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Morgana Post number 20571 Posted: 8th April 2014     Subject: The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD)
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The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids is a worldwide group dedicated to practising, teaching, and developing Druidry as a valuable and inspiring spirituality.

The Order was founded in Britain almost 50 years ago by the historian and poet Ross Nichols, aided by the writer and founder of the Tolkien Society Vera Chapman, and fellow members of the Ancient Druid Order, which developed during the early years of the last century out of the Druid Revival which began about three hundred years ago.

The Order is essentially a Mystery School, and the term ‘order’ is derived from the tradition of magical orders rather than from the tradition of religious orders. Neither the Order nor Druidry is a cult. A cult revolves around a personality, a charismatic leader, or a particular deity or saint. The Order and Druidry have none of these characteristics. Read more


In nederland:
Newsletter Dryade:

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Morgana Post number 20572 Posted: 8th April 2014     Subject:
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OBOD Camps in the Netherlands:

Dryade international camp 2014:

It looks fully booked but there may have been cancellations.
Email them for more information.

Bright Blessings,
Morgana Post number 20774 Posted: 21st May 2014     Subject: OBOD: Druid pod-cast
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More links:

OBOD: Druid pod-cast ... obod-podcast

Damh the Bard hosts the Druid podcast. He includes lots of music and interviews! ... t-episode-86

Older episodes are also available.
Episode 85... includes an interview with Maxine Sanders ... t-episode-85
Morgana Post number 21125 Posted: 10th August 2014     Subject:
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A Huge Thank You!

A huge ‘Thank You! ’ to everyone who helped to make our 50th anniversary celebrations in Glastonbury (all four days of it!) such an outstanding success. Everyone was amazing, and if you were there, what you experienced was an example of an incredible amount of team-work – “from the teams who organised tickets, security, the music, the buffet, the fringe events, the rituals, and so on. And some individual heroism too – from Hawkie who made litres of Nuinn’s Dragonsbreath Meaad for 400 thirsty druids, for example!

Still reeling from it and you can read blog accounts from others here:

http://corieltauvigrove ... 9-june-2014/

http://downtheforestpat ... ersary-gala/ ... f-peace.html

Damh has already started to put up recordings in our podcast DruidCast, and Kevin Redpath is making a film of it, though that will take a while to be edited.

And news that over 500 trees will be planted to celebrate the anniversary here (for only £5 you can add another tree!) ... .php?id=8593

And some photos of the festivities on OBOD’s Facebook page here:

From the Blogosphere

From Damh the Bard's blog. A post on the reported litter left at Stonehenge after this year's Solstice celebrations:

Litter at the 'S' Word

Ok. I’m going to step up to the breach and write about the S word. The S word being Stonehenge.

Since the exclusion zone that was set up during the Thatcher years to prevent people getting to the stones and to hammer the death knell into the memory that was the Stonehenge Free Festival this world heritage site has been the topic of arguments, flame wars, political posturing, and also a lot of really positive spiritual discussion and ritual. But I’ve noticed that you open your mouth to speak your mind about the site with a sense of impending peril.

Why am I writing about Stonehenge? After the Solstice, for the first time that I can remember, the focus of some newspaper reports was on the litter left behind. This resulted in me receiving a number of Facebook PMs and emails outraged at the ‘Pagans’ and particularly the ‘Druids’ leaving behind such a huge amount of litter at such an important ancient site. I get the outrage, but I think the anger is a little misdirected. The Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge attract a vast range of people – from Druids and other Pagans, to partiers out for a ggood night, to people stopping off on their way to Glastonbury Festival. We just don’t really know what percentage of the people attending are...

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New Episodes of DruidCast Podcast

DruidCast - provided by the Order and downloaded over 1,000,000 times by April 2014!
Produced monthly around the 21st of each month.

