What’s the big deal about being a druid anyway?

Being on the path of Druidry is a big deal to me. A huge deal. Although I’ve only been on this path a few months my life has radically changed. A new door has opened up for my life and I’ve stepped beyond the entrance. I still have a life long journey ahead but I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on why exactly this is such a big deal for me.

Devotion to the gods and a strong belief that there is something magical and bigger than me at work in the multiverse. I had a taste of this feeling from my working for years as a Wiccan and vitki. But exploring this new path has only served to solidify this feeling. I am very much made aware of the vastness of experience. Not just in this realm but also beyond. The multiverse is full of wonder and enchantment if we only open our eyes to it. Druidry helps me do this.

Being aware of nature. I’ve always recycled but now it seems more an act of devotion rather than a chore. I have a thriving group of houseplants. Tending them and getting to be familiar with their energies is something new for me. My husband and I drive a hybrid car to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. The changing of the seasons feels more sacred now. The rocks outside of my building tell me stories. All of the nature surrounding me is alive.

Honoring my ancestors. Again not a totally new concept for me but one I didn’t take too seriously up till now. After all it was a powerful dream in which my departed father told me to follow this path that got me started in the first place. Although a thorny topic for me I’m learning more from my ancestors now that they’ve departed this realm than I ever did when they were physically here. A new appreciation for me.

Develop talents. Since starting this path I have been blessed with new talents to learn. Or at least a new and different spin on old talents. I’m playing the harp. I was musically talented as a child but it had been years since I had explored that aspect of myself. Now I’m learning a new instrument. I’m learning ogham. Developing a new divination skill is a big deal for me. I’m also using a crystal ball for divination purposes. Exploring these talents is a huge gift for me since starting this path.

Even though these may not be totally new concepts for me it’s definitely a new spin on them. And my spiritual growth was at a point where it needed new visions. So I may not call myself a druid yet but being on this path is a big deal for me. Huge. I hope it continues to be for the rest of my days.

What’s the big deal about being a Vitki?

I am a Vitki. For me it is a big deal. Huge deal. It is my full time profession. It is about all that I do. Being a Vitki composes about a half of my total life. It fills my days and sometimes my nights too.   It offers me structure and a clear path to follow.

Being a Vitki is a calling for me. Just like the clergy. I received this calling to devotion of this path about six years ago. I had already had years of runic training which is a large portion of the Vitki path. I was suddenly unemployable due to my MS. I started studying seidr. All the pieces were falling together. It was time to do it. The gods had provided me an opportunity. I decided to grab it and run.

A big part of Vitki work is ministering to your tribe. Over the years my tribe has grown. It is now multinational. My tribe grows in an age of internet to include those I’ve never physically met. It offers me a chance to broaden my world view. It shows me that no matter where we live our challenges are basically the same. In some ways as it’s gotten bigger it’s also gotten smaller. As I discover the universal sameness of us they remind me of what tribe truly is. A group of people who try to face and conquer challenges together.

There are certainly powerful vitkis who are not full time. Just like the clergy of other religions there are definitely those who serve in a part time capacity. There are even lay clergy members. Being called for full time service doesn’t make one superior. Just different.

A large portion of my Vitki work deals with offering clarity to members of my tribe. Whether it’s through rune reading or seidr work. We all need clarity in this hectic modern world. Wanting guidance that we are on the right path. Seeking insight when we’ve lost our way. Being a Vitki allows me the privilege to assist in these matters. And it is a privilege. I do my best to assist those who place their trust in me. Of course I do get a lot of assistance from the gods!

I in no way feel that being a Vitki somehow makes me superior to others. If anything it humbles me. It always reminds me of my true place. To serve. And bear witness to the amazing things the multiverse puts into play.

I am proud to be a Vitki. I have no idea what else I could be.

Learn learn learn!

Starting a new path requires a lot of energy!  There’s so much to learn. I’m doing my best to keep up with everything the multiverse keeps throwing at me to learn about Druidry. And there’s so much!  Here’s what I’m working on lately.

First there’s the ogham. What a topic for learning!  I’m finding out quickly that it’s much more than tree correspondences. It is that surely. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s all the magical uses and correlations. And that’s what I’m most interested in. This system offers a complete set of ways that ogham can be used magically. Similar to the runes that I use ogham offers much more than simply divination. The more I learn about it the more I believe I was destined to discover it. Too bad I’m finding out about it at age 52!  Would have been nice if the multiverse had decided to throw it my way years ago!

