Every year for the past 22 years I have been stopping at Samhain to look back on the year that has just passed – to review what has happened in the world of Druidry and the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. The 2015 review has just been published, and it begins like this…
In the end, the universe can only be explained in terms of celebration.
Last year – our fiftieth anniversary year – was so busy and exciting, I thought 2015 might be quiet – possibly even bringing with it a feeling of anti-climax, a sort of extended hang-over after the celebrations of 2014. How wrong I was!
The Order’s year began in the magical forest of Brocéliande at Samhain, with over 100 people present at the ceremony, which we carried out in Abbé Gillard’s garden, on the side of the rectory in Tréhorenteuc. A few nights before, the group had been above the village amongst the stones of the ‘Monks’ Garden’, to witness a ritual carried out by only women in the Order – a magical treat in the lantern-light….
To read more go here. (By the way, in the last blog post we saw the director of ‘Trees for Life’ talking about his fabulous 250 year goal to reforest the Scottish Highlands. That’s the sort of long-termism we need! And in the Review you’ll hear about OBOD’s Golden Anniversary Grove with ‘Trees for Life’. Members all over the world have contributed to this project and 1,000 trees have been funded!)