Image - The Druids Egg

Official Publication of the Reformed Druids of Gaia

1 Earrach YGR 01 - Imbolc / Ostara 2007 - Vol.5 No. 2


Buds, as pale green lunar moths
Land overnight on the naked birches
And comes the warm Spring light
They will unfurl their sticky, verdant wings
And shed Winter's dark shell

~~Silver Dragon

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -
the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."

~~ Rachel Carson ~~

by Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear /|\

Once more the Wheel turns, and the Cauldron of Power passes from the Crone to the Maiden...

The fog is thick this morning, and as I listen to the sounds of the foghorns and the seagulls, I become aware of how the energy is building for tonight's Leo Full Moon - this energy a reflection of a larger energy that is building on the subtle planes that surround our beloved Gaia...

There is something..."new" the air - hard to describe, but it is felt on the very edge of awareness, lurking in the background of our thoughts and hinting to us in our dreams...

Many of us have heard about how our planet is evolving...raising its vibration...and we who live in her aura are either choosing to evolve along with her or "check out". I've been looking into this, and what I am learning fills me with hope and optimism and excitement about the future of humanity and our potential to effect positive change - individually and collectively. I feel a major "shift" happening on the subtle levels - and I think they won't remain so subtle for long!

Interestingly, while this is going on in the background, the Reformed Druids of Gaia group entity is experiencing a major growth spurt of our own! Proto-Groves are popping up everywhere, and many new individual members have joined this past winter season - this is very encouraging!

We are already in the planning stages for our 2nd annual Reformed Druids festival and campout - which is looking like it will be held on Lughnasadh weekend (August
3-5, 2007). Details will appear in this newsletter as they develop...

Since Imbolc is the holiday most associated with initiations, we will be performing many ordinations over the month of February. It is heartening to see our member Druids advancing along on their path, and I look forward to the time when we have a network of Groves all around our beloved planet...

Imbolc and Ostara blessings to you all!

In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, AD /|\

"Bride with her white wand is said to breathe life into the mouth of the dead Winter
and to bring him to open his eyes to the tears and the smiles, the sighs and the laughter of Spring.
The venom of the cold is said to tremble for its safety on Bride's Day,
and to flee for its life on Patrick's Day."

~~ Alexander Carmichael ~~

Interview with a Living Pagan Icon

By Jillbe Badb, Contributing Editor

OBERON ZELL-RAVENHEART, (1942- ) is a Founder of the Church of All Worlds and a leading figure in the Neo-Pagan community. A modern Renaissance man, Oberon is a community creator, transpersonal psychologist, metaphysician, naturalist, theologian, shaman, healer, seer, author, artist, sculptor, lecturer, teacher, and ordained Priest of the Earth-Mother, Gaia. He sums all this up in the designation of "Wizard."

First to apply the terms "Pagan" and "Neo-Pagan" to the newly emerging Nature religions of the 1960s -- and through his publication of the award-winning Pagan magazine, Green Egg (1968-1976; 1988-1996; he is currently Publisher Emeritus) -- Oberon was instrumental in the coalescence of the Neo-Pagan movement, which for the last third of a century has been reclaiming the religious heritage of pre-Christian Europe.

He has written the widely read "Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard" (with Grey Council; New Page, 2004), plus "Companion for the Apprentice Wizard" (with Faculty of the Grey School; New Page, 2006) and "Creating Circles & Ceremonies" (with Morning Glory; New Page, 2006). His writings and creative spirit can also be found on the web at:,, and

Here is my interview with a Living Pagan Icon, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart himself.

DE: What form will Church of All Worlds be resurrecting itself -- phoenix-like -- in the future?

OZ: This time around (our 3rd resurrection!), the main central operations and focus will revolve around a vastly expanded website -- -- which will include everything that's there currently, plus interactive forums, a wiki, research and ritual resources, membership applications, clergy applications, nest applications, affiliate and subsidiary order applications, etc. The Membership Handbook will be substantially revised and updated, to be printable in PDF, and a new Operations Manual will replace much of what is currently in the Bylaws. When this is in place, the Bylaws will be considerably streamlined for long-term viability.

The biggest change from our previous conceptual Vision is that in this new phase we are separating the inward progression through the 9 Circles from the process of Clergy application and ordination. Now 3rd-Ring members will no longer be automatically designated as "Clergy," but as "Beacons." So the 3 "Rings" will now be: 1. "Seekers" (Circles 1-3); 2. "Scions" (Circles 4-6); and 3. "Beacons (Circles 7-9).

As soon as we have all the current revisions to the website in place, we will begin an active outreach program to welcome new (and old) members, Clergy ordinations (primarily an application and review process), Nest charters, Order charters, and affiliations with other groups who may wish to be chartered under CAW's Group Exemption. Each chartered entity will then have its own page/section and links on the CAW website.

And eventually -- what so many have been asking about -- we hope to be able to scan and put up online printable PDFs of the entire run of back issues of Green Egg, all the way back to 1978. And then a new Green Egg will be reborn as an online publication...

DE: What role will the future CAW have in intentional communities and schools?

OZ: This I cannot say at this time, as I don't expect to be as centrally involved in CAW this time around as I'd been for the past 44 years. My primary work at this time is writing books and being Headmaster of the Grey School of Wizardry. I do certainly expect that CAW will continue to pursue the establishment and networking of intentional communities in the future as it has in the past. And, of course, I'm deeply involved now in the creation and operations of a school such as I'd always dreamed we could have...

DE: The whole Pagan world is buzzing with news about The Grey School -- what can you tell us about it?

OZ: The whole Pagan world? Wonderful! I hope many come check us out! The Grey School -- -- is absolutely the finest work I have ever been involved in, and I am very proud of it. I spent nearly a year designing everything it should be with a top-notch Pagan web designer (Steven Day). He managed to implement all of my ideas, and came up with many more I'd never have thought of. I recruited some of the best teachers in the magickal community (and by the way, we are still accepting applications...). We created a foundational curriculum of functioning classes, and we opened our virtual doors on Aug. 1, 2004 to an initial rush of students who'd heard of the Grey School from my 2004 book, "Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard."

The Grey School teachers Wizardry -- not Witchcraft, or even Paganism, per se. That is, we are teaching the Wisdom of the Ages, which transcends any particular faith. The Grey School is not a school of religion, but of magick and wisdom, and we accept students of every religion (or of none).

The Grey School is set up with seven "year-levels," designed to be the equivalent of junior high through high school. Graduates will be certified "Journeyman Wizards" (and yes, we are planning a college-level Journeyman to Master program for later). About 1/4 of our 650 or so students are youths (ages 11-17), and 3/4 are adults (ages 18-70s). The School is highly interactive, with four Elemental "Houses" for youths, and "Lodges" for adults. Each has both a Faculty Head and a Student Prefect. We have competitive programs for earning both credits and merits, plus a "House Hat" and "Lodge Cup" are awarded at equinoxes.

We have about three-dozen brilliant and highly qualified teachers, and currently around 200 classes in 16 color-coded "Departments," each with a Dean, clubs, etc. These are: Wizardry (indigo), Nature Studies (silver), Magickal Practice (gold), Mind Magicks (aqua), Healing (blue), Wortcunning (green), Divination (yellow), Performance (orange), Alchemy (red), Lifeways (pink), Beast Mastery (brown), Mathemagicks (clear), Cosmology (violet), Ceremonial Magick (white), Lore (grey), and Dark Arts (black).

Each House and Lodge has its own forum, each class has a forum, and there are other forums for clubs and such -- even a campus tavern (adults only!). There is also the "Great Hall" forum, where all students can communicate directly with each other. We have a system of student leadership for the Houses and Lodges, and a quarterly student-run School newsletter in printable PDF format that is larger than the Green Egg ever was! The Library and School store ("Magick Alley") have many resources available to students at any time.

The motto of the Grey School of Wizardry is: Omnia vivunt; omnia inter se conexus. "Everything is alive; everything is interconnected." (Cicero)

DE: How does it feel for you that CAW has given birth to more spiritual groups in North America than any other Neo-Pagan founding organization?

OZ: Really? Have we indeed? Cool! It is good to leave a lineage... One is glad to be of service.

DE: What is your favorite passage from Stranger in A Strange Land?

OZ: "Love is that condition wherein another person's happiness is essential to your own."

DE: What are some of the ways "sharing water" can change the world?

OZ: Deepening our connections with each other -- and every living being -- beyond the traditional narrow boundaries of blood, family, and tribal kinships. Humanity must come to embrace connections of global kinship, and water-sharing is an important means of encouraging this expansion of our affiliations. "Perfect love and perfect trust." And this will lead to the Awakening of Gaia...

