A druid studies

As I’ve only been on the druid path a little over a month, much of the time dedicated to this path has been used for studying. And study I have!  I never realized the amount of information I was going to be dealing with. Here’s what I’ve studied so far…

Many books. I am reading and studying four books at a time. Right now it’s The Feast of the Morrighan, Celtic Golden Dawn, The Path of Druidry and also Our Own Druidry. I spend time with each book daily. Good thing I don’t have a TV!

I’m learning there is much more I need to learn. I have studied about the three rays symbol and it’s meaning. The one thing all of the books I’m reading  agree on is that one of the rays stand for knowledge. That I’m getting!

I’ve learned that the goddess who called me is really more like three goddesses. The Morrigan. What I’ve been able to ascertain in that regard through trance work is that I have been called specifically by Badb. She is assisting me in prophecy and magic in general. Two of my personal strengths and interests. Funny I had no idea that those were her realms when she first called me. I have only discovered her ties with those through my research. It never ceases to amaze me how things work out in the esoteric realms. But that was my experience in the past so I shouldn’t be surprised.

Nature. It’s all about nature in many ways. As I have MS walks and excursions in nature are pretty much off the plate for me. But I do have a large indoor garden that I tend to. I have been working to get to know the different energies of my plants. I even did a trance session where I became one of my plants and experienced life through its eyes.   Pretty powerful perspective!

And I’ve started using the crystal ball for divination. The Morrigan assists me there. I’ve had some good results so far. I’ll definitely keep at it.

Then there’s the three realms. I have had experience working in other worldly realms before so this I was mostly a matter of learning new labels to attach to my discoveries.

Whew!  Not bad for someone who’s only been dedicated to this path for a month and a half. I look forward to the next revelation. Keep studying!

Meeting Morrigan

This happened a month ago when my departed father first came to me in a dream and uttered the word “Druid”.  I had done no real research on the subject yet. But since I’m talented in trance work that is the first thing I turned to. I had the day before been introduced to my Druid spiritual ally Llewellyn. I decided to call upon him to try to reach the Druidry deities. Here’s how it went.

I got myself into a trance state. I called upon Llewellyn. He made his presence known. I asked him if there was a god or goddess I should be studying. He said “Morrigan”.  I then asked him if I could meet this deity.

It suddenly became foggy. Out of the fog three figures appeared. They came towards me. I soon saw that they were female. The one on the left was raven haired and dressed for battle. The one in the middle was white haired and dressed in a white gown. She carried a crystal ball. The one on the right had red hair and was dressed in green.

Which was Morrigan I wondered to myself. I didn’t understand. But I decided to let things play out.

The one on the left said “I am here to teach you to be a warrior”.  Perfect as I battle against MS every day. The one on the right said “I am here to teach you a love of nature”.  I needed that if I were to study Druidry. The one in the middle said “I am here to teach you prophecy and magic”.  They they disappeared into the fog.

I was suddenly snapped back into ordinary consciousness. Now I had more questions than answers. Time for some real time research.

I did an internet search on Morrigan. What I discovered of course is that that is the collective name given a group of three goddesses. Which explained my trance vision. I had been visited by three goddesses who were one. I had met the Morrigan.

Since then I’ve done more research. I still can’t say I understand in full. But I am hooked. I have pledged myself to her and her study. I will see where this path leads. Each day something new unfolds. And I am thankful she chose to speak to me.

On the solar eclipse

I had anxiously been awaiting the solar eclipse. For a month the excitement had been building up inside me. I planned to do a ritual on this day when the energies were at historical levels. I planned ahead what to do. I was ready.

As the time arrived for the eclipse I started my ritual by lighting incense. Next I lit candles. I grounded and centered myself. I was ready to begin.

I called upon the Gatekeeper. I asked him to open the gates between the realms. Once I had felt the energy shift I raised my arms and called upon all the Shining Ones. I called upon the Nature Spirits. And I called upon the ancestors. They were to bear witness to my oaths.

When I felt the energy in the room raise again I made an oath to follow the path of Druidry. I asked the assembled spirits to assist me in this goal. I asked them to help me find the strength and motivation to follow this path. I asked them to guide me on this new journey.

