Well, this whole summer felt pretty stagnant and unimpressive. It was the hottest, driest summer in about 150 years (or on record? Has my city even BEEN here that long?)
The days were too bright, almost unnaturally so, the grass turned brown in most places and more than 100 forest fires blazed in my province. Yes, hiding inside seemed ideal. However along with that has come a discontent. We are still doing coven work, I still have my personal devotion to El and Athiratu (and other members of the Canaanite Pantheon at times) – but something feels amiss.
I have found myself thumbing through those beginning Witchcraft books again. You know.. the ones about Hedgewitchery, Kitchenwitching , and all those other fun little books. No theology, no deep understandings… just ‘doing the work and getting the hands dirty’ . I miss following a program that is not my own, floundering about madly. I miss that drive to be connected, that excitement of learning a new path, new vistas to unfold.
So, I found myself revisiting some Druidry sites. This was partly stimulated because in the virtual world I play in, InWorldz , there are role playing regions, and in one of them, I have been invited to be the Druid Guild leader. In a video game, being a Druid is much different of course, however when I was writing up the various levels and learnings one would need to go through with their character in order to level up as a Druid I started thinking… ‘How come I’m not doing this in real life?’
I had looked through sites about Druidry before. ADF, and OBOD being the two that I remembered off the top of my head. I’m not sure why I didn’t pursue it then, probably because we had the coven going and things to write etc. I didn’t feel the need.
I feel the need now. I want to journey again.
I want to follow an outline and do work that I need to do. I want to try things I’ve not tried and learn somethings about myself.
I chose the OBOD over the ADF because ADF is in most senses an actual church and Druidry the religion. I am Wiccan, I also have Deities that I am working with that are non Celtic, although I do have an affinity with some Celtic Deities also.. I don’t want to become something I am not currently. I don’t want to change my practices, and discontinue them, I want to add to what I do, and enhance it. OBOD is more inclusive in this manner.. but really they are two very different ways of doing things. Some people belong to both, as well as the AODA , BOD and others. For me, the format of the lessons seems like exactly what I could use., especially with the Audio option. And as much as I used to turn up my nose at such things as Eclecticism and such back in the day of being a Gardnerian I now (especially as one who has become an ‘Eclectic Wiccan’) find this sort of approach refreshing. Even the term ‘DruidCraft’. which I honestly laughed at before and now think… “why the hell not?”
So, I will start this journey and see how it goes. Perhaps it will go nowhere.. perhaps not. May I be led by Awen to discover what it is I need at this point in my life.