DE: What is your most vivid Sidhe encounter and how did it change your life?

OZ: Unquestionably the great "TheaGenesis" revelatory vision of Gaia as a living planet, that I had on Sept. 6, 1970. (See and That changed everything -- not only in my own personal life, but the ripples spread throughout the Pagan community and far beyond...

DE: What are your thoughts on how different Neo-Pagan, Wiccan and Druid organizations can communicate and work with each other more effectively?

OZ: Attend festivals! Go to each other's rituals and workshops; hang out around each others' campfires and hospitality rooms; read each other's literature; find romance with members of other groups. Then get involved with community networking organizations and interfaith groups serving the wider community interest.

DE: What do you believe lies in the future of Mother Gaia?

OZ: The Awakening. Then the great Diaspora, "flying Mother Nature's silver seeds to a new home..."

DE: Any bit of advice to others on the Pagan path?

OZ: Sure. Always spell "Pagan" with a capital "P"! Remember, Paganism is a religion! Indeed, I personally feel that Paganism is not merely *A* religion; it *IS* "religion" itself, in the truest sense of the word.

"... the very process of the restoring the land to health is the process through which
we become attuned to Nature and, through Nature, with ourselves.
Restoration forestry, therefore, is both the means and the end, for as we learn how to restore the forest,
we heal the forest, and as we heal the forest, we heal ourselves."

~~ Chris Maser, Forest Primeval


The Mother Grove is pleased to announce that George and Annwn Leverette have been named "Official Bards" of the Reformed Druids of Gaia.

This acclaimed Celtic duo have been playing together for fourteen years at such diverse venues as Celtic and Blue Grass festivals, Nevada casinos, pubs, fairs, school assemblies and craft fairs. From 1995-2000 they have performed at the "Green Show" of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, an event rated as one of the top ten events in the United States.

They have a passion for Celtic & medieval music that proclaims itself with each performance. Ancient, traditional and contemporary Celtic music comes to life with their wide variety of folk instruments. Anwyn and George play Irish fiddle, cittern, guitar, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, zither, hammer dulcimer, bowed psaltery, recorder; but George's main instrument is the beautiful self-made 36 string "Lady Harp" They blend a kaleidoscope of sounds and textures that makes no two songs sound the same.

Their latest work "Altar Wind", combines George's harp with Anwyn's unique collection of medieval instruments to produce delicate neo-medieval instrumentals as well as several haunting vocal tracks.

The duo's music is played on Celtic music radio shows across the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and Brazil, including the worldwide syndicated radio show, Thistle & Shamrock.

Recent news: Word has it that they are currently in the process of recording a new double CD set! When it becomes available, we will definitely carry it in our Avalon Risen online store.


The ancient Armenians used the wind to predict the weather for the coming year
by watching the smoke drifting up from the bonfires lit in honor of Mihr.
The Scots also observed the wind on Candlemas as recorded in this rhyme:

If this night's wind blow south
It betokeneth warmth and growth;
If west, much milk and fish in the sea;
If north, much cold and snow there will be;
If east, the trees will bear much fruit;
If north-east, flee it, man, woman and brute.

"The dandelion lights its spark
Lest Brigid find the wayside dark.
And Brother Wind comes rollicking
For joy that she has brought the spring.
Young lambs and little furry folk
Seek shelter underneath her cloak."

~~ W. M. Letts ~~

From Crone to Maiden

In Celtic mythology the dark season from Samhain to Imbolc is ruled over by the Cailleach or Old Woman. She is said to live on Ben Nevis and on Winter's Night she washes her plaid until it is white and this act brings the first snow to the mountain. She also has a Blasting Rod, or blackthorn stang or stave, which she uses to blast the vegetation, bring the leaves tumbling down, and raise the winter storms. She and Brigid are two aspects of the goddess, the one who dwells below, the Dark Mother, and the one who dwells above, the universal Goddess of the Stars.

Some traditions hold that the Cailleach and Brigid are one and the same goddess. On Imbolc Eve, the Cailleach travels to Tir-na-nog (the Land of the Ever Young) and there finds a Well of Youth, drinks from it and is transformed into a beautiful maiden and her black blasting rod turns into a white healing wand. At a touch of this healing wand the grass turns green and the snowdrops begin to blossom.


Read the hilarious holiday story that goes with this picture:

"Rich meanings of the prophet-Spring adorn,
Unseen, this colourless sky of folded showers,
And folded winds; no blossom in the bowers;
A poet's face asleep in this grey morn.
Now in the midst of the old world forlorn
A mystic child is set in these still hours.
I keep this time, even before the flowers,
Sacred to all the young and the unborn."

~~ Alice Meynell, In February ~~

Bardic Writings of RDG Members

Apparently our contributing editor Jillbe Badb was the only one
who was struck by Brigid's Fiery Arrow of Awen this season...
We thank her for submitting these three pieces for our enjoyment!

The Mistress of The Mantle

(A traditional-Welsh-style poem...7 syllables...specifically for Bridgid...19 stanzas)
by Jillbe Badb

Druids, oh dru, wake and see
Evoking me is the key

Sidhe and Fili tell of me
Divination, prophesy

White staff of birch and willow
Through all vines my blood does flow

White skinned red-eared faery cow
Pale snake slithering below

Fish within the healing wells
Ravens’ nests and cockerels

Winter lambs and baby calves
Splitting Winter in two halves

Marriage to Bres, ending war
Birthing Ruadan, Luchar and Uar,

My sons wed sacred daughters
Blessing isles’ lands and waters

Giving you thoughts and healing
Poems, midwives, smithcrafting

Bride, Bridey, Brighid, Brigit,
Magick where three rivers split

Brigantia, Briggidda
Of love, mothering and awe

Brid, Brigh, Bhrishde, Breeshey, Ffraid
Crone, Mother, innocent Maid

Breo-saighead fiery arrow,
Bringing justice and sorrow

For nineteen days speak to me
Of rock, wind, water and tree

For nineteen nights stoke the fire
Dreams from flame, ever higher

For nineteen moons, scry the well
See me within, ever still

For nineteen suns, birth to man
I weave the cycle again

Cloak hanging upon Sun’s rays
With you ‘til the end of days

Oh my children, come to me
In the Summerlands to be

Solitary Imbolc Ritual

by Jillbe Badb


A White Altar Cloth
Candle with three wicks
19 tea lights
Caregl or goblet of water
cakes and ale (or equivalent)
anything else that fits midwinter (be creative)


Bathe or shower for purification.
Ground and center.
When ready, put on some soothing Celtic music.

Ritual chant:

Within the darkness the Lady is stirring,
Brigid is awakening from frozen dreams,
How long have I awaited this moment,
The return of She as the Maiden,
With Her promise of oncoming Spring!

Calling 7 directions:

East: I call on the hawk at dawn soaring in the clear pure air, to bless me with the powers of the East.

South: I call on the great stag running in the forest and the inner fire of the sun, to bless me with the powers of the South.

West: I call upon the salmon of wisdom that dwells within the sacred waters of the pool, to bless me with the powers of the West.

North: I call upon the great bear of the starry heavens and the deep and fruitful earth, to bless me with the powers of the North.

Above: "I call upon the endless constellations of the animal and the divine to bless me with the powers of Above.

Below: I call upon the roots, rocks and waters below as living parts of Mother Gaia to bless me with the powers of Below.

I call upon that which is animal and divine in me – the living energy that guides my journey to bless me with the powers of Within.

invocation of Brigid:

I call the Brilliant one, creator of the smith's fire, the healer's fire, and the hearth fire.

I call the Primordial Mother, maker of the well of vision, the well of inspiration, and the
well of healing.

I call the Three-Faced Wise One, the midwife and baker, brewer and weaver, singer and giver of all great gifts.

I call upon Brigid of the blessings and graces.

I call on Brigid in all Her names, giver of inspiration - Fire in the Head that enflames with the gift of Awen, creativity which flows from You to me, your eternal child.

Brigid, beloved, I am your servant
I tend your flame in adoration
Oh nineteen fires of service, and flame of peace

Brigid, beloved, I am your storyteller
Fan my flames of creativity
Through prose and poetry the world may heal

Brigid, beloved, I am your follower
May your own flame always ignite mine
As I try to serve the world through your eyes


Now is the time for meditation and any spell workings. Spell workings associated with Imbolc include those for fertility, defining goals for the future, organization, health, and protection. Next, celebrate with cakes and ale, saving some for the Sidhe and ancestors.

