This was recommended to me by a fellow ADF initiate who does a lot of academic research on various philosophical and pagan topics. Now I’m going to recommend it to you, my dear pagan parents. Particularly those of you who are steeped in both leadership roles and parenthood simultaneously.Continue reading “Book Recommendation: “Pagan, Goddess, Mother””
Author: Jan Avende
VAD Quarterly Report (Aug 2022)
If you are not the officer who reported last quarter, give details of when and why the change occurred: ADF elections occurred for the VAD position this year, and I took office on May 1.
Activities performed in the previous quarter:Continue reading “VAD Quarterly Report (Aug 2022)”
Harvest & Homesteading
One of the primary ways I’ve found that I connect to the Nature Spirits and to the Earth Mother is through the little suburban homestead that I’ve built. It helps me stay intimately connected to the cycles and seasons of the earth.Continue reading “Harvest & Homesteading”
A Prayer in light of Roe v Wade decision
I know that lots of folks are feeling scared right now with the overturning of Roe v Wade, and the knowledge that more revocation of basic human rights may be on the horizon. And so I offer up these words for those in need. May they bring you comfort. I am here for you.Continue reading “A Prayer in light of Roe v Wade decision”
Juggling Roles – Priest at a Moment’s Notice
This month is Pride Month, which means I’ve spent a lot of time at various Pride events. This is my first year where I’ve really felt deeply embedded into the community.Continue reading “Juggling Roles – Priest at a Moment’s Notice”
Honoring Anahita for Pride Month
Each year I come more and more out, in large part because each year I learn more about myself and get more comfortable in my own skin. On this first day of Pride month, I call out to Anahita.Continue reading “Honoring Anahita for Pride Month”
I’ve Been Praying All Along
As my kids have gotten older, it’s gotten more difficult to have a regularly scheduled personal practice. I used to have a very solid devotion/prayer schedule: daily devotion (often at dawn), twice weekly trance work, weekly solitary rite, full moon rite, new moon rite, Druid moon rite, and high day rite. These days I’m lucky if I manage a devotion once a week, trance work really only happens about once a month, and I’m down to just the grove Druid moons and high days. I’ll admit: I was feeling pretty guilty and inferior about it.Continue reading “I’ve Been Praying All Along”
Artemis, for the right to choose
On this National Day of Prayer,
as we watch our rights threaten to be eroded,
I call out to Artemis, protector.
Artemis, you were born in conflict,
with your mother, Leto, making the choice to give birth.
You, in turn, helped deliver your brother.
Artemis, when you were but a child,
You demanded sovereignty:
to choose your own path,
to follow your own passions,
to remain childless,
and not forced into the role of mother.
Artemis, I ask you now to be present.
To stand beside those who fight
for their own right to choose as you did.
You have always defended your followers,
And in this fight I ask that you continue to do so.
Lend your strength of will,
Lend your protection,
Let your precedence sway the minds of those who rule.
Artemis, as you have always been there for me,
be there for us all now.
Hestia, as I flip through our family recipe book, be with me. I’m choosing meals for this week, and I’d like my children to eat them. Help me pick things that are delicious, and will retain their flavors well for leftovers. Help me pick things that have overlapping ingredients, yet different flavor profiles. Hestia, as you are with all things in the home, be with me in this.
Morning Prayer, for a Better Day
In the small, quiet hours, Before the day begins, I sit with coffee in hand and candle before me, Praying for a better day. Better than yesterday, and the day before, Better than my fears lay out for me. Gods of my heart, be with me. Bring your light and warmth into my darkness And your blessings into my life.