Today’s post will be a little different. I want to talk about diversity, a integral part of druidry in my opinion. College in the United States is a financial burden to so many. As with other minority groups, transgender folx face challenges when paying for college.
In 2017 New America wrote an article about systematic barriers transgender folx face while applying for FAFSA. The form uses sex and gender as one in the same, excluding those whos gender isn’t uniform.
Asking one’s assigned sex at birth and not their current gender has the potential to out them as transgender. Loans have the potential to be held up if the lender is confused about the applicants gender.
A seemingly simple task as filling out paperwork can be confusing for transgender folx, leaving them to not do it at all. This means they miss out on aid.
Transitioning medically can cost a lot of money. In my opinion, this is a massive barrier. Some transgender students may have to choose between transitioning or getting an education.
I personally feel there are a lot of social barriers for transgender people in approaching college. Deep research must be done that they are going to a school that is LGBTQ+ positive or they could risk their safety. Understanding how to change your name in use, get everyone to use your pronouns and respect who you are is daunting. The fact that you may need to come out every single term to professors and students is exhausting. Many universities lack pride clubs, health access specifically for transgender people and housing accommodations that match the person’s gender.
As with other minority communities, transgender people may be scared to approach college thinking there will be no one else transgender there. Gendered bathrooms on campus are a huge hurdle for transgender folx as single use toilets are rare. Before a transgender person can even think about what they want to study they must jump through hoops of confusing paperwork, coming out to their university, figuring out housing, how to use the bathroom and if they will be alone on campus.
Ovate- lover of nature, the healer and the diviner
Druid- seeker of wisdom, the sage, the teacher
What druidry can bring to the modern world
philosophy that emphasizes the sacredness of all life
puts us back in touch with nature
affirms our life as a Journey
open us up to other realities
develops our potential
opens us up to magic
These are common beliefs among practitioners of druidry but you do not need to believe in them all to practice druidry
theology – one may be an animist, pantheist, polytheist, monotheist or duotheist. Some may feel that there is no conception of a deity. All see nature as divine or sacred
the Otherworld – the world we see is not the only one that exists. This is a realm(s) which exists beyond the reach of the physical sense but is still real. The place we travel to when we die but can also be visited during life via dreams, meditation, hypnosis, journeying or in a trance.
death and rebirth – the soul undergoes reincarnations but not always in human form
Three goals of druidry
relationships – experience them
responsibility – taking responsibility for your actions
self-knowledge – know yourself inside and out without deception
trust – trust in yourself, others and the world
integrity – being complete and undivided, adhering to moral principles and standards
courage – ready to accept danger, suffering or hardship to attempt to change the world
environmental awareness – understanding nature’s consciousness and energy
generosity – giving to yourself, others and nature
friendship – making meaningful connections with others
honor – engage with courage in honest, with generosity and responsibility and with respect that comes of loyalty
a worthwhile life – responding to life’s events in a positive or optimistic way
* there is no universal doctrine in druidry
Disclaimer: most words in this text are directly from the sources. In various places I use my own words or rephrase the text from the sources. I do not claim intellectual property of these ideas
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