February 2012

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All over the world members are creating wonderful projects, artwork, books, poetry and music, and this blog is a space for telling others about your work, or posting about any subject relevant to Druidry or the spiritual quest.

If you are an OBOD member and would like to post here, just email blogs@druidry.org include photos, purchasing information if applicable, your web site, contact information, and any other relevant data, and we’ll post it as soon as we can.

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In the midst of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, a handful of British intellectuals turned their backs on the social and cultural trends of their time and set out to reinvent the spirituality of the ancient Druids. The movement that rose out of this effort played a central role in struggles for cultural identity in most of the Celtic nations of Europe, provided inspiration to such world-class creative talents as William Blake and Frank Lloyd Wright, and inspired an innovative tradition of Western nature spirituality that remains active to this day.

 The full Moon of Nion will be a time to follow up on the plans and dreams of the new Moon, which occurred on February 21st.   New Moon featured seven points in Pisces, a sign of watery surrender represented by The Moon card illustrated above.

“I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

By Madalyn Stalbaum, Bard, from Ft. Worth, TX

by vyvyan ogma wyverne

an articulate claw, an attentive eye,
busy with some deep business
to do with the breaking into of shells
and the plundering of treasure underneath

there’s a soft laughter in the shaking out
of hackles warm with darkness, yes,
rich findings in this busy-season biome,
all welcome, for the gathering in of wealth

By Nimue Brown

In my book ‘Druidry and Meditation’ I spend a lot of time making the case for meditation as a way of engaging more deeply with life. I’m conscious that in some meditative traditions, the aim is to transcend. However, I see druidry as a faith that embraces the world we inhabit. Thus the aim of any druid activity is not, normally to escape, but to go deeper into relationship with all that is. What I want to do in this essay is cover content not in the book; namely when it is a good idea to use meditation as a way of disconnecting, and how to go about this.

By David (DaRC) Legg

Merlin I see you!
Your speckled cloak of feathers
covers your hooded eyes
that hunt fleeting silver Awen doves
through winter's bare leaved Ogham groves.

Merlin you see me!
With faun coloured poachers coat
Wrapped tight against cold
that sends shivers through wintery copse
and darkly haunts my frigid corpse.

Merlin in besom bosk*
together we hunt winter's break;
the revelation
of inspiration, the Darkling Thrush
on coppice gate, a hidden hope to brush.

Green-things My fellow OBOD family!

My name is Gabriel, though many know me better as my Druidic name: Dreoilín Cónocht. I have been with 
OBOD for over 10 years now and have recently began selling my Art on Etsy. The name of the shop is 
called DruidCrafts; easy enough to remember, yes? I mainly work with Antler, Bone, Horn, Wood, Beads,
etc. I love making Wands, Ogham sets, Rune sets, & Trinket boxes. I do hand carving, Dremel carving, 
and Pyrography (wood-burning). 

In the not so distant future I am going to try and release a small line of Celtic Iron Age clothing as 

Dana Driscoll sends along her most recent column. You can follow Dana's column "The Druid Gardener: Spiritual Journeys in Tending the land" @ http://druidgarden.wordpress.com/ The Druid Gardener blog includes gardening tips and suggestions, discussions of permaculture and sustainability, information about the connection between druidry and the environment, recipes, and an emphasis on connecting to the sacred in our everyday life.

Cae Mabon in Snowdonia is one of the best places ever to hold a retreat or workshop. Here’s a photo after our recent spell of snow…

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