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  • in reply to: New Moderator #12702
    Greywolf
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    Ah! Apparently I’m now a moderator as well. Huzzah! πŸ˜€

    in reply to: New Moderator #12701
    Greywolf
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    Hi Amanda πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Trans Respect Trans Day of Rememberance 2020 #12700
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    William St Clair, who posted on this forum as ‘Star Tree’ and under various other names, has been removed from the forum for breaching our ethical code, which firmly and clearly opposes discrimination on grounds of gender. He had previously posted a large number of lengthy posts that showed a deep lack of understanding on a wide range of issues, matched by an opinionated arrogance that I found quite irritating. Nevertheless, I allowed his posts to continue because they so often elicited such wonderfully rational, sensible, gentle, intelligent expressions of warmth and humanity from other members of this forum, for which I thank you all. Those responses amply demonstrated the kind, loving approach that our courses attempt to foster and promote. Unfortunately, all our efforts to inculcate these ideals through our course material seemed lost on William St Clair, hence our final decision to remove him.
    Being removed from the forum also means that he can no longer access course material. He has subsequently requested a full refund of all his course fees, despite that fact that he has already received a substantial amount of the course. He will, nevertheless, be issued a full refund. It seems a small price to pay to remove a troublesome thorn. He has also requested that all his previous posts be removed from the forum. I’m happy for that to happen.
    As our beloved web-master, Adam, sagely reworded our prime directive regarding politeness, “Don’t be a wazzock.” Wise words…
    Thank you all for your patience, tolerance, love and understanding.
    Many blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    in reply to: Trans Respect Trans Day of Rememberance 2020 #12684
    Greywolf
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    Dear Star Tree,
    Since you have appeared on this forum, you have repeatedly posted criticisms of many aspects of our courses. These criticisms have often displayed a worrying combination of ignorance and arrogance. You’ve remained here to date because your ill-informed rambles have often led to interesting and well-informed responses from other forum members. I have previously raised the nature of your posts with other BDO Elders who persuaded me to let you stay. The BDO does, however, take a zero-tolerance position to homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and other such expressions of bigotry. Since your post above clearly violates this policy, I am, with the full agreement of our circle of Elders, terminating your membership of this forum.
    Greywolf

    in reply to: Trans Respect Trans Day of Rememberance 2020 #12683
    Greywolf
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    Dear Star Tree,
    Since you have appeared on this forum, you have repeatedly posted criticisms of many aspects of our courses. These criticisms have often displayed a worrying combination of ignorance and arrogance. You’ve remained here to date because your ill-informed rambles have often led to interesting and well-informed responses from other forum members. I have previously raised the nature of your posts with other BDO Elders who persuaded me to let you stay. The BDO does, however, take a zero-tolerance position to homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and other such expressions of bigotry. Since your post above clearly violates this policy, I am, with the full agreement of our circle of Elders, terminating your membership of this forum.
    Greywolf

