I am reworking ADF’s Dedicant Path, even though I know I won’t get any credit for it. I feel it will help me deepen my spirituality by encouraging regular ritual and nature observance, and helping me get back to full rituals for each holiday. The First Oath is an optional part of the DP that allows the student to oath that she is going to keep on the Pagan path and to keep growing and learning. Even though I already did this several years ago, it felt good to get back to my First Oath and remind myself of what it was.
I used the “Simple Self Blessing Ritual and First Oathing” from Michael Dangler’s The ADF Dedicant’s Path Through the Wheel of the Year. I did this ritual with my husband, who called to the Ancestors and Gatekeeper. I spoke the rest of the parts. Offerings were beer for everyone. I lit a stick of cinnamon incense from the Fire to consecrate the altar. I also sprinkled the altar with water from the Well. My husband had water for his Waters of Life while I had beer.
Our Omen was Eihwaz, the yew rune, Algiz, the elk rune, and Wunjo, the joy rune. Eihwaz to me represents spirituality, while Algiz speaks of protection. I believe the Omen is saying that by working on my spirituality, I will receive protection and joy from the Kindreds.
I felt that there was definitely a more “spiritual” atmosphere than I have felt in previous rites, but perhaps that was because of my husband. When I did the DP the first time around, he did rituals with me. We got away from doing ritual together for a couple years, and only today did we start the practice up again. All in all, I am happy with the ritual even though it was simple.