DP Requirements

The requirements to pass the ADF Dedicant Path are as follows (there is a link to each one when completed) –

1) Written discussions of the Dedicant’s understanding of each of the following nine virtues: wisdom, piety, vision, courage, integrity, perseverance, hospitality, moderation and fertility. The Dedicant may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to these nine. (125 words minimum each)

Wisdom

Piety

Vision

Courage

Integrity

Perseverance

Hospitality

Moderation

Fertility

2) Short essays on each of the eight ADF High Days including a discussion of the meaning of each feast. (125 words minimum each)

Imbolc

Spring Equinox

Beltaine

Summer Solstice

Lughnasadh

Autumnal Equinox

Samhain

Yule

3) Short book reviews on at least: 1 Indo-European studies title, 1 preferred ethnic study title and 1 modern Paganism title. These titles can be selected from the recommended reading list in the Dedicant Program manual or the ADF web site, or chosen by the student, with prior approval of the Preceptor. (325 word mini-mum each)

Indo European Studies

Hearth Culture

Modern Paganism

4) A brief description, with photos if possible, of the Dedicant’s home shrine and plans for future improvements. (150 words minimum)

Home Shrine

5) An essay focusing on the Dedicants understanding of the meaning of the “Two Powers” meditation or other form of ‘grounding and centering’, as used in meditation and ritual. This account should include impressions and insights that the Dedicant gained from practical experience. (300 word minimum)

Two Powers

6) An essay or journal covering the Dedicant’s personal experience of building mental discipline, through the use of meditation, trance, or other systematic techniques on a regular basis. The experiences in the essay or journal should cover at least a five months period. (800 words minimum)

Mental Discipline

7) An account of the Dedicant’s efforts to work with nature, honor the Earth, and understand the impacts and effects of the Dedicant’s lifestyle choices on the environment and/or the local ecosystem and how she or he could make a difference to the environment on a local level. (500 word minimum)

Nature Awareness

8) A brief account of each High Day ritual attended or performed by the Dedicant in a twelve month period. High Days attended/performed might be celebrated with a local grove, privately, or with another Neopagan group. At least 4 of the rituals attended/performed during the training period must be ADF-style. (100 words minimum each)

Imbolc

Spring Equinox

Beltaine

Summer Solstice

Lughnasadh

Autumnal Equinox

Samhain

Yule

9) ONE essay describing the Dedicants understanding of and relationship to EACH of the Three Kindred: the Spirits of Nature, the Ancestors and the Gods. (300 words minimum for each Kindred and 1000 words total)

Three Kindreds

The Gods

The Spirits of Nature

The Ancestors

10) A brief account of the efforts of the Dedicant to develop and explore a personal (or Grove-centered) spiritual practice, drawn from a specific culture or combination of cultures. (600 words minimum)

Personal Religion

11) The text of the Dedicant’s Oath Rite and a self-evaluation of the Dedicant’s performance of the rite. (500 word minimum)

Oath Rite Evaluation

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