    in reply to: How many druids were there? #11554
    Greywolf
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    Dear 573,
    It’s hard to know where to begin to explain how wrong you are on so many counts, so I’ll just deal with the one you started this thread with. Just because an untrue story has been around for 2000 years doesn’t make it any less untrue. I am referring to the story written by Tacitus a century after the event where he describes a Roman attack on the island of Anglesey and the killing of the Druids found there. It has been assumed, with absolutely no backing, even from Tacitus himself, that every Druid in the British Isles had conveniently relocated to Anglesey so as to be there to be killed. This is clearly ridiculous for several reasons.
    First, there were several tribes in Southern Britain who were friendly towards the Romans. They would not have remained friendly for long if the Romans had killed their priests, healers, law-givers and lore-preservers, i.e. their Druids.
    Second, it is absurd to think that even every Druid in Wales would have made their way to Anglesey. Why would they?
    Third, even in the incredibly unlikely event that every single Druid in the whole of England and Wales had been on Anglesey at the time of the Roman attack, is it really likely that they all would have stayed there to be killed when there was a regular, busy and short trade route by which they could have escaped to Ireland?
    Fourth, even assuming that all the Druids in England and Wales had gone to Ireland and been too stupid to hop on a boat, the Romans never penetrated far into Scotland, nor did they invade Ireland at all. Both of those countries had Druids, unless, of course, you’re assuming that all of them also ran lemming-like to Anglesey and stuck around to be killed.
    Fifth, they clearly didn’t since medieval literature refers to Druids in Ireland still being employed by local kings as late as the 10th century, while Welsh poets ares still referring to themselves as Druids in the 14th century.
    6th, as Ronald Hutton and others have pointed out, Tacitus did not witness the attack on Anglesey himself, nor does he tell us his source. Tacitus himself is the only source we know of and he may have made the whole thing up.
    To answer your question, then, how many Druids were there after the 1st century CE: a lot, certainly hundreds, possibly thousands, certainly thousands if you include their students.
    Greywolf /|\

    Greywolf
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    Britain seems to be peculiarly blighted with people who will, with great relish, verbally attack anyone bold enough to stick their head above any parapet. As a nation, we seem determined to undervalue and undermine those who ‘do’ anything. Maybe ‘doers’ make couch potatoes feel uncomfortable and embarrassed? I know that same happens elsewhere, but it does seem particularly prevalent here in Britain. However, as a wise sage once said, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down!” πŸ˜€

