- December 27, 2022 at 8:20 am #15427Amanda GisbyParticipant
Apologies for what looks like a morbid topic but I am looking for some additional guidance and some suggestions from you lovely people.
I’ve been working on the ovate grade now for nearly two years as I been off down many a rewarding rabbit hole honing and finding many a new skill set.
The one area that I feel needs more addressing for myself before I can think of progressing onto the druid grade is that on death and dying.
I have worked through the course booklets a number of times but something is still not sitting right with me and I can’t put my finger on it. Does anyone have any suggestions on any additional books that may help?
Blessings to you all
Amanda xDecember 27, 2022 at 2:35 pm #15428PeteModerator
My personal opinion is one of the better people to look for more information around the subject of death and dying from a Druidry perspective is Kristoffer Hughes.
I’ve heard him speak on the subject a couple of times because of his professional background. Have a look into his book “As the Last Leaf Falls: A Pagan’s Perspective on Death, Dying & Bereavement” and see if that explores the perspective of death you’re seeking.
Another angle to take might be too look up “death doula” training.
But… personally I see this work as relating more to the Druid. Of course each thread of Druidry is connected to the other, but I see the Ovate as more to do with bringing insight and healing, facilitating the living. The Druid bridges the awen between realms in a way that both the Bard and Ovate do not, and for me that is where working within the realities of death and dying resides.
So I put the thought forward that maybe this is something you need to take with you when you’re ready to undergo the “final excersize” of the Ovate work.
/|\December 28, 2022 at 8:45 am #15430DowrgiParticipant
Good morning Amanda,
This is one of those more profound questions, isn’t it? As Pete has said, too, it also relates perhaps just a little more to the Druid course. Nonetheless, it is an important question to consider for all of us. What is it exactly that isn’t sitting well with you?
I think so much depends on one’s own world-view and ‘cosmology’ as well, thus my own outlook might not be of much use to you anyway.
/|\January 9, 2023 at 1:54 pm #15452Amanda GisbyParticipant
Many thanks for your responses. I will definitely have a look into the work of Kristoffer Hughes and sit with this for a while before I take the final exercise on towards the druid grade, I can’t thank you enough for that.
I wish I could put my finger on exactly what is not sitting right with me, maybe I am trying to complete a puzzle without all the pieces and mixing myself up. But what a wonderful exploratory path.
Best wishes as ever
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