A Freshness (and a book review)

Sep 9th, 2018 | By | Category: Uncategorized

September is here – one of my favourite months as autumn sings through the trees, overnight cobwebs magically appear with dewy cool grass in the morning.  The last of our raspberries bring a show of crimson to already browning leaves, and we wait eagerly for our apples to be ready. In September we begin to make ready for the coming winter. We plant our last winter crops, some late kale and beet tops to sustain us next spring, and begin clearing beds for garlic and overwintering onions. My instincts tell me that it will be here soon, and it will be cold, for certainly there is a freshness to the winds and breezes that touch my face as I walk and work the land. My Gran always said if the blackberries ripened before mid-August, we would have a harsh winter – ours began blackening in July.

This blog I don’t have a pre-release book review for you, (I didn’t get sent any,) so decided to pick a Moon Book that has been out for around a year.

Australian Druidry. Julie Brett. ISBN 9781785353703.

When I first picked up this book, I was sceptical that I would find much to engage with – afterall I am in the Northern Hemisphere, exactly half way around the world from Australia. What could we possibly share, other than the general title of Druid? Perhaps it was this and a huge dose of curiosity that encouraged me to read.

Indeed much of the practice within the book, IS completely different than my own: most obviously, the seasons are a mirror, (autumn in the UK is spring in Australia, for example,) and most animal and plants used in Northern Druidry are irrelevant in Australia with its own unique and wonderful flora and fauna. However, as Rob Wilson says in his article, The Nature of Druidry. (https://druidnetwork.org/what-is-druidry/beliefs-and-definitions/articles/the-nature-of-druidry/) The essence of Druidry is forged in…sacred relationships to nature, in all its forms. Here I find my spiritual expression and understanding of deity, the raw, vital forces of nature.”  This essence is a crucial and impassioned theme throughout the book.  The fundamental connection to the land,  whether we believe this is through an ancestral heritage from the ancient Druids, or tree hugging, or even chanting the Awen itself,  are common Druidic symbols which resonate with us wherever we are.

Australian Druidry is written openly, with a concise language which is both thoughtful and practical that cannot fail to be understood on every level. I found the ideas and resourcefulness shown – from re-writing the Wheel of the Year to suit the Australian climate and weather systems to establishing a whole new set of animal guides – so inspiring. This in turn, has brought a new freshness to my own understanding of what being a Druid is. I felt encouraged to re-focus on my own individual path; hone my creativity and take a good hard look at whether there are areas I could improve and possibly re-imagine. When I am suitably enriched, I will begin again to re-harmonise with my landscape and the things that inspire me to be a Druid.

That in itself is an incredibly valuable gift, and I can only express my gratitude by writing this review and encouraging others to read this book wholeheartedly.

Til Next month




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