This is Suzanna and it’s been a while since I’ve written and have lots to share and update you with so will get cracking!
Firstly, I wanted to make a special mention to our Seed Group, which has grown from strength to strength and every time we meet I go away feeling so blessed to be a part of it and that my Druidic understanding deepens greatly from spending a magical couple of hours in the company of some of the most lovely people, thank you to all!
If you are reading this and haven’t come along to one of our meets yet, I highly recommend joining in and you’d be made so very welcome. We meet every third Wednesday of the month in a lovely informal space to discuss, meditate and work with the core meanings of the gwersi, lessons from the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. You don’t have to be a member of any Druid organisation to join in but if you are interested in studying a Bardic Grade course yourself we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. April’s meet saw us do our first group ritual which was a really lovely moment for the group to share together and something I enjoyed immensely. We can easily be found on Facebook or alternately feel free to drop me an email email@example.com.
So it’s now May and the wheel has turned again; Happy Beltane! I’m really excited about the Summer this year, partly because we didn’t seem to get one last year (!) and also because there are a lot of exciting things coming up for the Silsden Druid Group as part of the Yorkshire Lancashire Druid Circle. We have our first outdoor event coming up and there are still places available so if you fancy coming along to spend a magical Saturday afternoon with us as we work on the land together in a relaxed and caring group environment you’d be made so welcome. For more information on what it’s all about and how to get involved with this event please see the Calendar of Events page. It’s also worth mentioning for those of you thinking of attending from further away that we have good rail links to our local town so car sharing from there is very doable and if you’d like to discuss that more please get in touch with Michael via email. Our fundamental aim is to be as inclusive as possible and that extends as far as transport considerations so please feel free to approach us about it. Families and partners are also included in the one ticket price so bring them along if you like and make a day of it!
I’ve lots of wonderful things to share that have kindly been passed on from other Silsden Druid Group members. This is one of the many great things about being part of a group; we can share with others what we find that resonates with us, be it a poem, a piece of art, a prayer or a story. With members of OBOD, BDO and those who choose simply to ‘live it’ and let intuition be their guide, we have a wonderful pool of diversity and out of this pool the most wondrous things emerge.
At the end of this post are a selection of poems, words and prayers that Farmer Jeff and others have shared at recent Seed Group meets.
Michael Conneely and Maggie Pashley, who will be facilitating the upcoming Saturday event, have been extremely busy (do they sleep?) and have a lot of exciting things to offer this Summer, including Munay Ki shamanism initiations, Ogham and Runes distance courses as well as Shamanic Development and Astrology courses both distantly and in person. For more information on these learned and genuine spiritual guides you can visit www.earthstarweb.com. Michael has also just published his inspired new book Munay Ki Vision Holder which I’m currently savouring and do encourage you to read. I can also highly recommend Michael’s birth chart reading; mine both empowered and blew me away, which says a lot as with regards to astrology I was, initially, a (healthy) sceptic!
Last but not least I’d like to share with you my recent discovery of the OBOD Podcasts which are so listenable (if that’s a word?) as well as deeply informative. The music takes you somewhere else and the thoughtful blend of sounds, topics, lectures etc makes for a thoroughly enjoyable listen – and from experience can highly recommend doing so in the bath (only if you can download them!), bed or sunny garden if we’re extra-specially lucky with the weather this summer! The podcasts can be accessed for free here: http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/resources/druidcast-obod-podcast
Here’s hoping for a happy, healthy and blessed Light season.
With all my love and warm Summer wishes,
As promised here’s a selection of things we’ve recently been sharing in the Seed Group Meets:
Awen: the holy spirit of druidry
The Awen we sing, from the deep we bring,
A river while it flows, we know its extent;
We know when it disappears, we know when it fills.
We know when it overflows, we know when it shrinks.
We know what base there is beneath the sea.
Walk in Balance
Great Creator, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of spirit.
Teach me to trust these things, so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear and thus “walk in balance” with the passing of each glorious day.
I am the light, I am the dark
I am the solution and I am the problem
I am what I embrace and I am what I push away
When I find balance in myself
I am one.
(A prayer for the time of Alban Eiler and Alban Elfed)
Huanka, the Sacred Song of the Universe…
Very early one morning, while out travelling across an isolated pasture blanketed in mist.. a great gust of loneliness swept through me… and i stood there quaking in my tiny aloneness when suddenly… a sound… a tiny note and then a song came rustling through the leaves of the trees.. carried along by the wind… i became very still… and listened…a nd realized that all the world reverberated with this tune… it was coming from the stars… it was coming from the sun.. it was coming from the Sun behind the Sun.. it was a song from a great vastness and was showering down to Earth in the songs of the birds, the hum of the insects, the plants, in the tree branches reaching like waving arms up to heaven, it was in my blood… it was buzzing through my brain.. i was the song.. the song was Everything, All that is… and It was always there.. it was Mama Pacha singing singing singing a song of joy back to the great vast Pacha Mama, the place where all things begin… and i, whoever that is, i was not alone.. it was impossible to be alone.. it wasn’t then and never can be possible, this is Huanka… the Sacred Song… and it is always here, around us, above us, within us. Our only task is to Stop and listen…
this morning as i greet the sun.. i will remember to stop for a moment as the golden radiance fills my veins and listen for the Huanka, the Great Song of the Universe, and i will let that song carry me through my day. i am this song. You are this Song. We are this Radiance.. we must remember this now more than ever!
deepest Munay to you all.
(via Road to Q’eros)