The Waters of Life:

As winter melts into spring, may Gaia, our earth, bring forth her healing waters.

(Now drink the Waters of Life, leaving a little, then pour on candle or in cauldron.)

To you we return this portion of your bounty, our Mother Gaia, even as we return to you.

Releasing 7 directions:

[Call on them in reverse, saying, “I release you” instead of “I call you.”]


Thank you, Brigid - Mother of All Druids - for your presence for this ritual.

Thank you, Deities, Sidhe, Ancestors and Nature Spirits for your presence for this ritual.

Go if you must, stay if you will. You are released.

Imbolq for Your Familiar

By Jillbe Badb and Bodhi Meow

Give your animal friend a treat and chat:
Brigid, thank you for guarding my dear beast,
And blessing her with a mid-winter feast,
Plus giving us both much Awen and play,
Upon this frozen holy Imbolq day,
Now that weather’s getting warmer once more,
We’ll gleefully run out of our front door.

"Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little old groundhog looks for his shadow
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late."

~~ Don Halley ~~

The Three Mothers from Burgundy, 3rd Century CE

Unknown true name
Known by many others
Fire moving effortlessly
Through space, and time

Element embodied
In woman
To create and
Fuse a new shape

Best describes you
Fiery arrow that
Transcends all things

Blessing the
Flow of milk
All that nurse
Be it woman or beast

Champion of the
Rights of woman
As they in turn
Perform their arts

Send the spark
Of inspiration and
Wisdom to the
Poet and smithcraft

Blessed mother
Bless us with your sight
Bless this your day
Bring peace throughout the land

This white candle offering
To you I make
As I light it with fire
So it is blest


"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."

~~ Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February ~~

The Forge in the Forest:
An Inner Journey to invoke Brigit

Light your candle. Gaze into the flame for a few moments, then close your eyes. You will still see the image of the flame against your eyelids. Now imagine it is growing brighter and brighter, and go one step further and imagine you are standing in a place filled with the warmth and red gold light of leaping flames… Imagine, in fact, that you are standing in the entrance to a forge in a forest, where a blazing fire is roaring, and in front of it stands a woman. Thick, auburn hair is tied back, but a few rippling curls have escaped around her face. She is dressed in dark green with sleeves rolled up to the elbows, revealing strong white arms. Brigit, for of course it is she, stands over a large anvil where all her concentration is focused on beating a sheet of soft gleaming bronze with a great hammer… At last, she looks up and smiles at you warmly. She has finished her creation and holds it up to the light of the fire for you to see. As you look at it, it appears to continually change shape: first it seems to be a leaf, then a globe, … and now it has become a star. Brigit laughs deeply, musically, and tosses the star into the air, where it sails into the night sky and takes its place among the glittering constellations…

And now Brigit turns towards you and asks: What have you come here to create? … You tell her of your vision, whether great or small, personal or for the wider community… and she beckons you over to the fire. As you look into the flames, pictures start to move and you see yourself at work, filled with enthusiasm and passion as you make your vision a reality… … You and your creation are surrounded and shot through with the golden light of inspiration. Brigit is there too, watching over you with love as you work, encouraging you and filling you with confidence and creativity… If any self-doubt or fears start to arise, see Brigit surrounding you with her mantle of protection: a warm soft cloak of green that makes you feel safe and inviolable… Now see yourself with your vision turned into reality, feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride… Thank Brigit for showing you this vision, and ask her to tell you what your first step should be towards bringing it into reality…. Listen carefully, and ask her questions if you need more clarity… When you have finished the conversation with her, see the forge suddenly glow even more brightly, so that all forms and shapes, including that of Brigit herself, melt into a suffusion of golden light… and now see that the light is just the candle flame reflected on your eyelids…Slowly come back to the room. Open your eyes and write down what she has suggested. In the coming weeks, call upon Brigit to help keep your inspiration alight.


"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ...
a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.
And the anticipation nurtures our dream."

~~ Barbara Winkler ~~

Eight Keys to Celtic Magic

by Edred Thorsson

Every folk group has special traditions with regard to magical practice. To the contrary of trends in modern occultism, these traditions are not merely window dressing on a universal pattern – the differences reflect real and often profound variations between and among traditions. In studying the Celtic traditions of magic, certain unique themes occur that are worth pointing out. These themes help distinguish the Celtic traditions from others. If these themes are found inspiring, then the Celtic tradition is a place to explore them further in the environment of ideas that will lead the seeker to deeper findings along the same path.

1. Magic of the Head

NO other tradition, with the possible exception of the Slavic, is more focused on the human head (and brain) as the seat of magical powers. When one reads the ancient Irish tales, one becomes aware of the degree to which the Celts were headhunters. The reason for this is that their magical physiology holds that the head is the seat of power- an honour. This a warrior attempts to steal from an enemy, and assume himself. Hence the ancient Irish were known to eat a portion of a slain enemy's brain. The headhunting practices of Irish fighters continued until the mid-19th century, when early Irish immigrants to North America fighting for the Confederacy were known to have hunted the heads of Union soldiers. (See Professor Grady McWhiney's book, Attack and Die). Also, however, the heads of one's own ancestors were to be preserved, and displayed at certain holy times. This "cult of the head" is conspicuous at the Celtic temple at Roquepertuse, which contains stone pillars with niches into which the heads of ancestral heroes were placed. This is without doubt also the ultimate origin of the "jack-o-lantern” – the carved cephalomorphic gourd familiar in Halloween customs. It is thought by many that the myth of the head of Mimir, which informs the God Odin, is ultimately a Celtic influence.

2. Memory

Mimir means memory – and the exercise of memory in and of itself seems to have a magical importance for the Celts. This is a trait they share with the Aryans of the East. The Druidic training program is said to have consisted of twenty years of learning lore by memory. The exercise of this faculty for its own sake, beyond the ready access to information it provides to the subject is something the Celts seem to have especially appreciated. The Ogham system was most certainly one of the practical tools used in this exercise. Poems and stories were among the things memorized.

3. Story-Telling

The stories recited by Celtic tellers of tales were not merely for entertainment – they were also not merely mythic tales in which the traditions of the people were encoded. Stories are actually said to have operative magical effects. It might be said that the hearing of a certain story would bring a number of years of good fortune, but the telling of a story would bring even more. (See Rees and Rees, The Celtic Heritage).

4. Language and Music

No people seem more Iyrical than the Celts. The linkage between music (harmonics) and language (meaning) is strong. In the lore of magic this reaches its apex in operative techniques by which changes in the environment, or in the human mind, can actually be effected by means of musical strains alone. This is a theory explored by the Pythagoreans, but in the lore of the Celts it appears to have been an ancient traditional operative technique.

5. Inter-Dimensionality

No other traditional lore seems to have a better or more realistic understanding of the magical experience of inter-dimensionality. The regular interaction with the "Otherworld" or the "Underworld" is a common feature of Irish and Welsh mythic tales as well as folktales from the Celtic cultures. It is from these that the Arthurian legends inherit their "inter-dimensional" features- such as the Grail Castle appearing and disappearing from various "places" at various "times." This mutual effect of one "world" upon another is reflected in the very grammar of the Celtic languages wherein one word, when juxtaposed to another for a specific grammatical, syntactic and semantic purpose, will cause the latter word to change its shape (sound). For example the Irish word for "cow" is bo, and the word for "white" is ban, but to say "a white cow," one must say, or write, bo bhan [pron. boh-vawn].

6. "Satirizing"

By the use of words – of poetry – the Fili ("master poets") were able to cause physical changes in the bodies of other individuals. This was done with "satire." The fact that satirical verse has a patently humorous aspect is the essentially Celtic dimension here. Because Celtic kings could not rule if they suffered any physical defect or blemish, all the satirists had to do in order to depose a king was to, by means of a satirical verse, raise boils on his face. All would see the blemish, and his rule would be at an end.

7. Operative Fasting

Fasting for "spiritual" reasons is familiar throughout the world. To fast – really to starve the body – in order to make subjective changes is obvious. Celtic magicians could, however, "fast on" their enemies as an operative curse formula. By starving himself to near death the sorcerer can actually cause the death of his enemy. This technique is something entirely different from, though apparently related to, the use of fasting as a way to "protest" supposed injustices. This latter technique works only through the medium of information in the context of public morality, whereas the operative fasting of the ancient Celtic magicians worked in a mysterious way.

