It is common at ADF Festivals to hold a Unity Ritual, wherein we ask the blessing of the Kindreds — the Ancestors, the Spirits of Nature, and the Shining Godden — and pour it into the Unity Cauldron, so it can flow to all Groves, Protogroves, and Solitaries of Ár nDraíocht Féin. Simultaneously, we share those blessings with all those present, so that we all may partake in the blessings of the Holy Ones.
This year, as we gather from across the globe for our virtual Summerland Festival, we will honor the Spirits of Technology as our Beings of the Occasion, our most-honored guest. The gods and spirits have, from time immemorial, blessed our human works for our benefit and theirs, and our modern time is no different. May the Spirits of Technology — of Efficiency, of Adaptability, of Connection — bless us throughout our festival.
Ritual will begin as promptly as possible at 9pm Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4). The Zoom meeting will open at 8:00pm, with a short pre-ritual briefing just before ritual begins. While no ritual materials are required, we suggest that participants have with them at minimum a beverage of any sort, in which to receive the blessings of the Holy Ones. In addition, participants may want to have representations of the ADF Hallows (Fire, Well, and Tree); offerings for their personal patrons and allies; and offerings for the Spirits of Technology.
This ritual is free and open to the public, and does not require festival admission. We are, however, requiring registration through Zoom in order to maintain better security — go here to register to attend the Unity Ritual.
Untitled image by Grant Durr on Unsplash