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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;
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…
The illumination of the passage and chamber at the Winter solstice sunrise in Newgrange is world famous. Less well known is the Equinox illumination at sunrise in Cairn T at Loughcrew. The backstone of the chamber is illuminated by a beam of light at sunrise on the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes.
Yesterday I read with interest a blog post by my friend and Druid author Kristoffer Hughes and it got me pondering my own relationship with Celtica and Druidry. Kris' original blog post is here.
From Philip Carr-Gomm: Yesterday like the half a million other people who signed their petition, I got an email from 38 degrees saying: “We’ve saved our forests! The government has just announced that they’re going to scrap the forest sell-off. Together we convinced the government that our forests should be protected for future generations, not sold to the highest bidder.This is our people-powered victory. Next time someone tries to tell any of us that signing petitions or emailing our MPs doesn’t work, we’ll know exactly what to say: “People power does work.