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Cerridwen and Taliesin Story Poster

December 6th, 2022

Many of you will know and love OBOD member Yannick Dubois’ beautiful work. Yannick’s latest offfering is a wonderful depiction of the Talesin Tale. Here Yannick explains a little more about the piece and how you can obtain your own copy:

Dear fellow Bards, Ovates and Druids, I’m pleased to share my most recent, lovingly crafted and highly detailed illustration project with you, the Cerridwen & Taliesin Story Tapestry. Knowing the significance that this story holds within our druidic tradition and how deeply familiar you all are with the tale of Cerridwen and Taliesin, I trust that you will appreciate this inspired new piece of artwork. 🌿🔥✨

Storytelling through visual art is a strong aspect of my bardic expression. Since “a picture says more than a thousand words”, I decided to illustrate this ancient story to contribute towards keeping this tale alive and relevant for our times and to complement the work of countless others. The inspiration for this piece came to me, whilst walking in the woods admiring the wind moving through the yellow beech leaves around me. I prayed to Cerridwen and Taliesin to bless this work and offered my creative process to them.

This image is composed with the use of sacred geometry and the golden ratio. The ink pen is drawn by hand and digitally coloured with a lot of attention to detail. I created this picture to draw people in and take the observer on a journey through the story, following the flow of the water and spiralling shapes.

Beautiful high-quality paper prints of this picture are now available via my Etsy page and I also intend to create organic cotton cloth wallhangings soon. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1339631966/cerridwen-taliesin-story-poster-celtic

Many good wishes and bright Awen blessings,
Yannick /|\

Pilgrimage to a Holy Well with Will Parsons

December 6th, 2022

In conversation with Will Parsons, author of Singing for our Supper.

The words for Will’s water blessing that he sang three times in the meditation:

Water flows, life is given.
Rises from Earth, falls from Heaven.
Water flowing, so we sing:
Bless the holy spring.

If you want to follow Will’s pilgrimage go to @Willwalking on most platforms

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