Miscellaneous

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 natural spaces,...

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 Anon Happy Solstice to one and all! It’s taken me all day to sit and write today, but that’s okay, some things take a while Solstice! The barefoot thumping heartbeat of the summer, and all of her adventures. Peak energy of the sun, peak light, enormous growth everywhere. It’s...

by Sue Baxter I have grown herbs for many years, and use them in cooking, cleaning, for making incense etc. While beginning my studies on the OBOD Ovate course, and after a visit to Chambawallah Teas shop in Birmingham, I felt guided to research, journey and create a tea ritual....

by The Most Rev. Shaun McCann By the rowan and the brierBy the raging forest fireBy the sky in lightening tornBy the moon that’s newly bornBy the rising of the sunBy the task that I have doneI bind my feeble soul to theeAlmighty, Son, and Spirit three.~ Fr. David Adam...

gic techniques to quiet those critical voices, and we talked about whether it would be safe and wise to do so. Buoyed by her encouragement, I developed a ritual to do so. In my therapy, I work largely from an Internal Family Systems perspective, which treats the mind as plural...

by Kimberly Israel I created this ritual to deal with integrating the experience of my own trauma as the experience itself was coming to a close. It gave me a way to handle all the intense feelings: It’s an inescapable fact that this happened to me; I did not in...

by Dr Kennan Elkman Taylor Heathen Magic is an account of the exploration of and reconnection with my own heritage and ancestry in the context of a healing vocation, which itself is not simply defined by my learned trade as a medical practitioner. Further than this, it is also how...

by Joanna Van Der Hoeven In a recent article published in Paganism 101 – An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans, Emma Restall Orr wrote about Pagan ethics, and how they can be achieved and viable through a religion that has no single central authority or god figure. Using nature...

by Barbara Stühlmeyer The story I want to share happened in the 1980. We had just moved to a wonderful tiny village in northern Germany not too far from the University we were studying. We had a charming old cottage with a fitting number of rooms for our instruments and...

by Jason Kirkey Druidism, whatever else we would like to think of it as, is a social structure of the past. It existed within ancient Celtic society, serving a very specific role. As the original Celtic social structures that supported it began to disappear and transform, druidism also began to...

by Julian Rose We who engage in postulating solutions to the dominant issues of this time, use much energy speculating on unknown outcomes. But how much energy do we use in laying the ground for a future of our own making? How much time do we give to devising the...

by Maria Ede-Weaving The paradoxical mystery and beauty of the Autumn Equinox is that when the year is waning and moving towards the dark and colder days of winter, the earth blesses us with abundance. This blend of decline and bounty always comforts me because it suggests that the Earth...

by Maria Ede-Weaving The Autumn Equinox is here again. As the sun’s path lowers in the sky and the season changes, the light changes also; it becomes a paradoxical mixture of clarity and softness; there is a kind of sweet melancholy in it, but also a joy. These seemingly contradictory...

In the run up to the Equinox I have experienced that strange unsettling feeling that I so often encounter at these times of the year when the light and dark meet each other as equals. Part of me quite likes it. Psychologically speaking it feels a bit like giving my...

Chico Xavier by Yuri Levy   Chico Xavier (1910-2002) is one of the greatest personalities in Brazil. He was a talented medium and a great philanthropist. He psychographed more than 500 books, donated all the money to charities and lived as a true holy soul, in addition to being unanimously...

by Donata I’m both a Druid and a Wiccan. These are my very personal feelings about the two pagan paths I’m on and don’t reflect what anyone else may feel or believe. I’m a Druid in OBOD. I’m also a Traditional Wiccan, of Gardnerian and Alexandrian lineages. Both paths honor...

by Ailim Memories of our loved ones also keep their Spirit alive, as our thoughts ensure that they remain close to us, as we knew them. This aspect of remembering also helps the bereaved overcome their loss. Our Ancestors were once like us, walking this Earth, breathing its air, tasting...

ncient and universal form of self-healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.~...

by Maria Ede-Weaving (Written in response to the Earthquakes in Japan in 2011) The scenes of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami have been shocking and distressing. It is hard to take in that level of devastation and death, even more so when we are one step removed and witnessing such appalling...

by Alastaire MacArthur  I have been walking among the hills, forests and woodlands of West Sussex for many years, in fact since 1958 when I was eight years old. (Oh, blast – now you all know how old I am..! LOL) My favourite place has been North Stoke Cliffs near...

by Lady Nimue I would like to start by addressing seven energy centres known as CHAKRAS, and their corresponding colours. I believe these colours and their vibratory rates relate to a selection of healing gems. Humans operate at a dense, slow vibratory level. This is partially due to the fact...

by Joanna Van Der Hoeven   In Druidry, often the  ancestors are honoured from three different spheres that can overlap each other. These spheres are the ancestors of blood, who share our bloodlines; the ancestors of place, with whom we now share our physical space; and ancestors of tradition, those who...

by Hennie Van Geel It was in 1971, I was 14 years old and it slowly became part of me. What? The light I saw shining around and through the bodies of people I met. At first I didn’t pay all that much attention to this light, but one evening...