Druid Tree Workings: Working with Trees in Urban Settings

The Oak Grove in the Morning Light

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Maples growing up through grate--been there for years! Maples growing up through grate–been there for years!

I walk down the sidewalk of a street in the small town that I call home.  As I journey, I see a crabapple friend with ripening fruit, her leaves rustling in the gentle breeze. I reach out to her, and tell her I look forward to harvesting some in the fall.  She is pleased, as her fruit is largely ignored, and delighted that I will return.  I see others along my walk: horse chestnuts, lindens, mulberries, serviceberries, balsam poplars–many trees that are different species from the forests where I often tread.  Finally, I walk across a grate and wave to the maples growing up from below, in the four foot space below the grate and the drainage channel and into someone’s driveway. These urban trees are often shaped by humans in ways forests are not: an odd growth habit becuase of pruning…

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Spirit of Spider {Animal Totems}

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Good Witches Homestead

Role: The Weaver

Lesson: Balance

Element: Earth

Wind: West The Quest Within

Medicine: Illusion

 Communication. Creativity. Divine Inspiration. Illusion. Balance. Nurturing Instinct. Mystery. Wisdom. Magic.

NAVAJO CREATION STORY

“In the beginning, there was the dark purple light at the dawn of being. Spider Woman spun a line to form the east, west, north, and south. Breath entered man at the time of the yellow light. At the time of the red light, man proudly faced his creator. Spider Woman used the clay of the earth, red, yellow, white, and black, to create people. To each she attached a thread of her web which came from the doorway at the top of her head. This thread was the gift of creative wisdom. Three times she sent a great flood to destroy those who had forgotten the gift of her thread. Those who remembered floated to the new world and climbed to…

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Rituals and Activities to Enhance Creativity and Support the Bardic Arts

Damh the Bard Concert at OBOD East Coast Gathering a few years back

The Druid's Garden

This is my song, this is my voice,
These are my words, this is my choice.
Hear me now, take heed of my words.
Love me now, and your spirit will fly.

Hear me in the howling of the wolf,
My voice is the song of the Bards,
I am the power that helps the salmon leap,
I am the very first breath of a child.

From Damh the Bard’s Song of Awen.

It has been a long journey into considering the role of the bardic arts in the druid tradition and the role that creativity plays in spirituality. I realized that one final thing was missing from our discussion–a set of practical exercises and rituals that you can use to better work with the flow of awen and embrace the path of the bard. And so, to finish out my long series on the Bardic Arts in the…

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Living A Magical Life Everyday

The Witch & Walnut

honey bathSmall actions you take throughout your day will raise your vibrations. Allowing the continued flow of positive energy and magic into your home and around you.

First let me start with this…. If you are someone that literally rolls out of bed straight into the shower and out the door, stop that! You need to put yourself first and take 15 minutes for yourself. I don’t care what anyone says, you can make the time. If that means going to bed earlier, and training your body to get up earlier then start!

When you wake up, if you are a tea of coffee drinker get the pot on or pre-program it the night before.

Aroma….stimulate your senses. We simmer lemon and cinnamon sticks almost daily. Keep it on your stove so its always ready to turn on. As you get ready to start your day, the aroma will stimulate positive…

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The Mayans 2

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I have been told Archeology has a three age system and these three ages are stone, bronze and iron. They categorize ancient civilizations by the tools they find. To keep it short, they have never found bronze or Iron tools in the Mayan empire, so they consider the Maya primitive. My response to them “The Maya had tools that were harder than Iron made of jadeite. As a matter of fact they had specialized tools for every job. Since the Maya were smart enough to use materials far more advanced than the “old world”, shouldn’t the Europeans be considered primitive when compared to the Maya?” The three age system they talk about was invented by the Danish government in 1812. Guidelines for a civilization should be based on intellectual and scientific achievements, societal advancement, technological accomplishments and division of labor. Archeology is the one in the stone age.

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Art and Spirit: The Bardic Arts as Self Development and Spiritual Practice

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“The way to see what looks good and understand the reasons it looks good, and to be at one with this goodness as the work proceeds, is to cultivate an inner quietness, a peace of mind so that goodness can shine through.”

–Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values.

In the last two months, through various angles, we have explored ways of taking up the path of the bard, one of the three paths of the druid tradition. Topics have included the cultivation and flow of awen, cultural challenges surrounding taking up the path of the bard, and tips for how to cultivate the bardic arts. In my last post, we also explored some of what industralization had us lose in terms of the bardic arts–both to those who create them and those who use them and how we might…

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Woodpecker Woman

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Once there was an old woman living up on the mountain, who kept to herself mostly. The folks down in town all called her “Red Cap” because of the little crimson hat she wore. Some people visited her when they were sick because everyone around knew she could work the plants and heal any disease.

Well one day some of the leaders in town turned against Red Cap saying she was a witch and cursed their cows to give blood instead of milk. One night, under the shadow of darkness they crept up the mountain and grabbed  the old woman right out of her bed. They took her down into the center of town where they’d built up a big pile of logs and branches. They tied her to a post and set the bonfire ablaze.

As folks screamed out the worst curses they could think of, much to the…

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Inner Child Healing helps prepare for real Soul Retrieval Work

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The video below, shows a mother and daughter in an artistic portrayal of separation. Separation leads to abandonment, phobia issues, co-dependency and addictions of any kind. It is the leading cause of drama-diseases, and as any 40 year old will tell you, things arise at midlife of what occurred twenty or thirty years earlier. Inner child work is best done in the late thirties to mid forties because that is when we are most open and can handle that level of power needed to return. There are young people of course in their 30s that have journeys and do healing work, but I have seen a lot of people heal fast when the “age” factor timing of this fated reality is appropriate for such healings. Timing is everything they say, and its true, even by age.

When we reconnect with this fragmented part of…

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The Mayans

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The Mayans were the most advanced of all the ancient civilizations. We are told they were savages that sacrificed humans and were a very war like people. I have shown in previous writing this is all lies. We are even told they disappeared, but there are millions of Mayans still living today. The problem we have with Mayan research is it is all done by religious and academic lap dogs who have a lot to lose if they ever told the truth. The people doing the historical research on the Mayans want you to keep believing Christopher Columbus discovered America. Not only will I shatter the lies of the Mayans, but I will give you the true identity of Christopher Columbus.

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Ozark Encyclopedia – F – Fish

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Minnow in whiskey for alcoholism – “Another way of curing drunkards is to put a live minnow in whiskey and let it die there. The poor chap who drinks this contaminated whiskey doesn’t notice anything wrong with the taste, but it is supposed to destroy his appetite for liquor.” ~Randolph OMF 151

Minnow swallowed for whooping cough – “A great many Ozarkers believe that a live minnow swallowed by a baby will prevent it from ever having the whooping cough. Miss Jewell Perriman, Jenkins, Missouri, tells me that this is not a superstition but a well-known fact, and she has seen it demonstrated several times. Other hillfolk think that it isn’t necessary for the child to swallow the minnow; they just put it inside the infant’s mouth and pull it out again by a string attached for that purpose. Once, in Washington county, Arkansas, I saw a power doctor put…

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