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A Druidic Take on a Daoist Meditation

A Druidic Take on a Daoist Meditation

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by Paul Magee ~ A few years ago, while I was working my way through the Bardic grade, I had an interesting experience while meditating. I have had a meditation practice for many years, long before I started with OBOD, and I have largely trained in the Chinese Daoist style of meditation, and use seated,…

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A Re-evaluation Of The Ogham Tree List

A Re-evaluation Of The Ogham Tree List

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by Luke Eastwood ~  It is not well known amongst those interested in Celtic Spirituality that the modern interpretation of the Irish Ogham alphabet is largely based on the ideas of Robert Graves, following the publication of his magnum opus The White Goddess. Those in academia generally have different ideas about Ogham in general and…

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Authenticity and Authority in Druidry

Authenticity and Authority in Druidry

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by Caitlín Matthews ~  Talk given at OBOD 50th Anniversary – 7th June 2014 ~ MIDSUMMER SONG Dark is the night, far is the dawning, Sing for the shining of light on the way. Hearken, be ready, attend to my calling: Sing all you guardians who wait at the door. CHORUS   Sing, sing, sing for the…

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Awen

Awen

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by Philip Carr-Gomm ~ Traduction ~ Dany Seignabou ~  1. Awen is chanted out loud or intoned silently within the soul, and is made up of three sounds: Ah-oo-en. The Ah sound opens you to life, evokes joy and purpose, radiates power and creativity. The oo sound expands, continues, and disseminates the energy and power…

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Awen

Awen

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In Druidry, we learn often hear the word, awen, being used, but what exactly is awen? Loosely translated from Welsh, it means flowing spirit, or flowing inspiration. Awake to our own energy, and stretching out towards the energy of nature around us, we begin to see just what awen is.

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Awen and the Art of Urban Druidry

Awen and the Art of Urban Druidry

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by Brendan Howlin and Stuart Lythgoe ~  Have you ever felt that you just don’t have the time to practise the Druidry that you want to? Wouldn‚t you like to be out in the woods meditating for hours, getting in tune with spirit and nature but the reality is a nine to five job in…

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Awen Revisited – What’s In A Word Part 2

Awen Revisited – What’s In A Word Part 2

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by Kevin O’Reilly ~  Awen is a complicated concept and hard to understand. Teaching its meaning is often not clear and imprecise. Okay, I started like that last time. But it’s true. During the year that has passed since I started the contemplation that lead to the first article I have occasionally read it and…

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Calling Oneself a Druid

Calling Oneself a Druid

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by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  A blog post about whether to call yourself “Druid” or not has been brewing in my mind for weeks – when do we think we can claim the title? Simply because in the past one could not claim to be a Druid until after 19 years training (depending upon…

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Can Druidry be a Path to Enlightenment?

Can Druidry be a Path to Enlightenment?

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by Robert Kyle ~  Many people get confused in the west thinking that enlightenment is ‘an eastern thing’ but when we come to take a closer look we realise that this is not the case at all. The reason it’s considered eastern is because meditation is the main focus of this journey, but what is…

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Celtic Reconstructionism

Celtic Reconstructionism

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by Helen Graham ~  Celtic Reconstuctionism: this is the attempt to use archaeological data, records of the time and known history in order to reconstruct ancient Celtic beliefs and practices, to be followed as a religion or spirituality today. This practitioner wishes to resurrect ancient Celtic religion. Celtic Revivalism: this is an attempt to practise…

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Dharma and Druidry: My Personal Journey into Belief and Science (Part One)

Dharma and Druidry: My Personal Journey into Belief and Science (Part One)

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by Renu K. Aldrich ~  My life has a theme to it: transcendence and transformation. I have transcended boundaries and labels by being Indian-American, by having brown skin amid mostly White classmates, and by following a path that combines both Druidry and Hinduism. Transformation is now how I continue to live beyond labels. Turning the…

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Dharma and Druidry: My Personal Journey into Belief and Science (Part Two)

Dharma and Druidry: My Personal Journey into Belief and Science (Part Two)

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by Renu K. Aldrich ~  The Dharmic religions, in my case Hinduism specifically, have a rich history linking it to ancient Celtic worship. In the first part of this series, I explored the connections between Dharma and Druidry in my personal life and through associations in linguistics, spiritual traditions, beliefs, sacred chant and meditation, and…

