by John Beckett
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.
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….