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Tarot Chakra Journey

November 4th, 2022

Illustrations from The Opera Tarot by Linda Sutton and Philip Carr-Gomm

Over the last year, Steve Hounsome and I, along with the Mind Orchestra, have created an online course to explore how working with the Tarot can help you learn about and develop your chakra system.

The course, called The Tarot Chakra Journey uses video, audio and text to take you on a journey through your chakras –  while also helping you deepen your knowledge of the Tarot. Here’s what one student says about the course:

“This is a wonderful course, well structured and full of richness and depth. As a newcomer to Tarot, I found the way Steve and Philip linked the Chakra system to the Tarot through exercises and meditation deeply stimulating and made my introduction to Tarot so much easier. The meditations were clear and the handout instructions full of information that helped me gain insights and support in the challenges and changes going on for me. I will be going over the course again as I am sure repeating the experience will reveal more layers of insight as one moves through it and takes time to savour each unfolding it reveals.”  Rijusiddha, Norfolk, UK

Find out more here!

OBOD Healers’ Circle ~ First Public Online Ritual

November 3rd, 2022

Image by Christoph Schmalz

OBOD HEALERS’ CIRCLE are all members of the OBOD from all grades, who dedicate time and energy on healing work. The group shares a belief that some healing work cannot be done alone, and so they are now meeting on a monthly basis to work together in the Otherworld and support each other in their healing work, both in the world and in their own lives.

The circle´s vision was founded during OBOD member Sian Lang’s time in the Ovate Grade and she – with the help of some wonderful friends of the OBOD in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, Belgium and the US – brought this vision to life in June this year.

The OBOD Healers´ Circle is now about to hold their first public online ritual for healing. The focus of this first ritual is ‘connection’. Since so many of us experienced separation and isolation due to the Pandemic, the group felt the need to provide a healing ritual in the Inner Healers´ Grove, a safe and sacred space where everyone can connect with each other, the ancestors and their healing powers. From this Inner Grove, the hope is that the participants will carry light and connection back into their own circles, communities and families.

Twice a year, the group are planning to provide a public ritual based on an intention born out of their regular meetings and exchanges, and their communion with the Spirit of the Time, and the Spirit of the Journey.

This first ritual will takes place on 23 November 2022 at 7 pm UK/Ireland time, 8 pm CET, and 2pm Massachusetts time. The ritual will use the same platforms as all OBOD online ceremonies, taking place on the OBOD Facebook page and the OBOD YouTube Channel. You are invited to join and it would be wonderful if you brought a candle to light! Hope to see you there!

Blessings of the Season!

October 31st, 2022

Whether you are celebrating Samhain or Beltane, may you be blessed by the joy, wisdom and magic of the season!

When we connect with our ancestors and put their wisdom into action, we are evolving our collective consciousness. We are transporting the ancient truths of our collective past and birthing them into our future. What we create out of those truths extends the wisdom of all those who have gone before us, and it provides a guide for all those who will follow.
~ Sherri Mitchell

…And my heart opened
like a flower under sky,
its petals of desire,
its stamens of dreams…
~ Federico García Lorca

Adventures In Nutopia

October 28th, 2022

Exciting news! The Order has been working with the Sony award-winning presenter Dr David Bramwell to bring you a brand new podcast. It is called “Adventures in Nutopia” The trailer is now live on Apple Podcasts, Spotify – pretty much everywhere you can follow podcasts. The first episode will be released at Samhain and then weekly after that for six weeks.

Here is more about the show:

Welcome to Nutopia, a documentary-style series exploring radical ideas, new myths and social movements for a positive future shaped by community, re-enchantment, sustainability, ecology, creativity, magic and compassion. Don’t worry about poe-faced beard-stroking, there’s plenty of mischief, weirdness and fun to be had.

So pop over to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you follow podcasts and hit the follow button so you can be notified of new episodes. We hope you enjoy the trailer and the new show!

Trees for Life ~ The Rewilding Centre at Dundreggan

October 18th, 2022

Trees for Life is a wonderful charity that OBOD is very happy to support. They do a wonderful job in working to rewild the Scottish Highlands. We were delighted to receive a lovely letter from the charity recently giving us an update on the work we have been supporting, especially the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre which is due to open in 2023. Trees for Life explain:

The Rewilding Centre will enable us to welcome a larger, more diverse audience to Dundreggan. We hope it will be a place where people come to discover a landscape restored after centuries of exploitation and leave inspired to engage with rewilding. The new wild landscape and its ancient connections to Gaelic culture will encourage people to ‘rewild’ themselves by connecting with nature and exploring the heritage of the Highlands. It will become a gateway for people to experience rewilding in ways that are best suited to them; from a casual visit while passing through, to immersive experiences, encouraging the idea that we can work with nature rather than against it.

I include below the letter, which gives an idea of the fabulous work Trees for Life. If you would like to learn more or to donate, please click here.

I wanted to write to update you on progress we are making in the creation of the Rewilding Centre at Dundreggan. Your support has enabled us to make good headway and the Centre is rapidly taking shape before our eyes. The Accommodation Block is due for handover by the contractors in December with the Rewilding Centre following close behind in January. This means we are on track to open the Centre in March 2023 and we are now busy working on all of the displays and interpretation that will go into the Centre, including a dramatic ‘welcome tree’ made of recycled metal which is almost complete.

Outside the Centre, a children’s forest experience play area is about to be installed along with a large pond that will be home to wildlife and be used for pond dipping so visitors can discover the bugs and beasties that live in the water. A network of new visitor trails will be completed by Christmas, opening up the wonderful Caledonian forest to visitors of all abilities.

Despite the volatility in the economy and the inflationary pressures that have accompanied that, we are confident that the construction phase of this project will be completed on budget and so we have begun the very detailed planning needed to ensure visitors will have a memorable and enjoyable experience once we are open. This includes lots of technical work on booking systems, testing the working of the Centre with willing visitors and above all recruiting the staff who will bring rewilding alive to visitors and ensure they have a wonderful time.
There is a lot of excitement about the opening of the Rewilding Centre. Marketing will begin during October, but we have already conducted a series of familiarisation trips for tour operators and VisitScotland over the last few months which have received universally positive response. This all bodes well for the successful launch of the Centre next year and we very much you will visit us to see the results of your support for yourself.

Meanwhile, Trees for Life has been busy with its ‘day job’ of Rewilding the Scottish Highlands. Our new Affric Highlands initiative is working with increasing numbers of landowners to support them in rewilding their land and we are close to starting to create 7km of riverside woodlands along important salmon streams in the Highlands. The woodlands will help cast shade over the streams making them more suitable for salmon spawning. We are also about to start a new series of reintroductions of red squirrels to parts of northern Scotland from where they have been lost to increase their range and we are in the process of applying for a licence to reintroduce beavers to Glen Affric where their ‘ecosystem engineering’ will benefit many other types of wildlife.