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American “Tales & Myths” New Blog Category

One of the things I’ve learned in my Druid studies,and my genealogy research so far is much more of what it means to be an “American”. Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 8.22.35 PM.png

Not the “baseball and apple pie” kind, but really the stories of “my people”, compared to being a British or Celtic Druid. This has been important to me precisely because I can see UK Druids have a particular cultural connection to their places and their stories, but I see those as an example of “what I am not”. So I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about “OK if I’m not that, who am I?”

One thing I noticed is here in the US people frequently will say “I’m Irish” or “I’m Scottish”. They do NOT mean that they were born in, or even that their grandparents or parents were born in Ireland or Scotland, Continue reading “American “Tales & Myths” New Blog Category”

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Calan Gaeaf

“Death is there to keep us honest, and constantly remind us we are free” – Dan Fogleberg

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Some call it Halloween, some call it Samhain, but since this upcoming “Holiday” is about honoring the Ancestors, I like to use the Welsh name for it- Nos Calan Gaeaf, because I have a lot of Welsh Ancestors, and the Welsh culture is something I feel drawn to.
Broken down, Nos is “night”, Calan is “New Year” and  Gaeaf is “Winter”,

All together it means the night before “Calan Gaeaf” or the the Night Before Winter New Year.  In most traditional cultures, the New Year starts when the larders are full, harvest is in, life is bountiful and we are optimistic we will make it through the long winter ahead.

I am purposefully “anti” American Holidays, because they have been Continue reading “Calan Gaeaf”

Song of the Day

See today’s blogpost “Calan Gaeaf….

Dan Fogelberg’s beautiful song about Autumn in Maine.

 

 

 

 

Standing Rock Info Sheet

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This IS my job

OK so I’ll admit, in the last few weeks, not much has gotten done around here. My partner and I did go to the coast overnight and I intended to write about that, and several other things. But I haven’t been writing.
I am also “supposed” to be working on a rewrite of a review for my Bardic Grade studies. I wanted contemplate more deeply and write about a “Water Ceremony” that I did nearly a year ago. You see, I have a problem with water. It has never been my friend. Continue reading “This IS my job”

THS Recommends: Mountain Man Healing

The writings of herbalist and traditional Ozark Mountain “Yarb Doctor” Brandon Weston of Mountain Man Healing are deeply steeped in the traditions of the Ozarks. It’s a wonderful thing that he is writing these down, and making them fresh for a new generation of people from the Ozarks and the wider culture of America.
As American Druids, sometimes we have a hard time wrapping our heads around how we are the same as and how we differ from traditional Welsh and UK Druids. Things are different in the US.
Continue reading “THS Recommends: Mountain Man Healing”

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