I could use your help.

Oghma
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Okay so my grandmother has this idea that Druids are evil and I am conforming to acts of darkness. She is very

spiritual and gifted, but for some reason she really thinks that this is bad. I got this book I am reading called, "21 

lessons of Merlyin" from her sister,whom she trusts and is as spiritual as well. The book talks about Druidic magick 

and lore. It's all Neo-Pagan and she (from my knowledge) carried the same book in her bookshelf until she sold it

at a yardsale. For some reason she is acting like it is pure darkness, she even told me that Druids ( considering all

Druid and Druid practices) conjured up demons to do their bidding. I beleive there were Druids who practiced much

differently than what I am learning in my book. Can someone lend me some advise. I want her to understand

that what she thinks it is, is'nt. I have tried and tried to tell her, but she thinks she is right.

 

 



Oghma
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Re: I could use your help.

Thank you so much for your feedback, it was greatly appreciated. I really like

how you elaborate and go deeper to pull what you are saying out of your words.

I will do as you said for I have not thought of this to resovle our situation.

Love and Light,

Oghma



Astrocelt
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Re: I could use your help.

Hello Ogmha,

When I read your previous thread on the Spell, I gathered you were looking at this particular book. When it was first published it too was a hot and passionate subject, receiving a lot of debated in a variety of places over the internet about 10 years ago.

To gain an insight into what other people have written or said about this particular book, below are some resources which could be of an assistance.

The late Isaac Bonewits founder of ADF comment on it here

Mary Jones, a Celtic scholar commented on it here

There is a review in the OBOD library which also contains a letter from the co-founder of the Order of the White Oak is avaliable here.

I too wrote about one particular aspect of this book 9 years ago, which is an essay of enquiry and available on site here.

The above links provides an opportunity to explore other opinions from a wider field, if you so chose do so,  through such an enquiry or journey one can arrive at an informed personal opinion.

Incidentally welcome to the community here.  Smile

Astrocelt

 



Eadha Deora
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Re: I could use your help.

Right so you've changed your post. 

With your grandmother, foremost -- arguing will probably not do you any good. People choose these biases because they make sense to them -- and often not in a "logical" way (except that it seems logical to them) ... so "reasoning" usually does nothing. Instead, don't talk about who druids are or what they do/don't do ..... talk deeper than that ... at a level that she can relate to. Values. What's important in life. Life-affirming things. Honesty. Honor. Respect. Truth. Wisdom. Spiritual Growth. Inspiration. Ethics. Responsibility. Love. ...... talking about these things instead and actually LIVING them (very important) will over time possibly convince her that your path is not doing you any harm and instead benefitting and bettering you. In other words ... convince her with your actions, not with your philosophies. People understand that. Also -- it's very important to accept her for who SHE is. How can we expect others to accept us when we don't do the same? 

With this way, you probably won't get instant results .... some people (like grandparents) can be set in their ways too. 

But the main thing is to be true to yourself while respecting others' truths too. These skills will come in handy in many situations throughout your life -- not just in regards to your religious/spiritual identity. 

Good luck!

~Jenn

 

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Eadha Deora
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Re: Spell of the Making

I'm not particularly sure what you're referring to -- references might help? 

Otherwise, I know that Taliesin was Brythonic/Welsh ... and the ancient medieval book from which we get most of his poetry Llyfr Taliesin is in Middle Welsh.  Stories about Taliesin as Gwion Bach can be found in the Mabinogion too. 

Does that help at all?

 

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