So yesterday was a day full of Druidry. With Samhuinn approaching things seem to be moving at a frantic pace in my development on the Druidry path.
Yesterday I received two big tools to be used in my druid studies. The first was a harp. I plan to study it as part of my Bardic path in OBOD. There’s one challenge!
Then I received from England an ogam set of sticks. They are on the small side but beautifully made. I’m very pleased with them. I had originally decided not to study ogam because of the similarities with runes. But the more research I did the more apparent it became that they were meant to be a part of my path. Who am I to question the hints or smacking with a board upside the head of the multiverse? Okay. So I’ll study ogam too!
Then a friend contacts me to tell me about a dream she had. In her dream I was wearing a green druid robe and carrying a large book. I was speaking Gaelic. And the Morrigan was hovering in the background. Sounds like even others were part of my druid day!
At the beginning of the year I did a magical rune sending that this year be full of spiritual growth. I figured it would be under the guise of Asatru. Which also has sped up. I have vitki apprentices now. But Druidry wasn’t even on my radar. I knew nothing about it. I’m not Celtic by ancestry. But I had that dream four months ago of my father saying the one word Druid to me. And then it all started.
I now do both druid and vitki rituals. I am a member of ADF and OBOD. My studies are yielding some amazing results. I took to this path running. And I’m just stubborn enough to continue!
I have much learning to do. But the gods keep dropping resources into my lap to follow. Everything is flowing smoothly if a little fast. My trust in the gods will carry me through. After all I have the Morrigan at my back!
It’s a dark rainy day. Quiet in the house. Nothing stopping me from doing a session of meditation or trance work. I made myself ready and waited for the wisdom to come rushing in. And waited. And waited.
What to do when you’re sending your brain all the cues that something is ready to happen and nothing does? Sometimes I stubbornly will it to happen. I force a solution. Today I thought I’d take a different approach. I’d let my mind have its way. I’d let it run rampant if that’s what it felt it needed. So much for wisdom I thought.
First my mind went to the approaching new year. In a week or so it would be time to celebrate Samhuinn. My first on the path of Druidry. I had celebrated the holiday years ago when I was practicing Wicca. This time I knew it would feel different. Not sure exactly how. But it would be my first Samhuinn using a set ritual to mark the event. I am going to do my initiation into OBOD self ritual on the 31st. This will mark my serious start of their program. And they have a wonderfully deep and spiritual ritual to denote this date. I will easily remember my anniversary date this way.
Then there’s the actual ritual to commemorate Samhuinn. This I will perform on the 1st. Again thanks to OBOD for providing such a powerful ritual. I look forward to actually doing these two rituals back to back. Should make for an energetically strong couple of days!
Next my mind flitted to thoughts of the Morrigan. As the first deity I’m studying on this path she occupies a far amount of brain matter. All of the books I’m reading about her. All of her depths of ambiguity. All of her many aspects to learn about. If I was to be called by a goddess that offered a place to sink my teeth into it had to be her. Of course she called me! She knew I was up for a challenge.
Next up on the hit parade was thoughts about ogam. I just this past week started studying it. So far on this new plain of mental battle I’m struck by the similarities with the Norse runes which I’ve been studying for years. They both historically trace their way to similar times in history. Both were gifts from the gods — Odin the runes Ogma the ogam. Both made their way into the hands of those of us in this level of reality. Both are alphabets. That’s how far I’ve gotten in my studies. But not a bad start for someone with a Nordic background.
And then the thoughts slowly drifted back to the mundane. I had to go to the bathroom. I was hungry. I decided to call it quits for this session. I had started out with high hopes of gaining wisdom. All I got was a flurry of mental gymnastics.
But maybe I thought to myself that was the gift of wisdom right there. Maybe sometimes you have to release your mind to wander aimlessly. Perhaps the deepest wisdom comes from that. And I suddenly was pleased with the results.
I’m very excited. Last night I got my first month gwersi package from OBOD. I am a Bard! It included information on getting a mentor. So I followed the steps and I already have a mentor assigned to me! They sure work fast!
What does this mean for me? First and foremost I now have a structured approach to studying Druidry. This is key for me. I find that having a structured set of courses to follow helps keep me focused and moving forward. Important goals for me. I find I can be a little all over the place if I don’t have an external structure in place. This is a path that I take seriously. I don’t need to be distracted along the way.
