Cultivating the Flow of Awen in our Lives

A very enlightening post about the Awen. A central tenet of OBOD’s branch of Druidry.

The Druid's Garden

I shall sing of the awen, which

I shall obtain from the abyss

Through the awen, though it were mute

I know of its great impulses

I know when it minishes;

I know when it wells up;

I know when it flows;

I know when it overflows.

–Taliesin, “The Festival” from the Book of Taliesin, 13th century

What the poet Taliesin writes of is the “Awen”, a central principle in the druid tradition meaning “flowing inspiration” or “divine inspiration.”   In ancient times, bards embraced the flow of Awen to be masters of memory, sound, and expression. The bardic path was a lifelong pursuit and vocation; bards would spending many years (by one Scottish account, 7 years[1]) learning the bardic arts which included the arts of memory, diction, rhyming, and composition.

The flowing of Awen isn’t just an experience, it is a magical and meditative process. Perhaps you’ve…

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A Druid Wedding Ritual

If you’re planning a wedding, here is a template for you to follow.

Esoteric Moment

I had these grand aspirations to do a wedding series of videos on my channel and blog in the month leading up to my wedding. Well, I got videos recorded but never managed to finish the editing process or actually post much. Instead I find myself, days after my wedding, finally getting the silly things posted. Thanks for all of the new subscribers who waited patiently!

The video covers a bit more about what Brad and I considered as we planned the ritual part of our wedding. We had a traditional circle casting, offering to ancestors, a handfasting, personal vows with ring exchange, and then a circle closing. You’ll find the script below. I hope it helps inspire other couples!

Setting:

Vilas Park, the small island between the arched bridges on the walking path,  couple and officiant in the middle, guests standing in a circle around couple,  each “element” stands…

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Holding Fire

A good read for those wanting to do a fire ritual, fire safety and that while fire can be fearful, it MUST be RESPECTED also.

EarthSpirit Voices

by Sarah Lyn

Last May, I stood in a field during a large community ritual, swathed from head to toe in gloves and sunglasses and hat and veil. I was fully protected from the sun. I was standing in the field. That was a feat for me.

Just six months earlier I had been in a freak accident. I had been on fire. I almost died. I almost lost my legs. I was in a coma. I woke up. I have fought every day since for my strides back towards independence.

Strands of a web were rolled out, followed by calls for those who would hold specific energies for the community, both in ritual and in the world-at-large after. These people were invited to come and hold the end of a strand.

They called for those who would hold Fire for the community. I was the most surprised when…

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It’s been 50 years. And what have Pagans accomplished?

A look back at the past… and the present.

The Allergic Pagan

Happy Birthday Paganism!

Contemporary Paganism, as it exists today, began with the Counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Religious studies scholar, Sarah Pike dates the origins of contemporary Paganism to 1967, the year that Frederick Adams incorporated Feraferia and the New Reformed Order of the Golden Dawn was founded. That same year, the Church of All Worlds filed for incorporation as a the first Pagan “church”.

Which means that this year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of contemporary Paganism! So let’s look back at what we have accomplished over the past five decades.

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Creativity and risk

An interesting post worth the read. It is a post about creativity, risk and it is as every bit inflective as it is reflective of the author.

Druid Life

There can be no real creativity without taking risks. Of course, there are a lot of good things a person can do who doesn’t want to take risks as well. Study, practice, developing skills, learning about relevant things – this doesn’t have to feel risky not least because we never have to share it.

There is a school of thought that says we should create purely for ourselves, driven by our own passion and inspiration and to hell with what anyone else thinks. Many creators we now think of as great were not valued in their own lifetimes. There’s another school of thought that says a piece is not complete until it has an audience and that the audience is co-creator of the finished work. Without someone to interact with a piece, an important part is missing. This is more how I feel about things.

When we set out to…

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