Ar nDraiocht Fein (or ADF) means“Our Own Druidry” in Irish Gaelic. It is an independent tradition of neopagan druidry, founded in the United States, with groves throughout the US, Canada and Europe. It is founded on the principle “why not excellence?”, which is something we strive for physically, intellectually, artistically and spiritually.
As members of ADF, we are working to build a non-sexist, non-racist, ever-evolving and open religion that we can practice as a way of life and hand on to our grandchildren.
What is a Grove? A Proto-grove?
An ADF Grove is any group of three or more voting members of the ADF over the age of 18, who gather together at least twice a month to study and practice Druidism within the context of Ar nDraiocht Fein, and who are chartered by the Mother Grove as a local congregation. A Proto-grove is a “seedling” Grove, started by one member of the ADF. The purpose of the Grove or Proto-grove is to provide accessible Druidic ritual and study to the public, and serve the greater community for the betterment of all.
Our Connection with the Gods
ADF Druidism centers around the various pantheons and myths of the Indo-European cultures: Celtic, Greek, Norse, Baltic, and Vedic. For us, the gods and goddesses of these cultures are very real and unique, each and every one. Our relationships with our Gods are reciprocal: we offer praise, gratitude, worship and sacrifice, and in return the Gods offer us blessing, inspiration, strength and protection. Most importantly, from the Gods we receive a better understanding of our world and ourselves, and how we are all interconnected.
What do we believe?
- We are polytheists, believing in the multiplicity of gods and goddesses, as well as in “lesser” beings (such as nature spirits and ancestors), all of whom are worthy of respect, love and worship.
- We consider our Mother Earth as divine in her own right, and believe that ecological awareness and activism are sacred duties.
- A healthy religion should have a minimum of dogma and a maximum amount of eclecticism and flexibility. Each individual contributes their own special value to the whole of the religion, making it stronger and more vibrant.
- Ethics should be based on joy, love, self-esteem, mutual respect, avoidance of harm, and increase of public benefit.
- We believe in the importance of celebrating the solar, lunar and other cycles of our lives, to help us intensify our connection to the cosmos and the order of things.
- We believe strongly in community service, not only to the pagan community but the community at large.
The Order of ADF druidic ritual:
Druidic ritual is centred around the sending of energy to the spirits (gods, ancestors and nature spirits), and in return, receiving blessings. It is based, as much as possible, in historical precedent and mythic context.
1) Consecration of Space and Participants:
Lighting the Sacred Fire; Pouring the Sacred Waters; Processional of the Folk; Purification; Honouring the Earth Mother.
2) Centering, Grounding and Merging:
Meditation and grounding; Unity chant/song; Stating ritual purpose and historical precedent; naming deity(ies) of the occasion.
3) Recreating the Cosmos:
Evoking the Sacred Fire and Sacred Water; Planting the cosmic tree; Linking to Center; Evoking gatekeeper; Invoking bardic deity(ies) or spirit; Acknowledgement of the outsiders.
Nature spirits; Ancestors; Deities; Helpful Beings; settling and focussing.
5) Major sending of power to Deity(ies) of the Occasion:
Descriptive invocation of the Deity(ies) of the occasion; praise offerings, dance, libations; sacrifice**.
6) Receiving and using the Returned Power:
Seeking the Omen of Return; Meditation on personal/group needs; Consecration and sharing; Acceptance of individual blessings; Reinforcement of group bonding.
7) Unwinding the Ceremony:
Thanking of invited entities; thanking gatekeeper and closing of gates; affirmation of past/future continuity and success.
Final benediction; announcement of end.
*This order is subject to alterations as per the needs of the occasion.
**No blood sacrifice is made in any ADF ritual.
For more information on the ADF, visit their website at: www.adf.org