Your host is Damh the Bard and each episode features poetry, story and song offered by Bards throughout the world. There are also interviews with people involved in the Druid tradition, and related areas, plus seasonal thoughts, explorations of Celtic mythology and history, reviews, and competitions. Please send contributions for the podcast to:, or through the post to: OBOD DruidCast, PO Box 1333, Lewes, E. Sussex, BN7 1DX.

There have been two episodes of DruidCast since our last eNewsletter and each one contains audio intervews and presentations from our 50th Anniversary Gathering in Glastonbury.

Listen to episode 87... and more... here: http://druidcast.libsyn ... t-episode-87

On our events page you will find listings of upcoming events that are either directly related to Druidry, or which we feel might be of interest. They are organised by many different people and groups, and their listing here does not imply our endorsement.

For full details of all forthcoming events please go to our Events page here
Morgana Post number 21156 Posted: 16th August 2014     Subject:
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Did I mention that Damh the Bard's music is here: [Sunshine] [Sunshine] [Sunshine]

and on you tube one of my favourite numbers, "Spirit of Albion":
Morgana Post number 21502 Posted: 23rd November 2014     Subject: Annual Review Druidcast
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Read the annual review... and more here: ... nnual-review

Direct download of the latest podcast: Episode 91:
ec. libsyn. com/p/7/1/e/71eda5613504d9d6/DruidCast_SHOW91_OBOD. mp3? d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d06c98130d5cb5a482e&c_id=7761503

Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 91
Wicker Man - Spiral Dance -
Interview with Kristoffer Hughes ( by Philip Carr-Gomm (
Samhain - Jana Runnels and Kat Brown -
Long Black Curl - Tuatha Dea -
DruidCast theme - Hills they are Hollow - Damh the Bard -
For further information on the Druid tradition -
Morgana Post number 21933 Posted: 18th May 2015     Subject:
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A few episodes further on... episode 98 of the druid pod-cast:

http://www.paganmusic.c ... -episode-98/

with a wonderful version of Maddy Prior's Fabled Hare and

The Talky Bit – The use of the Magical Mirror – Levannah Morgan – http://www.capallbann.c ... morgan/p340/
Many of our PF members will recognise Levannah [Very happy]

Blessings of Beltane – Cernunnos Rising –

Intro music for DruidCast – Hills they are Hollow – Damh the Bard –

For further information on the Druid tradition and the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids –
Morgana Post number 22145 Posted: 21st August 2015     Subject: DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 101
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DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 101
Date: August 20, 2015 By: Damh the Bard

hownotes for DruidCast Episode 101

Predule and Witch Hunt – Victory/Go Mauve – Mythago –

Interview with Julia Farley, curator of the British Museum’s Iron Age collection –

Tickets for the Celts – Art and Identity Exhibition – http://www.britishmuseu ... s/celts.aspx

Perkelt – Velt Leen –

Interview with Ian Chandler about PaganAid –

Lammas – Polar Jake and the Electric Delta Review –

The Battle of the Trees – Arthur Hinds – http://www.soundclick.c ... andID=808504

Taliesin’s Song – Damh the Bard –

DruidCast theme – Hills they are Hollow – Damh the Bard –

For further information about the Druid tradition –

http://www.paganmusic.c ... episode-101/
Cris Forest Post number 22267 Posted: 22nd October 2015     Subject:
OBOD in Portugal:

I already contacted them. I'll receive the Introductory Set soon. [Very happy]

Listen to the Trees as they sway in the Wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. (Vera Nazarian)
Morgana Post number 22272 Posted: 26th October 2015     Subject:
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Good to hear Cris!

I didn't know that OBOD was in Portugal.

If Philip Carr Gomm is ever visiting please say hello!

