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Beltane

The wheel has turned and Spring has come
Joy hovers in the air.
There’s life! There’s party!
Cheers to revelry!
Lets celebrate as a community!

Spring is here,
Now the days are growing bigger.
The Sun, Star King, is warming up.
At night there’s bonfires,
Tables filled with food,
It’s time to eat, drink and feast.

The Bard blesses us with poetry
And enchanting timeless songs.
Around the bonfire we dance,
Together, with drinks, we toast
To celebrate Beltane.

While the Bard plays their songs,
My soul dances to the sound of their enchantment,
My feet move to the sound of their harp,
That is when  rediscover myself:
I am the Bard, I am poetry
I am Awen, perfect melody
I am the source, transformation and rebirth.

 

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Beltane. Image Source
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Ancestor

Your life is part of our history,
Your path led up to mine.
Your steps and thoughts have guided me.
Ancestor, we are entwined.
May I drink of your wisdom always.
May I find within myself
The courage with which you lived your life.
May I discover within the strength
You used to, your obstacles, overcome.
May my life never lessen yours,
May my thoughts always stem from thyne
And, together, reach further than before.
Ancestor, your life originated mine.
I come from you and, one day, you I’ll join.
I will honour you throughout my life,
And your life I’ll celebrate until the day I die.

 

My altar for my Ancestors
My altar for my Ancestors
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Sunrise

Sun, giver of life and warmth,
Brightening up our lives every day.
You are the promise of new opportunities at each dawn.

Sunrise. Photograph by yours truly
Sunrise. Photograph by yours truly
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to my Sisters and Brothers of the Wyrd,
May this turn of the wheel be filled with enlightenment, wisdom and Awen,
With much success in all quarters of your lives.
May you find love, happiness, and balance in dark and light,
And may you always find your strength and might.

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Winter Solstice/Yule and Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly.

I see this as a season for letting go of the past, and to looking forward to a new cycle.

A season for introspection, for releasing the old, and embracing the new. If this was a tarot card, it’d be the death card. 😉

A season to be spend with my loved ones, the ones that have been on my side through thick and thin, and love me unconditionally.

I have already said my goodbyes to past cycles I needed to close, I learnt from the experiences I lived, and I am looking forward to new experiences (I would prefer them to be pleasant ones, please).

I spent time with my Family, helped Mom with the preparation of our traditional foods.

I spent time with my Deities and offered them good wine.

Yes, I am a Pagan on the Druidry Path and I celebrate the Winter Solstice (Alban Arthan), the return of the light, the balance between light and dark.

But my Family is Catholic and I see no inconvenience in celebrating this Family season with my own Family.

Before I return to my Family, my Goddesses (yes, almost forgot to tell you! Besides the Great Queen, Epona also chose to be part of my life, and I am delighted to get to know her better) and Gods, I wish you peaceful times. May you always find balance in dark and light. And may this season be an enlightened one.

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Detail from my Yule Tree
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My Song

Remember I told you, on my Inner Divinity post, that I was going to work on a poem similar to the Song of Amergin?

Well, I finished it today, and I wanted to share my first work as a Bard (I am already doing the OBOD Bardic course) with you.

Here goes nothing…

 

My Song

I am a daughter of the Forest.
I am a child of the Sea.
I am playful caress of the Wind.
I am an Oak of a thousand years.
I am warmth of the Sun.
I am one of Moon’s mysteries.
I am prophetic Owl in the night.
I am fierce Raven’s cunning insight.
I am weaving Spider.
I am wise Stag.
I am protective wild Boar.
I am Wolf for clan.
I am River running free.
I am Music and Poetry.
Who knows the secrets of the human soul?
Who reads the truth in cards and people?
Who protects worthy causes?
Who befriends animals and plants?
Who endeavours to bring enlightenment to others?
Who is a wave in the Sea?
I am, in the Forest, a tree.

 

Illustration from The Dream of Aengus, by Ted Nasmith
Illustration from The Dream of Aengus, by Ted Nasmith. Image taken from here.
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Finally!!!

And I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.

Yule arrived a little earlier this year. Yesterday, to be exact.

I decided to go ahead with the OBOD Bardic course, and my packages arrived yesterday.

As you can imagine, I already started studying the materials.

I am so very happy, right now! ^_^

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My OBOD packages.
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Being crafty

So, I have been creative, lately.

I needed a supply box (I need more than one, actually), and, last night, I got myself one, and decided to be creative with the box.

It’s not perfect, as it was a second attempt at pyrography, but I loved the results.

For those of you that are not familiar with the symbol, it is an Awen, a Druidic symbol, and you can read further about it here and here.

Damh the Bard – Song of Awen

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Box with pyro-engraved Awen, by yours truly.
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Inner Divinity

A Pagan/Druid friend of mine recently introduced me to the entry of a new blog by Rev. Davin Mac Lugh (an Ordained Druid Priest with An Draiocht Fein (ADF) that spoke of our inner divinity and how to evoke it.

In Rev. Davin Mac Lugh’s blog entry (that you can read in full here), he made reference to a poem, the Song of Amergin, that I’m transcribing below, and teaches us how to write one by ourselves.

I am Wind on Sea,

I am Ocean-wave,

I am Roar of Sea,

I am Stag of Seven Tines,

I am a Hawk on a Cliff,

I am shining tear of the Sun,

I am Fairest among Herbs,

I am Boar for Boldness,

I am Salmon in Pool,

I am a Lake on a Plain,

I am a Hill of Poetry,

I am a Word of Skill,

I am the Point of a Weapon (that pours forth combat),

I am God who fashions Fire for a Head.

Who knows the secrets of the Unhewn Dolmen?

Who (but I) announces the Ages of the Moon?

Who (but I) know the place where falleth the Sunset?

Who calls the Cattle from the House of Tethra?

On whom do the cattle of Tethra smile?

Who is the troop, the god who fashions edges in a fortress of gangrene?

(I am) a Song on a Spear, an Enchantments of Wind.

I am still revolving around mine, and putting much thought into what I wish to add there. But soon I will be posting mine for you to read. 😉

Here’s the Gaelic version (taken from here), that happens to be performed by Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance:

Am gaeth i m-muir,

Am tond trethan,

Am fuaim mara,

Am dam secht ndirend,

Am séig i n-aill,

Am dér gréne,

Am cain lubai,

Am torc ar gail,

Am he i l-lind,

Am loch i m-maig,

Am brí a ndai,

Am bri danae,

Am bri i fodb fras feochtu, Am dé delbas do chind codnu,

Coiche nod gleith clochur slébe? Cia on co tagair aesa éscai?

Cia du i l-laig fuiniud gréne?

Cia beir buar o thig tethrach?

Cia buar tethrach tibi?

Cia dám, cia dé delbas faebru a ndind ailsiu?

Cáinte im gai, cainte gaithe.

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Wind and Sea wave
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Back home

I returned home last night, and I am already longing to return, even with being so much cold in Góis than in Lisbon (let there be a fireplace!).

I got home and, right after I dropped my stuff out of the way, I went to pamper my beloved Deities by rearranging the Altar center piece.

I missed lighting their candles, even if I honoured them during the weekend. It is somewhat different when you change your habits, even when meditating away from the usual place makes you feel very close to them just the same.

I also have a few more photos for you. I hope you enjoy them. ^_^

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Olive tree trunk
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Green path
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I see fire, like the other gentleman. 😉
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I love those stones by the olive tree!
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My cauldrons! <3
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Currently, this is the Altar center piece