Summer Break

The blog’s going to be on hiatus for a little bit while I spend some time frolicking in more westerly pastures, aka vacation! But hopefully I’ll have more Druid Rambling Goodness for y’all when I get back.

—A.V.

Nods and Endorsements

Wow, May had been a busy month indeed! I’ve made some wonderful new connections both online and off, and I wanted to share some of the neat things these people are creating. They’ve all affected my spiritual work in beautiful ways and I hope others will also be inspired by their creations.

First, a nod to Jeff Ferrannini of Planetary Spirit, who attended the Mystic River Grove’s Beltaine ritual. We got to chatting afterwards and he was kind enough to invite me to be interviewed for his show. The mp3 is now up and ready for anyone interested in hearing one Druid’s exploration of her path.

Also, as an addendum to the above interview, during a discussion of Waincraft, I did not fully credit Nicanthiel Hrafnhild for his inspired creation of the system (I should have given his website address but it got lost in a batch of nerves). I wish to do so now and point folks over to his awesome personal site, Between Earth and Sky. Nic is one of the best informed and most creative practitioners I’ve known and he’s putting together some amazing stuff.

Speaking of amazing stuff, Richard Derks over at The Serpent’s Wisdom released his Horned God devotional, Hoofprints in the Wildwood. Rick has put together a stunning collection of poetry, prose, ritual, and song. It’s a wonderful read for anyone touched by the Shaman-Father’s call, and I’ve been remiss in not promoting it sooner.

And lastly, a most enthusiastic endorsement for Brian Bowes, the artist who painted the illustration used in my personal cosmology post. He has been most generous in allowing me secondary usage of the piece, and has even gone on to blog about how ordinary folks can really benefit from having quality illustrations to complement their words. If you haven’t been over to his website, please check it out. His work ranges from the whimsical to the downright profound, and I just can’t say enough good stuff about it.  And soon, I am going to be in possession of my very own cosmic snail print!

—A.V.

A Blog With Substance

Wow, my very first blog award!  Innumerable thanks and congratulations go to Siggy for her own nomination.

Here are the rules:
Say ‘thanks’!
Chose 5 words that sum up your blogging philosophy.
Pass the award on to 10 others.

Five words: freedom, inspiration, druidry, syncretic, holistic

I’m also going to pass the award on to 5 rather than 10 others, as some of my favorites have already received the award:

The Hedge Druid

Meadowsweet & Myrrh

Witch of the Forest Grove

The Gods Are Bored

The Political Pagan

I’ve been on something of a hiatus for the past few months during my crash-course with motherhood.  So hopefully I can resume some sort of semi-regular posting in the upcoming weeks.  Three months is not only a huge milestone for the baby, but for the parents as well.  Sleep-dep has now become a way of life, and is no longer the taxing experience it once was!

—A.V.

Quick Update

I realize in the virtual world, failure to produce can be the kiss of death for a fledgling blog.

However…

I hope this will be forgiven since I’ve been spending the last week or so learning how to become a mom.  That’s right, the little Tadpole has spawned and now it’s a race to feed the bottomless pit!

In any case, hopefully some sort of schedule will be resumed in the near future.  Until then, thank you for your patience and support.

—A.V.

Teetering on the Edge

Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me!
A fine wind is blowing the new direction of Time.

—D.H. Lawrence

I’d love to go plunging off into the wide world of blogging with nary a backward glance.  However, something in the left side of my brain is demanding I at least make the attempt at an introduction.  For that is the “Proper Thing To Do,” after all.

With spring always comes a renewed surge of energy, of desire to reconnect after being trapped inside for a full New England winter.  Spring is the time of Air and all that this element encompasses: clarity, movement, intellect and communication.  In fact, if there could be an element associated with blogging, I’d bet it would be Air! (And as you will soon find out, if you don’t know me already, I’m more than a bit of an Air-head!)

I am on the brink of several things in my life—not the least of which is the impending birth of my first child.  Another is the completion of the Bardic Grade as set forth by the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids.  The course challenged me in numerous ways, not the least of which is taking my place in the wider community rather than indulging in my natural hermit-like tendencies.

This blog’s potential evolution remains something of a mystery.  A number of subjects deserve dabbling: poetry, dowsing, sacred sites, ethics, divination, permaculture….  Druidry displays a beautiful array of choices when it comes to exploring the world.  One of the hardest questions it poses, though, is “Where to start?”

And honestly, I have very little idea.  So, for the moment, I’ll simply go out in the back yard and listen for a while.  Nature is our greatest guide.  All we have to do is keep our egos out of the way long enough to learn from Her.

—A.V.