A Short History of Druidry

From the OBOD website www.druidry.org

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About 2500 years ago, and possibly long before that, at each end of the Indo-European arc, tribal spiritualities emerged that would eventually grow to become flourishing modern movements, with adherents all over the world. While the earliest versions of what would later become the Hindu and Jain religions emerged in the Indus valley, in western Europe at about the same time, writers began to record the existence of Druidism.

stone awenIts practice was first noted in two Greek works over two thousand years ago in around 200 BCE although both works were since lost. In 50 BCE Julius Caesar wrote that Druidism originated in Britain, and although some claim that Druids could be found across much of Europe, from Ireland in the west to Anatolia (now Turkey) in the east, scholars now believe this is unlikely. Instead Druids were probably native just to the British Isles, Ireland and western Gaul (now France).

Although written accounts seem to have begun 2,200 years ago, Druidry was probably in existence for a good deal of time before then, and it seems likely that as a type of religion or magical practice it evolved out of earlier pre-Druidic cult practices.

The Pre-Druidic Period
The evidence of the religious activities of the prehistoric inhabitants of western Europe is remarkable: on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea in Wales, the Paviland caves have revealed one of the earliest magico-religious sites in the world, where around 26,000 years ago a group of humans carefully interred a skeleton, wrapping the body in red cloth or rubbing it with red ochre and laying with it mammoth-ivory rods, which may be the earliest magic wands ever found. 17,000 years ago the Lascaux caves in France were decorated with paintings of animals which survive to this day. The caves were almost certainly used in ritualistic ways. Thousands of years later a classical writer claimed that Druids met in caves, and today the symbolism of caves and of animals acts as an inspiration for the modern Druid movement, which reveres Mother Nature, and understands caves as symbolic of the womb, and of the potential for rebirth.

During this period of history, prior to the development of Druidry, tribes were migrating across western Europe. Some may have come from the areas now known as the Caucusus in southern Russia, Turkey, or perhaps even India. Wherever they came from, they brought their own religious customs and knowledge, and this would undoubtedly have been animistic and shamanistic.

aveburyProto-Druids amongst Proto-Celts
By about 6,500 years ago people were starting to build stone monuments in western Europe – particularly in Ireland, the British Isles, and in Brittany, although similar standing stones and circles can be found as far afield as Peru and Madagascar.

Although the Druids have always been associated in the popular imagination with stone circles such as Stonehenge, academics until recently dismissed this idea. Historians used to say that the Druids couldn’t have used Stonehenge and all the other stone circles in Britain, because the Druids were the priests of the Celts, and the Celts only arrived in Britain in 500 BCE. Since no stone monuments were built after 1400 BCE, they pointed to the gap of nine hundred years separating the last of the stone circles from the arrival of the Druids. But in the sixties many historians changed their minds. They realized that the origin of the so-called Celtic tribes was far more complex than originally presumed, and suggested instead that early or Proto-Celts were probably in Britain as early as 2000 BCE – when the great stone monuments were still being built – and that they could well have been involved in their use or construction.

Forty years later academic opinion is still divided. Some experts emphasize the lack of continuity between religious structures and practices in the second and first millennia BCE. But others point to the new sense of continuity in the genetics and culture of the British, with the rejection of the idea of a Celtic ‘invasion’. This second school of thought makes it possible to again see the Druids as the priests and priestesses of the stone circles, a tendency reinforced by the increasing recognition of the importance of ritual astronomy in the construction of these monuments. If we take this view we might agree with John Michell when he wrote in A Little History of Astro-Archaeology : ‘science restored the Druids to their old temple, Stonehenge, wiser and more venerable than before.’

An_Arch_Druid_in_His_Judicial_HabitThe Classical Druids
When classical writers tell us about the Druids, though, we hear nothing about stone circles. Instead they tell us that Druids gather in sacred groves, caves, or remote valleys.

Julius Caesar and Diodorus Siculus, writing in the 4th and 5th centuries BCE paint a picture of the Druids as scholars and religious leaders who function in a similar way to the priestly caste of the Hindu Brahmins: they officiate at sacrifices, they teach philosophy and star-lore, and they convey an oral tradition that requires students to learn many verses by heart. Their ‘greatest teaching’ reminds us of the Hindu doctrine of reincarnation: Siculus tells us the Druids believed that souls ‘are immortal and live again for a fixed number of years in another body.’