8. Magical Taboos

Again "taboos" – negative prohibitions against certain behaviours – and other behavioural sanctions are familiar in most religious traditions. The Irish gess [pron. gaysh] (plural gessa) is most often translated something like "taboo." It is, however, something quite different from what is usually meant by this word. A gess, although usually a prohibition against behaviour, actually provides power to the individual. The more gessa that have been "put on" a person (usually by a sorcerer) the more danger recipients live with – but also the more power recipients have at their disposal. To have a gess is both a curse and a boon simultaneously.

These eight distinctive points of Celtic magic, being aspects which distinguish that tradition from others, should be focal points of research and practice in any program to develop a true magical renaissance of the Celtic tradition.

"O thou,
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thine azure sister of the spring shall blow
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth."

~~ John Davies, 1570-1626, Ode to the West Wind ~~

Honoring Yourself

by Artemisia

For many, especially in my native New England, the long winter months are difficult. We don’t get to see much sunshine because we are in the office all day, and even if we have free time, often it’s too cold to go outdoors. This is the time of year when we naturally want to hibernate by staying home, resting and relaxing. Unfortunately, we do not always have the opportunity to stay in and rest like Mother Nature would like, so many of us end up with colds, flus or otherwise feel fatigued. Why not honor yourself at Imbolc with a special retreat designed to rekindle your energy for the coming spring?

Just as the moon cycles through its phases thirteen times a year, from waxing to full to waning to dark again, so do the sun and earth cycle through their phases together in one year. Beginning at Yule, for us here in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun enters the waxing phase, but the increase in daylight is gradual. The days begin to get longer and the nights slowly become shorter. There is still a lot of darkness (and cold depending on where you live). Imbolc marks the point when the light really seems like it’s returning, and if you look and listen carefully, you can sense the humming of the Earth as she makes her preparations for the Spring.

What does this waxing phase mean to us and how can we use this time to honor ourselves?

Well, consider the waxing moon time of the month. This energetically corresponds to the end of a woman’s bleeding and detoxing time. During this period, we usually have a lot of energy because we have finished a natural detox of our bodies and we are renewed. The waxing moon energy is about beginnings, optimism and the energy to make anything possible. The waxing moon corresponds to the Amazon archetype - a young woman/warrior with her whole life ahead of her. She is full of possibilities, and she has the energy, the self-esteem, the power, the confidence and the belief to make her dreams come true.

In the solar picture, during this waxing time of the year, we can honor ourselves by invoking the Amazon within. Set aside some time just for you to do the things you love and enjoy. Access your inner spontaneity and do something you haven’t done in years, that makes you feel free and youthful! Visualize yourself as a warrior - someone with the confidence, power, and energy to accomplish your heart’s desire. Even if you don’t feel like a warrior, spend some time daydreaming or fantasizing to help bring your passionate, energetic self into focus. Consider this meditation, from the Book of Shadows of the Griffin Grove Inn, to rekindle your connection with your inner power:

I am the cup, the chalice of life
Ever filled, ever flowing
Molded by what I hold, shaping what I pour
I am the waters of creation

I am the sword, giver of death and spring
Ever sharp, ever piercing
Edged by what is true, cutting what is not
I am the fires of rebirth

I am the salt, purifier of the earth
Ever seasoned, ever healing
Birthed by what is rock, growing with the world
I am the spice of mother

I am the censor, keeper of the air
Ever fresh, ever blowing
Scented by what I touch, moving with my will
I am the winds of change.

While I’ve got your attention, I also encourage you to honor yourself during the drudgery of the middle of winter, by tending to your body. Although there are not a lot of fresh, seasonal foods in the colder climates, we are lucky in that we can usually find imported items from the warmer parts of the country or the world. Try giving yourself a bit of a nourishing cleanse to help your body release some of the excesses that we all tend to take in over the winter holiday season.

Eat fresh fruit daily, dig into those hardy greens, cooking them lightly, and fill up on all the hardy vegetables you can find in your market. Try taking this time to eliminate - for good or for a period of time - a few of the foods, drinks, or habits that keep you from achieving wellness: sugar, coffee or fried foods. But, don’t forget at this time of year to keep warm; we need building foods like whole grains and legumes. Get creative and try a few new recipes to spice up the doldrums of winter - using spices like curry, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and thyme.

Rekindle your energy by going to the gym, and going for hikes or walks when the weather permits. Make time to rekindle your inner fire by stretching, dancing, and moving around joyfully! Now is the time to add some tai chi, yoga, martial arts, or pilates into your life - whatever makes you feel youthful, strong and well!

Whatever you do, make sure that it FEELS GOOD to you. The easiest way to honor yourself is to live a joyful life.

Many Blessings to you! May your inner Fire burn brightly!


About The Author: Artemisia is studying to become a Priestess of the Order of the White Moon. She is a graduate student in Natural Health and practices Holistic Rites. She now officiates all Rituals and Rites of Passage at The Griffin Grove Inn.

"Was it the smile of early spring
That made my bosom glow?
'Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
Could raise my spirit so.

Was it some feeling of delight,
All vague and undefined?
No, 'twas a rapture deep and strong,
Expanding in the mind!"

- Anne Bronte, In Memory of A Happy Day in February

Winter Amongst Giants

by Kevin Panton

I might be the least likely Druid Bard -- a rapper turned poet from London England -- who followed his intuition to Druidry. I belong to the Order of The Loyal Arthurian Warband, which has a few titles. A Bard has all the musical, storytelling, poetic attributes associated with it, and a Battle Chieftain bestows authority and is usually a recognition of participation of a road protest (many members of the Warband protest against the unnecessary building of motorways, the English equivalent of a highway, often living among the trees that are due to be cut down and paved over.) A Shield Knight is bestowed upon one who is believed to be an incarnation of an original Knight of the Table.

As a result of good fortune, good deeds, and good intentions, I was knighted a Shield Knight and Bard by the man currently accepted by three Druid Orders as the current representation of King Arthur. 'The Once and Future King' took Her Majesty's Government to the European Court of Human Rights to allow us Druids to celebrate in Stonehenge on ceremonial days without paying. The ONLY days you are allowed within the stones for free are on ceremonial days, and the only reason we are allowed is because Arthur took the government to court to allow religious ceremony in there on those days. The court papers read King Arthur versus Her Majesty the Queen. (And we won!) But this is not my story, nor his - this is merely one Bard's account of the Druidic ceremonies in Stonehenge and Avebury during the Winter Solstice of 2006.

If it wasn't for the fact that I was already acquainted with the Druids, and count myself among their number, it is hard to imagine what I would be doing in the English countryside in the middle of the night on the eve of the Winter Solstice! I was there the night before - I was staying in the car-park nearby with around 60 other people, staying up throughout the longest night round bonfires with guitars and mead, indeed all a Bard could need. (Mead, fermented honey, is sacred to us Druids, and there is an old saying - "ask the wild bee what the old Druids knew.") And layers, it was extremely cold so this bard needed layers! But it was worth it for A LOT more people turned up while it was dark for the sunrise ceremony in the stones. Fifteen-hundred people apparently.

Stonehenge itself is owned and managed by English Heritage and despite many years of battling to have use of it on ceremonial days, English Heritage people are very compliant and allegedly a joy to work with. Stonehenge appears to pre-date the era most associated with the Druids although it is widely accepted that the Druids used it for ceremony. It is widely suspected that the Druids of old had more of an idea what it's use was than we do now. This is made more confusing by the fact that most archaeologists refuse to accept the work of Graham Hancock and countless others who have indicated that what we refer to as civilisation may have existed thousands of years before what was previously believed. The precise astrological alignments and the unique resonance of sound within the stones indicate that it was both a giant, extremely accurate calendar and a sound chamber of sorts. It was certainly built for ceremonial purposes.

This Winter Solstice, there was beautiful ceremony in which Arch Druid Rollo had us all chant for peace. The Druids entered the stones to the sound of Drums. We did the traditional Druidic chant of IAO, the sacred syllable, we chanted in the four directions and finally we turned to the centre of the circle and chanted for peace throughout Earth. The ceremony was very quick but very heartfelt. Rollo is also a Merlin, however Merlin is this case is not considered an individual but a rank and a title. (In this lifetime at least there is more than one Merlin, and I've met more than one Merlin myself.) There were affirmations for peace in Iraq and other ceremonies.

I felt strangely disconnected, but perhaps it's because I am an oxymoron - a loner with alot of friends. I would have been more comfortable doing a ritual on my own or conversely one that was more inclusive. I just didn't feel like chanting IAO only when told to. But I was to have my moment of personal reflection in the sacred stone circle of Avebury a few days later in another Solstice Ceremony.

