I recently gave a talk entitled ‘Druid Wisdom’ at a beautiful retreat centre – Fintry House, home to The Universal Order and its publishing project The Shrine of Wisdom. They were filming at the time and have sent me a clip which gives you a glimpse into the building and its garden. I was lucky enough to find psaltery player Philippa Anne Reed in the audience and she agreed to open our time together with music, and you can hear a recording of the talk below.
I developed the talk and gave it again at the OBOD Summer Gathering in Glastonbury where we were lucky enough to have song, story and declamation from three Irish members to enrich the material. I wish we could have recorded that. Instead there are just the basic bones of the talk reproduced in the Essay section of this site, which starts like this:
The image of an ancient Druid suggests the archetypal wise person – a forest sage steeped in knowledge of the Old Ways. Even the etymology of the word Druid points to wisdom – with the first syllable – Dru – coming from the Proto-Indo-European root meaning tree, especially the oak, and the Id syllable coming from the term ‘wid’, meaning to know or to see, from which we derive the word wisdom. So the idea of wisdom is embedded in the very word and in the image we hold of the druid. But is there really any wisdom to be found in Druidry today? And if so, where does it come from, and of what use can it be to us? Read on here.
The recording of the talk at Fintry House: