NOTE: Thank you to The New York Post for the article!
As you may remember that on December 10, 2013 I had started this blog as a companion project to my physical Crane Book of Wisdom. I had chosen the name because Book of Shadows is largely associated with Wicca and Witchcraft. I chose Crane Book of Wisdom because I have leanings towards Druidry. I also chose because in the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom: A Celtic Shaman’s Sourcebook by Caitlin & John Matthews, ISBN# 1-85230-561-4. Within this book, on page 142, is a story about a crane bag. That is a bag created from the skin of a crane. A story steeped in Druidic lore and myth. And that is why I chose the name Crane Book of Wisdom.
I have also created a journal to record my readings of the Ogham staves or fews that I have put into the front of that book as well as their meanings. Yes, I urge all who use the Ogham fews to keep such a journal. I put the question to be asked. the fews/staves drawn. Their meanings. And the conclusion drawn from the reading. It matters not if you use Ogham fews/staves, runes, or the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck or any other tarot deck. Keep a journal. It will be a big asset. I promise.
My other book is a Book of Prayers and Blessings. This book contains prayers I have found on web sites, social media like Facebook and Pinterest. Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) is a Druid organization that is all inclusive. Though they apply the term Druid to all members, they include the Celtic Pantheon of Gods, the Norse faith Asatru, and Greco-Roman/Hellenic faith of ancient Rome and ancient Greece, and others. And if you join the organization CUUPs, they too include prayers for other Gods of other faiths. And I have included prayers for the Celtic and Norse deities in my book of Prayers and Blessings! I have at present have not research prayers of other faiths. Yet.
Write your prayers down. It does not matter if they are for the birth of your children, the burial of a loved one or a prayer for a loan to go through to get a house. Write them down. Write them on a pad of paper until your prayers takes the final form it needs to be. And then write the final form in your book. If it is a common prayer said by every body write it down. If it is a prayer of your creation, write it down in the book. But leave room in the book after the prayer so you can record the results of the prayer to see if it worked or not. But write every thing down. You will be happy you did.
From All Quiet on the Western Front:
From the earth, from the air, sustaining forces pour
into us-mostly from the earth. To no man does the
earth mean so much as to the soldier. When he presses
himself down upon her long and powerfully, when he
buries his face in her from the fear of death by
shell fire, then she is his only friend, his brother,
his mother; he stifles his terror and his cries in
her silence and her security; she shelters him and
releases him for ten seconds to live, to run, ten
seconds of life; receives him again and often for ever.
Earth with thy folds, and hollows, and holes, into
which a man may fling himself and crouch down. In the
spasm of terror, under the hailing of annihilation,
in the bellowing death of the explosions, O Earth,
thou grantest us the great resisting surge of new-won
life. Our being, almost utterly carried away by the
fury of the storm, streams back through our hands
from thee, and we, thy redeemed ones, bury ourselves
in thee, and through the long minutes in a mute agony
of hope bite into thee with our lips!
Druid Invocation at the Thirteen Stones
Translated from Welsh by R.J. Stewart
which is recited by bards at the Gorsedd of Wales
Grant, O Divine Being, thy Protection
And in Protection, Strength
And in Strength, Understanding
And in Understanding, Knowledge
And in Knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice
And in the Knowledge of Justice, the Love of Justice
And in that Love, the Love of all Beings
And in the Love of all Beings, the Love of Divine Being.
– featured in Celtic Bards, Celtic Druids
by R.J. Stewart and Robin Williamson