Druids were exempt from military service and the taxes raised to pay for it. They advised Chieftains and had a reputation for pacifying armies about to fight.

The classical writers describe a darker side of Druidism too, in which Druids were present at the sacrifice of criminals, or sometimes innocent people, who were burnt alive in wicker cages, or killed in the attempt to divine the future from their death-throes.

We cannot be sure that any of the classical authors were recounting the truth, but the description they have left us of wise sages calming warring tribes and teaching in forest groves, has tended to endure over the image of their presiding over human sacrifice. As if in confirmation of this, the references to Druids from medieval Irish literature make no mention of sacrifice, and describe the Druids of Ireland as the wisest and most learned people of their time, who acted as advisors to local political leaders, and as wizards and magicians.

bronze-cross-frontBThe Christian Period
The era of Druidry that the Irish and Classical authors describe lasted from perhaps 400BCE to 600CE – about a thousand years. But by the sixth century all of Europe was Christian, and overt pagan practice had probably ceased to exist. Although Christianity was antagonistic to other faiths, it was also built out of many elements of paganism: the eucharist of bread and wine was also the ritual feast of the Eleusinian mysteries, for example, and we can read papal bulls which change the celebration of Christ’s birth from springtime to coincide with celebrations linked to the Winter Solstice. In a similar manner Christian saints, such as St Brighid and St. Dionysus, built upon the histories and reputations of pagan gods and goddesses. And sacred sites were co-opted to the new faith, with churches built upon shrines to gods such as Apollo or within sacred groves. This meant that pagan cults such as Druidism, rather than being wiped out, were actually assimilated into Christianity, creating a complex fusion, which encouraged the Revival Druids of the 17th & 18th centuries to try to discern the Druidry within Christianity.

In addition, Christian clerics transcribed elements of a tradition which until their arrival had been oral, and so we have records of the ancient laws of Ireland, which were probably developed by the Druids since they fulfilled the role of judges, and we have accounts of the mythology and stories of Ireland and Wales which modern Druids believe contain much of Druid wisdom and teachings.

revivalThe Revival
In the seventeenth century a few scholars began to take interest in the mysterious monuments – the artificial mounds, stone circles, dolmens and standing stones – that filled the countryside around them. They read the classical accounts of the Druids and suggested that these monuments were built by them. In doing this they began a period we now know as ‘The Druid Revival’. One of these scholars, William Stukeley, has been called the ‘founding father of archaeology’. These early attempts at archaeology stimulated the interest of other gentleman-scholars who started to look for traces of Druidism within Christianity. The thought that their pre-Christian ancestors were not brutish and ignorant, but were instead wise philosophers inspired these Revivalists, and has continued to inspire Druids to this day.

Revival Druidry spawned a spate of writing, some of it obscure and bizarre, some of it quite fascinating and provocative. Freemasons became interested in this, and Revival Druidry entered the world of Masonry via such organizations as the Ancient & Archaeological Order of Druids, joined later by Winston Churchill.

The Recent Past
The Druid Revival began as an interest of scholars in their pre-Christian heritage, and this resulted in the development of two different manifestations of Druidry: cultural Druidism formed to foster the Welsh, Cornish and Breton languages through Eisteddfodau, and fraternal Druidism which, like Freemasonry, was created to support members and charitable causes.

From the 18th century certain writers had suggested that Freemasonry was a direct descendant of Druidism, and felt that Masons were practicing a sort of latter-day Druidry. Some members of the fraternal Druid organisations may well have treated their activities as mystical as well as fraternal, but this spirituality was firmly embedded in a Christian context with a bible being present at every meeting, and discussion of religion forbidden. Even so, some individuals and small groups may have treated Druidry as a distinct spiritual path from the time of William Stukeley, but it was only at the beginning of the twentieth century that a third type of Druidism began to be noticed: a type that publicly promoted Druidry as a spiritual practice in its own right.

GWMR_0At the opening of the twentieth century, a dynamic and vocal individual, George Watson MacGregor-Reid began promoting Druidism as a spiritual path that could unite followers of many faiths, and the group that he led, the Ancient Druid Order, became a vehicle for conveying many of the ideas that had been expressed by groups such as the Theosophical Society and the Order of the Golden Dawn in the previous century. A complex tapestry was starting to weave itself, which drew on the inspiration of the ancient Druids, the work of the Revival Druids, and the perennial teachings of the Western Mystery Tradition, which in their turn drew on sources as ancient as Pythagoreanism and neo-Platonism.

