OMNIA – I don’t speak Human
OMNIA – I don’t speak Human
There are few things on this earth that I like more than spending a weekend reading a book by David Weber and/or Eric Flint. They are both masters of the writing craft. They both have a background that I feel brings different things to each. Both backgrounds compliment each other and in the end these authors have produced some of the best reading in the universe. This particular book is no exception, lots of action, lots of great characters and a great setting make this a great read that I highly recommend.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a great story of past loss and present gain. I liked the conflict that it presented and the characters that were introduced. I would have liked to see more action and a bit more back ground related to the universe that the story is set in. However this was a good read and I will be reading it again in the future.
Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | February 18, 2014 : http://philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/the-druid-remembrance-ritual/
This year sees the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World World. Druid Geoff Boswell felt there was a need to honour the lives of those that were killed in that dreadful war and is organising a Druid Remembrance Ritual at the National Memorial Arboretum (Staffordshire) Saturday 5th July 2014 at noon. He is putting the call out for Druids to be involved in this event and has set up a websitefor those who wish to know more and take part. Here Geoff writes a little about the project and its aims:
Why the Druid Remembrance Ritual?
I am not certain what I think of war.
Oh, I have views on it, but they fluctuate. I am at heart a pacifist. As a boy with (as I only knew later in life) Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome the chances of me winning a school fight were remote. I bruise easily and cut nearly as easily. I never picked fights anyway but that doesn’t stop you getting on the other side of them. So, instinctively, I became a pacifist.
Politically I find I don’t agree with war mongering, from Thatcher and the Falkland’s through to Blair and Iraq , Afghanistan , and now our eyes are again on the Middle East. But it’s easy to be once removed, either by decision making or being in a different country. Economically I’d close down most military spending as there are better things to spend the nation’s money on.
We are hoping that Druid Orders, groves, groups, individuals and other organisations will attend and would ask your help in achieving this. I hope for a united druid event in the spirit that the Druid Forum was originally set up for by the BDO and OBOD way back when. Interfaith cooperation and attendance is also earnestly sought. We’d like flags and banners and all sorts of colour and spectacle there. I had thought of approaching the media as this is an occasion for druidry to show it has matured and can take its place with vigour, respect and responsibility in the modern age. It is not an occasion to celebrate warfare. We honour the fallen. We had hoped to help raise a modest sum for the Peace Pledge Union (White Poppies), and maybe Animal Aid (Purple Poppies).
A ritual will need to be written and devised, with participants approached or nominated, with contributions suggested, commissioned and accepted, so any thoughts or ideas would be welcome.
We would like:
An order/grove/group of 4 to 6 people to call peace,
An order/grove/group of 4 people to open and another to close the quarters,
A ‘bugler’ or similar for the last post
Readers, speakers and contributors (and their contributions)
Musicians and Singers (and their contributions)
Dancers(and their contributions)
We are specifically asking you for your personal and ‘professional’ support as this will be a first for modern druidry, certainly in the UK, and we have the opportunity to represent ourselves to the wider world. I most certainly wish for OBOD, the BDO, the Pagan Federation, and The Druid Network to be represented at the event, along with one and all.
We hope to see as many druids – and others – as we can get there, carrying those banners and flags, all with the intent of honouring the fallen of the Great War. If you have any offers for the eisteddfod section then please contact us. If you fancy taking one of the roles mentioned above then again please contact us.
Posted on February 17, 2014 by Running Elk
Aherm! Two posts in as many days? (Don’t be expecting it regularly! 😉 )
One of the questions that often crops up, is the reality, or otherwise, of the experiences involved in shamanic work. This is true also of meditation, path-working, and all forms of light work in which a trance, or semi-trance state is essential.
“Isn’t it just my imagination?”
The misgiving is quite understandable, and, if I may be so bold, completely unanswerable to the satisfaction of anyone intrigued enough to ask it. I can only offer an experience, of several years ago, by way of explanation.
At the time, way before shamanism entered my life, I was an active member of an online forum. Topics of discussion attracted the serious esoteric investigator. Amongst the membership, there were a significant number actively involved, at various levels, in meditation.
Please read the rest of this article here:http://shamanicpath.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/but-is-it-real/