Among some of the more practical tracts of text pertaining to Druidry and Paganism, I have been adding some quotes and poetry and a few meditations and chants and prayers to my Crane Book of Wisdom.
Among them are “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry, “Nature Meditation on Amergin”, “I Have” a Navajo chant, “Earth Teach Me” an Ute prayer.
Some more: “Calling My Name” by Jim Beer, “The Task of a Poet” by Dejan Stojanovic, “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye, “Advice From A Tree” by Ilan Shamir, “The Druid Vow of Friendship” which I found on Pinterest.
Some more good stuff: “The Dream of Now” by William Stafford, “Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken”by Robert Frost,, and “An English Wood” by Robert Graves, Brehon Law and Trees, “Do not be dismayed” by L.R. Knost, “Let Earth be healed”, and another chant called simply The Awen chant.
NOTE: While I do not practice Satanism is any way or incorporate it into my Druid practices, I find this article interesting. The reason why I find this interesting is because of this reason. If they are allowing after school groups that are Christian in nature, and are now going to allow groups to form that are of a Satanic nature. This opens the doors wide open. Why? Because it gives legal grounds to have Wiccan or Druidic groups the right to assemble or form. If Christian and Satanic groups to assemble, why not Pagan groups that are based on Wicca or Druidry? This might be a boon to parents who are pagan or parents with children who are pagan.
An After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid’s elementary school
NOTE: While there is some text in this article, it is largely a video article, or a vlog entry.
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Let me begin by saying that the fifty dead and fifty-three injured are in our thoughts and prayers of the community. In the local, state, national and global community.
Fifty dead. Fifty-three injured. This is a fact. Why has this happened? The motivations of the shooter (yes, i refuse to identify him by name – to do so would be a sign of respect, imo) may not truly ever be known in full. The authorities will never release everything in full. The deeper motives will remain locked away. Why has this happened? HATE. Vibrant, palpable, abhorrent Hate. The HATRED that burned in him was likely akin to a uncontrollable fever, accompanied by delusions of fear. Of anger. HATRED.
Fifty dead. Fifty-three injured. The weapon used was an AR-15. An assault rifle. With an extra large clip. A military weapon for sale to the citizens of America. And to those who wish to act on their aggression towards minorities. Any minority. There were red flags. By the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI. One of the federal agencies that exists to protect us. To keep us safe from the boogeyman of fear and hatred. Once again, they dropped the ball. Once again we were made afraid of what might happen because it DID happen. And we feel weak and insecure. Why must we feel this way? Why can’t we be safe from lunatics like this guy? Why are we made to ask ourselves what we have done to deserve this? Yet, the same old act plays out before us: The Democrats call for a ban on assault weapons. They wave flags with the names of every site where a mass shooting has occurred in the last eight years. The Republicans wave their banners of War. A war on terrorism. On extremism. On enlarging the military to fight terrorists. And I shake my head in disbelief wondering if both sides have truly learned nothing after the fiasco that was George W. Bush’s “War on Terrorism”.
Fifty dead. Fifty-three injured. “This is the Police Commissioner! There has been a mass shooting a night club. Get down there and secure the perimeter.” And some uniform calls one media outlet to tip them off. And the next thing we all know about the shooter. What kind of weapon was used. how much ammo they had on them. We know their nationality. Their religious beliefs. Their life story including their sexual orientation. We know everything about them within the hour. Information we really do not need to or wish to know. Though it helps the media spread the fear and panic that the shooter was trying to spread. Sex. Crime. Violence. And Violent Crime. These things sell news papers and send tv ratings through the roof. And that is the reason they keep showing us this stuff. This crime. This act of Hatred. And as they keep showing this sad, miserable news, they never once give a thought about what the consequences are. Do we know if any viewers suffering from depression commit suicide? Does their depression worsen to the where they consider suicide? And the consequences felt in the business world? They day of and the days after the various stock markets always take a dive. This weakens us further as a country. As a community. As a people.
Fifty dead. Fifty-three injured. The media are like carrion feeders. Always picking off the bones the last bit of flesh, of muscle, of sinew. Drinking the blood of the victims like a fine wine to be enjoyed by all. It sickens me. I find it abhorrent. And not to my liking. All because of the victims might be the next target of the media gluttons that are nothing more than a pack of frenzied dogs waiting for their next scent to catch. And I mourn the victims who have died. And pray for the victims that were injured. Victims who went for a good time and found only chaos and misery caressing each other like a pair of lovers waiting for the right moment.
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.