In the 1940’s and 50’s the Ancient Druid Order attracted to it two figures who would act as catalysts for the explosion of interest in paganism that we are experiencing today. Gerald Gardner and Ross Nichols both joined the Order and later Gardner became the seminal figure to promote the religion of Wicca, or Witchcraft, while Nichols – enthused by Robert Graves’ White Goddess which described his discovery of a Druidic tree-language – developed Druidism by focusing its concerns on Celtic lore and mythology. Together they elaborated an eightfold cycle of observances which now lies at the foundations of both Wiccan and Druid practice.

druid flagThe Present Day
It is natural to want to discover a ‘true and original’ version of a religion or spiritual tradition, as if we can scrape off layers of additions to discover the pure source. But we cannot do this – traditions grow over time rather than arriving fully-formed into the world. They may emerge in a particular era in a specific location, but like a river that arises from sources beneath the earth and in the sky, they then spread across the earth, with their nourishing power coming from the fact that they have gathered nutrients all along their path as they have traveled towards distant seas.

Christianity drew on ideas that were current prior to its existence: symbols, doctrines and festivals of Judaism and Paganism. Buddhism likewise: the doctrines of Karma and Reincarnation, for example, were popular long before the Buddha began teaching.

Over the centuries, followers change and adapt their faith, to enrich it and to make it more relevant to their lives. Druidism is no exception to the rule that spiritual traditions emerge out of a pre-existing context and then change and grow. It emerged out of the pre-Druidic tribal cultures of western Europe about 2500 years ago. Although we know very little about the ancient Druids, modern Druidism draws on the inspiration of the classical accounts of their activities, and on the archaeology and symbolism of the earlier proto-Druidic or pre-Druidic monuments. The stories of the Bards, and accounts of Celtic mythology, recorded in Ireland and Wales, also inform modern Druidry, as do the works of countless writers from the period of the Druid Revival onwards.

In the last twenty years the amount of scholarship and interest in Druidry has increased to such a point that we can truly say that we have entered a period of a Druid Renaissance, which now attracts artists and writers, poets and storytellers and spiritual seekers all over the world. Far from Druidism being introduced to the world just once, a long time ago, it is continually being introduced – by a variety of people, in different countries, and in a number of different forms.

Excerpt from What Do Druids Believe? by Philip Carr-Gomm, Granta, 2006

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A Druid’s perspective on food

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The use of plants as sacred and life-sustaining food in ancient and modern Druidry

This is a great subject for me. I’ve recently come to the realization that the food in our culture has no resemblance to real food whatever. I’ve watched many documentaries on food and nutrition that show clearly and thoroughly that what we consider food is not food at all. It can be called food-like products. It is engineered, manipulated, and manufactured, but it is not real food.

Real food is food created by nature. It’s the storehouse of the sun’s energy. The sun’s energy is converted in plants by photosynthesis into a storable, usable form. In this form it nourishes us with vitamins and minerals and gives us energy with calories. Green food, food that is not processed, frozen, bagged, canned, pouched, or boxed, has live enzymes that nothing we make can give us. These live enzymes are the true nourishment, along with uncorrupted vitamins and minerals. It’s easy for me to see food, real food, as sacred. It’s the sun, it’s rain, it’s nature, it’s life itself. I have an immense respect and love for plant life, especially plant life we can use as food.

ancient-greek-foodThe ancients didn’t have to worry about what was real food and what was manufactured and unhealthy. Nor did they lose touch with the natural cycle like we have by eating fruits and veggies completely out of season. They were in intimate harmony with the seasons, with nature, and with their food. They saw their food sprout from the ground, swell on the stalk, and ripen. They planted and they gathered. A lot of effort and thought went into food. It was respected and revered. In many ways it was considered sacred. It was never taken for granted.

