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Bushwhacking Through the Ovate Forest

It’s been over a year since we started working on our Ovate Grade Journey.
And pretty quickly we realized that the Ovate work is a vast landscape and the trail through the forest is only a suggestion. So I chose to take a drastic turn off the path, knowing it would take me into deep forest, and make my journey a lot longer…but what comes is what I need…I’ve always been good at taking the long way to something.

During the Bardic grade, learning about what Bards to, I became fascinated with myths, folk tales, and what that means for an American. We do have some unique myths, but many if not most are informed by all of the cultures that have melted into the great American Melange.
And I have continued working on my Continue reading “Bushwhacking Through the Ovate Forest”

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Song of the Day

Ayla Nereo’s Whispers
Her songs are so Nature infused, no Druid can resist!!

Touching the Muse in the Dark, part 2

Part Two:
Opening to the Flow, Finding the Right Fit
I am an extremely sensitive individual. I’ve been open to the flow since before I was born. But that can be a blessing and a curse and most of my life I have not known how to shut it off, or to turn it down to a trickle, how to make it manageable. Now I know. 
Now that I control the volume so to speak, I am still not very open most of the time…so yes, what was happening for me internally during the Bardic grade, to a large extent was Continue reading “Touching the Muse in the Dark, part 2”

Touching the Muse in the Dark

Part One:
Finding a Muse or Two
Green-Woman-East-340.jpg I feel so much clarity beginning to happen in my work right now. Yes Mercury has been in Retrograde, with all of the well publicized communication shit-storm that entails…but for me, right now, it feels like hearing a clear piercing voice singing out a single note in the midst of a squalling storm. Emma Restall Orr is that voice.

Continue reading “Touching the Muse in the Dark”

Interview with Emma Restall Orr

Love this interview with Emma Restall Orr on Skeptiko!
As a druid she thinks in broader terms than one group or another…highly recommend this!

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For more on Emma visit her website at http://emmarestallorr.org/

My Life is My Ritual

At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the process of the seasons.  —Carl Jung

This has been a tough winter for me. It’s been colder than usual, more rainy, and we’ve frosted-mulleineven had more snow than normal where I live. And, well, politics. I’m normally rather quiet and reflective in winter but this year I’ve been more somber and depressed…
So now, just like the groundhog, I’m trying to crawl out of my hole here.
Yesterday was Imbolc. And just like every festival day for the last couple of years, since we started our Bardic studies, we planned to do something and I always bail out. I never want to do anything special on these festival days, and I think I’ve finally put my finger on two reasons why.
Continue reading “My Life is My Ritual”

Am and Am Not

What it means to be “of Native Heritage but not Enrolled”, to be an “Ally” and why you will find references to Native American culture on this site

This could be a massively long post, because it’s a complicated subject, but I want to make it short.

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As a person who identifies as a Druid, which is a North-Western European Celtic tradition, I am also an American, and thus not just one thing.
This is something I have struggled with for a long time-something many Americans struggle with-Identity.

As someone who has over 40% North Atlantic ancestry, and very pale skin, most people would classify me as “white”. But I don’t identify as white-or rather, not completely. If had to draw myself, I would not use the “flesh” colored crayon, but rather a light brown one. I do not see myself as white.  Because I grew up with stories of ancestors with Native blood I have always identified as part “Cherokee”, and growing up STRONGLY identified with Native Americans who were in the news as Activists at the time (Alcatraz and Wounded Knee-a topic for another day), although I now have a much deeper understanding of what that word “Cherokee” was hiding.
In a word-“Melungeon”, and if you’ve never heard that word Continue reading “Am and Am Not”

THS Recommends-Druid Magazine

Druid Magazine, the American Druidry journal.
http://druidmagazine.com/

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THS Recommends: Druidry & Politics

It’s hard not to think about Politics in the wake of Tuesday’s election (godz help us all) and so, while I am busy reworking my Bardic Review, I offer you this wonderful piece from Philip Carr-Gomm head of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids.

 

 

 

 

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