There is a tradition in ADF rites to draw an omen. The omen is taken by one person, sometimes called the “seer,” and this person is responsible for reading and interpreting the omen for the community.
This act, for some, is seen as the only way that the community can know the will or intention of the Kindred. For others, this is but one way to approach an understanding of the divine. Some prefer to think of the omen as a moment where a human asks a question of the divine, directing their focus to the ethereal, and the divine redirects the focus of the human to something rooted in the world.
Sometimes the omen looks like a clear and direct answer, and other times it seems to be completely out of context. It is a tradition in ADF to respond to an ill-favored omen with additional offerings (more oats, more oil, something more personal), and then re-take the omen. This process continues until a favorable omen is received.
This is not, however, the only way of responding to what we perceive to be an ill-favored omen. What we perceive to be a “bad omen” can in fact be the initiation of a very interesting, unexpected dialogue within a congregation. Through our willingness to engage with that omen, and our own feelings of concern about what it may intimate, we open ourselves up to new understanding.
It is with all of this in mind that I present to you the omen which was pulled for the Solitary Druid Fellowship during my observance of the Winter Solstice. But rather than tell you what I think it means, I’m inviting the Fellowship to offer your interpretations.
Below is a Google doc that contains the omen, as well as some agreements I’d like us to honor when we offer our interpretation. Please read through it, and when you are ready, offer your interpretation of the Fellowship’s omen.
I look forward to reading your words.