This Winter Solstice I also witnessed four handfastings in Stonehenge. A handfasting is a Celtic Wedding that lasts for a year and a day, and if you want you can renew your vows a year and a day later (the marriage lasts for a year and a day, not the wedding ceremony!) These were beautiful and added a romantic hue to a magical day. I saw friends that I had made all over the country, many had little or no knowledge of Druidry but felt compelled to attend Stonehenge on the Solstice morning due to their own spiritual beliefs and intuitions. It felt like I had stepped out of time, characters from different areas of my life within these huge imposing stones, surrounded by Druids in robes making dramatic exultations! (It did not feel like I was walking through the streets of modern day London the day before, and it felt like had dreamed the entire experience when I was walking through London later that same day!)

There were huge crystal singing bowls and drums, lots of drums. And fifteen-hundred people! All these people turned up in the freezing cold and the thickest fog. It was a magic morning, the frost was gorgeous, spiders-webs were dripping with white and looked almost cliche. Unfortunately, I felt like the drums took away some of the reverence, they felt too loud and boisterous for heartfelt ceremony. But most of the English Druids I have met love the theatrics of it all, they like a bit of drama, and the drums definitely had that effect. But I felt like we were being led into battle, or to party, not to pray. I wanted to pray, and by pray I mean only to set positive intentions but with resolve.

The Saturday afterward I was in Avebury, where the ceremony was smaller the numbers were a lot smaller but the vibe was all there. I love Avebury. Stonehenge is widely accepted as the having masculine energy and Avebury is regarded as feminine, my intuition is that this is correct. Stonehenge sits directly on the Michael ley-line and Avebury directly on the Mary line, Avebury feels more nurturing whereas Stonehenge is more imposing. Avebury is apparently older and the stone circle is about four times the size of Stonehenge, not including the various sacred sites within its immediate vicinity. I met the Bard of Avebury and caught up with quite a few of my Druid brethren. The Bard of Avebury is a guitar playing singer-songwriter who lives in Avebury and attends all the relevant ceremonies. I attended the ceremony with the friend who introduced me to Druidy, Susanna, and I became her de-facto paige for the day, carrying her staff and watching her dog when her hands or eyes were otherwise occupied. Susanna is the only person who holds the post of both Warrior Priestess and Battle Chieftain. (If it wasn't for a random conversation with this elder a few years ago I would know nothing of modern day Druidry.)

I went for a walk, and my intention was to return to the vision-chamber/burial chamber West Kennet Long Barrow. Ever since I slept in West Kennet Long Barrow on the eve of the Winter Solstice in 2005, my intuition has never felt or been this strong. Indeed it was only after I told Susanna the events that led to me sleeping there that she decided I I had to meet Arthur and the Druids. Despite our conversations always touching the subject of spirituality she had never mentioned them before. But in the knowledge that there were people waiting for me and our bus was on it's way I only made it to Silbury Hill.

I had a bit of a moment on my own at the foot of Silbury Hill. It is the largest man-made mound in Europe, it is roughly the size and volume of the Egyptian pyramids. Part of the Avebury landscape, archaeologists claim it contained no burial or shrine, and was therefore likely important in itself: but its purpose and significance remain enigmatic. I had a vision that it looked like a Mayan temple when it was built. I recited a poem, to myself or to the hill, I'm not sure which... then I departed. I was buzzing, as Avebury is a spot of power and if you know what sort of power there are ways to harness it intuitively. I felt chi coursing through my body.

Afterwards, I reveled in my solitude and yelled a 'crow-call' across the hillsides to celebrate. The crow is one of my power animals - I have a collection of crow's feathers and I have amassed quite a few unexplainable experiences concerning crows. About twenty cows in an adjacent field looked up at me after I 'cawed' like a crow, with a look of surprise on their faces. They came bounding toward me - despite the fence between us, it actually scared me quite a bit! They might be docile and even a little bit cute, but the fence was flimsy and they're big, fat and heavy to quote Buju! I'd never seen cows run before! Anyway, they got next to the fence and just stared at me as if they were waiting for me to do something. On my way to Silbury Hill I walked right past them on the other side of the fence in their field but as they stared at me on the way back I was glad there was at least a flimsy fence between us. Goodness only knows what the cows were waiting for, but I know fear is never the answer (especially fear of cows!) and perhaps I should have stuck around and delivered a poem for the cows. I can't believe I just wrote that, but I meant it. Next time maybe.

For my brethren across the seas and the trees. Love, gratitude and appreciation /|\

Your Hip-Hop Bard and Shield Knight, Kev the Poet
Kevin Panton is the author of 'Silent Screams of Intense Bliss' and the THC Society Website:
He is also a Shield Knight and the 'Hip-Hop Bard' of The Loyal Arthurian Warband:

"For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins."

~~ Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
Atalanta in Calydon (1865) ~~

Brigid Bright

by Hedgewytch

She is known as Brigid Bright,
Goddess who shines against the night.

At Cille Dara, at the setting sun,
Her sacred flame is kept by one.

Nineteen times the earth turns round,
As sacred springs come forth the ground.

Twenty times the sun has burned,
And now the Goddess has returned.

Alone she tends her thrice-bright flame,
Born of her heart that bears her name.

The Dagda knows Brigid as Daughter,
Triple Blessed by fire and water.

Poets call her name to inspire.
And healers oft gain from her fire.

Wayland too would know her well
As hammer and anvil ring like a bell.

A sorrowful cry did she give meaning,
When first she brought to Eire keening.

Oh Sacred Fire against darkest night,
Burn for Brigid, for Brigid Bright!

Fire in the quicken us.
Fire in the heal us.
Fire in the forge of the temper us.


"The resonance of Earth (Schumann Resonance) has been 7.8Hz for thousands of years.
Since 1980 it has risen to over 12Hz. This means that 16 hours now equate to a 24-hour day.
Time is speeding up!"

~~ Gregg Braden ~~

Dispatches from RDG's Autonomous Collectives

Our Yule was spent around a lovely stone fireplace with both familiar and new faces. After our ritual and meal, original poems were read and drawings proudly passed around.

Our Imbolc will be held the morning of Saturday, February 3, at a private residence in Medford, Oregon. We are excited to announce it will followed by a Tarot workshop by Arch-Druid Ceridwen.

Please contact us for details!

Blessings, Aigeann

The Infinite Deities Protogrove located in San Diego, CA now has 9 people who have shown interest in participating in the meetings so far. The first grove meeting will take place February 25th.

Jillbe - the Arch-Druid - is the Contributing Editor of The Druid's Egg and helps Arch-Druid Ceridwen with promoting Avalon Risen - an online shop that raises money to help protect and preserve the California Coastal Redwoods.

Jillbe is envisioning many outdoors soujourns, including hikes and trips to hotsprings, as well as druish conversation and fun - plus cross-quarter holiday rituals.

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The Cylch Cerddwyr y Bydoedd Mother Grove will be celebrating our Imbolc holiday on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, with dinner, divination and a rite-lite. We will also spend some time in a formal meeting to discuss this year's 2nd annual Reformed Druids festival and campout. Also, we are happy to welcome our newest members who have recently moved into the area!

No news this season from:

Grove of Erde
Euless, TX USA

TSU Proto-Grove
San Marcos, TX USA

Circle of Stone Proto-Grove
Colorado Springs, CO USA

"May my life be like a great hospitable tree,
and may weary wanderers find in me a rest."

~~ John Henry Jowett ~~


Yes it's back, and the Samhain session of RD 101 is winding down, and another session will begin on April 30th.

This class is unique in that it introduces the student to the Reformed Druids of Gaia - and most of the references to Stranger in a Strange Land, and to the OMS, have been eliminated.

To enroll online in the April session, go to
There is a $3 fee for enrollment, applicable to your initiation fee should you decide to join the RDG later on.

"When walking through a warm and lush forest setting one's thoughts can easily
take flights of fancy. It is not difficult to shed the layers of modern life and find
one's more subtle or primitive beginnings. Somewhere from deep within the spirit
and majesty of each single tree steps forth and at once one can find oneself
transported to a world of shadow and shade."

~~ Morgan La Fey, Sacred Trees ~~

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"The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence
that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the
products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings."