The apple is a good example of sacred plant food for ancient and modern Druids. In Celtic mythology, there is the story of Conle, who was given an apple that nourished him for a month (or year?) but also gave him the irresistible desire to go to fairyland. It represented fruitfulness and sometimes a means to immortality. Druids’ wands were made from either apple or yew wood. The medieval Welsh translation of King Arthur’s Avalon is Insula Pomorum; ‘The Isle of Apples.’  In Druid tree lore, the apple represents healing, renewal, and regeneration. I used an apple myself in my renewal ceremony recently. These and many other instances of the magic of apples gives us ample evidence that apples were considered sacred by the ancient Celts and continue to hold a special place in modern Druidry.

cornCorn is  another good example. The classical historian Diodorus Siculus describes how the ancient Britons harvested corn. “In the reaping of their corn, they cut off the ears from the stalks, and so house them in repositories underground.” In other words, they stored corn and other grains in pits. Corn was used in Imbolc rituals. From the OBOD website: “Imbolc divides winter in half; the Crone months of winter are departing and the promise of the Spring Maiden is around the corner.  This celebration was definitely a feminine festival. Women would gather to welcome the maiden aspect of the Goddess as embodied by Brigid. Corn cakes made from the first and last of the harvest were distributed and this practice remains a part of Her celebration.”

Other grains are also an important part of ancient Celtic and modern Druid life. During the festival of Lughnasadh, when the first harvest is used at the beginning of August, the grain represents John Barleycorn, who sacrifices himself every year to sustain life on earth. Otherwise known as the Green Man, he is sometimes ritually mourned with wreaths decorated with poppies and cornflowers. Sacrifice, transformation, death, and rebirth are all important themes in modern Druidry, and it’s easy to see how these themes may have been carried forward to us by the ancients’ beliefs and rituals.

celt-farmThere are many other examples of plants as food that are also sacred. It makes sense that for people whose lives and culture depended on the natural cycle of planting and gathering that plants would be considered sacred. It represents life itself, the gifts of nature, and the magic of the seasons. It would be a wonder if traditional peoples didn’t consider plants and their cycle sacred.  I honestly wish that our modern culture would rediscover the importance of natural plant food. We’d all be the better for it.

Quick Share – Prayer to the element earth

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This is the last of the prayers to the elements, but certainly not the least. I love this prayer especially because of the grounding effect it has. I feel so stable after reciting this prayer that I’ve added it to my elements rosary and use it whenever I feel the need for stability. It also comes from the website legionofpagans, as do all the element prayers I’ve shared.

ELEMENT – Earth

O Great Spirit of Earth, from which all life springs
Upon whom we rejoice and dance and sing!
From the North ye hail with your pulse of Life
You bring Strength and Security in our times of Strife
You are our Foundation and our Home from which all life grows
You nurture and ground us as your deep life force flows
With your beautiful greens and rich, deep browns
Your vibrant tapestry of life around us abounds
I bow before you as I honor thee
Lend me your comforting Stability
May I stay grounded upon my path this day
May I walk in your footsteps as I go my way
May we care for you and only take what we need
Let us not be driven by want and greed
May we cherish and honor the place of our birth
Our Blessed, Beautiful Mother Earth!

I hope you’ve found these prayers helpful. They are an integral part of my practice and a very important method of sharing love of the earth and all things in it.

Happy praying, everyone. 🙂

Quick Share – A prayer to the element fire

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This is the prayer to the element fire from legionofpagans.com. It makes up the third prayer of the prayers to the elements, and it’s one I use regularly.

ELEMENT – Fire

O Great Element of Fire! that Cleanses and Purifies
Ye that flickers and dances from Earth to Sky
Ye brings warmth and security with thy sacred Flame
From the South ye comes as I call thy name
Passion and Strength are born of thee
The flame of Life burns deep within me
By Candle, and Hearth and Blessed Bonfire
Work my will, By my Desire!
May you Light my path this very day
As I walk my life upon my way
I bow before you as I honor thee
Lend me your Strength, Passion and Vitality
That I may share with those I know
And your flame will burn and ever grow

I hope you enjoy these prayers as much as I do. They are an important part of my regular celebration ceremonies, and I hope others will benefit from them as well.

Happy praying! 🙂

A ceremony for renewal

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Over the weekend I performed a ceremony for recommitting myself to my spirituality and Ovate studies through OBOD. It was a way for me to create in the physical world the intention of my heart. It was a ceremony for spiritual renewal, and it was wonderfully soul cleansing. I even felt better physically, as if I had gained strength and sturdiness with my feet firmly on the ground.

I won’t go into detail about the ceremony itself. It was a basic celebration ceremony using prayers and techniques I learned in the Bardic course. But the messages I received I would absolutely like to share. Please understand these are messages I received for me personally, and they have no special bearing on any other person or spiritual practice. 🙂

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The most important message I received is one I think everybody could benefit from. That is to love yourself. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to make mistakes, to stray a bit, and to not be perfect. I think this one in particular came to me because I felt bad for not keeping up my spiritual practice every day. I never turned my back on it completely, but it certainly wasn’t the priority it had once been.

