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    ceridwen

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    Re: Seven gifts of druidry

    Post  ceridwen on Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:49 pm

    The veils are thinning
    the fragrance of unknown flowers permeates the air
    I hear singing in the distance
    fairies perhaps?
    On a wet and windy night
    What better than magic friends
    to protect one from windy dragons
    that toss water to and fro

    Come little friends
    cuddle with me next to the fire
    Beltane is coming
    summer is here and soon
    coats and boots
    will wait in the wardrobe
    while we dance under the trees

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    Re: Seven gifts of druidry

    Post  ceridwen on Mon May 14, 2012 10:57 am

    Hawthorn from May 13th to June 9th



    Planet: Mars and Venus

    Symbolism: Purification, sacred marriage

    and male-female unity

    Stone: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Calcite

    Birds: Blackbird, Owl, Purple Martin

    Color: Midnight Blue, Purple

    Deity: Olwen, Blodeuwedd, Gardea,

    Hymen, Hera, Virgin Mary

    Sabbat: Beltane, May Day

    Folk names: May bush, May tree, quickset,

    thorn-apple tree, white thorn.


    The blossoming of the Hawthorn

    marks the certain end

    of the dark days of winter

    and the return of the procreative forces

    of nature to the fullness of spring.

    The beautiful white flowers

    give cause for celebration

    of nature's capacity for renewed life

    and love, and for the wonders of lovemaking,

    conception, and childbirth.

    For the Celts there was no shame

    attached to these natural processes.

    They were revered and respected

    as an essential part of life,

    and as a sacred expression

    of the human capacity for love.

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    Re: Seven gifts of druidry

    Post  ceridwen on Fri May 18, 2012 2:32 pm

    Food for thought

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    Re: Seven gifts of druidry

    Post  ceridwen on Sun May 20, 2012 1:25 pm

    Last edition of druidcast with guest Brendan Myers on pagan ethics, he is quite entertaining

    http://druidcast.libsyn.com/druid-cast-a-druid-podcast-episode-62
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    Re: Seven gifts of druidry

    Post  ceridwen on Tue May 29, 2012 5:35 am

    While Freya is a norse goddess and not per se within the Druidry, I thought this was a very nice disertation about the Great Mother of all

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    Re: Seven gifts of druidry

    Post  ceridwen on Tue May 29, 2012 5:36 am

    If you are wondering about the meaning of the symbol at the bottom of the page, it is a reproduction of an old ogham disc from Iona which means "a blessing for the soul"
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    Re: Seven gifts of druidry

    Post  ceridwen on Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:55 am

    Something truly amazing happened at the closing ceremony of the paralympics. This is from the British Druid Order:


    We were sworn to secrecy beforehand, but Emma Restall Orr and I were approached by the organisers of the 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony with a surprising request. They wanted our permission to use parts of the gorsedd ritual we wrote in 1997. So, about 20 minutes into the ceremony, these words went out to 750 million people around the world, spoken by Rory Mackenzie on behalf of Help For Heroes:

    I call upon the Spirit of Summer. The spirit of fire, of energy of passion; spirit of the noonday sun, the heat of summer, vitality and abundance.
    I call upon the spirit of Winter. The spirit of earth, of the womb of creation; of the night and the snows of winter, deep roots and ancient stones.
    I call upon the spirit of Spring. The spirit of air, the breath of life; of sunrise, of new life and new growth.
    I call upon the spirit of Autumn. The spirit of water, of the ebb and flow of emotion; of open seas and running streams, of cleansing rain; spirit of the evening sun, of twilight and of Autumn.

    And then, about 30 minutes in, Rory spoke these words:

    The circle is unbroken,
    The ancestors awoken.
    May the songs of the Earth
    and of her people ring true.
    Hail to the Festival of the flame
    of root and branch, tooth and claw,
    fur and feather, of earth and sea and sky.

    When the original gorsedd ceremony was composed in 1993, it was designed to bring together people of many faiths, cultures and backgrounds at a multi-faith conference in Avebury. Its use in the Paralympics closing ceremony seems perfectly in keeping with this original intention, and Emma and I were happy to agree to the request. Plus the Paralympics have been very effective in changing attitudes towards disability, which is no bad thing.

    Blessings to all,

    750 million people! woah!

    This are very interesting times Flowers

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