Weaving the Soul

The following information comes from chapter seven of the New Order of Druids Ovate course. My notes follow under the quotes.

This is true in Ireland, where the island itself is seen as a goddess, often referred to as the triple goddess Eiru, Banba and Fotla, from which its name in the Irish language, Éire, is derived

I’ve always been drawn to Ireland. Since I was young I’ve wanted to visit the island and have only fallen more in love with it’s landscapes over the last year. The Irish language has strong connections to words expressing the importance of nature. This is why I pursue learning the language so I may have words to express my connections and gratefulness for nature

The Earth Mother’s “flowing energy” rests in the idea of earth spirits … It describes these moments and places and myths and beings in which divine presence makes itself felt

Earth spirits are who I personally view as the divine. They infuse every aspect of the natural world. When I am standing in nature, touching a tree, picking up a stone, a feeling rushes through me, one I cannot verbally explain. This, to me, is the flowing energy. It is the earth spirits allowing me to feel their presence

Bradán, an Irish word which means salmon … salmon is a fish of wisdom

It can also mean the life principle or energy of a person … Life principle, in my understanding, is what a person draws their essential substance from, which enlivens them and gives them purpose and meaning to their life

These two meanings of the word suggest to us that the most appropriate place to draw our substance is from wisdom

Wisdom and knowledge are recurring themes one will see in druidry. For myself, both concepts are personally important. My own wisdom comes from my life experiences and acquired knowledge. Through this I have grown into the person I am today and it has made me realize my purpose and gift in this world: to help all of nature, human and nature alike

This dedication to an engagement in the world, the betterment of it, is the mark of an engaged spirituality

Spirituality, especially druidry, in my opinion, is not learned through endless reading of internet resources and Order content. It is learned, felt and practiced through engaging with the beliefs of one’s spirituality. In druidry this could be planting a garden of native plants, learning Irish, Welsh, etc, volunteer work, becoming a teacher of any kind, healing others with herbs…the list is endless

 

We must be willing to enter into ourselves, and work for our own transformation, before we can ever work for the transformation of the world

Our own growth and development, is to work towards the growth and development of the world

In the first excerpt I believe “ever” is too strong of a word. However, the classic saying “you can’t help others until you help yourself” is at play. Druidry is not only about helping the world. You are apart of this world and to heal and aid this world you must heal and aid yourself. This does not mean you cannot help the world along the way. Helping the world can aid you and vice versa

 

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

References

New Order of Druids Ovate Course by Jason Kirkey (2016) – https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/new-order-of-druids-/ovate-course/paperback/product-1dj5ymz8.html?page=1&pageSize=4 

New Order of Druids Website – https://www.druidcircle.org/druid/index.php/en/

Truth and Sovereignty

The following information comes from chapter six of the New Order of Druids Ovate course. My notes follow under the quotes.

Truth is about the fundamental unity and balance of all things within a greater whole. When we live our lives in Truth, we are living our lives in harmony with the world and with our soul

Truth here does not mean honesty or fact. Balance and unity are themes you will see recurring in druidry. Truth is gaining that balance and connection between ourselves and the world and ourselves and our soul

Each person in Celtic society was the hero, but also the king, of their own life

Modern times have caused us to look outward for a savior. No one knows your needs like you and connecting with your soul and the wider world can lead you on your journey to being your own hero

He [she/they/etc] must be without fear, without jealousy and without stinginess

Fearlessness has more to do with a willingness to go into what we fear

Sometimes living our Truth requires us to sacrifice something, to go to a frightening places in our psyche and in the world

Fearlessness is always seen as being without fear but fear is a normal human emotion. This concept has to do with whether you let your fears consume you or face them head on and challenge them

It also means turning our backs on those things, places and people with which we have harmful relationships with for whatever reason cannot be healed at that time

To live in Truth is to live in harmony with your soul. To be your own hero and grow spiritually and as a person. Leaving the known behind can be hard but we must face our fears so that we can give to ourselves and this world what is needed

The way of the warrior is not so much about not feeling particular things, but seeing them for what they are, and slowly and gently, to move ourselves in a direction that is more in line with the longings of the soul than the desires of the ego

A common theme you see in this chapter and in druidry is accepting and consciousnessly paying attention to feelings. To ignore these feelings is to ignore the soul. Feelings are powerful and do not need to be felt all at once. A slow journey is better than no journey at all

To be without stinginess is to be generous 

Another common theme in druidry is giving. Those on the path may give in various ways and monetary generosity is not needed.  Volunteer work, a divination reading, a healing session, a shoulder to cry on, a free lesson on a subject, giving a meal to the homeless are all examples of ways to be generous. Being generous with your soul and heart is more important, in my opinion, than being generous with your wallet

 

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

References

New Order of Druids Ovate Course by Jason Kirkey (2016) – https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/new-order-of-druids-/ovate-course/paperback/product-1dj5ymz8.html?page=1&pageSize=4 

New Order of Druids Website – https://www.druidcircle.org/druid/index.php/en/