I needed to receive that message. It allowed me to let go of the guilt. After letting that go, I was able to more fully appreciate the ceremony itself and be more open to it’s other messages.

labarinthAnother thing I took away from the ceremony is that spiritual development is seldom a straight path. It’s more like the neolithic labyrinths etched into the ground with such care. They are never straight and narrow, sure in their course and meaning. They meander, they curve, they zigzag, and they take you on a journey that can lead to some very unexpected places. That’s what I realized my own spiritual journey has been like. It’s a very freeing message. To me, it means I don’t have to worry about my own plans or expectations. I can let the universe send me where it wants me to go. I can be completely open to new ideas and new thoughts instead of concentrating on the ones I expect to gain. I like that.

spiritual selfThe last big message I received was that the spiritual self as it relates to the spiritual realm is kind of like a blank slate. We can develop our spiritual selves in ways we may not be able to develop ourselves in the physical world. This doesn’t mean fantasy or daydreams. This has to do with our inner selves, our souls, our divine beings that can be taken in directions we choose. It’s important to be open to what the universe is telling us and where it guides us, but we can also choose our purpose. If we have a strong calling toward the shamanic or healing or teaching, these are things we should explore. Our spiritual selves may have important contributions to make in a certain area.

These were the most important messages I received through my renewal ceremony, and I thank the spirits, the elements, and the ancestors for their presence, their guidance, and their blessings. If you are interested in trying your own renewal/re-commitment ceremony, check out the Internet for some ideas. It’s a very empowering experience.

Love and light to all.

Getting back in touch with Druidry

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As I’ve mentioned before, I was pulled pretty strongly away from regular spiritual practice by the healing and creativity that resulted of my Druidry work, which is pretty ironic. Once I realized I could actually be a successful and valued person in this world, it was kind of like a damn breaking. All the things I wished I could be were suddenly right before me, waiting to be realized, with nothing to hold me back. For the past year I’ve been completely out of balance with my business and self expression projects dominating my life. Don’t get me wrong. It’s been great. I’ve learned there is absolutely nothing I can’t accomplish if I really want it. I feel so blessed because that’s a belief I don’t think many people have about themselves.

magicBut now the tide is ebbing, and it’s time to make spirituality part of my daily and weekly life again. I’ve reestablished a weekly ceremony that honors and connects with the elements, the ancestors, and the realms of this earth (plant, mineral, animal, and human). I’ve resumed my monthly Ovate lessons, which I’m particularly excited about, and I’ve decided to renew my commitment to Druidry in a special ceremony that will be somewhat like my initiation. The important thing here to clearly state my intent and declare it to the universe, to bring my desires into the physical world with ceremony and ritual, thereby manifesting it into reality.

With an apple for renewal and mistletoe for sacredness, I will recommit myself to the study and practice of the Ovate grade. Candles, incense, meditation music, and prayer will all play a big part in my renewal ceremony, and I will try and reconnect with my spirit Ovate guide, Arrol, who first introduced himself last year during my initiation ceremony into the Ovate grade. I’ll write my mentor about it to let her know how it went.

I feel a very strong urge to do this ceremony but the urge is also to do it right. I’m taking my time, gathering my supplies, and waiting for the right moment to perform it because I feel this will be a very important moment on my journey. For me, it’s not about reaching the end. It’s about experiencing the journey itself, what happens, what I learn, how I feel, and what insights I can gain. It’s about learning what makes me tick, how I can be a better me, and how I can make the world better with my unique talents and abilities. I think I’m ready for that.

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Blessings to all who are on the same journey. I hope you find what you’re looking for, and I hope I do, too.

Quick Share – A prayer to the element air

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Another prayer in my collection of prayers to the elements. This one also comes from legionofpagans.com and is to the element air. It’s one of my favorites and never gets left out of a ceremony. I also include it in my rosary to the elements. Here it is.

ELEMENT – AIR

O Great Element of Air, Of the Winds and the Breeze
Ye that carries the Birds and rustles the Trees
Bringer of Life! From the East ye hail
Where the sailor waits and sets his sail
I bow before you as I honor thee
Lend me your Strength and Prosperity
Ye that fans the Blessed Fire
Work my will, by my Desire!
Upon my path this very day
Aid me as I walk our way
Blow away all negativity
All doubt, and worry away from me
Mind be open, bright and clear
Free from lifes stresses and fears
This I humbly ask of thee
As thy winds blow and caress me

Happy praying! 🙂

Quick Share – Prayer to the element water

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As a practicing Druid I try to demonstrate my love and respect not only for all life and our mother earth, but also the beautiful elements that share our home. They are like brothers and sisters to me, and there is nothing more satisfying than to offer up a prayer to them and exchange positive energy and love.

