Here in the sixth of these informal talks, I consider the characteristics of the Ovate work in Druidry. This is the stuff most people want to get to first: it’s all about the magical powers of trees and plants, stones and stars. It’s about the Otherworld, shamanic journeying in the quest for hidden knowledge. But how come in the training of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, we have to do all this music and story-telling Bardic stuff first? In this talk I explain why, and we look at the paradoxical nature of Ovate work- that it is related to embodiment but at the same time ideas about disembodiment and the Otherworld. Confused? I hope you won’t be once you’ve heard the talk!
And if you want to dive deep into what the statement ‘Druidry is an Embodied Spirituality’ means, read this article by Jorge Ferrer: ‘Embodied Spirituality: Now & Then’.