I just noticed that this got posted as an October 13 post – which is the day I sarted a draft copy, to make this an ongoing list. I didn’t finish this until October 29th, which is the actual day it was posted. Not sure how to change this in blogger – anyone?
Here’s a summary of what I’ve been up to in Druidry practice for the month of October. I’ve arranged it as though I’m working on the second degree curriculum – I appealed to JMG to “skip ahead,” and I’ve yet to hear the results of that appeal. Over the course of the month, I’ve realized that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to do Candidate work for a year – there’s always more to learn down that path. So this could all get reorganized into a “first degree” format. Either way is becoming OK with me.
The Earth Path
-Gathered dandelion root, burdock root, chamomile and rosehips in the park; brought several students to show how to find and gather wild plants in an urban setting
-Bought and started using a kitchen compost pail, in order to become more conscientious about composting kitchen waste – I compost already but sporadically, as often I was just too lazy/busy to walk the scraps all the way down to the heap. Now with this bucket, I can fill it in the kitchen and empty it once a week.
-Wrote a short essay on foraging as a Druid practice
-Meditated daily, did Sphere of Protection daily.
-Planned, designed and carried out three completely different Samhain rituals: the one from the Handbook (solitary), one for my Witch circle, and one for my magic group.
Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends
Mother Earth News Yes, it’s not on the reading list, but I have a subscription and read it every month. It counts.
-Took three students on an herb walk; explained spiritual importance of gathering and using herbal medicine.
Judy Harrow, Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan Guide
-Memorized opening of Druid Grove ritual
-Created and conducted Samhain ceremony
-Performed Candidate initiation on myself
Pauline Campanelli, Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life
John Michael Greer, Inside a Magical Lodge
Sir Thomas Malory, Mort d’Arthur – still in progress, actually
Ross Nichols, Book of Druidry – also still in progress – this book will take me a decade or so to get through, and then I’ll find things I missed and need to start over. I’m including it on the Air path because I see it as Revival scholarship, but it could go anywhere. There’s a whole lifetime worth of work in this one book.
Found and pledged myself to Lugh as my patron deity (saying this is very quick but wow is this a huge deal for me).
John Michael Greer, A World Full of Gods (again, not on the list but I think it belongs here)
-Collected herbs, selected (or was selected by) Dandelion as my green ally for the coming year.
Ellen Evert Hopman, A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
-Started ogham notebook, began working with ogham sticks as divination tool
-Memorized the first aicme – symbol, names, meaning, elemental associations and divinatory meanings for each one.
Caitlin Matthews, Celtic Wisdom Sticks: An Ogam Oracle
John Michael Greer, The Druidry Handbook – so far this is my main source for Ogham information.
Started practicing the tin whistle regularly. I’m finally starting to figure out ornamentation, however slightly.
Books: The Clarke Tin Whistle Book (a how-to book)