Here is a beautiful prayer to water from the website legionofpagans.com.

O Great Element of Water, of the tide and the seas
Of the babbling brook, the gentle rains that ride the breeze
Bringer of Life! From the West you cleanse and sustain me
In the Storms You bring me your Strength and Fluidity
Your flowing essence and vitality
This I humbly pray as I honor you in my life today
Through Waterfall, River and Sea
May you charge, and empower me!
Wash away all stress and woe
Let my thoughts like rivers flow
Let confusion fade away
So I may focus upon my day

This is the prayer I have on my water prayer card. It’s an effective way for me to invite the element water into my rituals and connect with him/her.

Happy praying! 🙂

My First Steps with OBOD

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I’ve been on a long journey for years, a journey of self-exploration and spirituality. Initially, I undertook my journey alone. I read and explored alternative and traditional spiritualities. I worked through self help books to get past the scars of a traumatic childhood lived in fear and pain. Then, in 2012 I discovered Druidry. I was enchanted. Not only did Druidry give me a spiritual outlet that actually expressed how I felt inside, but it was a self-development spirituality, as well. With Druidry I could express my spiritual side and my love of nature and all living things and do the inner work that still needed to be worked out.

The healing was well under way thanks to self help books and therapy, but something was missing. Since I couldn’t evolve normally from childhood to adulthood, all those lessons and experiences were not there. I had to go back and create myself again, the me I was intended to be. Amazingly, Druidry is helping me do just that. I found OBOD, a wonderful organization dedicated to acceptance of all, dogma of none, and reverence for all life. Not only that, but they have structured courses in three levels for those who wish to develop their inner creativity, deepen their love of the natural world, and seek wisdom as a life goal. It’s an all-in-one package that I was extremely fortunate to find and take advantage of.

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what Druidry means to me.

I enrolled in the first of their three tiered coursed, the Bardic course in 2012. I worked on it for a little over a year and finished with the title of Bard. Then I enrolled in the Ovate course, the second tier of courses, and that’s where I am now. What I didn’t realize is all the healing and learning creativity created in me a desire to start my own business, something I would never have even dreamed of years ago. Starting a small online business from scratch with nothing but an idea and a hundred bucks eventually led to a livable income in only three years. I give a lot of credit for my creativity to OBOD and their Bardic course. Unfortunately, as my business grows, I find myself frequently pulled off balance, I think mainly because this is all so new to me. I’ve never felt so confident, so able, and so successful. The conflict is frustrating. Now that I’m in this amazing place and doing amazing things, I want to pour all my energy into it. But that leaves me feeling drained, and the only thing that eases that feeling is carrying on with my lessons. It’s been very hard to keep all this new energy for my business under control. But I’m reaching a point now that the surge is finally easing. I’ve been back to my spiritual practice for weeks now, and I feel pretty confident that the great tsunami of creativity and energy for my business is finally ebbing, and hopefully I will be able to continue a steady practice of Druidry.

I’ve begun taking stock of what I learned in the Bardic course, I’ve added to my tools and items I find essential to my practice, and I’ve gathered my course together to begin again. It’s been a year and a half, maybe closer to two years, since I’ve felt calm enough to dedicate myself to a weekly course, and I’m not entirely sure I will be able to continue uninterrupted, but I do feel more calm and secure about my business. That’s a good place to start.

And my new found creativity has benefited me spiritually, too. I made an elemental rosary which I use to pray to the elements and focus my mind. It’s made of aventurine, coral, fresh water pearl, and turquoise. I can’t believe how well it works for me.

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Pagan rosary beads for the elements earth, air, fire, and water made by me.

I’ve also made prayer cards to help me remember prayers to the ancestors and the elements. They come in handy.

I’m excited to be back on my way. Over the past several weeks, I’ve felt cleaner inside, more balanced, and definitely more in touch with the world as a whole. I continue to collect information, not just on Druidry, but on my ancestors as a whole, the Celts of southern Germany. I’m determined to finish my journey toward a well-balanced, confident, stable, and grateful life.