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OBOD Winter Gathering 2023

OBOD Winter Gathering 2023

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I am still feeling the afterglow of meeting up with so many wonderful members at the recent OBOD Winter Gathering that took place on Saturday 2 December 2023. It is always such a delight to spend time with my fellow OBODies…

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A Signal To The Psyche

A Signal To The Psyche

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There are times when clinging on to the corpse of our old lives brings only more pain and loss. It takes a leap of faith to let the past go and open ourselves to the new ways of being that change offers…

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Sheela Na Gig

Sheela Na Gig

Gods and Goddesses

I love Sheela na gig! I recall when I first met her in Scotland during my 20s, as my mother gifted me a ceramic necklace of her. She was fascinating! Ghastly and gorgeous, my image had a stark face, big sagging breasts (with a third nipple), and a wide open vulva! My first looks different…

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The Thinning Veil Of Autumn

The Thinning Veil Of Autumn

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I’ve had a difficult relationship with Autumn all of my life, being a son of Summer and lover of Spring. I never trusted Autumn because as it approached it had one hand behind its back, holding Winter. However this year has been different. The storms have challenged my new-found love, but the beauty of the…

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Ogham Tea Ceremony

Ogham Tea Ceremony

Miscellaneous

The Ogham Tea Ceremony combines elements from a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and aspects of Ogham divination. The ceremony offers the participant a semi-traditional tea ceremony whilst receiving an Ogham reading focusing on the past, present, and future…

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Dem Bones Dem Bones ~ Skeletons In Our Cupboard

Dem Bones Dem Bones ~ Skeletons In Our Cupboard

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How often in life have you gone “I think I’m in a good place” and definitely sorted out all my old skeletons, only to discover a secret panel and yet more lurking bones and rattling teeth taunting you?

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Brown Is The New Black

Brown Is The New Black

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Before my Pagan journey began, for many years I hated the descent into winter; as life retreated and the darkness and cold encroached, my gloominess increased. Pathologically blinkered against the beauty of winter for so long, I remember the change as a kind of road to Damascus moment, and the lightning bolt that struck was…

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Stepping Into the Otherworld

Stepping Into the Otherworld

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Many Druids share a love of the North Cornish Coast and Tintagel Island. This area of Cornwall with its dramatic landscape and mythological associations has a particularly magical atmosphere, so we thought you would love this beautiful artwork by Craig Rossi. It depicts a gateway in Tintagel Castle and is entitled Stepping into the Otherworld.…

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The Temple of Human Frailty

The Temple of Human Frailty

Sacred Sites

by Jude Neeme-Samson For many years I have undertaken journeys to places that have touched my soul and spirit. When I was young in Southern Africa I walked up Mount Aux Sources, visited God’s Window and watched fish eagles on the waters of the Okavango swamp. They all remain within my memory and when I…

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Anglesey Druids Way

Anglesey Druids Way

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Will Parsons and the British Pilgrimage Trust has devised a path that will be of particular interest to Druids: Anglesey (Ynys Mon) Druids Way – Caernarfon to Holyhead – 80 miles, 7 days. 

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Drawing Water From The Deep Well: The Art of Natural Prayer

Drawing Water From The Deep Well: The Art of Natural Prayer

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by Caitlín Matthews reposted from her Blog ~ Soundings  Over the last thirty years, I’ve invited all my shamanic students to include prayer in their lives, regardless of whatever tradition they follow. Why do I feel this important? When we learn about spiritual healing, of course we cannot be of service unless we are first spiritually…

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Adventures in Nutopia Series Two

Adventures in Nutopia Series Two

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A Journey Home

A Journey Home

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For so much of my life, I didn’t really know you. I looked through eyes that never really saw you, and therefore you never really got to know me. I walked on your green fields, soft Downs, and saw your seas in storm, although mostly with more gentle small regular waves, but I yearned for…

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Updwellings ~ Finding Centre

Updwellings ~ Finding Centre

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Autumn came creeping quietly this year.  Her scent wafted in on the Westerlies in late August, now her colors begin to show in the sumacs and maples.  She spreads her fruit-laden mantle across the land. The oaks and white pines breath sighs of relief at a chance to rest and recover from the relentless onslaught…

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Corvids, Cats and Metaphors for the Soul

Corvids, Cats and Metaphors for the Soul

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Yesterday a crow followed me home from the allotment, it flew low over my head and landed on the guttering of the bungalow, not five feet from my door, apparently to take a drink. I thought he would fly off as soon as I went to open door, but no, he watched me approach, cocked…

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A Moment to Reflect

A Moment to Reflect

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September is one of my favourite months. Here in the UK, the frenetic growth of spring and summer has eased and a mellow fullness has taken its place; the sunlight has both a clarity and golden softness to it and never fails to elicit joy and hope. It draws from me a certain type of…

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Spiral triskelion (formed from mathematical Archimedean spirals), occasionally used as a Christian Trinitarian symbol

25th Mount Haemus Lecture ~ Discovering Meaning In Ireland: Megalith Spiritual Experiences

Mount Haemus Lectures

Megalithic sites in Ireland have a profound effect on many people, drawing them in with a sense of wonder and curiosity. Some are interested in these structures from a historical or scientific perspective, while others view them as sacred and make pilgrimages to them. Paul M White’s study aims to explore the spiritual experiences of individuals who’s lives have been impacted by their visits to these ancient sites.

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Gift of the Song and The Rhythm of Life

Gift of the Song and The Rhythm of Life

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It was January and I was sitting in my meditation lodge as the rain battered down on the roof and the wind howled in the trees. I was journeying to the sound of my drum, flying high seeking the answer to a question that had been troubling me for some time…

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Animism For Our Times

Animism For Our Times

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by James Nichol, a repost from his Blog, Contemplative Inquiry. This post looks at Animism as the guiding principal of my Druidry. The term itself comes from nineteenth century anthropology, and is somewhat problematic. Scholars from European and North American backgrounds , formed by a mix of Christian and secular ideas, were studying, and labelling,…

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Jamie Reid – Artist and Visionary

Jamie Reid – Artist and Visionary

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We heard the sad news that Jamie Reid, artist, revolutionary, and druid has just died.
His great uncle was the founder of the Ancient Druid Order. OBOD awarded Jamie an Honorary Bardship in 2016.
Here you can see the presentation Jamie’s gallerist and friend John Marchant gave for us at the OBOD Summer Gathering in Glastonbury in 2016.

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The Rookery: Magic in a Formal Garden

The Rookery: Magic in a Formal Garden

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Streatham’s Rookery (1) is a formal garden within Streatham Common, one of south London’s many remarkable green spaces. I made a connection with it in 1992 when living close by. About a year before I discovered OBOD Druidry, I was working with R. J. Stewart’s The Way of Merlin (2). This taught me, first of all, about…

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New YouTube Channel Launched – The Green Grimoire

New YouTube Channel Launched – The Green Grimoire

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Hello, my friends. Yes me and Cerri have launched a new YouTube channel. It’s been a while in the making and the first video was uploaded yesterday. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will have already seen some of my thoughts about what I’ve been calling the ‘Green Grimoire’ ie, the Book…

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Spiral triskelion (formed from mathematical Archimedean spirals), occasionally used as a Christian Trinitarian symbol