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Druid Call for Peace

Druid Call for Peace

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by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  Druid ritual in many traditions usually begins with what is known as The Call for Peace.  It is an affirmation that there is peace between everyone involved and an aspiration that there be peace throughout the length and breadth of the world.  In ancient Roman times, Caesar documented some…

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Druid Ethics

Druid Ethics

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by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  Druidry is a spiritual tradition that takes its ethics from the inspiration available in the natural world around us.  It does not only listen to the language of humans, but also those of the trees and wind, the pack and the herd, the moss and the fungi.  It looks…

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Druidry and Politics

Druidry and Politics

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On radical Druidry: Stukeley was (at first) a pagan Neoplatonist who disapproved of the intolerance of Christianity; Iolo a pacificist and republican, who was regarded as dangerous by the government and held a Gorsedd of Bards that was broken up by mounted militiamen; William Price a revolutionary who plotted to overthrow the state by an…

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Druidry Today

Druidry Today

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by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  What does it mean to be a Druid in this modern day and age? Being a Druid today does not mean trying to live in the same manner as our Celtic ancestors did in this land. We simply couldn’t – with our technology and changed world, our religion or…

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Ecotherapy and Druidry

Ecotherapy and Druidry

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by Harriet Sams ~  What is ecotherapy and what role could it play in Druidry? Ecotherapy branches from ecopsychology and originally comes from a Buddhist approach to the therapeutic practice of nature-based psychology. It uses the concept of ‘other-centred therapy’, a concept that encourages the client to view the world from an understanding that they…

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First Beltane as a Bard

First Beltane as a Bard

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by Frederick Casey ~  Oh those wonderful brown packages of light carried on the waves of modern transportation to be cradled in my mail box just waiting for my eager hand to pluck them out with pure delight. Ever so gently I break the seal and remove the contents spreading them out so I can…

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Gwers: Druidry and Parenting

Gwers: Druidry and Parenting

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by Karen Sobel ~  Letter  Dear Friends on the Druid Path: Quite appropriately, I celebrated the first Imbolc of the Ovate grade while I was massively pregnant with my daughter. I remember lighting candles on a cold, silent night, creating a small circle of firelight, and thinking, ‘Obviously I’m not doing any part of this…

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Hot Honey at the Heart of the Hive: A Memory of Lughnasadh 2008

Hot Honey at the Heart of the Hive: A Memory of Lughnasadh 2008

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by Elizabeth Cruse When Chris Park announced at morning meeting that there would be a sweat lodge that night I thought well that sounds alright. Saunter down the field a little way just before dark, maybe even only as far as the sauna and shower, take my clothes off and get toastie warm while having…

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Issues Facing Contemporary Druidry

Issues Facing Contemporary Druidry

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by Emma Restall Orr ~  One of the most common phrases we hear from folks who have newly come into Druidry is that what they are experiencing is a return to the way they were. They marvel at how they are once more discovering the openness of childhood perception, with its optimistic innocence, trust and…

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John Soul: Local Historian, Druid,  Shopkeeper and Personality

John Soul: Local Historian, Druid, Shopkeeper and Personality

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John Soul was a prominent figure in Amesbury from the late nineteenth century to the earlier part of the twentieth century, remembered mostly from the 1920s to 1940 or thereabouts. Here we have two accounts of him. The first, created  by member Hazel Ledgard, is derived from research and an account by her mother who,…

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Modern Druid Nature Mysticism

Modern Druid Nature Mysticism

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by Dr Karen Parham ~  This short article, based on a wider study of Druid mysticism within Western esotericism, examines the factors involved in modern Druid Nature mysticism. Mysticism, in the popular imagination, conjures up something vaguely magical or mysterious. Not to suggest that mysticism is not mysterious or magical but in academia it does…

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Notes on Lewis Spence 1874 – 1955

Notes on Lewis Spence 1874 – 1955

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by Philip Carr-Gomm ~  I want to share a little information with you about Lewis Spence, a Scottish writer and occultist who was a Presider of the Ancient Druid Order – the group out of which the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids evolved. The following does not offer a biography, which can be found…

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