Will I quit my membership to ADF? Certainly not. Being an active member of both groups is very much possible. Each group offers me different things. I plan to use these two groups and their different strengths to my fullest advantage. Time will tell what each has to offer me. As I’ve only been on this path for a little over three months I look forward to exploring both groups.
Am I any less a vitki? Absolutely not! Being a vitki is my first path. I won’t abandon it without a fight. I still honor and work with the Norse pantheon. No need to totally abandon something that already works for me. But I no longer self identity as a practitioner of Asatru. I am now identifying myself as a Neopagan Druid. That umbrella offers me the chance to do both freely. As I’ve said before these separate paths I’m traveling concurrently. Both have very different things to offer. I plan to continue with both.
Does this whole thing make me a crazy lunatic? Possibly. I just know myself and my need to follow spiritual messages wherever they may lead me. I have always been a seeker. I seek wisdom and understanding. This new set of labels and these groups allow me the freedom to accomplish this goal. If you’re interested in my journey stay with me while I share my story. I would consider you welcome company.
It was bound to happen. I started on this path of Druidry three months ago. I planned to practice both this new path along with the old path of Asatru concurrently. Well things change…
I am finding that Druidry offers me a spiritual path that fits my needs better at this time in my life. The focus on the Earth. The gods and demigods. The ritual practice. The magic.
Don’t get me wrong. Asatru offers all of that. But it always felt a bit empty for me. Especially the ritual aspect. I just never really felt connected to it. And I tried for twelve years. So it’s not like I didn’t give it the old college try. But for me something was missing.
I’ve found that Druidry offers more avenues for me to explore. I’ve found already two different groups that feel like home. The ADF and the OBOD. Both offer different ways to approach Druidry. I’m working on both and finding that the two work well for me. OBOD offers guidance through weekly lessons. ADF offers ritual format that seems natural to me. Both are vital to my spiritual growth. I’ve found that I already have experienced more spiritual growth over the last three months than I had experienced in practicing Asatru for several years. This is exciting stuff for me!
Maybe it’s because it’s still new and I’m bound to grow quicker. I thought a lot about that explanation. But I remember being new to Asatru. The growth wasn’t as rapid or profound as it’s been with Druidry. And I have a different feeling about my spirituality now. Asatru feels heavy and somewhat laborious. Druidry feels like light coming through in the forest. At least for me.
But I still want to honor the Norse gods. And remain a practicing Vitki. I feel there’s no reason I can’t still do that and practice Druidry as well. Especially in the ADF framework.
So what does that leave me as a label for myself? After a lot of thought and some research it seems the best label for me right now is Neopagan Druid. I’m pretty comfortable with that. And for me labels are important. They offer a way to explain who you are to yourself and the rest of the world. So for me finding a label is vital.
So I’m not discarding twelve years of my life. I am adopting a new label for myself spiritually and discovering a new spiritual path. It feels like the time has come to shed the old skin to let a new one grow. The only thing certain is change…
When am I consciously aware of being on the path of Druidry? At this point in my journey there are still times when I’m reminded of the path I’m on. So here are some of the times throughout my day when I find myself thinking like a druid.
When I take down the recycling. I know it sounds silly and somewhat stupid of me but doing recycling seems a very druid act. The fact that I actually care enough about the environment to sort through my garbage and separate the recycling out means my frame of mind has switched to an awareness of our Mother Earth.
When I listen to music. Any music. Not just Celtic music. Any music with a strong beat. It puts me in a sacred state of mind. It allows me to relax my conscious mind to the point of nearly being in a trance. Letting go of myself. This is definitely part of my path of Druidry. Forgetting the confines of three-dimensional reality and tapping into something bigger than self. Getting in touch with the Big Picture.
When I study. Definitely part of my path. Learning new things and perhaps letting go of some of the old. Taking new concepts and thoughts and incorporating them into my current state of mind. This shows and reminds me that even this late in life I have much to learn. New ways to grow. And isn’t that what being alive is all about?
When doing or preparing to do ritual. Nothing gets you into a sacred mindset faster than the act of ritual. Whether it’s for one of the major holidays or daily devotionals. Performing these rights puts beliefs front and center. It transforms consciousness from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Being in this state of mind gives me the time to stop worrying about the house chores and think about other matters. Otherworldly matters. For that alone it is worth the time and effort put in.
These are just some of the ways I follow the path of Druidry. Each day seems to bring new examples of the sacred in the midst of the mundane. New ways to be and act holy. I look forward to what each day will bring as the sun rises. I look forward to each new day.