So what’s this Druidry all about then?

I’m sure many people who walk this wonderful and sometimes labyrinthine Druid path are asked this question – I know I am – and it’s often a difficult question to answer, but I think the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids‘ new video goes a long way in offering a visual and aural taster of the kind of things we experience as modern Druids. I’m really proud and honoured to be a part of this vibrant and exciting tradition, and to be a part of the OBOD.

I hope you enjoy the film!

6 Comments

  1. John Willmott January 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Very good, wonderful to watch.

    My favourite parts were the first shot, an old Volkswagon camper which, though a bit of a polluter, is also an important symbol of modern druidry. A lot of druidic type folks still have them, especially in the USA.

    The other was the dog’s participation after Ronald Hutton’s performance.

    Intriguing I find in the English, particularly SW English expression of druidry in this, which is different to what may be experienced here in Ireland.

    I point that out with complimentary spirit as I think an important part of druidry is to be close to the landscapes, flora fauna, instincts and sounds of the voices of where you are at any time rather than have a set order for all to follow.

  2. Linda January 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Very good and most enjoyable. Loved the bird song and the shot of the early morning sun shining through the treeline. The music always top stuff 🙂

  3. Skye January 18, 2011 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Hey Damh, you have the very same guitar as I! I really really love it.

  4. Holly January 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    The video is excellent, I have just ordered the introductory package of the Bardic course 🙂

  5. Rachel January 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I can only say that the film gave me goosebumps! What a sense of recognition-i was unprepared. Nature and love of the earth has informed my whole life. In the last couple years, slowly, slowly, by reading and looking at internet, the Druid Network, Druidcasts and so on, i have lingered on the margins of Druidry, secretly.

    what a jolt….not sure what will be next…thanks.

  6. Kelly January 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    OK…This is goign to be long Damh, but I have to share…….

    Wow, I was not prepared for this video to have such a profound impact on me. It made me cry. You see, I have been a practicing Pagan for nearly 10 years now, but moved away from my Pagan comminuty in Tampa, Florida to near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA three years ago. Since I moved I have had two more children, bringing the total to four. I havent really had time to search out and meet the Pagan community where I live now, as my youngest is only seven months old. Over the past month or so , I have really been missing the wonderful feelings of that go along with gathering with others of like mind, weather it is for just Coffee, or for Ritual. I have been missing the Pagan Band I used to sing in, and the weekly Tuesday practices, because every time I sang, it was a very deep spiritual expierence for me.

    This video brought all those feelings to a head, and I let it all out while I was watching it. It is truly a beautiful video, and captures, for me, the things I used to feel, see and do with others. Now, where druidry comes along with all this is that I have been a Damh the Bard fan for years, and the words and beauty of his songs inspired me to look into druidry back in 2005. I eventually joined ADF because it was a US based druid group, and had a vast amount of groves around the country. After 2 years with them, and only getting about halfway through the initiate program, I realized ADF, while a great group, was not for me. I became interested in joining OBOD, and going through the Bardic course, but have sat on that interest for several years.

    After watching that video, and having it touch me on such a deep level, I just knew it was the right time to join OBOD, so this week I signed up, and am waiting to recieve my bardic course in the mail.

    I know I may not find and Groves or Seed Groups close by, but I have a feeling my longing to return to the pagan Community will be answered this year, and I will find the time to be able to get out and gather with other Pagans & Druids again (as I know not all Druids are Pagan).

    Damh, thank you for serving as part of my Inspiration for joining OBOD

    ~Kelly

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