We are a local Grove in Tucson, Arizona, affiliated with the Ar nDriocht Fein (ADF), which is an international neo-pagan organization based in the United States. Our religion is a polytheistic, nature religion based on those of the ancient Indo-Europeans and we are dedicated to scholarly research and modern, neo-pagan practices.

hearthcroppedcartoonedMembership is open to all who are interested in worshipping the old Gods in a dynamic and spiritual way. Neo-pagan Druidry is a religion of joy and celebration. We try to balance solemnity and reverence with mirth and fun in our rituals. We take our spirituality and beliefs seriously, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. Religious group worship is a social gathering for us and all are welcome.

In affiliation with ADF, we also promote scholarship and study in the ADF Dedicant and Study Programs, utilizing the best of modern archeological, historical, sociological and religious research. We adhere to the ADF motto, “Why not excellence?”

So wander around our site and visit the web site of our mother Grove, the ADF! When in Tucson, feel free to attend one of our rituals, held on the eight High Holy Days, or come to one of our meetings!

Welcome to the Sonoran Sunrise Grove, ADF!


The Celebrated High Days


With the first stirrings of Spring in the Northern hemisphere, we celebrate the festival of Imbolc, one of the eight High Days celebrated by ADF. Usually held around 1-2 February, it occurs midway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.


The name “Imbolc” may come from the Old Irish “Imbolg” meaning “in the belly” referring to the pregnancy of sheep and cattle, so important to the agricultural Celts. The 10th century Cormac’s Glossary refers to it as “Oimelc” meaning “ewe’s milk”, though this etymology is disputed.

Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox occurs around 20/21 March and marks the point when day and night are of equal length. The word equinox comes from the Latin for “equal night”.


From this day on, the days will be longer than the nights, making the Equinox the start of the light half of the year.

Astronomically, the Equinox occurs when the plane of Earth’s equator passes the centre of the Sun. At this moment, the Earth’s axis neither inclines towards nor away from the Sun, causing day and night to be exactly equal.


The “cross quarter” day of Beltane occurs on or around 1 May, in line with the folk tradition of May Day which is still celebrated throughout Britain and Europe with May fairs and the crowning of May Queens.

May Eve

This day marks the point halfway between the Vernal (Spring) Equinox and the Summer Solstice, and celebrates high spring.

At this time, flowers are in full bloom and trees in leaf. Birds sing loudly from every hedge and bush, declaring territory and calling to impress a mate.

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice occurs on or around 21 June, and marks the point where the sun appears highest in the sky. This is due to the axial tilt of the earth as it orbits the sun throughout the year.

The Longest Day

On the Summer Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is most inclined to the sun, and therefore receives the most light, making it the longest day and shortest night of the year.


The August “cross-quarter” High Day is often known as either Lammas or Lughnasadh. While the two terms are used interchangeably in neo-paganism, they are not generally considered to be related.


Lughnasadh is the Irish name for the festival, held in honour of the god Lugh and his foster-mother Tailtiu. The festival is one of the great “Fire Festivals” of the Celtic year and is often celebrated with bonfires, the ashes of which would be used to bless the fields and give thanks to Tailtiu, who died after clearing the plains of Ireland for agricultural crops.

Autumn Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox usually occurs around 20/21 September, but this year is as late as the 23rd. It marks the second point in the year when day and night are of equal length, the first being the Spring Equinox.


The word equinox comes from the Latin for “equal night”. From this day on, the nights will be longer than the days, making the Equinox the start of the dark half of the year.


The Pagan festival of Samhain corresponds with the Christianised, and nowadays fully secularised, festival of Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, and shares many similarities. As Halloween celebrates the eve before All Souls Day, it is a time for remembering the dead and reflecting on our ancestors and on our own mortality.


While some of this is lost in modern Halloween, the ancestor veneration aspects can be seen in the related Mexican festival of Dia de los Muertos.

Samhain is a Celtic name, meaning “Summer’s end” and as such, is a seasonal festival, the final harvest feast of the year.

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice occurs on or around 21 December, and marks the point of the shortest day and longest night of the year. This is due to the axial tilt of the earth as it orbits the sun.

The Longest Night

At the Winter Solstice, the northern hemisphere is inclined away from the sun, even though the planet is actually closer to the sun by some 9 million miles than at other times of the year. It is this axial tilt which causes the days to grow darker and shorter until the Solstice, when the days begin to grow longer once again.

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