TreyWard wrote:I definitely find this longing to be a central part of my spiritual and bardic path. I learned at about 14 that, several generations back, my family came Ulster and that our last name, Ward, was just anglicized from Mac an Bháird, or Son of the Bard. Being a young fellow already interested in fantasy, wizards, dragons, and the like, this came as wonderful news. I had a connection to this wonderful place! I dove into anything Irish or Celtic head-first, including learning about the ancient bards. Naturally, that lead me into reading about druidry and modern Celtic wisdom traditions, and then I finally joined OBOD in November of 2011.
So my ancestry is essentially the jump-start for my spiritual life as it is today. I try to infuse my practices with as much of the Irish spirit as I can, referring to the Awen by its Irish name Imbas, for example. My primary spiritual guide is Brighid.
I definitely feel that hole that you referred to. I haven't made it across the pond yet, but it is the first thing I plan to do once I am done with my education. I particularly want to see County Donegal (well, as much of Ulster as I can, really!), Newgrange, and the Hill of Tara.Did you get to visit any of those areas in your stay? If so, what were they like?
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