~~ Buddhist Sutra ~~

1 Earrach Y.G.R. 01

As of today 315 Druids have registered with the RDG:

12 members are initiated Second Degree Druids
members are
eligible for initiation into the Second Degree
members are eligible for ordination into the Third Degree
members are ordained Third Degree Druids

During the season of Geimredh, we experienced a net membership gain of 20

Total Groves chartered: 2 (+ 4 Proto-Groves)
Total US Members: 286
Total Canadian Members: 9
Total UK Members: 7
Total International Members: 29
Total Countries represented: 9
Total US States represented: 37
Total Canadian Provinces represented: 7
Top 5 US States: CA=27, OR=19, WA=13, FL=11, NY=7

"A tree, young or old, if admired, remains a definite vision, and when after long absence it is visited again,
the meeting place is approached with feelings of pleasure and curiosity as to how one's friend had fared,
even with thoughts as to what changes may come to tree or visitor since first they met;
this may seem like a foolish sentiment - perhaps it is.
But, after all, sentiment is mingled with most that's best in life."

~~ Charles Eley, Gardening for the Twentieth Century, 1923 ~~


On an extended break from teaching group classes,
Ceridwen is still offering PRIVATE TUTORING sessions!
Here are the details:

1. She will send you your chart and many other pertinent tables for use in the lessons, and she will set up a private database for you. You will receive a link to a "Lessons 101" page on her website, where she will upload each lesson as you are ready for it. There is homework and a midterm and final exam for each complete session, which you will complete and send to her by email.

2. Your homework is graded and your questions are answered as they come up - lots of personal attention, as you need it. Private Tutoring is based on YOUR schedule and speed of learning, and you can take breaks whenever "life" gets in the way...then you can take up where you left off when you are ready to return to your studies...

3. These classes are VERY EXTENSIVE - much like a college course - with a LOT of material and visual aids contained within the lessons.

4. There are 3 levels of study: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced...

Class Syllabus 101

Class Syllabus 201

Class Syllabus 301

You will learn:

  • All the components that make up a chart (Planets, Signs, Houses & Aspects)
  • Your strengths, potentials, obstacles and challenges
  • Meanings of the 28 Moon phases and their planetary rulers
  • How to see the "larger picture" of your life purpose and lessons
  • The cycles of your life (transiting planets) and how to use them to make informed decisions and choices that will be in alignment with your higher purpose
  • How to use the planetary energies in ritual for growth and transformation
  • How you relate to the significant people in your life

5. The fees for the private tutoring sessions are as follows:

Beginning Session: $50

Intermediate Session: $75

Advanced Session: $100

She will provide a PayPal link (for credit cards or e-checks)...or if you don't use online electronic payments, she can receive checks or money orders.

6. To her knowledge, she is possibly the only one who teaches an extensive college-like course in Astrology that is completely INTERACTIVE with a LIVE Professional Astrologer (much info is available online, but you usually don't get to ask questions of the authors or teachers)...

7. Plus this is Astrology geared specifically toward Pagans...she is the Arch-Druid of OMS/RDG and Cylch Cerddwyr Rhwng y Bydoedd Grove...

If you wish to take advantage of these classes, or need more information about them, send an email to: Ceridwen  Subject line: AstroPagan Private Tutoring


If you are interested in a PRIVATE CONSULTATION about your Astrological chart, please visit her home page at:

Ceridwen has over 30 years of experience with Astrology and Paganism, and her approach to teaching and interpreting charts is intuitive, psychological, spiritual, magickal and logical. She will show that this process uses "both sides of the brain" - which is why Astrology is referred to as both an Art and a Science.

"Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic.
These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long
as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such
they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and
timelessness. An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages,
sizes and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place - it is one
of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand
ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force
which has manifested on the Earth..."

~~ Scott Cunningham, Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magick, 1996, p. 77 ~~

Isn't It About Time?

by Flesymi

"We perceive time
according to the completeness
of our own presence."

~~ Gurdjieff ~~

"The level of Being of a man attracts his life, and history repeats itself
because we remain on the same level of being."

~~ Living Time, Maurice Nicoll ~~

I am going to make a bold statement: Our perception of time is what limits us from moving gracefully into the next phase of human evolution…and it always has. But now we are about to experience a quantum shift in human evolution that will catapult us from being Homo Sapiens to Homo Universalis…a universal species. These have been called the "end times," often misunderstood as the end of the world, Armageddon. Actually, it is just the end of the perception of time as a limiting feature of our collective reality. Really, friends, it is about time!

As a species we have arrived at the point where time is now resolved to the most miniscule increment, so miniscule that it literally disappears from reality at the most fundamental level of our physical being. However, time as we've known it is a very efficient way of keeping track of the many details of our lives. In this sense it is indispensable. In another sense it represents our greatest perceptual challenge. This other sense is our ever-expanding view of who we are and how we fit into the grand scheme of things.

Why is time an evolutionary limit? Simply, because it is an illusion. Time is like a magic trick that we’ve been playing on ourselves, only we forgot that we’ve been playing. We’ve become so enthralled with the illusion that we’ve forgotten that there’s something real behind the charade. But before I explain what the reality is behind the illusion, let me make sure you understand that time doesn’t really have a substantive reality like you think it does.

Your body is made of cells, and your cells are made of molecules, and these are made of atomic particles that that are comprised of things don’t seem to behave like they should in a world governed by the laws of time and space. In fact, at the most fundamental level of your being, time and space don’t even exist. Did you catch that? You are made of an essence that is devoid of time and space. How do we gain a "reality" of time and space when our essence is devoid of it? The answer is, of course, that time and space don’t have a reality apart from our perception that they do, and the reality that they take on, is commensurate with our perception of them.

Prove me wrong with time: touch the past; don’t bother trying to touch many years ago, just try to put your finger on five seconds ago. Or try touching five seconds in the future. Now don't get clever and touch a fossil; this is not touching the past, it is touching a grouping of energetic molecular interactions now.

Time, as we’ve been taught to experience it, stretches from the distant past - twenty billion or so years ago when it allegedly came into existence with the Big Bang - to some unfathomable period in the future. We, now, somehow stand poised in the middle of this great expanse and look over our shoulder at things that have been, and off into the distance to contemplate what might be.

This sense of time as existing along some sort of linear continuum is incomplete. And while a different understanding of time may not appear immediately relevant, I assure you that it will impact your life in the most profound ways, from the experience of health and wholeness to abundance to active co-creation along exciting evolutionary pathways.

What stops us from realizing time’s true nature has to do with how our brains work. Our conscious minds work quite efficiently by comparing and indexing things in very linear ways. For example, if I were to show you an apple, then an orange, then a mango, you would only recognize them as an apple, orange or mango if you had already seen and identified them, i.e. by comparison with a previous experience, a memory. Further, you would remember the order of the experience of this show and tell because your brain would record the sequence in which I showed you the fruit. These are apparently separate experiences, and your brain puts them into a linear sequence based on a presumption of an arrow of time, from past to future. Along this arrow of time, the apple appeared first (in time), the orange later, then the mango. It might be pretty hard to refute this observation; however, it is your brain that is comparing and sequencing these experiences, the reality is that they all exist now, not in a linear progression in the past.
Time is our way of experiencing things separately, instead of all at once; and in this respect it is quite valuable.

It is the linear processing tendencies of the human brain that limits one from understanding the true, fuller dynamic that time represents. Regardless of how multidimensional and dynamic our lives really are, our brains are constantly trying to fit things into nice neat little card-files, where one is always followed by two, which is followed by three, and so on. While this linear mental processing is quite valuable in many instances, you must leave this kind of thinking behind if you want to enter a new sphere of higher being where time is yet another feature of our multidimensional Self, awaiting to be explored as a new frontier.

One of the greatest justifications for a more mature perception of time is that relegating things to the imaginary land of the past or future deprives us of rich, multidimensional experiences of our own greater being. For example, it is thought that the universe appeared out of nothing 15 to 20 billion years ago. As preposterous as this sounds, it is quite a common belief in cosmology. But if the essence that makes up human bodies, rocks, grass and stars is devoid of the qualities of time and space, how can the universe have had its origin in the "past"? We are looking in the wrong place for our celestial beginnings and we are missing some mighty powerful insights and adventures by forcing our universe into the narrow confines of our perception.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed,
everything would appear as it is, infinite."

~~ William Blake ~~

The illusion of time can also have very personal implications. Having a loved one pass on can feel like an enormous loss, or it can feel like a new relationship with that same person, depending on your perspective of time. You feel it as loss when you think of that person as dying in the "past." You’ll never know of the relationship that you could have with that loved one now if you don’t expand your view and relinquish the linear-thinking stranglehold that you have on reality. By "losing" this person to the "past," you confine your reality to a narrow strip of consciousness that denies your own fullness of being and the experience now of that person in a new way.

