After a long break, let’s return to 30 Days of Druidry. These next topics can be taken in multiple ways — as a listing of resources, or of workings of a group. But I’m just going to write whatever comes to mind, sharing a small part of me in these posts.
Rites of passage are important because they help us through transitions or challenging parts of our lives. Our Druidry is still young, but as we grow, more rites of passage are taking place.
In Ontario, though I am an ADF Priest, I am not legally able to be a wedding officiant. ADF does not have any legal standing in Canada, though there are other ADF folk who are licensed by other organizations like All Seasons Weddings in order to perform this service, and many other pagans who have done the same.
I’ve blessed babies (as that doesn’t require any provincial recognition), formally welcoming them into their communities with the powers of fire and water. When my own baby arrives, I presume that their initial blessings will be multiple and low-key, as their arrival will be an intimate experience. When it is time for them to be welcomed into community, that is a discussion to have with my Grove.
As a Grove, we have not performed any comings of age; there are not many children in our Grove, and all of the children also have parents who are not pagan. I believe these rites are important, as they bestow upon the child new responsibilities, though it is up to the families to decide what is best for them.
And isn’t that how it always is in paganism? Even though we have our Groves and circles, and group customs that develop therein, the smallest centres are the hearth and the individual, and those are the fires that most often direct our ways.