    in reply to: Struggling with keeping focus #11552
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    Hi Alexander,
    It’s hard to pitch a delivery system that works perfectly for everyone since everyone studies at their own pace. We do, however, try to throw in links to external resources whenever we can for those who want more depth and breadth.
    I hope to start putting the revised and updated bardic course online soon. It expands greatly on what’s in the course already. By the time we’ve finished the update, the whole course looks like being about 50% longer than it is currently. We are setting up our system so that all students, past and present, will be given access to the new course booklets. Working on them has reminded me how much has happened in the last nine years.
    Until then, as Dowgri and david suggest, working with the material repeatedly and/or differently as well as supplementing with side studies remain viable options. Learning is one of the great joys in life, and its a joy that, for me, has only increased over the 14 years I’ve been working on our course booklets!
    Many blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    in reply to: Bardic Journal #11550
    Greywolf
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    Hello everyone,
    This was a particularly interesting thread for me to read. Elaine, who runs the BDO webshop, looks after our roundhouse, contributed many of the ceremonies in our ovate course, and so forth, keeps the most amazing journals. It’s a couple of pages from one of hers that appears in the bardic booklet about keeping a journal. She keeps postcards, photographs, till receipts, gift wrappings, newspaper clippings and all manner of other scraps to paste into her journals alongside her writing and sketches. She has dozens of them stored away and they’ll be the most incredible resource for some future historian.
    By contrast, I spend so much of my time writing course material that I’m pretty much written out by the end of the day and therefore only intermittently keep any kind of journal. I’ve also made the rookie mistake of not having a nice-looking journal set aside, so when i do decide to record something it goes on a scrap of paper or in any one of about half a dozen small reporters’ notebooks. This means it’s difficult or even impossible to find what I’ve written again.
    I sincerely hope that you good folks will be more like Elaine in this respect and a lot less like me!
    Many blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    in reply to: What a transformational expereince! #11549
    Greywolf
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    Hey Tom,
    That’s wonderful to hear. It’s why we do what we do. I very much look forward to hearing you play. I have a great admiration for violin-players, partly due to having never got the hang of the instrument myself. It has no frets. How can that possibly work? πŸ˜‰
    Seriously, thank you for your kind words which have greatly brightened a rainy day.
    many blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    in reply to: Druid sacred sites in Virginia are Millions of years old #11044
    Greywolf
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    “Druid sacred sites in Virginia are Millions of years old?”
    The earliest evidence of human activity in North America dates from 130,000 years ago, and even that is contested, with most estimates still ranging between 17,000 and 13,000 years ago, so clearly the sites referred to cannot be ‘millions of years old’ and made by humans. Given that our earliest evidence for the existence of Druids dates from not much more than 2,000 years ago, any site older than that cannot be firmly associated with them. Even if, as I do, you’re inclined to believe that megalithic structures in the British Isles are attributable to what we might call proto-Druids, the oldest of these are little more than 6,000 years old. The point of making extravagant claims for which there is absolutely no evidence has always eluded me, like the claim the Ancient Druid Order make that Druidry originated in Atlantis. Apart from anything else, this dishonours our ancestors by dismissing them as primitives who were incapable of building anything or creating a religion or philosophy for themselves. For me, the actual, verifiable facts of archaeology, history and prehistory are quite fascinating enough and exploring the truth about them respectfully honours our ancestors. Like a lot of Druids, I like to speculate, but I also like to keep my speculations within the realms of the possible! And, as pointed out in an earlier reply, to claim early American sites as Druidic dishonours the original inhabitants of the Americas, the first nations people who we know to have created magnificent structures and fine religious philosophies without any outside help.
    Sorry for the rant, but these things are important to me.
    Blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    in reply to: Bobcat’s Book ‘Living With Honor’ #11043
    Greywolf
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    For pagan ethics drawn from early sources, see Brendan Myers excellent book, ‘The Other Side of Virtue: Where our virtues really come from, what they really mean, and where they might be taking us’ (O Books, 2008). Brendan is a Pagan Druid who has a PhD in philosophy. He’s an extremely good writer who confronts the deepest questions about life, death, the universe and our relationships with them from a solid Pagan perspective and an equally solid academic footing. His ‘The Earth, The Gods and the Soul: A History of Pagan Philosophy from the Iron Age to the 21st Century’ (Moon Books, 2013) is equally excellent.
    Many blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    in reply to: Summer Solstice Celebrations #11042
    Greywolf
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    The summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge has indeed been cancelled due to Covid restrictions, though the sunrise will be live-streamed online by English Heritage. Go to: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/things-to-do/solstice/
    The Gorsedd of Bards of Cor Gawr, the group we founded back in the 1990s to allow peaceful access to Stonehenge for seasonal celebrations, normally gathers there on Midsummer’s Day, June 24th. Due to Covid, their gathering has also been cancelled this year. See: https://bards.org.uk/events/
    The reason the Gorsedd gathers on Midsummer’s Day and not at the solstice is explained on my ‘Greywolf’s Lair’ blog. Briefly, all the evidence from across Europe and the British Isles and throughout recorded history tells us that Midsummer was celebrated a few days after the solstice, on the first day when the Sun’s rising position on the horizon begins to move again. For more on Midsummer traditions and how come so many Pagans now celebrate the solstice instead of Midsummer, check out my blog: https://greywolf.druidry.co.uk/2015/06/merry-midsummer/
    Many blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    in reply to: Technical Assistance Required #10647
    Greywolf
    Keymaster

    Hello Jack,
    We have been experiencing problems with our course delivery system that have affected a few of our students. Also, our admin person and tech guy both had a whole slew of health, family and work-related problems in March, which probably explains why you didn’t get a reply via enquiries@druidry.co.uk or techsupport@druidry.co.uk. My advice is to try Adam at techsupport again now, explaining the problem. He’s normally extremely efficient at sorting out problems πŸ™‚
    Many blessings,
    Greywolf /|\

    Greywolf
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    I’m currently working on a new edition of Druidry: A Practical and Inspirational Guide, keeping most of the content of the original but making a lot of additions. I guess by the time it’s finished it’ll be about 50% longer. It’s 20 years on from the original publications date, so seemed like a good time to bring a new edition into print. Given the length of time these things take, I’d guess it’ll be out in about a year’s time…

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