There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light
This week has been particularly busy for me. I have been working on this blog and trying to get it up and running. I finally got some links listed along the side of the page. These are pages that I tend to visit frequently and felt compelled to share them with you as well. I am particularly interested in Druid Magazine which is a new online magazine that is set to launch its inaugural issue on May 1st which is of course Beltane. You can also find a link to the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) of which I am a member currently in the Bardic grade. Additionally there are links to music and other resources. This section of the website is a work in progress but I am hoping to see it develop as time goes on.
I downloaded all 97 episodes of Druidcast to my phone about a week ago. Druidcast is the official podcast of OBOD and is hosted by Damh the Bard. I listen to this awesome product on my ride to and from work each day. I have made it to episode 20 so far and there is so much good information contained in those podcasts as well as exposure to all types of music and poetry. It really gets the Bardic juices flowing and puts me in a creative mood.
As I have previously mentioned, this blog will focus on the unique aspects of American Druidry as opposed to Druidry in other areas of the world. I am very interested in how Druids in America live out their spiritual lives in an environment that is so different from where Druidry originated. I think for me the important part is to look at the historical example as a framework upon which to build a modern spirituality. I love the mythology and the stories that are the core of the Bardic inspiration and are heavily derived from the European histories. However, part of being a Druid is having an intimate connection with place. That means being connected to the land, people, histories of where we are physically located. Learning about the histories, plants, peoples, mythologies, etc… of England, Ireland, and Europe is fascinating but since I don’t live there it is challenging for me to build a strong connection to those things. As a part of the learning process those histories are important and studying them can give me skills to utilize in my own spiritual journey.
Being a Druid in the U.S. is interesting. This country is so vast and so diverse in regards to climate, flora, fauna, histories, traditions, indigenous peoples, etc…In my life I have lived in eight different states ranging from east coast to midwest to the Pacific northwest and southern California. All those places are very different in many ways so there isn’t one particular right way of doing things. That is really the beauty of the Druid path in the first place. At least the Druid path that I have chosen to follow and that OBOD teaches. It isn’t a dogmatic religion and so you are able to use the skills of this spiritual path to incorporate into your current place and personal spiritual beliefs.
I think this is great because my job takes me to a lot of different places and so to be able to connect with the new place is an important part of the spiritual walk for me. Where I live right now is primarily Palm trees and tropical plants. A few years back I lived surrounded by Pine trees and mountains. Each of these places has its own spirit of place. Each of them is unique within the American landscape but also vastly different from the English or European landscape.
I am excited to be able to share this journey with you. I invite you to feel free to comment on any post. I am still learning the ropes of WordPress so bare with me as I try to keep improving the site.
In closing I wanted to share a photo with you of the Pechanga Oak Tree. This magnificent tree is located near Temecula, CA and is estimated to be over 1,500 years old. There is also an interesing website dedicated to the tree and the tribe of people who protect it.