The First Oath is not a required part of ADF’s Dedicant Path, but “[i]t’s added in for those who wish to commit to study on this path in a formal way” (Dangler 14). For me, this was exactly that: a commitment that I will uphold the Pagan way in the correct way for me. It’s not an Oath to finish the DP, remain a member of ADF for life, or even to a certain hearth culture. Perhaps this will be better illustrated by the text of my Oath, which I wrote myself:
I, Victoria Marie Laughlin, have asked you today to witness a transformation. [This rite was performed with my fiance and best friend in attendance.] Thank you for your support during this process. Today I stand before the Three Kindreds–Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and Deities–to declare myself as one who will uphold the Old Ways, a Pagan. To this end, I will live a life of generosity to others, and one of kindness to the Earth. I will offer worship to the Kindreds as best as I am able, in both time and place. I will learn all I can about the Old Ways, and I will continue to refine my skills in the work of Druidry. To show my sincerity, I will offer this silver charm to running water. However, I ask Craig [my fiance] to be my representative since I am unable to go to the water myself. Please accept it. The transformation is complete!
I took my Oath on January 6, 2012, and have upheld it since. That’s saying a lot for someone who has trouble making decisions to commit to anything!
I hope you found my First Oath enlightening.