Assuming that I got my timing right, this post should go out on the exact minute of the Summer Solstice!
This day, well not exactly on the calendar, but this High Day, marks the end of my 5th year in ADF. I have to say that it seems that I’ve found the right “place” for me at this time. I haven’t been this engaged in another group for this long for a while.
At the Solstice, we experience extremes – either the shortest day or the longest day – depending on which solstice it is. This is a turning point. The Wheel turns and the light grows, or the light shrinks. Either way, the light is doing the opposite thing than it was doing just moments before. On the Solstices, we stand in that liminal space, between growth and contraction. This is the perfect spot for deciding where your next step will be.
It was upon a Summer Solstice when I went to my first Druidic ritual, and when I started identifying myself as a member of ADF. It was at that ritual – one that I drove two hours to a strange city and strange group to participate in a ritual of a strange tradition. It was a very liminal time for me – and I haven’t regretted that step at all. If you’re considering doing something different
Once again, as happens twice a year, we stand in that space again. Where will you take your next step?
For folks who might be interested in Druidry, ADF, or Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Inc., is one of a number of different Druidic organizations that are currently active internationally. The are other organizations that I’m most familiar with are the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD), the Ancient Order of Druids in America, and the Anglesey Druid Order. There are a lot of other druid groups – Wikipedia talks about a lot more of them than I’ve listed here.