Hello to all that knew and loved Tim Sebastian,
It is has been my very sad duty over the last few days, to let the Druid Community know that Our Dear Friend and Brother in Spirit, Tim Sebastian, Archdruid of Wiltshire and The Secular Order of Druids, passed from this World at 7.50pm on the 1st Febuary 2007.
It is very upsetting to lose such a Treasure....
I was with him, holding his hand during his last hours, as were very many of his most loved.
All I can say is, it was his Time...
.I would also like to say, at this very sensitive time for Us all, everyone has finally realized, in the shock of his passing from us, that Tim Sebastian was a very spiritual, very wonderful, knowledgeable and Special person.
So to all members of Our community that have been really moved by his passing, I say,
To finally, really Honour and Respect Tim, we must understand that The Council of British druid Orders was the accumulation of a life-time of his experiences and now it has become the culmination of his Lifes Work!
That is the legacy he left for Us.
How it manifests is also down to Us.
All of Us, as a collective, must 'hold fast' to his Dream.
That is the manifestation of an Open, Honest and Democratic working Council.
That was his Wish.
I thank him for sharing his dreams with me all those years ago, (before white-robes had anything to do with anything).
I have seen some of those dreams come true
and I intend to see more of his dreams manifest, as I pass on these dreams to others....
When we know when and where the funeral will be, I will be sure to let everyone know.
On behalf of the family I thank you all for your kind words...
He truely was a 'One in a Million' and I shall miss him so very much.
....A little piece of my heart left with him....
From Kevan. Bard of Bath..
I was present yesterday, on his final day in this world, with Miranda, Rob and Dan, and it was difficult to see him so wasted away - to say the least - but we there for him, as Denny and others have been over the last few days. We talked to him and played him some Bonzoes (his favourite band).
I recited poetry to see him on his gentle way.
I'm sure you will join with me in extending sympathies to all those bereft by his passing.
He was an inspirational figure to many and a good friend.
His legacy will live in the revived Bardic Chair movement of England; the access to Stonehenge at the solstices, which he tirelessly campaigned for; and many good memories.
I shall miss him.
The photo of Tim on C. J. Stone's blogspot is from here
Tim Sebastian was a man of vision and an inspiration to all who knew him.
He had a huge impact on my life. I arrived in Bath the very day he began the Bardic Chair of Caer Badon on Solsbury Hill, 21st June 1996,
At the Winter Solstice 1998 I won it, and have been involved with it ever since. It has become my Path - and that in part was made possible by Tim, bringing the magic a little bit closer, creating a modern bardic tradition relevant to the here and now while honouring the ancestors and future generations. He was adept at dancing between the secular and sacred, his gentle touch making the Mysteries accessible to all. He was a bridge-builder, a peace-maker, a man of oak-knowledge and a Bonzo soul.
His legacy lives on.
From Beakerspeaker. Stonehengepeace..
Tim gets a mention in George Firstoff's account of stonehenge 1986.
Relatively few found their way to Stonehenge on Solstice day. It did depend on which road block you came upon. But it was said that there were 42 from Hanging Langford site.
Tim Sebastian announced the Secular Druids would not perform their ceremony in protest at "Our brothers and sisters who could not be here" but the ancient druids [probably Loxley's Church of the Universal Bond] invited others to join them in a simple ritual in the road in front of the razor wire. Thus there was a new understanding of the situation
May your spirit fly to the sun rise of the ancestors from wood to
stone in ancient vessels born on heavens waters
The avenues to bare.
The druids vigel to the other side
The setting sun halo upon the hele
Like Arthurs dream Mordred no more
And the world turned upside down
cast excalibar in to the lake
upon Doze Mary´s shore........
The halcons turn upon the wing
The larks that sing for more
with the horn that heralds the feast
upon midwinters morn
the cycle seems reborn
From Galahad. Avebury Officer COBDOwest.
Tim will be sorely missed by a great many people worldwide...
his compassion, knowledge, wisdom, spirituality and understanding has inspired all...in his life-time, especially that of the world of Druidry. He had great visions for the future of the Council of British Druid Orders, and also that of the world of Druidry...
...I will miss you but will never forget you my love
We can Be his Wish
The membership of HOOD offers it's condolences to the relatives,
friends, and the druid family of Tim Sebastian.