125 words min, 375 words max.
Adequate/Meets Criteria Requirements:
Subjective combined with objective approach [e.g., ["This is what it means (dictionary definition); this is what it means to me."]
Note: Dictionary definitions will not be included as part of the word count.
Dedicants may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to the nine.
Our Own Druidry definition: "Correct observance of ritual and social traditions, the maintenance of the agreements (both personal and societal) we humans have with the Gods and Spirits, Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty."
Merriam-Webster definition: "Dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles"
This was one virtue that I thought I would struggle with a bit more as I generally correlate the term "piety" with Christian religions, but reading the ADF definition makes me feel a lot better about full religious spectrum of the term.
I once thought that to live a pious life one must essentially live as a nun or clergy member, devote their lives to their God and forsake earthly (and thus flawed and corrupted) needs. The ADF definition encourages me to re-evaluate that.
"Correct observance of ritual and social traditions": I interpret this as recognizing and celebrating the High Days, appreciating the importance of ritual and finding connection with these traditions. That is honestly, the easiest thing you can do to strengthen your spirituality and to show Piety.
The other thing I think of when I think of Piety is the word "devotion," devotion to our faith, to your Gods and Goddesses, and to the Three Kindreds in general. We make offerings to the Gods and Goddesses, we sing songs and write poems and invocations to them, we can nurture those relationships each and every day.
So long as we are strengthening the bond between the Kindreds, recognizing the importance of rituals, recognizing the High Days around the wheel of the year, and constantly growing, I feel that meets the basic requirements for Piety along the Dedicant Path.
There are ways to show more intense piety (or less intense) but I think that by respecting worship, devotion, and ceremony anyone can show piety, no matter the religion in question.
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