by Damh the Bard, reposted from Damh’s Blog For many, the modern Druid tradition is made up of three ‘grades’ or schools. The Bard, the Ovate and the Druid. Sometimes it can feel like a linear structure – we begin as Bards, then move on to Ovate, the finally to...

Back in late 2020, we created the Druids for Justice page on the OBOD website. We intended it to be a place where members could share their experiences with Justice, and explore ways in which a Druid practice informed their approach. We are sharing again here the link to the...

Many of you will know that one of the charities that OBOD supports is Trees For Life. Trees for Life are replanting the Ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. For 2014, our 50th Anniversary Year, we funded the planting of a Golden Anniversary Grove in Scotland – near Loch...

by Nimue Brown, reposted from her Druid Life Blog As I type this, all I can hear is bird song, and the small noises of everyday life. If I moved to the bedroom, I would hear the nearby stream in addition to the birds. These are good sounds that soothe...

by Maria Ede-Weaving It is always interesting to me how language shapes our understanding of reality. It fascinates me that in some languages there are words that cannot directly translate into English. This suggests that others can see or perceive something in life and in our world, that we just...

by Alan Close your eyes, imagine your grove, what do you see, what do you smell, what do you hear? Would it surprise you to know that there are some people for whom the answer to all those questions is ‘nothing’. This is the ‘condition’ known as Aphantasia, it affects...

Greetings my friends! My blog has been quiet recently as I’ve had my head down getting things all wrapped up on the new album. The good news is that it is finished and has been sent off to the disc manufacturers and also uploaded to all of the download and...

Some thoughts about the Spring Equinox from Maria Ede-Weaving… The Goddess I personally associated with the Spring Equinox is the Anglo-Saxon Eostre. Although she is historically obscured by the mists of time, something about her has always drawn me. For me, she is the spring maiden of vibrant new life...

by Tim Billbrough Introduction: Druids scattered across the globe outside of the ancient Celtic homelands often find solace and spiritual connection in ancient and sacred sites in their own locales. These sites, often tied to indigenous cultures, carry an immense historical and cultural significance. However, with this privilege of accessing...

by Briana Hilton The recent opening of a landscaped garden with symbolic features was marked with a Druid dedication, highlighting the historic relationship between Druidry and nature that is still celebrated to this day. Whether they are designing and cultivating formal gardens or communing with nature in forests and other...

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. Traditionally, we have held our Gatherings at the Town...

by Maria Ede-Weaving from her Blog A Druid Thurible Change, whether it appears to come unexpectedly from outside forces, or from the efforts of our own willpower, is undoubtedly the catalyst to any transformative journey. One of the central lessons of my own life has been the challenge to open...

by Dr. Jamie Ramsey 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),...

by Damh the Bard reposted from his Blog 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...

by Andrew Fabian   Introduction 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. In preparation for performing your Ogham Tea...

by Caroline Williams, reposted from her Blog: Druid Therapy ~ A Modern Journey Into Healing, Weaving Modern Psychology With Ancient Wisdom.   The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it, but I don’t want to be its prisoner either. ~ Mick...

by Maria Ede-Weaving Of all colours, brown is the most satisfying.~Mary Webb 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...

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...

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...

A Tall Standing Stone near Castell Bryn Gwyn Many of you will already know about The British Pilgrimage Trust and might even have seen it’s founders Guy and Will speak at the OBOD Gathering one year. For those that don’t know, the Trust aims to promote pilgrimage in the UK....

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...

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by Damh the Bard, reposted from Damh’s Blog 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...

by Catriona McDonald reposted from her Blog A Druid’s Well Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while...