The Downside Of “Come As You Are” Religion

For all of you who are new to Druidry or Paganism, this is a good read….

Ana's Waters

(I wrote this article as a response to Conor Davis’ request for more article geared toward a young Pagan audience, hence the relative lack of ADF-specific language.)

When facing many of life’s great dilemmas, my mind turns to the issues of Mad Magazine I read during my tween years. I still remember many of them vividly, and I can see how the writing affected my own sense of humor and writing, noticeable still.

I’d thought that the “come as you are” party was a fad limited to the 1970s, but a Google search says that there was a 1954 episode of “Ozzie and Harriet” with the title, and apparently some people still do them, but I learned about them in the ‘70s and never heard of them again, so in my own head, a ‘70s thing it remains. The host calls guests up and tells them that a party…

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Tree insights

This post will be an interest to those are studying or are interested in steadying the Ogham.

Druid Life

If you’re a Druid studying the ogham, but you don’t live alongside all of the trees, it’s difficult making a connection with them. In theory, the solution is to swap in a tree local to you that has the same qualities – but without knowing the original tree, this is not an easy call to make.

The Woodland Trust, a UK charity, have done a thing I think Druids are going to find useful and inspiring. They’ve made a collection of small videos each capturing a year in the life of a tree. These are beautiful pieces, well worth watching for their innate loveliness. They also give a real sense of a tree in a landscape and its life through the seasons.

Here’s my absolute favourite, the beech,

And if you go to the The Woodland Trust channel on youtube, you can work your way through many others. Here are…

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Bardic: Performance and the Awen

An interesting perspective of the Awen. Enjoy the read.

Druid Life

The awen (a Welsh word) is invoked by Druids in ritual, usually by chanting it. This is one of the traditions we owe to revivalists, not to ancient history. However, the experience of flowing inspiration is something that can and does happen – during periods of creativity, but also sometimes when performing.

For me, it’s a sensation of being completely taken over by what I’m doing and being able to do it in a totally different way – with more drama, intensity and depth than usual. On rare occasions, it’s had some very odd effects indeed. I recall a ritual when three of us spontaneously improvised music together, and another ritual where I re-wrote one of my own songs as I went to better fit the situation. I had no real memory afterwards of what I’d sung.

Awen is something that turns up when it does – it cannot be…

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The Pagan Community – A Survivors Guide

NOTE: Thanks to Damh the Bard for the post!

So you’ve found this wonderful thing called Paganism. You might be called to explore a particular path, be that Wicca, Witchcraft, Asatru, Druidry or Shamanism, or you might just want to go with the flow of the eclectic and take stuff from all over. There are magazines, courses, physical groups, online groups, moots, festivals, open…

via The Pagan Community – A Survivors Guide — Damh the Bard


Many thanks to Jonathan Woolley for this post about the Woodland Trust initiative Charter for Trees which OBOD is very happy to be supporting. Read on and see how you can get involved… 2017: THE YEAR OF THE TREES There is less than one year to go until the launch of the Charter for Trees;…

via 2017: The Year of the Trees — Philip Carr-Gomm

The Welsh Bardic Tradition (lecture audio)

NOTE: Thank you, Moon Pryderi of The Dreaming Path blog


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