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" One touch of nature

makes all the world kin "

William Shakespeare

Alice is Hip!

December 23rd, 2009

The great thing about having teenage kids is that they keep you up to date! Try this!

Sacred Groves in Finland

December 22nd, 2009

Sacred Groves are an important feature of the Druidism that originated in far western Europe, but they also feature strongly in the spiritual and religious traditions of other regions – in India for example – and in Scandinavia, as this movie shows:

Happy Solstice!

December 21st, 2009

“The song  chooses the singer and emerges from  the hallows – unseen but  resounding – deep within.”

Gabriella Gabrielle

Awen 19

December 20th, 2009

Try looking for Awen in your sleep. As you drift into the land of dreams, follow Awen as you would follow the scent of pines in the forest, the sound of the blackbird as it sings in the twilight. That’s what they meant about ‘Sleeping on a problem’. If you feel empty, dried up, lacking in inspiration, try a snooze – but a snooze with a purpose!

Opening the front door Solstice-time 2009...

David Whyte – The Journey

December 19th, 2009

David Whyte’s poetry is wonderfully evocative. I’ve just found a movie clip of him reading his powerful ‘The Journey’:

Douglas Looks Cross

December 18th, 2009

Douglas the Dragon stands guard on the roof of the office of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids. He looks a little grumpy today after a heavy snowfall. On the way back from the office annual Solstice Supper we had to abandon the car in the snow at one end of town and walk through an enchanted snow-covered town at midnight to get home.


December 17th, 2009

An absolutely delightful and very clever tale for children and adults (especially those of us who revel in magic a mythology) Nostradormouse by Chris Tinniswood is available from Amazon, Lulu and bookshops. All profits to Children in Need. Do have a look at the trailer Chris has made:

A Day of Midwinter Traditions in Glastonbury

December 17th, 2009

Last weekend we held the Order’s annual Winter Gathering at Glastonbury. Overseas members will know what Glastonbury – the Tor, Chalice Well etc. – look like from photos, but perhaps not the actual building where we meet – so here’s a photo of the Town Hall. As we learnt how to wassail and Morris, a brass band played outside for the town’s Frost Fayre. In the morning we held a ceremony in Chalice Well Gardens followed by a meditation in the Town Hall. In the afternoon we listened to ‘Horse Queen and King of the Birds: Exploring the Mysteries of Midwinter’, with songs, stories and explanations from Angharad Wynne & Eric Maddern; this was followed by a session on how to work with the old traditions of wassailing, hunting the wren (not real ones!) hobby horsing and acting out a mumming play, led by Kate and Corwen of  Rigantona. Then we were entertained by Mythago Morris – who gave us a Winter dance and then invited us to join them in a Morris workshop. The day was crowned with a feast and Eisteddfod. Damh the Bard is busy downstairs putting excerpts from that amazing evening on to the next ‘Druidcast’ – The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids’ podcast. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge these photos.

Glastonbury Town Hall

The Mari Lwyd brought specially from Wales for the day

'Dobbin' from Rigantona

The White Stag from the Dance of Herne the Hunter by Mythago Morris