“Bounty of mind, body and spirit involving creativity and industry, an appreciation of the physical and sensual, nurturing these qualities in others.” – Our Own Druidry
“The state or quality of being fertile. Biology . the ability to produce offspring; power of reproduction: the amazing fertility of rabbits. Of soil- the capacity to supply nutrients in proper amounts for plant growth when other factors are favorable.” – Dictionary.com
Fertility is the ability to create. There are many types of fertility not just human and animal reproduction. The earth is fertile. Crops grow and propagate aided by the winds and animals. Minds can be fertile by thinking, dreaming, and creating ideas. Things that are fertile also promote growth and reproduction. Any environment that allows for free thinking and creation of ideas is said to be fertile. Fertility also implies that the growth is of benefit rather than harmful. A cancer cell grows, but in doing so it destroys the healthy tissues around it.
The nine virtues we have just investigated can be broken down into three sets of three that follow Duzemel’s three functions of the sovereignty/spiritual, warrior, and provider castes. Wisdom, Vision and Piety are part of the first functional group of the sovereignty/spiritual caste. Courage, Perseverance and Integrity fall within the second functional group of the warrior caste. Moderation, Fertility and Hospitality belong to the third functional group of the provider caste. Even though the nine virtues of ADF can stand on their own, they also overlap and interlace with one another. This occurs within each of the three function groups as well as between the groups. We will now look at the functional groups and interaction of the virtues within them.