About Me

Hi and welcome to my blog,

I’m an aspiring modern druid, and member of both the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) and Ar n’Draiocht Fein (ADF). This blog was started as a blank space for me to note my thoughts on Druidry, Paganism and other such matters. I’m currently working through the Dedicant Path course with ADF, and I hope to blog my ‘homework’ assignments as I go.

My personal beliefs tend to fluctuate a bit, but I consider myself mostly a naturalistic pantheist/animist, and tend towards the sceptical agnostic end of the belief spectrum. I think that science is the greatest toolkit humans have invented for figuring out how the world works, and that if a belief contradicts established science and evidence, then the belief should change, not the science. At the same time, I think that the practices of modern Druidry provide a way of constructing meaningful relationships with the other-than-human world.

When I’m not reading, writing or overthinking Druid stuff, I can be found watching and overthinking Doctor Who, curling up with a good book, or walking my local woods.

I look forward to sharing the contents of my head with you and I always appreciate feedback!

5 responses to “About Me

  1. A naturalist druid… I like the sound of that. I am considering taking th OBOD course, or at least get the introductory pack, but whilst reading a book called “The Druid’s Primer” the chapter on the gods threw me off a bit… as I find it so hard to believe in gods.

    That being siad, it seems like you are the same, so therefore I have a question. Does not believing in the celtic gods affect the OBOD training, or go the gods play a small role, if any role, during the training?

    Other then that, I have been reading your blog, great stuff!!

    • Hi, thanks for dropping by!

      I’ve not heard of ‘The Druid’s Primer’, who is it by? I would recommmend trying ‘The Druidry Handbook’ by John Michael Greer. Greer is head of the AODA and is also OBOD-trained and his work is very practical and down-to-earth with chapters on ecology and practical environmental action as well as meditation, ritual and the history of druidry. The gods barely come up at all, and ‘religion’ isn’t mentioned once!

      The OBOD course so far isn’t too goddy either. It makes a big deal about saying you should only take the bits that speak to you and you don’t have to accept any teachings on faith (which is good, as there is plenty of ‘woo’ about energy and the like). Where gods and goddesses are mentioned, it is often in the context of Celtic mythology, or psychological archetypes. OBOD tries to be as flexible as possible for people of all faiths, and of no faith, and I’m certainly not the only atheist/naturalist druid there!

      I hope that helps, and I will be sure to check out your blog too!

      Best wishes,

      Treeshrew

      • vagasilvis

        Fantastic! Music to my ears, sounds like OBOD is the way to go… If only I can find the time.

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