Nearly two years ago, I heard a lady speaking on the local radio, that changed my life for ever.
I’ve never been entirely comfortable with Christianity — it’s influence is soaked into the very bedrock of English culture, yet it leaves me somehow unfulfilled.
I’ve always considered myself slightly Pagan in my beliefs and yet I hadn’t found anything Pagan that I felt fitted — I did a little research into Wicca, a few years ago, and didn’t really connect with what I found, so I left it there.
In March 2013, whilst driving to work, I was listening to Radio Oxford. A lady from The Druid Network came on talking about the Wheel of the Year and the changing seasons, wildlife, nature — suddenly something ‘clicked’. I listened with rapt attention and, when I got to work, started to frantically search the internet for anything to do with Druidry.
I started by devouring everything The Druid Network had to offer — it’s an excellent resource of free online learning materials that provide an excellent place to start and see whether this path is a good fit for your beliefs.
I was still uncomfortable with a lot of the new terminology used — many terms I still find a distinct turnoff, particularly those ‘borrowed’ from other cultures… I persevered, learning more and slowly starting to self-identify more and more with the label ‘druid’.
I found myself intrigued by the OBOD course, but was unwilling to commit that amount of money until I was much clearer about whether this path was truly for me.
A year passed, I followed the seasons, immersed myself more in the Internet-world of druidry, reading blogs and listing to the superb Druidcast podcast and the wonderful music of Damh the Bard, Spiral Dance and others. By February 2014 I had decided to give OBOD’s Bardic Course a try and sent off for the audio-only version.
In the year that followed, I’ve completed perhaps three quarters of the course and am finding it just the right mix of inspiration and information. I have been lucky enough to have access to my own ‘private’ Sacred Grove, hidden deep in some very public woodlands near where I work.
I’m male, 41 years old and develop websites for a living. I live and work in southern Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. The landscape around me, a landscape that has shaped my whole life, is steeped in ancient history — with the Ridgeway, Iron Age hill forts and neolithic burial mounds.