Greetings learned Alferian... My name is magewind. I'm of both shamanic and bardic roots, a solitary who lives in Newfoundland... The Awen is a part of my soul, discernable these forty years or more. The shaman came from my mother's side... (half celt, part native & french...). My question is regards not to how I may embrace what I am, have, see, know or am intimately connected with at all times, places and lives, here and in Otherworld. I was for a time even a christian priest, though could not deny my true self, so I left it.
In a singularity of each 'grade' I have been told the bard is the keper of tradition & learning, custodian of the words, poet, philosopher, and student of the Ogham stick... I was told the Ovate works in the process of death and regeneration, the healers among the druids, specializing in divination and the conversing with ancestors, and prophesy. Thirdly I was told the druid is and was the embodiment of the other two, but more... that from times ancient, they were the 'professional' class of daily life; teacher, ambassador, astronomer, geneologist, poet, philosopher, scientist, in Eire a Brehon judge, the leaders of public ritual, though not as christian priests presuming to be an intermediary, but as the director of a ritual as a shaman, guiding and containing the rites... those normally held within the pale of the sacred grove.
Im my life journey in this world I have had no guide to teach me in a set fashion by the gwers, but through study of mabinogian, prose Edda, much obscure materiel I have been able to get my hands on over the years and good texts by sensibl;e & sensitive scholars, placed alongside my teachings in my native roots in medicine, wholeness of all life and through many varied nd unusual passages in my life in this world linked to Otherworld,
I would ask how is it I have been taught and learned, experienced things from all three levels of druidry from my shamanistic roots? Where and how would I begin this study? Some of my bardic skills are known and can be attested to by members of this group, others by those unknown in this board... I wish to learn what I may here, to share it with others in the span I have left before I go once more to Otherworld again as is our destiny. Can you give me some goodly counsel sir?
Bright Blessings And Peace be unto you.
Love people and use things, NOT use people and love things...