Another common denial perpetrated by time’s illusion relates to childhood trauma. We struggle with emotional scars from old wounds and distance ourselves from healing by placing these traumas in an imaginary past that can’t be touched. That child in us still lives now, and is patiently waiting for us to wake up to this fact. When our slumber is over, we’ll find that all healing is simply the removal of the imaginary separation from our own full being, and that separation is in "time." Looking "back" only causes more scar tissue to armor our hearts because we remain hurt over a "past" that we cannot touch or remedy.

Have you ever wondered why we don’t have eyes in the back of our heads? Why are they only in the front? It is the universe’s way of inviting us to join it in seeking new experiences. It says, "Don’t look back, we’ve been there, done that. That’s old news; just look forward to the exciting new possibilities that are before us now. Join me in a new relationship with the vast energies swirling and congealing in the ever-present now." This cosmic invitation brings us to what time really is. The reality behind time is relationship.

We live in a relativistic universe, which Einstein’s Theory of Relativity so eloquently describes. The sense of relationship is to us like water is to fish. As the material universe precipitates from the Cosmic Mind, it flows from an undifferentiated, infinite field of possibilities, to (apparently) finite actualities embedded in the fabric of the Mind’s substance. Quantum physics calls this fabric "space-time."

In order for something that is infinite to experience itself as something other than infinitude it must, of necessity, create imaginary finite boundaries. We call these boundaries imaginary, even though they seem very real to us, because they are imaginary to the Infinite Mind that created them; the Infinitude remains undivided. Infinity can’t be split up; divide infinity by two and you still have infinity. Divide it by six billion, as is being done on Earth now, and you still have infinity as a whole and infinity represented in the six billion human beings; this is the holographic model of reality. These imaginary boundaries allow one aspect of Infinitude to experience other aspects of its own Infinitude; this is relationship at the macrocosmic level, and it is this self-same relationship that applies across all levels of being.

This leads us to a definition of time and space that is most wholesome and serves as a great foundation for the next stage of human evolution. Guy Merchie in The Seven Mysteries of Life defines time as the relationship of things to themselves, and space as the relationship of things to other things. A few "seconds" have passed since you started reading this paragraph; the relationship of you then to you now, is the relationship of your self to your self (things to themselves), and we call this "time." Relationship is the reality, the word "time" is a concept or a measure that points to or attempts to measure the reality. The fact that we conveniently divide that rich, dynamic interplay of cosmic energies into neat little increments called seconds does not make our reality incremental - spread across "time" - except as our thinking makes it so.

Similarly, the relationship between you and your neighbor - things to other things - is what we call space. Of course, all these relationships are being experienced in an undivided whole, a unity; therefore, "space" cannot be experienced separate from "time." We only talk about them separately for the sake of description. As Carlos Castaneda says in Tales of Power,
"The world does not yield to us directly: the description of the world stands in between."

We can take these new definitions with us when we explore our evolution. The vastness of "time," from the beginning of the universe, the Big Bang, until now is only a measure of our separation in consciousness from our Creative Source. It is a measure of the relationship between the self and the Self, and the arrow of time does not point out to some unknown, foreboding future, but to the brilliant core of our inmost Being.

We can experience personal evolution as the relationship of our lower selves to our higher selves. This is the perennial unfolding of that which is infinitely enfolded by our divine nature, as explained by renowned physicist, David Bohm, in his Implicate Order Theory. Our current self always has a higher nature, as hardly a few moments can go by without us becoming a few moments wiser by experience. This unfolding process is a rich interplay of cosmic energies that far exceed the boundaries of our physical bodies. Sadly, we have squeezed this rich dynamic into a concept called space-time, and consequently limited our own evolution by whatever perceptual barriers are popular for the day. But no more!

Now we can transcend the imaginary limits of time and space and return to wholesome experiences of Life dancing through us. We are not dancers in Life; we are being danced! We can fully awaken to the fact that our reality is infinitely moldable to the consciousness with which we animate it; therefore, we no longer limit ourselves to immature, narrow images of our self and our relationship with the universe. As Emerson once remarked: "Our purpose in life is to have a unique relationship with the universe."

We can view our species’ evolution as yet another level of the lower self relating to a higher version of its own self. Ultimately we must allow "time" to just be a convenient way of measuring things in our world, but we must remember that the measurement is not the thing. We stop making silly statements like "I don’t have enough time." This would be like a contractor showing up at a construction site and sending his carpenters home because there aren’t enough inches! Time is a measure, not the reality. We live with such nonsense because we are mesmerized by the report of our senses and we fail to examine forgotten conclusions and worn out presumptions. We perceive these tiny slivers of reality and make them objective facts that serve to imprison us. We are our own wardens, our own shackles and our own prisons. Don’t you think it’s about time to change our minds about things?

Really, isn’t it about time?

"Contracting our infinite sense we behold multitude;
expanding it, we behold One."

~~ William Blake ~~

"Spirituality automatically leads to humility. When a flower develops
into a fruit, the petals drop off on its own. When one becomes spiritual,
the ego vanishes gradually on its own. A tree laden with fruits always
bends low. Humility is a sign of greatness."

~~ Sri Ramakrishna ~~


Today is the eve of Imbolc, or February 1, 2007 CE.

It is the 1st day of the Season of Earrach, and the 1st day of the Month of Mi na hOimelc.

It is also Thursday, in the common tongue, or Dydd Lau in Welsh.

It is the Druidic day of the Oak.

NEW MOONS occur on 17 Earrach, 47 Earrach and 76 Earrach.
occur on 2 Earrach, 31 Earrach, and 61 Earrach.

The Sun enters Pisces on 18 Earrach.

Honorary Reformed Druid and environmental hero, Julia Butterfly Hill was born 18 Earrach BGR 31.

Me·n Earrach (March ) begins on 29 Earrach

Honorary Reformed Druid and filk-Bard Leslie Fish was born on 39 Earrach. She is the author of OMS' official hymn, "Sequoia Sempervirons."

Order of the Mithril Star was conceived on 44 Earrach BGR 09, at Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Boulder Creek California).

"Bring Back the Snakes Day" observed, 46 Earrach.

Ostara / Alban Eiler, or the Spring Equinox occurs on 48 Earrach.

The Sun enters Aries on 48 Earrach.

Deireadh Earraigh (April) begins on 60 Earrach
(a Sunday - Dydd Sul -- Day of the Birch).

In the USA, Daylight Savings Time begins on 39 Earrach at 2:00 AM.

The Sun enters Taurus on 78 Earrach.

Earth Day is observed on 81 Earrach.

The Season of Samradh, the first day of MÌ na Beltaine, 1 Samradh YGR 01, the Festival of Beltane begins at Sunset on April 30th.

"In earth and water will you grow. In the air will your leaves speak
as you reach towards the fire of the sun. We respect and honour
and admire you, O tree, and all trees, for you represent both
Peace and Power - though you are mighty you hurt no creature.
Though you sustain us with your breath, you will give up your life
to house and warm and teach us. We give thanks for your blessing
upon our lives and upon our lands. May you fare well in this
chosen place. Awen."

~~ Source Unknown ~~


by Nancy Venus

The blessings of the dawn grow near
The Earth in perfect balance clear
The light and dark of equal time.
The dark will wane. The light will shine.

'Tis a time of fertility.
Bless the Maiden, Mother to be.
Bless the God,
He soon will be Father of eternity.

Bless the Earth it's fields and Streams.
Bless us all, with all our dreams.

Bless the Sun with warming rays.
Now we will have longer days.

Light and dark, and dark and light
Fairies of the Air take flight

Fairies of the flame return
the bonfire soon will burn.

Fairies of the rain draw near.
Bring the moisture needed here.

Fairies of the Earth now dance.
Dance the dance of sweet romance.

Ostara Praise unto thy name.
The Earth has come alive again.


"Tree, gather up my thoughts
like the clouds in your branches.
Draw up my soul
like the waters in your root.
In the arteries of your trunk
bring me together.
Through your leaves
breathe out the sky."

~~ J. Daniel Beaudry, Breath ~~

Spring or Vernal Equinox
Lady Day
Alban Eiler (Druidic)
March 21

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates
a sacred marriage with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

Ostara - Mist and Wings

This poem was written after the gigantic Nor'Easter that locked down Boston on April 2nd, 1997. Three feet of snow in 24 hours is pretty impressive, and I wrote this poem after slogging through that snow to go sledding, and then watching it all melt in the 50-degree weather that followed.

Dampness swirling in the lamplight
Narnian and silent, she is waiting
Watching as the droplets slide down her hair
And the net of webs woven through it.

Barefoot, she leaves no trace in the snow
Save the rain that cascades behind her mist.
And the scent of the sky
Is enough to drive men mad.

