I could say because everything else has failed. Well, it has – kind of. Wicca, Paganism, ADF Druidry, Asatru, Celtic Polytheism have not been successful as a lifetime endeavor. Maybe these were only good in the short run and were supposed to fail. I was supposed to bang my head against the wall of these structures, trying to get in, trying to fit, trying to contribute, trying to make “tribe”.
Then I let go and stopped trying. I stopped pushing so hard, I stopped caring about how to get others to participate or contribute or to be interested. I stopped being the responsible person. Like instead of hosting the feast, I brought the cheese and crackers. Instead of planning the study groups, I just showed up, usually unprepared. It wasn’t that I stopped caring completely; I was exhausted. And hurt. And resentful.
Floating along, the strangest thing began to happen. Spending a good deal of time on the Internet, what began to show up was writings on building relationship with the land. With the land you’re on, with the land your ancestors came from, with the land your spiritual ancestors are, with the lands of the Otherworld. And they came from seemingly disparate areas – Dr. Martin Shaw, Sharon Blackie, Emma Restall-Orr. Lots came from the Dartmoor area of England. Also, the Heroine’s journey, but that’s not for this post series. There were little pokes from my memory (and some silly jokes from friends) about OBOD, AODA, BDO which set me searching again for these groups. Another
While going down the rabbit hole this morning, I came across this blog post from 2011 and thought it would be a disciplined exercise for the stillness of winter. I’m not planning on having my entries be very long – could be as short as a few words, or even just a photo. If I’m stuck on any given day, I may just post excerpts from others, poems, blogs, etc. The link to the original blog post from Alison Leigh Lilly is below.
30 Days of Druidry is a meme is based loosely on the “30 Days of Paganism” meme that was making its way around the blogosphere several years ago. It’s a simple process: each day, write about your thoughts and experiences on how the day’s topic fits into your spiritual tradition or path. The list of each day’s “theme” is listed below – you don’t have to come up with a subject to reflect upon on your own.
30 Days of Druidry
- Why Druidry?
- Foundations: Cosmology
- Foundations: Nature and Earth
- Foundations: The Three Realms
- Foundations: The Elements
- Foundations: Altar, Grove and Nemeton
- Foundations: Day-to-Day Practice
- Relationships: Gods/Deities and Spirit
- Relationships: The Ancestors
- Relationships: Spirits of the Land
- Relationships: Ritual and Worship
- Relationships: The Fire Festivals
- Relationships: The Solar Festivals
- Relationships: Rites of Passage
- Inspirations: Awen and Creativity
- Inspirations: Prayer and Meditation
- Inspirations: Storytelling and Myth
- Inspirations: Music, Poetry and Aesthetics
- Inspirations: Ethics, Virtues and Values
- Inspirations: Divination and Magic
- Inspirations: Mysticism and Philosophy
- Everyday Life: Druidry and Family Life
- Everyday Life: Druidry and Romance
- Everyday Life: Druidry and Work/Career
- Everyday Life: Conservation and Environmentalism
- Everyday Life: Druidry and Community
- Everyday Life: Peace and Social Justice
- Everyday Life: A Life in the Day of a Druid
- The Future of Druidry
- Advice to the Seeker
Everyday, I will post my thoughts and really look forward to hearing comments back from others.
This is the excerpt for your very first post.
Blackstone Seed Druidry is a Rhode Island based seed group affiliated with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. The group was founded in October 2016 and works primarily as a study group and holds seasonal rites throughout the year.
Our influence is from the teachings of the OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids), Emma Restall Orr, the theories of Animism, Celtic/Norse Polytheism, and various historical researches and current resources such as Brees’ Celtic Heritage, works by Nora Chadwicke, Daithi o’Hogain, Philip Carr-Gomm, and Morgan Daimler.
As we grow, we look to be adding interested folk and to becoming more visible in the pagan community.