I next turned my attention to my crystal ball. Placing my hands on it I asked the assembled spirits to cleanse it of any negative energy. I dedicated the ball to Morrigan the goddess of prophecy. I oathed that the ball would be used to positive purposes. As the energy of the ball was raised I thanked the assembled ones for their assistance in this special matter.

That being accomplished I sat there feeling the energy in the room. It was very high. I closed my eyes. As I sat there eyes closed I had a vision. I was standing before a huge oak tree. I knew it was an oak from all of the acorns littering the ground. I was overwhelmed by the urge to collect the acorns. I started picking them up and putting them into all of my pockets. I did this rapidly and with a sense of urgency. Then I heard a voice tell me I had collected enough for now. I could return another time to collect more. I thanked the oak for the gift. Then the vision faded away.

I opened my eyes. I thanked the assembled spirits for their being with me. I thanked them for hearing my oath.  I asked the Gatekeeper to close the gates. As the light began to return from the eclipse I felt the energy in the room return to normal. I blew out the candles.

I thought about the vision I’d had and what it could mean. Upon reflection I decided the acorns were pieces of knowledge that I was gathering on my trip down this new path. I was going to collect much wisdom. But I can always return to the tree to collect more. May this vision turn true!

 

A druid dream

I had an interesting dream last night. In my interpretation it has to deal with my newfound concurrent spiritual path of Druidry. Let me tell you about it and see what you think.

I dreamt I was a fashion designer for a reality TV contest show. Think Project Runway. Not an odd idea as I was a theatrical costume design minor in college. For this segment of the show, which was the finale, we were using authentic haute couture gowns designed by famous designers. These designer gowns had been chosen for us. I was fitting my model who had long, crazy, curly red hair into a gown.  She was a brand new model for me. The gown that had been chosen for her was deep green. The size was all wrong. It was too big. I asked if we could get the same gown in a size three for her. We could. I suddenly realized I had another model to fit. I chose a deep blue gown for her in size nine. She had beautiful blonde hair. So while they were getting the first gown in size three I finished the easier fitting with the size nine model.  This was an easy fit and we had her runway ready in no time. Now I turned my attention back to the first size three model and she looked stunning in her new fitting gown. She was ready to go.   The models got into their place in the runway parade looking wonderful. As they walked the runway I felt full of confidence I had a winner. As the results we about to be announced I was sure it would be one of my models. And surprise!  It was declared a tie between both of my two models!  They had both won!

That’s when the alarm clock woke me up. The dream still hung in my consciousness. That’s how I knew it was an important dream. The fact that I remembered it in full meant it had a message for me. Now my job was to figure out the message!

Upon reflection it seems a painfully obvious message from my subconscious. First the overview of the design show. Familiar ground for me. All of the last minute running around making everything perfect. No stranger to that idea.  This clearly is a symbol for spirituality. Something I’m very familiar with. The new model is Druidry — the red hair, the green gown, the sacred number three as her size. The other model is Asatru — size nine which is the Asatru sacred number, the blonde hair, the deep blue gown. Couldn’t be any more apparent.  The fact that the redhead was new to me also makes sense. I had to spend more time with the new model. The blonde was a snap to get ready. Also very true in regards to my concurrent paths. Druidry currently requires more energy on my part than Asatru. I need to learn the druid lore and pantheon.  I have work to do on that path. The other path is easy to get ready. Makes perfect sense.  The fact that the results were a tie means that both paths will bring rewards. Overall a pretty powerful and transparent dream. May l live up to the challenge!

Divination

I’m learning that divination is an important aspect with Druidry. Right up my alley!  I have experience in divination. But I wanted to do something authentic to the Druid Path. Time for some research!

I have 20 years experience using the runes for divination. I read Runes almost daily. They help provide me with structure in my otherwise unfocused life. I do not claim to foresee the future very well. It’s a shortcoming of my practice. I am able to foresee some future events though. So I need to build on that.

A quick internet search lead me to orgham. As I did more research on this avenue the more similar to runes it seemed. Not what I was looking for. I wanted a form of divination that was Druid in origin but different from the runes. Time for more research.