Then there’s the harp. While I’m not new to music I’ve never played a string instrument. Just getting it turned up to play is a challenge. I think I’ve conquered that and am hard at work composing melodies on it. It’s a simple harp. Nothing complicated. But it’s a whole new thing to learn as well.

Then of course there’s the lore. I’m learning that slowly. Recently I’ve been exposed to some of the lore through my OBOD lessons. It definitely gives me quite a bit to think about!  Trying to take an ancient story and relate it to modern times. But I guess that’s the power of the lore. It speaks to us through the ages. I’m also listening to Mabonigion on my iPhone. I think it’s wonderful that these resources are available to me. I can relax and hear a well-told tale from ancient times on a modern device. How cool is that?

Then there’s nature. And ancestor veneration. And proper or at least effective ritual. The list goes on. I’m just thankful the gods made sure I’d have MS and not have to work. All my time is dedicated to esoteric work. That’s my full time job. Hey someone has to do it!

So I’ll keep learning. And growing. And maybe some day I’ll actually be able to call myself a druid!

 

American right?

I was recently treated to a rant on Facebook. The gist of it was that Americans are ruining our tradition of Seidr and runes. According to the attacker we have no right to do so. We are taking things too far in our practices. I did not engage the attacker so I have no idea what further nonsense they may have spewed. What they said initially was enough for me. But it did get me thinking.

Well.

Does anyone have the right to take things beyond the lore in their practice of seidr and the runes?  I say absolutely yes. Not simply because I personally take things beyond the lore. But because that is the way we grow and keep our traditions alive. What good are ideas left in ancient manuscripts and not taken any further than that?  Our spirituality becomes moribund very quickly if that is the case. If we want a living breathing spirituality it is our duty to take things beyond the lore.

The lore serves as a strong solid foundation. But it is up to us to build on that foundation. We are called by our ancestors to keep things growing and alive. I’m certain that they would have embraced innovation. They too were living breathing beings with all of the same challenges and needs as us. They would have turned to the lore for inspiration and then do what they did best. Adapted.

And as far as American practitioners being the most guilty of this trend I say of course. American thought has always been forward looking. We tend not to live in the past but look toward what may become. And Americans tend to be practical. If something works they use it.

I’m not saying that all innovation is good. There’s a lot of crap produced. But it’s my job as a Vitki to dig through the crap to figure out what works and what doesn’t. That’s one of the reasons I read so much. I’m weeding through the crap to find hidden jewels. And there are jewels to be found. You just have to be willing to get a little dirty in the process of finding them.

So if I would have engaged the Facebook attacker I  would have told them that’s how I feel about things. Americans not only have the right but the duty to take things beyond. And so do vitkis all around the globe. Keep innovating. Keep things alive. It is our duty.

Grove experience

Today I went to a Samhuinn ritual with Ravenwood Grove in Crystal Lake. They are a grove of the ADF. And what a wonderful experience it was!

I’m not very good with groups of people. One on one I’m fine. But put me into a group of people and I’m lost. I never know what to say or who to pay attention to. Basically I’m a disaster. So thankfully there were only 8 people. I could actually have conversations with individuals. And what a great group of individuals they are!  They were welcoming and  accommodating. It didn’t take much before I was made to feel right at home.

The priest of the grove also has MS. So she understood my need of a place to sit down and to have a bathroom handy!  They perform many of their rituals right there in their living room. They also have a huge back yard for times when weather allows to have ritual outdoors. Perfect for me and all my special needs.

The ritual itself was wonderful. Following the ADF outline I was already familiar with from ritual performed solo at home. I’ve been a member of ADF for four months now. I have celebrated full moon rituals and even one major holy day ritual on my own using the ADF outline. So even the ritual format felt familiar.

For me a successful ritual must include some connection with the Other World. And this ritual had that. In connecting with the Morrigan it was right on the money. I felt the connection and experienced it through the offering to the Morrigan.

This whole event went off flawlessly for me. I had to take a train out to them. No small feat for someone with MS. Even that went fine. From my initial connection with the priest via her very welcoming email to me letting me know about her grove to the fact that the patron of the grove is the Morrigan everything just fell into place. It even was a full moon night!

For me this was like a homecoming. A coming home to a spiritual place that had been missing for me. I’m so pleased it all went so well. I had a wonderful spiritual time. I can’t wait for their next big ritual!