires intense study and research while other parts of it require stillness, silence, and contemplation. I know it will be difficult at times, and I think therein lies the strengthening and growth-potential of the process.

Which requirements appear to be difficult to you now, and which appear to be easy?

As a bookworm and contemplative I’m most excited about the reading and meditation work. I don’t think they’ll exactly be easy, but I know they will be enjoyable. I think some of the ritual work will be difficult, but I’m ready to bring more active expressions of my practice back into play.


References

Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Various. Our Own Druidry. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.
Ar nDraiocht Fein. Web. April 2016. https://www.adf.org/