I was reading a book on Druidry and in that book’s section on divination the mention of crystal balls came up. I didn’t understand why because I had never thought of crystal ball gazing to be a particular skill of the Druids.   More research needed.

A quick search on the internet yielded several different sources citing the Druids and crystal balls. Going back into a time BCE the Druids were known to divine events using crystal balls. Good enough for me!  Crystal ball gazing it is!

So I finally found a unique means of divination that traced its history back to the Druids. I will definitely not give up my rune casting but will add the use of a crystal ball to the mix. My crystal ball has been ordered and I am greatly looking forward to adding this new to me Druid practice to my life. I’ll keep you posted how it all goes!

Meeting a Druid ally

When I started exploring this path a little over a month ago I was overwhelmed. So much to take in and learn about. I was feeling a bit adrift. I know in my concurrent path there are spiritual allies I can turn to for help. Was there a Druid counterpart?  I figured it was time to find out.

In Asatru when I need to contact a spiritual ally I go into trance. I figured it would work the same way here. I got out the scents and drum. Time for a trance.

Normally when drumming I chant the name of the ally I wish to connect with. Here I had no clue. So I just started chanting the word “Druid” as I drummed. That seemed to work as I was in a trance rather quickly. I kept my intention in mind. Do I have a Druid spiritual ally?

Soon I was in a large field of grass. There was a circle of stones in the middle of the field. The stones were large enough to sit on. I headed towards the nearest stone to sit down. It was quiet. But I could feel the energy crackling as I approached the stone circle. I realized it was somehow alive.

I went up to the nearest stone. I put my hand out to steady myself as I sat down. At making contact with the stone surface I felt a bolt of electricity shoot up my arm. At the same moment I heard a deep booming voice. “I am here” it said. I asked if he was my Druid spiritual ally. “I am. My name is Llewellyn.”  My mind raced with questions to ask. I managed to spurt out how am I to learn?  “I have already placed tools in your path. Use them.”  But what am I to study first?  “Morrigan” was the answer. Then all was silent. I had met a spiritual ally and learned his name. And he had given me homework!

I came out of my trance. I wrote everything I remembered in my journal. Then I turned to find out more about Morrigan.

So it really began. I was forming a relationship with the Shining Ones. I was given guidance. I was truly on my way.

 

Dedicating myself

After a month or so of studying druidry since I heard the call I decided I was ready to make an oath to the Spirits that I will seriously follow this concurrent spiritual path. I was ready to do a ritual to declare my choice to the Divine and Spirit allies.

As I am not a stranger to ritual I was not too concerned about the exact format. I decided to use a ritual outlined by an ADF member in one of his books. I went into my ritual room. The moon was at its fullest last night so I felt it was an auspicious time to do this. My rather humble druid later was prepared earlier in the day. I lit some incense and was ready to begin.

I got myself into a pattern of rhythmic breathing. I grounded myself.  I called the four quarters. I cast a circle of energy to create sacred space. Then I sat down in front of my altar which faces east.

I asked the Gatekeeper to open the gates to the other realms.   Once I felt a flowing of energy between the realms I called on the Earth Mother. I allowed myself some time to feel a connection with her. The grounding I had done earlier became deeper. I asked her to be with me on this new path. I asked her to keep me grounded in this work. I thanked her for her help.

I lit a candle to the Spirit of Flame. I called on it.   I focused on the flame as I started to sense a new energy in the room. After sitting with the energy for a bit I asked the Spirit of the Flame to burn inside me with creativity. I had images come to me of me doing ritual and walking outdoors. I thanked the Spirit for its assistance.

Now I turned my attention to the cauldron of water. I called upon the Spirit of the Well. I sat there feeling a new energy. The room got noticeably cooler. I took some water and placed it on my forehead. As I sat there feeling the coolness of the water I asked the Spirit of the Well to be with me. I asked that my search for wisdom be as deep as a bottomless well. Images of books flying by entered my vision. I thanked the Spirit for guidance in this issue.

Then I called on the Nature Spirits to hear my oath and bear witness.

Next I called upon my ancestors. I focused on a photo of my parents as I did this. While doing this I felt the energy circle I had cast expanding to allow more sacred space. I asked the ancestors to be with me on my path. I heard my mother’s voice telling me that everything I had experienced and learned had lead me to this time and spiritual place. I thanked the ancestors for their help on my way.