Bright blessings,
Morgana Post number 22417 Posted: 18th December 2015     Subject: DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 105
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DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 105
Date: December 18, 2015 By: Damh the Bard

http://www.paganmusic.c ... episode-105/

Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 105
Flutterby Set – Omnia –
Autumn’s Crown – Fairytale –
Philip Heselton
Centre for Pagan Studies –
Where Witchcraft Lives Exhibition –
Forest Child – Malcolm Brown – ... d-my-2015-cd
Yule (Praise the Mabon Child) – Cernunnos Rising –
The Peddler of Ballaghdereen – Celia Farran –
DruidCast Theme – Hills they are Hollow – Damh the Bard –
For further information on the Druid tradition –
Morgana Post number 22586 Posted: 8th March 2016     Subject:
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I forgot to link this episode 92 with a talk about Alchemy

DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 92 – Alchemy
Date: November 19, 2014 By: Damh the Bard

Talk on Alchemy – Jeff, given at the Broomstick Rally, Austria (2014)
http://www.paganmusic.c ... -92-alchemy/

and don't forget Damh's FB page:

Happy listening,
Morgana Post number 22747 Posted: 17th May 2016     Subject:
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Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 110
Cascade – Afro Celt Sound System –
The Spiritual Journey – Vivianne Crowley –
Maid, Mother, Crone – Cernunnos Rising –
DruidCast Theme – Hills they are Hollow – Damh the Bard –
For more information on the Order and the Druid Tradition –

http://www.paganmusic.c ... episode-110/
Morgana Post number 23589 Posted: 13th July 2017     Subject: Tales from the Road – Pagan Spirit Gathering part 1
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Still appearing regularly

The latest blog post from Damh the Bard,

Tales from the Road – Pagan Spirit Gathering part 1

I first made the journey to the Pagan Spirit Gathering in 2010 when it was held in Camp Zoe, Missouri. Missouri was beautiful, but man, the heat! Now many of you will know I’m a sun worshipper, but I’m not a fan of heat plus high humidity. I remember back in 2010 going to the morning meeting under a huge tree and Selena Fox telling us that the next day would be 90 degrees with 100% humidity. As I walked back to our place of residence I thought to myself, 100% humidity – that’s just water right? So I was fully prepared to open the door the following morning and simply drown. Well, I obviously didn’t, but that week was the hottest and most uncomfortable heat I have ever experienced.


read on...
https://www.paganmusic. ... ring-part-1/
Morgana Post number 23765 Posted: 26th September 2017     Subject: Y Mabinogi – The First Branch has given fruit Damh the Bard
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Y Mabinogi – The First Branch has given fruit
Damh the Bard, 26 Sep 01:07 PM

Great news:

First considered 22 years ago. Started April 2016, and the finished CDs arrived just 30 minutes ago. I am one happy Bard. To hold the finished album in my hands, with Cerri’s amazing artwork which has just brought the whole thing together. Well, it’s emotional.

If you pre-ordered the CD from my site you should have received an email this morning with a link to a download of the album so you can listen to it while the CD makes its way to you. If you get the album now you’ll also get that download included. This has been my biggest launch ever, and I have literally hundreds of CDs to pack up and post out, so be patient with me, they will be on their way to you all very soon.

The album also went on sale at midnight on iTunes and as it’s a double album they are asking £15.99 for the download. I don’t set the prices on iTunes or Amazon and I get why they’ve done that – there are a lot of tracks. If you buy the CD from my store it’s £15 plus postage and you get the download too, so it’s a good deal.

So the First Branch is done. In a minute I’m going to take off the Rhiannon pendant Cerri made me for this Journey and place it on my altar. I’ll thank Rhiannon, Pwyll, Arawn, and all of the others from the First Branch for their guidance and gift of Awen. I will ask Pryderi to stay with me and then open to Bran, Branwen, and the energy of the Second Branch, to fill me, be with me, guide me, as I look towards Harlech, and to Ireland for an altogether darker and bloodier tale.

The corvids are circling, it’s time.

I hope you all enjoy the First Branch as much as me and Cerri have enjoyed creating it.
https://www.paganmusic. ... given-fruit/
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