Food for thought…
Earth is the very ground we walk upon, the single force preventing us from falling through the cosmos, the foundation from which our perception of the universe is firmly placed. It is the power of shape, form, and physical boundaries, that which takes the most effort to change. It is the home we share with the rest of nature; representative of all things material and the basis of the sense of touch.
Earth is seen as the womb of life, the protective shelter, the great mother. From it all of our food and sustenance, tools and raw materials derive. This womb is where we have a shared physical existence with all other perceived life, be it plant or animal, until this physical life ends.
Since Earth is seen as a symbol for all things material, it is associated with wealth and our possessions. Being the basis of our physical lives…
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Thought I’d this here.
For me, active spirituality is based on inquiry rather than faith. Formal inquiry moves in cycles, and in my experience each cycle has a number of phases:
- Intuitive musing, gradually distilling into a sense of direction
- Crystalizing intent, and refining it with the work of preparation
- Actualizing the intent
- Relaxing after the intent is achieved
- Reflection/review on the process and harvesting its fruit
- Wondering whether the inquiry needs another cycle, which may move me on to more intuitive musing …
I’ve just had a period of down time from intensive practice. For a few weeks I let it go, my attention elsewhere. I’m just beginning to pick the work up again, at a reduced level of intensity. My sense of things after the break is not quite the same as my sense of things before, even though there is a great deal of continuity. Now as I return to the…
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On December 10, 2013, I started writing my Crane Book of Wisdom. The hard copy book I have been writing in since. About two years ago I started this blog. I started it with the intention of providing information to those who were looking for information on Druidry. My Crane Book of Wisdom (the hard copy) is roughly eighty-five percent to ninety percent full. In the last six months I have started three other books. I will soon need to start a second book. 🙂
The next is a book for my Ogham readings. This one I have mentioned before. I have drawn the ogham shapes and their meanings in the front of the book. In this book I write the question I have to ask and what ogham fews I have drawn. I remain, at present, on the fence on whether or not to include my decision. But I suspect I will at some point.
The next book is called The Book of Prayers and Blessings. In this book I have written prayers found in The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids magazine Touchstone. As well as a few from the Carmina Gadelica. I have Mara Freeman’s A Druid Blessing for the Trees, The Druid Prayer, and The Druid Peace Prayer.
Finally is the latest book. I call it The Druid’s Spell Book. In this I have written a spell composed by Ian Corrigan. And two others. I have just started it and it is coming along nicely.
My life’s work. It started with my Crane book of Wisdom, and has expanded to include so much more. I will keep you keep you informed with the progress….
A Book review written about a book on Brighid, Goddess of Poetry, Healing and Smithcraft.
Timely and highly recommended. Brigid: Meeting the Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Forge and Healing Well is shortly due for release in Moon Books’ Pagan Portals series. Author Morgan Daimler describes it as “a resource for seekers of the pagan goddess specifically”, offering “both solid academic material and anecdotes of connecting with Brigid in a format that is accessible and designed to be easy to read”. On my reading, this is an accurate description, and in my estimation Brigid takes its place as a valuable addition to modern pagan literature.
As Daimler points out, the Celtic Goddess Brigid is well known and popular. In the Gaelic-influenced world, she has an alter ego as a powerful Christian saint. Yet what we know, or think we know, is selective and potentially confusing for today’s pagan seeker. “The lore of the Catholic saint is attributed to the pagan Goddess, and some people see shadows…
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Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
After reading this I thought it was worth sharing.
I want to step this exercise up a bit, by tying a few things together, and introducing a few new ideas in this exercise to give a larger picture, emphasize the ways that several approaches and practices can augment and cooperate to strengthen each other. I will start with a grounding exercise that develops into cleansing of the self. Then cleansing the space, and moving forward into the protection of space as well as self. There will be use of visualization, by adding some simple body gestures as fortifying symbols, and representing the solar, (sun-sky realm), telluric (earth-land realm,) and lunar (moon-sea realm) currents. These will be put together in a way that shows how different ideas, practices, and skills can be layered.
This can be done in a room, in a forest clearing, in a circle of stones; either way declare a mental set of boundaries for your work, this will be your space…
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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade thy know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb
“There is an ancient Indian saying~ Something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory, like fire, is radiant & immutable while history serves only those who seek to control it, those who douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men for they are dangerous & unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember & seek the truth.” – Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman
I have been to the end of the Earth.
I have been to the end of the waters.
I have been to the end of the sky.
I have been to the end of the mountains.
I have found none that are not my friends.
– Navajo chant