She has been sleeping long and long,
Beneath the firs sheltering her grave
The apples that lay fermenting sweetness last fall
Dropped their seeds to sprout above her.

And I went walking through the woods
Greeting her in silence as befits a god
Wishing for the touch of calon lan
That comes only with her return.

The whipping tale of the comet
In the astral winds beyond sight
Presaged a late return this year,
But the warbler on my window sang her in.

© Anne Cross, 1997

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon
men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that
emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and
renews a weary spirit."

~~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~~

Ostara Around the World

- At Ostara, the Teutons honored their Goddess of Spring, Eostre with feasting and ritual.

- The Norse honored their Virgin Goddess and celebrated her mating with the young God. Sexual relations were almost obligatory on Ostara Eve, as was a communal meal featuring foods associated with fertility (cake, honey, eggs)

- The Lily was a symbol of life in pagan Greece and Rome, where it adorned Ostara altars and temples. Young men, playing the role of the lusty young God, would present them to the young women they were courting. Accepting the lily meant much the same thing as accepting a diamond ring does now.

- In Cornwall and Wales, Ostara was renamed 'Lady Day' and was the time of the official return of the young Goddess after her winter hibernation. On this day of balance, they believed she was able to meet her youthful God on equal terms, mate with him, and become impregnated with not only the God who will be reborn at Yule, but with the autumn harvest as well.

- In Slavic pagan traditions this was believed to be a day when death had no power over the living, In their tradition, a personification of Death is symbolically killed by throwing him into moving water to drown. Flowers (symbols of life renewed) are tossed in after him and he is sung to as he floats down river. After Death's drowning, brightly painted red eggs were passed around during a procession to the ritual site where the new life of spring was celebrated with food, dance, and strong drink.

- In Mexico and the American Southwest, there is a pagan custom revolving around cascarones. These are eggshells that have been carefully hollowed out, painted, filled with traditional pagan symbols for spring (perfume, confetti, lavender, sage) and then resealed with tape. The object is to take your cascarones out on the morning of Ostara, catch your loved ones by surprise and hit them over the head with an egg. As the insides rain around you, you are blessed with the love, luck, and new life of the season.

- There is an ancient legend in the Ukraine that tells of a demon monster that would devour the world. This monster is chained and as it strains and pulls, the links of its chains are weakened. But every Spring the chain is strengthened in proportion to the number of pysanky (intricately decorated eggs) that were made and exchanged that season. (The word pysanky comes from the root word pysaty (to write) because the signs are written on the surface of the egg in a rich language of symbols almost endless in number and variation.)


"The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness,
nor a place to invoke the sacred; the forest is sacredness itself. Nature
is not merely created by God; Nature is God. Whoever moves within the
forest can partake directly of sacredness, experience sacredness with
his entire body, breath sacredness and contain it within himself, drink
the sacred water as a living communion, bury his feet in sacredness,
open his eyes and witness the burning beauty of sacredness."

~~ Richard Nelson ~~

How the Ostara Egg Came to Be

The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit, comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. Eostre was walking one fine Spring day and came upon a beautiful little bird. The poor bird's wing was badly injured and Eostre, feeling great compassion for the little creature, wanted to heal it. But the little bird' wing was so badly damaged that Eostre knew it would never be able to fly again even after She healed it. So, Eostre decided to help the bird by healing it in a way that would give it mobility and a little something more? She turned it into a rabbit!

During the transformation, the rabbit retained the ability to lay eggs. The rabbit was so grateful to Eostre for saving its life that it laid a sacred egg in Her honor, joyously decorated it and then humbly presented it to the Goddess. She was so pleased and so touched by the rabbit's thoughtful gift that She wished all humankind to share in her joy. In honoring her wishes, the rabbit went all over the world distributing these beautifully decorated little gifts of life and continues to do so even today.


"My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roof and streets, to find the bees."

~~ Lousie Driscoll, 1875 - 1957, My Garden Is a Pleasant Place ~~

Spring Flower Magick

From the Middle Ages through the Victorian period, flowers developed rich magickal associations and meanings that are still employed in everyday spells. The following are some suggestions for using spring flowers in your own magick:

Rose: Used in Love spells for centuries, the color of the rose often notes the precise meaning of the offering today. For example, red is for passion or romantic love, yellow is for friendship, white for chaste love, and pink for budding romance or to say you like someone a lot. To draw his or her attention your way, strew rose petals over an area where a targeted lover will walk.

Lilac: Lilacs can be added to oil blends that help you see your past lives. Anoint your temples and the area known as the third eye, just above and between your eyebrows, to get the best effect. Place them around your home to ward off evil spirits.

Primrose: Cultivate to attract spring fairies, and carry them to attract a highly- charged sexual love.

Cowslip: This is another favorite of spring fairies: they will gladly come to live in a garden in which cowslip is growing. Use it in spells for seeking wealth and health, and place near the front door when you wish to be left alone.

Violet: This early spring flower has many magickal uses. Add it to spells for protection, love, healing, and sleep. Place it under your pillow to attract a new lover to your bed.

Apple Blossom: Use in love spells and rituals to celebrate lifecycles. In Celtic mythology the apple is the symbol of the Otherworld and of the goddess who has control of the rebirthing process. Also, it is used to carry the Witches' hidden symbol.

Orange Blossom: Add to spells whose goal is not just love, but marriage. This doesn't have to be traditional mainstream marriage, but marriage as you see it is best for you and your partner. Carry at your own wedding to help make yours a sexy and sacred marriage in the image of the deities.

Daisy: Allow daisies to be a central feature of spells to attract love and lust. Don't forget the old folk custom of picking off the blooms of each daisy head while saying, "She o he loves me so" to divine whether someone you love loves you back.

Hawthorn: This is the ultimate fairie plant, and in Ireland many people will not disturb a hawthorn bush in any way, knowing it is the home of fairies who can help or hinder. Tie wishing ribbons to hawthorn bushes so that friendly fairies can assist you in making them come true. Be sure to leave an offering or libation for them too.

Columbine: Add to spells for love. Wear them when you need to fortify your courage or willpower.

Crocus: Add in spells to attract love and use to adorn Ostara altars.

Jasmine: Use jasmine in spells for love, psychic dreams, and to help find needed cash.

Daffodil: Use daffodils to honor the God and Goddess of Spring, to enhance both their fertility and your own. Use them in wishing charms and love spells.

Flowering trees also have their place among the symbols of Ostara and Easter:

The pink blossoms of the dogwood tree have been symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus, just like the lily.

Apple blossoms speak of love and new life.

Hawthorn blossoms begin to bud in England and Ireland around Ostara, and at Beltane they are collected as magickal and sexual talismans.

In the Celtic tree calendar it is the alder tree – which is connected with psychic and regenerative powers - that rules over the month of Ostara.

The natural foods craze has moved into the twenty first century with edible flowers as its latest fad. I admit to having done little experimentation in this area, partly due to allergy concerns and partly due to persistent conviction that I'd like eating most flowers as much as I would dry grass. Even though modern North Americans and western Europeans are just now discovering edible flowers, flower foods have a long history in China and southwest Asia, and they are also eaten by Greeks and Romans.

The edible part of the flower, in these cases, is always just the blossoms of flowering petals. Flowers you plan to eat should never be purchased from a florist or nursery. These are covered with pesticides and other chemicals that are toxic. It should go without saying that you should also not eat any flower that you cannot positively identify. Some of the most attractive and best smelling flowers are poisonous, including daffodils, azaleas, lily of the valley, crocuses, rhododendrons, and oleander.

The flowers in the ''edible'' category are:

Violet 'sweet tasting'
Rose 'fresh and sweet'
Nasturtium 'sweet and peppery'
Gladiola 'tastes like lettuce'
Carnation 'peppery'
Dianthus 'clove like taste'
Calendula 'spicy'
Squash Blossom 'sweet'
Lilac 'lemony taste'
Peach Blossom 'sweet'
Plum Blossom
Orange Blossom
Bachelor Button
Snapdragon 'can be bitter'
Jasmine 'sweet and earthy'
Gardenia 'sweet'
Angelica 'spicy'

Information source: Ostara; Customs, Spells, and Rituals for the Rite of Spring by Edain McCoy.

"Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years."

~~ Wendell Berry, Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front ~~

The Mother Grove wishes all of you
a most inspiring Imbolc, a joyous Ostara,
and abundant blessings throughout the season!

May you never thirst!

Arch-Druid Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Managing Editor/Webmaster
El Arseneau, Scribe
Jillbe Badb, Contributing Editor
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