A is for Ár nDraíocht Féin

A symbol representing the Awen from Celtic myt...
A symbol representing the Awen from Celtic mythology. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ár nDraíocht Féin is a druid organization founded by Isaac Bonewits. It’s one of the larger neo-Druidry organizations and has been active since the 80s. It’s been almost a year since I joined the ADF, and therefore it’s time to decide whether I’m going to renew my membership or not.

What am I getting out of it? Well, I’ve done some good work for my DP. I enjoy some of the conversations on the mailing lists. Attending rituals at Trout Lake was a real highlight. And I definitely enjoy the people I’ve met, particularly some of the local druids.

Of course, I’ll still know those people without the ADF, and one doesn’t have to be a member to attend rituals at Trout Lake…

The problem is not the ADF or the Dedicant Path itself. The problem is that I’ve felt so constrained by my ADF membership. Most of this year, I’ve felt almost guilty picking up anything about a non-IE religion; it was a bit like feeling there was homework I should be doing every time I tried to read for fun. Sure, there are plenty of books on PIE religion I’ve enjoyed reading or still want to read. That I have a book report still outstanding for the DP, however, doesn’t mean I can’t read the book I just picked up about exorcism in Song China.

In fairness, that’s my hang up, not the DP’s fault. Nowhere does it insist that I can’t read outside of the PIE hearths. But it doesn’t suit me, where I am right now. I think I’ll take some time off, and if I change my  mind, I can always go back to it later.

0 thoughts on “A is for Ár nDraíocht Féin

  1. So, are they asking for a financial commitment? A tithe or a pledge? Or in your case, a weekly blog post? Or do they just hope that you’ll show up for their rituals? By their demands shall ye know them…
    Best, Anne

    1. It’s a nominal yearly fee, $25, that goes to administration costs. I don’t have a problem with the cost in theory, though I’ll admit I’d be more likely to stick around if it didn’t cost.

  2. I have the same sort of issue with ADF, honestly. I’m just enough Ravenclaw that if I’m not doing work for the DP, I feel guilty.

    Mind you, I’m feeling constrained by ADF in other ways, too, and considering leaving. Not a formal goodbye or anything; just not renewing my membership. (Which I haven’t, since it came up for that in October, mainly because I’ve been flat broke for months.)

  3. Sounds like a good plan for you at the moment. I am unfamiliar with the ADF other than what I read online in bits and pieces, but I think that with any path taking the time to think critically about how you feel is empowering and important.

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