Can you see the Awen in the sky?
It’s been a month of rescheduling, but we’re a tenacious bunch and we did our Solstice Ceremony on Tuesday the 23rd of June instead of the 21st.
And the weather that eveing was gorgeous! We could even see the setting sun through the trees just as the ceremony was coming to its close.
Strider was our MC for the evening and had even set the fire bowl so we could honour the sun with a fire. As he was reading out the beautiful words about the height of Summer, the light and dark nights; and of Pan. I sought to revive the fire that had begun to dwindle. And revive it I did… Although I had set fire to a lock of my own hair in the process! No injuries sustained, I promised myself that next time, I’ll tie it back.
It was the first ceremony to incorporate a CD player, as Strider played us ‘Sunset Hypnos’ by Leafblade to help us contemplate the Solstice.
After that, we were invited to approach the fire and share something, if anything, that inspired us to speak. Dumbledore came forward and spoke of how we as a Grove are playful and joyous in what we do, ‘mystic fools’ as the Sufi would say. Although his version was much more eloquent. We then sauntered back to the car park where we shared food and conversation about The Illuminati and Freemasonry… And how modern depictions of film and internet are completely wrong.
The good Narrow Boat 'Ragamuffin'
June Meeting (took place on Tuesday 16th 2015)
It was a pleasure to see our Tatty Ayn once again! She reflected the marina around her in being calm and serene. It was really good to sit outside and be surrounded by such a peaceful spot. There was even a lovely sunset, too!
It was Vyvyan’s first time there and her first encounter with the Question Cards…. All three of which related to Druidry.
Q1: Is Druidry: a journey; a way station; a destination? -Dumbledore.
A: The answers laid more towards a journey. Druidry isn’t something that you aim to master, it’s something you seek to understand. And in this interpretation, the journey and learning never really ends. I can see how someone would see it as a destination of sorts “I want to be a Druid, so I shall complete all three grades until I am there…” But that’s not the point. For only one of us would I even say it’s a possible way station, but even then I’m using the term ‘Way Station’ very loosely.
Q2: Druidry- is it for life or just ceremonies and camps?
Is Druidry what you do or what you are? Where does the line blur?- Luch Dorcha and Cthulhudruid.
A: There are those who, undeniably, for them do see Druidry as something for camps and ceremonies. The performance aspect of the ceremonies and the social networking of the camps is where their Druidry is. For some, it’s when the Gwers is opened, for others it is merely a name given to something done and is a part of life anyway. Can I honestly say, hand on heart I’m a Druid every day? Maybe not, but I can say I am a Bard most days.
Ideally, Druidry should be part of who we are, but lives are complicated things and sometimes it’s what we do. The answers here depend on how we lead our lives.
Q3- Does a Pagan/Druid community exist?
How do we as Druids fit into the Pagan community?- Luch Dorcha and Cthulhudruid.
A: There are indeed Pagan and Druid communities that exist. Depending on the Pagan and Druid, it is how much they put into it that results are seen or not. An active Pagan or Druid community will become noticed by the public, the GOC for example, has been asked to speak at a conference and been approached by people who are wanting to know what Druidry is from the website and blog page alone!
In an area with no visible Pagan community? Look around! Go on the internet and search for local based groups or national sites (like OBOD or the Pagan Federation). Or go into your local Crystal shop, they usually have posters or contacts for local Pagan groups. Or even better, start your own! The last does come with its own problems however, basically, don’t make yourself a target to be laughed at or stalked (no, I’m not joking). Depending on the Druidry group in the area, you might be welcome as an outsider, or you might be turned away because you are not a member of the Order. What you have to remember is that Druidry is a Mystery Tradition as well as an Earth-based philosophy and spirituality. Some Craft based Pagans are like this as well. It’s nothing to feel disheartened about, there are somethings that shouldn’t be revealed to someone who came to their first meeting only to discover that the secret of magic isn’t what they thought. How do Druids fit into the Pagan community? It depends on the area, the location and who is involved with what. At present in the East Midlands, I’d say Druids are growing in the Pagan communities, some help organise festivals, some go into Outreach programs for prisoners, others protest against Fracking. I’d even go so far to say that Druids in the East Midlands (not just counting the GOC) keep themselves busy with outreach and environmental issues whilst Pagans celebrate who they are, make themselves visible for people to come to moots and get involved. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but what would happen if they actively joined forces?
Sunset at Leicester Marina