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Hi Elaine, enjoy your Path through the Forest, hopefully you will find what you seek.
Hi David, could you send a link to the footage of the spirit? And what do you think of this, look to the right of the entrance at 6:20.
Hope you find what you are looking for here. The Bardic Course is just amazing. For an in-depth introduction to all concepts, try Natural Druidry by Kristoffer Hughes.
In the long run I think we should see the creation of excellent Druid primary and secondary schools, where next to the normal curriculum the whole corpus of Druid lore and values will be teached. Here in the Netherlands the christian schools are much better than the public schools, and they are very sought after, even by non-christian parents. So hopefully one day schools on Pagan and Druid basis should be created which should be renowned for their excellence.
Hi David, here’s a quick impression. It’s also 78 cards, but it’s far more shamanic, archetypal and pagan than most Tarots. It’s integrated in the Wheel of The Year, so it’s not only a journey of the psyche, but also a journey through the natural world. This connection is made even stronger through the replacement of the kings, queens etc by animals. So for instance the Queen of Stones (which replaces Pentagrams) is Bear, and the King of Stones is Wolf. In the Major Arcana archetypes are used like the Shaman, The Ancestor, The Green Man, the Archer. Death is called the Journey, and the World is the World Tree. So the cards are far deeper rooted in the consciousness of the Earth, which makes them great to use for visualizations and spirit-journeying. The illustrations are Will Worthington’s best, I think. Highly recommended!
I agree, the Druid Tarot and Druid Ogham are very powerful. I draw one of both and meditate on them for roughly a week and make them a theme for study. Every morning I also draw a card from the Druid Animal Oracle, the Druid Plant Oracle and the Camelot Oracle, these are my guides for the day. I do occassionaly do a spread of Tarot cards, and then I use the Wildwood Tarot, which speaks to me the most.
Looking forward to hearing your telyn rawn, Greywolf! I think at one level music is so powerful, because it also connects us to the birds, from whom we at one time learned this magical craft. And this natural connection also gives it its healing powers. How the heart opens up, when we first hear birdsong after the winter!
I hope he finds peace of mind somewhere. His posts and way of thinking were so disjointed, that most of the time it seemed impossible to answer. I think he was very troubled, and so desperate for answers that he forgot the questions. To end on an happier note: I can stronly recommend the four books by Niall Mac Coitir, Ireland’s Birds, Wild Plants, Animals and Trees. A true treasure trove of natural lore!
I can recommend “Celtic Astrology From the Druids To The Middle Ages” by M.G Boutet.
Okay, I’m already see from reading the excerpt a little further that she is adressing a lot of the points I’m making here. Time to order this book, I guess. Slighty annoyed already that she uses the term “the” Pagan, and “the” Pagan perspective. Sounds pretty dogmatic.
I absolutely agree, animal testing, elephant rides, fur industries, trophy hunting, circusses and all the other horrendous exploitation of animals are beyond despicable. I don’t own a copy of Living With Honour, but I managed to read a bit on books.google. She too first states that we don’t need meat and then goes straight to the horrors of the meat industry. This is a false argument. It’s like an ascete saying we don’t need sex because woman are being raped. If you have a yard and you keep some chickens and eat their eggs, are you maltreating them? The vegan alternative is that they should not live at all. I saw vegans already arguing that we should interfere with predators in the wild, because of the suffering they inflict. That goes to show how far these people are removed from Nature. It’s a typical mindset of the overcivilized citydweller. The ultimate culprit is industrialization. We must advocate a simpler life. Just eat local products, and meat and eggs from small scale biological farms.
Hi Startree, I can see you are very passionate about this and this is of course a huge subject. It will take an lengthy essay to go in to it at depth. A few points then. All things are indeed connected, and we are also connected to the plant world and the trees. Vegans also say that we can eat plants, because they are not sentient. Of course Druids disagree with this.
The way you are describing it, the words you use, is purely human emotion. Animals are sacred, and they deserve our respect, just as plants and trees are sacred and deserve our respect. So how can we make a distinction there? I’m pretty sure the wolf and the deer respect each other, in ways that we can’t really comprehend, but still the wolf eats the deer. Purely biological we eat animals because it constitutes a healthy diet. Vegans lack all sorts of nutrients, and have to supplement with chemicals and drugs. Of course, don’t eat meat or dairy from the absolutely horrendous meat-industry. But eating meat and the large scale industry are not the same thing, althougth vegans always conflate these things for emotional arguments sake. When I eat meat, I’m always deeply aware of the sacrifice that has been made. Again, I abhor the large scale industry. I think the whole vegan trend is just a sign that we move away from nature and the natural state of death. We are not outside of the cycle, and city life has made us disconnected from it.
Druids should never condone the horrors of Big Industry, which includes the meat- and dairy industries, but also the B-12 shots and all the necessary supplements from Big Pharma and all the fruit and vegetables that has to be flown in from over the whole world all year around to sustain a vegan lifestyle. This type of monoculture is also devastating for the enviroment. There’s is nothing wrong with eating meat, eggs or cheese. Just buy it locally produced by biological farmers and only eat what the season has to offer. The animals should of course be treated with the utmost respect for their sacrifice. If it is done on a small scale and with respect, I don’t see an ethical problem, as we are omnivores. If you have a yard, take some chickens. The vegan pretence to be above and better than Nature and our ancestors is a prime example of not being spiritually connected. I know there’s much more to say about this subject, so I will come back to this.August 14, 2020 at 8:42 pm in reply to: Calling Ceridwen a witch is disrespectful to the Goddess #11872
Hi William, there’s an interesting book about the rift between nature and men in connection with the Grail and the Faery Accord. The Lost Book of The Grail by Caitlin and John Matthews.
It examens in detail a so called prequel to the Grail Myth: The Elucidation, which is about King Amangons and the rape of the Maidens of the Wells and all its horrid consequences. It really show how the Grail Myth is connected with far older pagan lore. It’s a pretty complex book and knowledge of Arthurian lore is needed, but it’s a really rewarding read.