I then called upon the Shining Ones. I asked them to hear my oath and guide me on this path. I asked them to help keep me on the path of Druidry when I sta. I asked them for sure footing as I traveled. I thanked them for their help in this issue.

Now in front of all the assembly of Spirits I made my oath. I promised to follow this concurrent path wherever it may lead me. I oathed to take this matter seriously and hold it close to my heart. I oathed my dedication to the Path of Druidry. I then thanked the Spirits for hearing this promise and asked for their help and guidance. I suddenly felt light hearted and full of joy.

I called the Gatekeeper to close the gates. I opened the circle of energy creating ordinary space again. The ritual was ended.

I felt very energized but tired at the same time. I felt certain I would be able to fulfill this oath. I felt new purpose and a sense of connectedness. This was the right path at the right time. I was truly on the Path of Druidry. I await whatever is to be revealed to me next. I am ready.

Now go study!

Rabbi Hillel the Elder had a great quote about not doing unto others what you would not have them do to you. The rest he said was commentary. Then he gave the order to now go study!  Wise words even today. And as a total newbie to the Path of Druidry it seemed particularly good advice for me to follow.

I decided to explore this path about a month ago after having a very vivid dream of my departed father speaking the one word to me — Druid. It was out of left field. Although I had been given signs for some time that I would have a spiritual shakeup I never dreamed it would be this. I was happy with my 12 year path of Asatru. Happy but admittedly not totally fulfilled. Since I believe strongly in UPGs I took this message seriously. I was admittedly uneducated about this tradition. Time for me to find out.

Not being one to take spiritual matters laying down I got at it post haste. First stop the Internet. I discovered several Druid organizations. After doing some research on them all I decided to join Ar nDraiocht Fein. The ADF seemed the group most dedicated to creating an atmosphere of 21st century Druidry. I believe the most honest and creative and therefore most spiritually rewarding path for me is one focused on the here and now. I find value in ancient ways but do not believe that the ways of the past are the only valid ones. I like my spirituality to live and breathe and have flesh filling it out. Not one for staying stuck in stuffy old lore I find it more valuable to keep my eyes firmly focused forward.

But I realized I needed a footing in the Lore. I started reading the tales of the ancient Celts. I also started reading books on the practice of Druidry. I settled on three primary books. The Path of Druidry, Celtic Golden Dawn and the ADFs book Our Own Druidry. Between the three there is a balance of experiential and focused ritual. I have found I need both to make me happy.

So that’s where I stand. Reading lots. Learning lots. Experiencing ritual in new ways. A month into it I have to say I’m hooked.

Tomorrow night is the full moon. Perfect time for me to do a ritual dedicating myself to the Path of Druidry. I’m planning the ritual so I am prepared. A little nervous about it but excited. This is a step I take seriously and soberly. I understand it’s a lifelong journey I’m undertaking. But I am ready to meet the challenges.

 

Humble beginnings

A path has cleared in front of me. A path running concurrently beside my current path. It is a path in the forest of my life. Full of light and dark. I decide to take this path as well as maintaining my adherence to the path I have been following. I take my first steps. I am now on the path of the druid.

This blog is here to share my trip down this new path of my life. To share all the experiences, hopes, triumphs, and defeats as I make my way. Look out. The UPGs will be flying. But for me they are as valid a part of the experience as study.

Why this path?  Why now when I have a solid faith in the path of Asatru?  I’m not entirely sure. I only know that for months I had been getting hints that a change was about to occur. Rune readings said so. I kept seeing crows everywhere. Something was up. Then I had a dream.

It was a very vivid dream. But brief. All that happened was my departed father came to me and said one word. Druid. I woke up suddenly with dad’s word ringing in my ear. Time to start exploring.

I did what I was told years ago to do when a new path presents itself. Read.  I bought a few books on druidry and plowed ahead. I joined the ADF and got their book on studies. I dedicated an hour a day to druidry work. I was on my way.

First steps on a new path. I’m excited to see what unfolds on this journey. But  am dedicated to take it wherever it leads. Join me here on this blog as I explore. Let the journey begin!