I’m really excited about starting these lessons. The Ovates (according to ol’ Julius at any rate) were the diviners and healers of the Druids. Ever since I first heard of OBOD’s courses, Ovate was the one that most aroused my curiosity. While the foundations created by the Bardic Grade affected me in deeply personal and profound ways, I have to admit that when I started the course, I would have happily skipped over it all just to get a crack at the Ovate teachings.
I also can’t help but draw a connection between giving birth (literally) and finally being mature enough to begin the deeper mysteries of the Order. If I am brutally honest with myself, the work of the Bard took so long because I started too young. I really didn’t have enough life experience yet to be able to immerse myself in the teachings. I hadn’t fallen in love, hadn’t experienced passion, hadn’t taken the risks necessary for growth and seasoning. Now, all of these things happened in due time, but I think if they had all taken place in a single year instead of four, I really would have been questioning my sanity!
So now, having birthed a child, and been reborn myself as a Bard, I’m waiting at the Gates of the Ovate Grove. I can’t wait to see what new challenges will greet me here, and what new friends and allies I’ll make along the way.