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Lao Tzu

What Does it Mean to be a Bard?

August 24th, 2020

2 Responses to “What Does it Mean to be a Bard?”

  1. Greetings Philip. This particular Tea with a Druid is pure magic for me. Why? Because I was dreaming during the night that you and I were the only ones who showed up at a gathering and so I had the opportunity to share my story of how I came to the path of druidry. You were so kind to listen. I woke up, turned on my computer and this email/video was the first thing that popped up. In the video, you provided some guidance about something that has been weighing on my mind. I have written a poetic commentary on the political elections here in America but I’ve been holding back on posting it because I know that it is provocative in the sense that not everyone will agree. I’m trying to make my decision about sharing it from a druidic perspective. Do I maintain peace among my friends and followers and keep it to myself, or do I post it and risk conflict? There are arguments to be made on both sides. Your comment that political commentary comes within the domain of the bard makes it seem like a responsibility of druids. Others have said the same. Thank you for this perspective. I plan on joining OBOD in December so having an understanding of the role of the bard is important to me. Also, your final comments on finding the small magic around our homes during this pandemic is so true. My Instagram page is filled with images of the small blessings within 2 miles of my home. I have taken paths into the woods that I wouldn’t have thought of before and have spent so much time seeking and reflecting on the magic in my own backyard. Thank you for this important conversation and lovely meditation. I particularly loved the image of people from all over the world gathering in a grove. Oh, that it can be so.

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