My name is Sara, though I prefer to be called Aura or Azrael. I am 22 years old, though at the end of summer, I will be 23. I live in Minnesota in the USA. I just joined this forum, because I have been wanting to join the OBOD since around July of 2012. Druidry is something that I feel has been my calling for a long time now, but I never knew what to refer to it as. I've always been told I have "healing hands", and a "green thumb", and one random night laying in bed with my thoughts, it occurred to me that Druids may be a real thing. The next day, I spent all day researching the OBOD website, learning about it, and the Druid ways. While I still do not feel confident enough to call myself a Druid (though I would love to), with the help of my mom, I have ordered the introductory package as well as two books written by members in the OBOD. I have researched American Orders, but they do not give me the same feel as the OBOD. I am hoping to be able to become a full member of the OBOD sometime this year.
I was raised in a Christian household, though I feel the beliefs were more pushed, or forced, onto me. Over the past several years, I've walked off that path, as nothing in it makes much sense to me anymore. Thankfully my Christian mother is open-minded and has been helping me and encouraging me to find my path.
I have been trying to find people whom I may be able to relate to spiritually, or who may be able to help me with this path into Druidism.
As it is in the middle of winter, with a good bit of snow and around 0 degrees farenheit, I find it hard to get outside and attune with nature. I also feel in my household, I have to keep my beliefs hidden from my mother's boyfriend, because I feel he would not accept or respect them. I am a bit of a music and technology junkie, I always listen to music when I can, and I play video games and browse the internet a lot. In many ways, it is the only way I can really communicate with people, as in real life, I suffer from anxiety when it comes to people and social settings. It is something I am trying to overcome, but it is a long, hard process.
I am currently enrolled in a school, doing the online campus, trying to get a degree in Healthcare.