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Druid Training

The Journey Beckons…

The Journey Beckons…

Stepping out on the path of Druidry is a rite of passage from a so-called ‘normal’ life into a world of magic and mystery. Students whose motivation is simple curiosity or glamor will probably drop out quite quickly, because commitment is always tested. This leaves those whose vision is clear, whose commitment is strong, and who are ready to take on the gifts of the Unknown. It takes great courage and strength of character to drop the armor and make oneself vulnerable to the truth: the reality that would appear if it weren’t denied and imprisoned by our fear and inertia. Continue reading

The Element of Earth

Antelope Canyon, ArizonaThe Element of Earth

The element of Earth represents our Mother – Mater – Matter – Material – the planet Earth itself. It represents body and solidity. It represents permanence, stability, and security. Foundation. Reality. Normality. Earth represents the things you can see and hold, the physical aspects of life, and the process of manifestation. It is food. It represents ‘facts’ – those things that can be confirmed by others, by personal experience. Simply, it is the awesome act of simply being. Continue reading

Assumption Ceremony

Shiva

Shiva

Two weekends ago four Druids performed a ceremony at Dreamland to manifest the Gods and Goddesses here on Earth. It is an essential part of their training, and requires a great deal of focus and determination. Throughout their third year, they had researched, built relationship with, and opened their hearts to Divinity. On Saturday night, they prepared the space, their costumes and themselves for the ceremony. Then they channeled the Sacred. Continue reading

Firewalk!

Leaping into the Void

Leaping into the Void

The time is ticking away, the sand is pouring, the Earth is spinning, our hearts are pumping… a little faster than usual, as we contemplate the challenge in front of us… are we going to face our fears this time, this revolution of the Great Wheel of Fortune, and walk on fire? It’s impossible, of course, we all know that, don’t we? We remember everything our elders and betters have told us about taking no risks, staying safe, keeping our heads down, staying comfortably numb… Continue reading

Mastery of Awareness – Bardic Grade

Nature Awareness

Nature Awareness

Mastery of Awareness – First Year

An essential part of a Bard’s training is developing his Awareness. The Mastery of Awareness is the act of learning how reality really works, and then using this knowledge to create the world, or reality, that resonates with the dreams of our hearts. GMDO is eclectic in the way it uses knowledge and techniques from many cultures around the world for the training of its students. Continue reading

Green Mountain Druid Training 2015

Treeshake

Treeshake

We at the Green Mountain Druid Training are preparing ourselves for the new class of 2015. We are confident and enthusiastic about what we have to offer: from the results we have been achieving since we started the training, we know it works. We feel we have reached a good balance between intellectual teaching, and practical experience. It is important for students to understand each subject – the what’s, how’s and why’s – and then actually physically manifesting each process or project. Continue reading

The Mabon

Star Child

Star Child

If you try to understand Druidry and Paganism (indeed, any religion or philosophy) using the intellect, you will invariably come a cropper (an ancient English term meaning the same as the well-known German expletive total abgefucked). I believe it is vitally important to disregard the Head and attempt to understand this complicated subject with the Heart, keeping things scrupulously simple. Being a bear of little brain, I will try to clarify this extremely confusing and contradictory matter. Continue reading

Creativity is Sacred

Storyteller

Storyteller

Yesterday a friend of mine asked me why Druids consider poetry so special. I thought, “Why is she asking me that? It’s obvious!” I mumbled something like, “It is creative expression!” and realized, when I saw the blank look on her face, that she still didn’t understand.

Then I put myself into her shoes, and the world righted itself. I realized that, without a Druid’s perspective, poems were just poems, the outpouring of a person’s creativity but… so what? I tried to assemble my thoughts, and put into words what is simply a way of life for me. Continue reading

The Oaks are Coming!

 

Ancient Angel Oak

Ancient Angel Oak

I have just returned to Dreamland after a long walk. The wind was howling through the telephone wires, pushing and pulling the trees, making them bend and flex like arboreal gymnasts. Mischievous gusts plucked tired leaves from their dancing hosts, sending them whirling and twirling through the tempestuous air like ecstatic confetti. Very atmospheric… exciting, exhilarating. As I walked along the familiar trail, my heart singing, I suddenly stopped, mouth hanging open… in front of me there was a young oak tree, maybe 3 foot high! Continue reading

Angel

Angel CloudAngel

Power belongs to those that use it

This afternoon I was sitting on the long drop having a crap when I heard, quite clearly, a small voice speaking to me. It spoke in words, clearly, inside my head, and was definitely not ‘me’. It said, quite simply, “It is time to cut your fingernails.” I agreed with it, and replied, “Yes. I will. Thank you.” Continue reading