Read Ian Corrigan’s post here: Introduction to Magic
As a practicing ADFer, or Druid as they (not necessarily I) label it, this article by Corrigan really hit the nail on the head. It explains alot of things that go on in an ADF/Druidic style rite that many probably don’t necessarily understand.
ADF rites do not seek magic(k) as the reason for ritual gatherings. Our actions, within our liturgical design, do not have as their sole purpose the working of Thaumaturgy or magic(k) for magic(k)’s sake. The role of Druids within ADF and those who celebrate with us is to exist with the gods, ancestors, and wights for a time. This is made possible by the offering of gifts to such beings and in return accepting their gifts in return.
This way of conducting ritual does not necessarily preclude magic(k)al operations most “Pagans” would recognize it merely negates the redundancy of it’s use. As Druids we are communing with the gods/ancestors/wights, or simply the Kindred, in order to establish links between the folk and their gods and to also reinvigorate the fabric of the cosmos.
Magic(k) then becomes a personal tool used outside the scope of established ADF ritual gatherings. This is not a bad thing in my opinion. Magic(k) while a powerful tool for transformation and arguably very powerful in group situations, is also an Art worked well in the solitary sphere.
In fact I would say that the role of the Druid/Gothi/Priest of the ancestors was to work his/her Will through private Thaumaturgy, building a report with the Kindred while learning to navigate the subtle worlds of the mental/spiritual/physical mysteries in order to better serve the village/community when gathered together as a whole to worship and enliven the cosmos about them.